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Costa Verde

Between dunes and mines  

The Green Coast owes its name to the rich vegetation which reaches the sea.They are mostly bushes and shrubs such as arbutus, mastic, broom and juniper that charms with its bizarre and twisted forms created by the winds.

This area of Sardinia, along with the Sulcis, is considered one of Europe's oldest land, the land of millions of years old. A paradise for lovers of geology. In this area it is easy to find minerals to collect and admire the fossils embedded in rocks. Surely one of the most striking is that of the dune pools.

It is one of the most important coastal dune complexes in Europe. Great sand dunes that penetrate into the stain, starting from the beach to get to almost two kilometers inland.

Mount Arcuentu of volcanic origin, is silhouetted in the territory with its 784 meters above sea level. Imposing basalt walls, seen from afar, creating shapes and profiles that ignite the imagination. On its summit are the remains of medieval fortifications and a small hermitage built and used by Fra Nazzareno, a cleric who spent here some times of the year, in solitude, to meditate.

Several hiking trails allow you to discover this small mountain range and offer splendid views of the island is on the inside than on the wide beaches that wind west. Rich in small villages, almost all abandoned, the result of intense mining activity that developed between the mid-1800s until 1991, offers an interesting page of industrial archeology.

The plants closed and abandoned buildings are part of the great Mining Park of Sardinia. Ingurtosu, Naracauli, Montevecchio are some sites that allow you to take a step back in time and observe what remains of what was once an industrial mining of the most important in Europe. It is not difficult to meet some deer because in this area there are numerous.