To the north and west of Iglesias, the mountainous landscape of the Iglesiente is picturesque and strangely haunting. Wild green scrub cloaks the silent hills in a soft, verdant down and abandoned mines, many of which can now be visited, serve as a poignant reminder of the industry that once thrived here. The coast is dramatic, one of southern Sardinia’s most beautiful, with plunging cliffs and superb seascapes at every turn.
To explore the coast, the SP83 coastal road dips and weaves its way northwards from Funtanamare, passing through the former mining villages of Nebida, Masua and Buggerru before petering to a halt at Portixeddu. Inland, the SS126 snakes through thickly wooded hills south of Fluminimaggiore leading to two of the area’s main sights: the Tempio di Antas and Grotta di Su Mannau.