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The mining heritage of the Sulcis Iglesiente area

The mining industry went hand in hand with the development of the Sulcis Iglesiente territory from 1800 to 1980. Today it is easy to see the signs of its past, large buildings, galleries and digs that have changed the countryside and represent the history and mining traditions of the area. The rich heritage of its industrial archaeology, recognized as a UNESCO heritage, are included in projects for its reconversion and potential as a tourist attraction.

 

It is easy to get to 3 important mining sites which are part of the Geomineral Historical and  Environmental Park of Sardinia from the Sirimagus holiday farm: the Big Serbariu Coal Mine, the Port of Flavia and the Rosas Mine.

 

 

The Serbariu mine is less than 20 minutes drive from the Sirimagus holiday farm, on the southern side of Carbonia, not far from the centre of the town which was incidentally built around the mine.

It was the first modern coal mine in Sardinia including a large electricity central, two metal  frames for the extraction of coal at a depth of o over 100 metres, an efficient wash room and several galleries complete with modern systems, storerooms, offices and stockrooms.

In 1940 there were more than 3,000 workers, but during the second world war there was a drastic reduction in the production. After the war, productivity started up gradually, the number of workers increased, and the production improved notably, arriving at its maximum point in 1947.

At the end of the 1960s when the price of the Sulcis coal fell drastically, the crisis began to be felt and this led to lay offs and a drop in production. The mine ceased production in 1971.

The Serbariu mine (today the ‘Great Mine of Serbariu ‘) has been taken over by the Geomineral Park of Sardinia and has been proposed as a museum trail with guided tours on the surface and underground. At the moment its buildings host the Italian Centre for the Culture of Coal (C.I.C.C.).

To organize your visit to the mine visit the official website where you can find contacts, prices and times: https://www.museodelcarbone.it/images/lingue/CICC_English.pdf

 

 

Porto Flavia is situated in Masua, a village near Iglesias, at about 40 km from the Sirimagus holiday farm. On the way there you will find yourself driving along one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Sardinia with an enchanting view of the sea. When you arrive at the beach of Masua continue driving along a dirt track until you reach the car park, where you will leave your car and walk a short distance while you admire the surrounding landscape as far as the entrance to the gallery.

The site was inaugurated in 1924 and was an important port which allowed the transportation and loading of the minerals from the mines through an extremely innovative system for that time.  A cliff railway from the first gallery from where the material was unloaded into large container which could contain up to 1,000 tons of minerals. The second gallery which opens up onto a sheer drop over the sea, allowed through conveyer belts, the loading of the minerals directly into the ship’s holds which were moored under the cliff. Designed by the engineer Cesare Vecelli, takes the name of his first born child Flavia. The site continued to be active until 1960.

Grazie alla visita guidata si può percorrere la galleria che si conclude con una terrazza su uno dei più suggestivi panorami sardi con vista privilegiata sul bianco faraglione di Pan di Zucchero (monumento naturale) e sul blu profondo del mare.

Thanks to the guided tours you can go right through the gallery which terminates in a terrace over one of the most breath taking views in Sardinia overlooking the white sea stack of Pan di Zucchero (a natural monument) and deep blue of the sea. For more information visit or contact the tourist office in Iglesias.

On your way back I suggest that you stop off at the panoramic viewpoint of Nebida where you can admire another example of mining archaeology: the Lamarmora Laveria.

The Rosas Mine Ecomuseum is an important mining archaeological site with 150 years of extracting activity behind it. The site is in the territory of Narcao, 21 km from the Sirimagus holiday farm, about 25 minutes by car. The Rosas mining village is immersed in an environmental context characterised by great biodiversity made up of autochthonous and endemic fauna and flora.It is for this reason that it is considered an ‘Ecomuseum’ uniting mining history and the naturalistic value of the area.

Your visit to the site will include the discovery of the ‘laveria’ with its large presses for working the materials, from the Santa Barbara gallery where lead and zinc were extracted, along with that of the mining culture through the multimedia installations and other displayed exhibits.

For further information visit the museum official site and plan your trip: http://www.ecomuseominiererosas.it/

l'Isola di sant'Antioco, immagine della processione del Santo Patrono.

The island of Sant’Antioco

Sant’Antioco, with its 109 km2 is the biggest Sardinian island. It is connected to the mainland by an artificial isthmus which substituted the ancient bridge, probably of Punic origin, later improved by the Romans, and still present on the right hand side of the road.

On the island of Sant’Antioco, you will find the town of the same name, the most populated town, and the first one to welcome those arriving on the island, and that of Calasetta which is in the north west of the island.

Sant’Antioco

You can reach Sant’Antioco in 15 minutes by car from the Sirimagus holiday farm, by taking a road that cuts through the sea water ponds, where you can admire the scenery of Santa Caterina where migratory birds like flamingos, build their nests. On the opposite side the town of Sant’Antioco appears reflected in the sea in front of it.

