Blue Mines cycling holidays make tourists explore very different landscapes and places. The wild dunes of Piscinas, the mining areas of Montevecchio and Ingurtosu, the cultivated hills of Barumini. And each of these landscapes tells a part of the history of Sardinia, and the relationship between human and nature. Indeed, as defined in the European Landscape Convention, “Landscape” means an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors.
The key-landscape of our cycling holidays is certainly the mining one. 150 years of mining activity have deeply marked the territory of the southwest of Sardinia. Exploited since the Nuragic Age, the area has undergone the most profound transformation in the industrial era, since 19th century. Now, with the closure of the mines at the end of 20th century, the nature is slowly taking over mountains again. Mining ruins mark the landscape, suddenly appearing in the eyes of tourists after a curve or a brow. The abandoned buildings surrounded by greenery give a strong picturesque character to the landscape, spoiled in the past by human activity but now, little by little, more and more pristine.
The blue in our name refers to what Sardinia is famous for: the sea. On the southwest coast beaches, our guests can enjoy privacy and peace. After a morning of physical activity some hours of relaxation and sunbathing are planned, on some of the most unspoiled beaches of Sardinia. Piscinas, Scivu, Cala Domestica are places with no human settlements, immersed in the sand dunes and the Mediterranean scrub, facing the sea where the sun sets in the evening.
Not only cycling. The holidays program also includes some trekking itineraries, to Piscinas Irgas waterfall and to the Temple of Antas. The hiking trails through forests of oak and cork trees, where you can enjoy the scents and colours of the Sardinian flora. And the rises, as always, allow us to reach panoramic viewpoints that look over beautiful valleys and forests. These are the places where humans rarely came, except to exploit the forest resources – wood, coal, mushrooms and other natural products.
The most important human activity, not only in Sardinia obviously, is agriculture and animal farming. These are the landscapes where the relationship between man and nature reaches its maximum peak. Along our route towards Funtanazza, or towards Barumini, we are going to cross pastures and farmland. These landscapes change colour several times during the year: green during spring, straw yellow in the summer, brown of ploughing before the sowing time. This is a landscape rich in culture and tradition, that makes typical products and food of the Sardinian cuisine, that we will taste in the evenings with a good glass of wine.