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Santadi is a small centre in the province of Sulcis Iglesiente.Hotels in SantadiHotels in Santadi This is the smallest of the Sardinian provinces, occupying the south-west corner of the island. Its territory is mostly flat and hilly with only a few mountains topping over 1,000 metres. In spite of its limited surface the coast develops for almost 200 kilometres. This is because of its rugged edge and because of the two islands of San Pietro and Sant'Antioco, the latter being the largest satellite island in Sardinia. You can get to Sant'Antioco through a short bridge connecting it to the mainland and from there you can take the ferry to the island of San Pietro.Hotels in SantadiHotels in Santadi Here the main city is Carloforte, a picturesque fishermen port. Carloforte is also known for the fishing of tuna (the mattanza) and for the fact that its inhabitants speak a particular language, very similar to the dialect spoken in Genoa.

In both islands, there are a lot of small beaches and coves (called cala) and plenty of places where to have a meal. Back in the mainland, the beaches of Porto Pino in the south of the province and Cala Domestica just before Buggerru in the north are beautiful and deserve a visit. Above all, this province is particularly known for its mines of coal, zinc, lead and silver which are now almost entirely dismissed. Entire villages have been built in the past near these mines scattered throughout the whole territory of Sulcis-Iglesiente. They are now abandoned but fully accessible for a visit and great places to take some picturesque snapshot. Worth a go is the Laveria Lamarmora near Nebida. Here the metals were 'washed' to eliminate impurities. The building is in fact by the sea, hanging on a cliff.

Less than 3 km from Nebida is Masua from where you may enjoy the amazing view of Pan di Zucchero, a huge rock with high cliffs emerging straight from the sea. Worth a mention is also Porto Flavia, right in front of Pan di Zucchero. This is an old mine and you can find guided tours taking you inside the mountain for a short walk. When you come out, you will find yourself right in front of the Pan di Zucchero, some 30 metres high above the sea. Many attractions are at short distance between them but mind you, Iglesiente is a region where its twisty roads do not encourage the discovery of its territory but where each effort is paid off with views of rare beauty.

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