Ghost mines and wild nature in south west Sardinia

Ghost mines and wild nature in south west Sardinia
Get ready to be wowed by south west Sardinia, where enthusiastic explorers are duly shaken by an amazing variety of sceneries and experiences.
Trekking along the coastline surrounding Pan di Zucchero seastack lets you admire iconic views of our island, while powerful 4×4 Land Rovers take you between wild nature, scenic waterfalls and fancy ghost villages linked to mining history of this area. We are aware that local delicacies play an important role during your stay, so Gaveena’s local fellows take care of your gastronomical needs by inviting you to enjoy many tasty specialities of sardinian tradition.

Package highlights
>> Explore cool industrial archaeology sites
>> Go trekking along wild and scenic coastal routes
>> Discover Sardinian gastronomic delicacies
Ghost mines and wild nature in south west Sardinia
Ghost mines and wild nature in south west Sardinia

Day by day program outline

DAY
1
Arrival at your accommodation during the morning.
In the afternoon it's time to start exploring with a trekking on a scenic path around Masua town offering breathtaking coastal views. Between steep cliffs and sandy beaches, the highlight of the day is surely Pan di Zucchero, a massive 130 mt high seastack emerging from sardinian sea and surrounded by a natural painting of vivid blue, azure and emerald-green colours.

Trekking features
Distance: 4,7 km (2.92 mi)
Time: 3 h
Elevation min: 0 m - max: 320 m (1,052 ft)
Elevation gain uphill: 350 m (1,148 ft)
Difficult level: moderate

DAY
2
The day is focused on the fascinating history of mining, for centuries one of the main activities in south-east Sardinia. Our all terrain Land Rover will take you on a journey in time and space: we start from the ancient mining sites dated back to 1300, then admire the bizarre castle-like architecture of Santa Barbara dwell; a walk in a mine dug in 1800 allows to touch and feel the harsh working conditions daily faced by miners and to discover and the rich mineralogical features of these grounds. Asproni ghost village is an interesting example of mining settlement active between end of 1800 and first half of 1900 and an important industrial archaeology site. Last but not least, we'll drive up to San Giovanni hill, where to enjoy a panoramic view on the coast. During the itinerary, your host will please your taste with a good amount of yummy products selected from local specialities (total duration 4/5 hours). Rest of the day at leisure and overnight.

DAY
3
On board our Land Rover we reach Domusnovas town and then proceed along off-road tracks and fordings up to the beginning of the trail; the car will wait for us while we walk through a demanding stony ground to reach the base of Piscina Irgas waterfall, where a 30 meters water wall creates a natural pool where to enjoy pleasant refreshing moments (the amount of water depends on the season, so the best periods are spring and autumn, when waterfalls can show their scenographic power). A further short trek takes to your picnic lunch, made up with the shepherds food: sausage, ham, pecorino cheese, typical carasau bread and of course sardinian wine (duration 3/4 hours).

DAY
4
Breakfast.

This program can be combined with all other packages offered by Gaveena, check them out and create your unique travelling experience.

MAIN PICTURE
Only a powerful Land Rover can take you to admire the castle-like architecture at santa barbara mine dwell in the outskirts of Iglesias - © ezioman

BOTTOM LEFT PICTURE
The beach and coastline at Masua is one of the most iconic images of south-west Sardinia - © Davide Atzei

BOTTOM RIGHT PICTURE
Asproni ghost mining village is an amazing site for industrial archaeology fanatics - © ezioman

area
Period
All year
Type
Individual and group
Duration
4 days – 3 nights
Price
p/p in double starting from 495 €
Price includes
3 nights accommodation at farm holiday, b&b or hotel, including breakfast – excursions and meals as described in the program with english speaking guiding or assistance – travel insurance
Car hire
For individual travellers, the most of activities proposed in our packages offer the possibility to have a pick-up at accommodation; in some cases the transfer service is included in the rate while for others a supplement is to be applied. In any case, if you wish to freely enjoy Sardinia at its best, we warmly suggest you to rent a car. We know there's a bunch of good car rental suppliers on the web, so feel free to find the best deals online. If you wish you may have a look at the offers proposed by our partner Rentalcars.com

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