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Iglesias
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Porto Flavia showing rocky coastline

Explore medieval buildings, museums and mining tunnels carved into cliffs at this historic town in southwest Sardinia.

The former mining area of Iglesias is nestled in moss-covered hills at a height of 620 feet (190 meters). This is the capital of the Carbonia-Iglesias province and it is among the largest towns on the island. Explore historic gems, such as a cathedral, castle and mining complex.

Tour the town center to see monuments from the Middle Ages that help to tell the story of Iglesias. Visit the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Chiara for its many statues and paintings. Admire the gothic façades of the Madonna delle Grazie and San Francesco churches. As you make your way through the town, pause to enjoy the views of the Marganai Mountains in the distance.

One of the area’s principle draws is its rich mining history. See old mining tools, equipment and other artifacts at the Mining Museum. If that piques your interest into what used to go on underground here, tour the former mining complex at Port Flavia and learn more about mining technology at its Museum of Mining Machines. Then go to the sleepy villages of Nebida and Masua, which used to house the miners.

When you are back in Iglesias, try some typical cuisine from the region, which is a mix of fish, pasta and cheeses. Tuna and swordfish are particularly popular. If you are in the area during the middle of August, come to Iglesias for the annual Candelieri. This is a religious procession involving the carrying of huge candle holders by townspeople.

The nearest large transportation hub to the town is Cagliari International Airport, which is 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the east. There are two buses per day from there which take passengers on the 2-hour journey to Iglesias. You can also drive or take a taxi, which should take less than 1 hour.

Relive the town’s fascinating past through its well-preserved churches and mining complexes.

Agriturismo Sa Rocca
Agriturismo Sa Rocca
Località Medau Ladus SP 83, Nebida, Iglesias, Carbonia-Iglesias
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Situated in the mountains, this country house is 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Porto Flavia, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Galleria Henry and Santa Barbara Cave. Chiesa ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Typisch sardisches Agriturismo
"Sehr schönes Agriturismo in wunderschöner Lage. Typisch sardisches Abebdessen. Nette Gastgeber und tolle und saubere Zimmer."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2020

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Hotel Sport Village
Hotel Sport Village
3 out of 5
Via Carlo Alberto della Chiesa sn, Iglesias, CI
The price is £64 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Church of Nostra Signora di Valverde, Iglesias Museum of Mining and Salvaterra Castle. Church ...
3.8/5Good! (42 reviews)
Good Stay
"Hotel was in a great location for our plans and the staff was very nice. Overall the hotel was nice but the only downside I could find was it has thin walls and you could hear people in the halls and other rooms very easily."

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2019

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Bed & Breakfast L'aquilino
Bed & Breakfast L'aquilino
Via Vescovo Rolfi 4, Iglesias, Provincia di Carbonia-Iglesias
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Situated in Iglesias, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Cattedrale Santa Chiara, Church of Madonna delle Grazie and Chiesa di San Francesco. Mura Pisane ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
al centro della città
"Abbiamo trovato un buon mono locale pulito al centro della città Il proprietari persona gentile e disponibile"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2018

Bed & Breakfast L'aquilino
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Italianway - Casa Rodriguez
Italianway - Casa Rodriguez
Via Giordano 9, Iglesias, Sud Sardegna
Situated in Iglesias, this apartment building is steps away from Cattedrale Santa Chiara, Church of Madonna delle Grazie and Chiesa di San Francesco. Salvaterra ...
Italianway - Casa Rodriguez
Holiday House La Pavoncella
Holiday House La Pavoncella
120 Via Cagliari, Iglesias, Sardinia
Located in the heart of Iglesias, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Iglesias Museum of Mining, Mura Pisane di Iglesia and Church of Madonna delle ...
Holiday House La Pavoncella
Historic Center
Historic Center
Via Manno, 11, Iglesias, Sardinia
The price is £79 per night from 15 May to 15 May
Situated in Iglesias, this holiday home is steps away from Cattedrale Santa Chiara and Mura Pisane di Iglesia. Chiesa di San Francesco and Iglesias Museum of ...
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