 

The town of Sant’Antioco rises up on the ruins of the ancient Phoenician Punic city and the Roman Sulky – Sulci. When you arrive in the town we suggest taking a walk along the small port where you will find the small coloured fishing boats which are still being used. It’s a good idea to go here on a Sunday morning, when the freshly caught fish is sold. You can set off from the port for a boat trip to discover the island from the sea and take part in the fishing tourism so doing you can have an alternative experience in the territory.

There are numerous bars and restaurants where you can stop and get a a quick snack, an aperitif or an excellent meal. Most of these places can be found in the area of the port or in the main streets, but there are also very good restaurants, pizzeria and pubs to be found not far from the centre.

The town is full of history and traditions, as can be seen by the various cultural sites below:

  • The town archaeological museum “Ferruccio Barreca” which contains important relics from the prenuraghic, nuraghic, Phoenician – Punic and Roman periods.
  • The ethnographic museum “Su Magasinu de su Binu” ( wine warehouse) which houses tools used in the rural activities of the island.
  • The byssus museum which is a continual exhibition about the working of byssus, the tools used and the products.
  • MuMa – the museum of the sea and masters of axes which offers an exhibition on the tools used in fishing and in seafaring activities.
  • The area of Sant’Antioco hosts some of the beaches which are considered to be among the most beautiful in Sardinia, such as Maladroxia, Coequaddus, Tore Canai and Cala Sapone.

Thanks to its coasts which alternate between steep cliffs and small coves most of which are protected from the Mistral wind. Sant’Antioco is the perfect place to spend a day relaxing on the beach or to do water sports like diving, snorkeling or going for a boat trip.

There are several beaches which are accessible to disabled people:

  • The “Isola del Cuore” at the Maladroxia beach in Sant’Antioco;
  • “Ca Du Zenaive” at the Calasetta saltworks.

 

 

Calasetta

Calasetta has beautiful beaches and a charming old town centre which stretches from the hill down to the port, from where the ferries leave for Carloforte, the only inhabited town on the nearby island of San Pietro. The tower, built by the Savoys in 1760, stands over the town and the “Sottotorre” beach. A short distance from here you can find the sandy shores of the “Grande” beach and the saltworks. To the west the coastline rises up offering a spectacular landscape plummeting down to the sea. The evocative view at “Mangiabarche” is characterised by the lighthouse built on a small rock in the middle of the sea, which is especially appreciated by photographers due to the spellbinding images particularly during winds northwest.

Besides the Tower other sites that can be visited are:

  • The Domus de Janas of Tupei,  where fragments of earthenware were found, along with bronze and clay objects;
  • The contemporary art museum (MACC), which hosts a collection of paintings from the European movement period 1960s and 1970s.

Every year the island of Sant’Antioco becomes the stage for several festivals and events which are popular with tourists such as:

  • The festival for the patron saint of Antioco the martyr (the patron saint of Sardinia) in spring and in August.
  • Concerts with national and international artists in the Phoenician Arena of Sant’Antioco during the summer.
  • Food and Wine events in Sant’Antioco, like “Calici sotto le stelle” and the “Isola in Fermento”.
  • The Literature Festival in Calasetta in August.
  • The Festival of “Pilau” in Calasetta in the spring.

Seruci Nuraghe

Let’s carry on with our chapter on travel advice for a holiday in Sardinia. Today we’re going to discover the Seruci Nuraghe.

At the top of a hill dominating the countryside of Gonnesa and the coastline of Portoscuso is the nuraghe complex of Seruci. The archaeological site covers 6 hectares of land and is made up of a nuraghe (possibly five-lobed), a bulwark, a village with over a hundred huts and at least one tomb of the giants.

Here is a video which allows you to appreciate the importance and the beauty of this archaeological site:

 

Reopened to the public in 2018 the nuraghe complex is open for visitors and has become the scene for several special events, such as concerts by national and international artists and weddings.

Seruci is about 30 km (30 minutes drive) from the Sirimagus holiday farm and it is an ideal destination for a half day trip to discover the Iglesiente territory, as it allows you to appreciate the countryside with its panoramic views. You can observe the beautiful trees that have been shaped by the mistral wind, the breath taking view of the Gulf of Leone (taking a detour towards Porto Paglia) and the high cliffs above the sea along the road which goes to Portoscuso.

 

 

If you have available all day I suggest you spend time at the sea in the nearby beautiful beach of Porto Paglia or visit Iglesias, one of the two major towns of Sulcis Iglesiente, which will welcome you with its beautiful old town, the castle of medieval times and its many churches.

