At one time the town of Iglesias was at the heart of the mining community but all that has changed now. This is a beautiful historic destination in south-west Sardinia with a rich Spanish culture that buzzes with energy in the summer months. Even in winter it retains its charm and is a quieter place to relax. For visitors to Sardinia some time spent in Iglesias is a wonderful way to experience local culture and hospitality.
Soak up the History
In Iglesias you’re never far from a piece of history and there are reminders all over town of when the Spanish ruled this part of Sardinia. At some times it may feel as though you are in Spain with the elegant piazzas, Aragonese balconies, and distinctive architecture. Iglesias is home to some beautiful buildings which are a joy to discover on holiday. The famous castle, Il Castello Salvaterra, dates from 1258 and is one of the more prominent buildings in the town. You’ll also see the cathedral which is beautiful to visit. Cattedrale di Santa Chiara also dates from the 13th century and has many different architectural styles. Iglesias has many more churches including San Francesco with its 16th century monastery. Walk around town and you’ll soon find the ancient fortified walls which run along to the castle. This really is a charming town to explore with a lot of history within a short space. Another important aspect is the mining heritage and visitors can take guided tours of the area including the mines at Masua and Monteponi. There is also an interesting mining museum in the town which has many fascinating displays about the industry and its links to Iglesias. And the Machinery Museum is another attraction in Iglesias, reflecting its rich industrial past.
Enjoy the Mountains
Iglesias lies at the foot of the Marganai Mountains where the scenery is magnificent. This is where the State Forest of Marganai is also located with some beautiful flora and good walking and mountain biking trails. Monte Linas is another popular walking area and where wildlife such as marten, weasels, hawks, hares and more can often be seen. There are spectacular caves here too with some amazing scenery. One of the best is Su Mannau, near Fluminimaggiore. These can be visited on a guided tour and are breath-taking. Another nearby cave is at San Giovanni which has some historic walls and stalagmite displays. Iglesias is an excellent base to stay and then explore the surrounding countryside which is easy to reach by car or taxi.
Chill Out on the Beach
Iglesias is close to some great beaches which are perfect on a hot day. Porto Flavia is a rocky beach near the municipal area of the village. It is renowned for its snorkelling and scuba diving and is also popular for those who enjoy fishing. Nearby is a beautiful pine forest which gives off a lovely scent as you walk to the beach. Buggeru is another beach in south-west Sardinia and is a sandy coastline. It is also popular with surfers. Cala Domestica is an interesting beach in the area which is located amongst old mine workings. It is popular with divers and fishing enthusiasts.
Relax in Iglesias
The town of Iglesias has lots of good places to stay from guest houses to hotels and villas. You’ll find some great places to eat in and around town too where you can taste Sardinian specialties. The seafood is particularly good. Many of the restaurants are decorated in Sardinian style too and are a delight to visit. You’ll find the Piazza Quintina Sella in the centre of town a great place for relaxing with a drink to watch the world go by. Iglesias also has a colourful food market which is ideal for tasting local specialties and stocking up on ingredients if you are self-catering or planning a picnic.
Iglesias is a very interesting town with a lot to see and do, particularly if you like the outdoors and history. It is easy to get to and you’ll be surprised at the amount of activities and attractions in and around the town. Take a closer look at Iglesias when you book your next vacation.
Sardinian Beaches Near Iglesias
There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Iglesias. Just click on a link below to find out more!
Situated in what used to be a mining area, Cala Domestica is located on the south-western coast of Sardinia. Cala Domestica is a popular scuba diving spot.
Learn more about Cala Domestica, how to get there, and where to stay.
Mezzo beach has golden sands that span several kilometers. Limestone cliffs, foothills that go as fas as the sea, and the Mistral make the beach a must-see.
Learn more about Fontanamare, how to get there, and where to stay.
Portixeddu beach, in south-west Sardinia, is 2.5 kilometers long and perfect for long walks, jogging, and hardly ever crowded even during peak season.
Learn more about Portixeddu Beach, how to get there, and where to stay.