Despite the ghostly remains of a mine that closed in the 1970s, Iglesias is a lively, appealing town. Head for the main piazza and the pedestrian streets around Via Cagliari for the most atmosphere and life. The Spaniards are long gone but the place retains an Iberian feel with sun-bleached buildings, Aragonese-style wrought-iron balconies and a vivacity you find in many a Spanish town. Visit at Easter to experience a quasi-Seville experience during the extraordinary drum-beating processions.
The Romans called the town Metalla, after the precious metals mined here, especially lead and silver. Mining equipment dating back to the Carthaginian era was discovered in the 19th century.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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