For information on opening hours you can contact Visit Gonnesa on their Facebook profile https://m.facebook.com/visitgonnesa/

 

mandorlo in fiore è arrivata la primavera in agriturismo

Springtime on the holiday farm: colours of the season

Almond trees in blossom spring has arrived on the holiday farm.

Spring on the holiday farm offers all kinds of emotions. The colours shine filling your view with happiness. The fuchsia of the bougainvillea, the white of the almond trees in bloom, the green of the lawn, the yellow of the tiny flowers in the vineyard. To allow you to be a part of all this we have chosen some photos which were taken on our farm.

 

 

Take a holiday in Sardinia in spring and discover or rediscover your links with nature. The sunny days provide  pleasant temperatures to go for long walks, bike or horse rides to explore the Sardinian countryside and the naturalistic heritage which characterize the territory (ancient hamlets, country churches, nuraghe, SCI area, etc)

We’re waiting to see you!

 

Our answers to the most frequently asked questions

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions divided into 2 groups: hospitality and restaurants.

FAQ HOSPITALITY

How can I book my holiday?
You can book on our site by choosing the page ‘apartments and rooms ‘ for the arrangement you prefer. From there check the availability for the dates you are interested in and send your booking request which will be answered within 24 hours, confirming availability, a summary of the booking and the terms of your stay. Be careful though! The booking will only be complete following the receipt of the bank transfer of the deposit of 30% of the total amount of the booking. If you prefer to book by phone call +39 0781688365 or + 39 3282789961.
If I book an apartment do I have to pay a deposit?
A deposit of 100 euros, to be paid on arrival is expected. The deposit will be refunded, after checking the apartment, within 30 days of the departure date.
Can I cancel my booking?
From the moment the booking has been accepted, cancellation by the client will entail a cancellation fee (except for special agreement). Up until 15 days before the date of arrival no penalty will be applied, except for the month of August, where cancellation must be made at least 30 days before, to avoid paying a penalty. From 14 to 5 days before the date of arrival, a penalty equal to 30% of the entire holiday booked (the amount paid as deposit to confirm the booking). From 4 days until the day of the date of arrival a penalty equal to 100% of the entire holiday booked will be charged. If the guest does not arrive or leaves earlier than planned, a penalty will be charged for the value of 100% of the booked holiday.
What time can I check in?
From 4 pm to 10 pm. In the event of a different time you are requested to communicate this in advance. We request a valid personal document.
What time can I check out?
You are requested to check out by 11 am. In the event of needing to stay longer, you can organize this beforehand to allow us to carry on business in the best possible way according to the availability.
If I need to leave early, will I have to pay a penalty?
In the event of having to leave early you will be charged the days you stay on the holiday farm plus 30% of the total cost of the deposit paid at booking, which will be kept by us.
Is breakfast included in the price? Where and what time is breakfast?
Except for specific conditions of the booking, breakfast is included in the price of your stay in the rooms B&B. A buffet breakfast is served in the dining room, between 8 and 10 am. For guests who stay in the apartments breakfast is not included in the price.
When is housecleaning carried out in the rooms?
Housecleaning will be carried out if the room is vacated by 11 am. Bath linen is changed twice a week and sheets once a week. The apartments do not include housecleaning in the price and will be charged E50. for cleaning at the end of the holiday.
Are towels and sheets included in the price?
Yes, bath and bed linen are included in the price. They will be changed every 3 days for bath linen and once a week for bed linen.
Does the holiday farm provide Wi-Fi?
Yes the Sirimagus holiday farm offers free Wi-Fi.
If I lose the key to the room, what do I do?
Let us know immediately and we will see to the problem, but be careful, as for your safety, the door keys are not duplicated, so in the event of loss, you will be charged for the replacement.
If I lose something or something is stolen?
You can report it to the po!ice. The management is not responsible for theft or loss of objects which are left unguarded in the building.
Where can I park my car?
Sirimagus holiday farm offers a car park which is unsupervised but there are no risks, although we do suggest that you lock your cars.
Can I smoke in the bedroom/apartment?
No, it is strictly forbidden to smoke inside the rooms or the apartments.

You haven’t found the answers to your questions?

Read the terms of booking and the services offered, or if you prefer, write to us or phone us.

 

RESTAURANT FAQ

Do I have to book a table?
Yes it is necessary to reserve the table to allow us to organize your meal.
Is the restaurant always available at lunch and dinner?
No. For this reason we request that you contact us to find out the availability of the service. The kitchen service for the guests of the farm will be open for dinner on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For those who do not stay in the structure will be available by reservation the restaurant service for lunch and dinner.
What is meant by fixed menu?
Depending on the season and the availability of ingredients, a menu of 7 starters, 2 first courses, 2 main courses, a side dish of vegetables, home made dessert, water and wine (1/4 litre per person), coffee and a liquor is offered. Contact us in advance to know what dishes are on the menu.

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