Blue Mines Cycle Trekking

About The Territory

The Medio Campidano Province is located in Sardinia’s southwest. The province draws its identity from the diversity of its environment (sea, mountains, plains, hills) and the resulting variety of products. It is located in one of the least-populated, but most pristine areas of the region, hence the name the ‘Green Province’.Since pre-historic times, in fact, diverse civilizations settled here and benefited from the rich mineral copper, silver, lead and other deposits. However, only in the 19th Century did the mining industry begin to flourish, and it crashed irreparably after World War II. Today the remains of that era are still visible: yards, villages and small towns constitute a significant heritage of industrial archaeology. The province, inhabited essentially since prehistory, has been a draw from the beginning for its fertility and its strategic location. Numerous archaeological finds and sites include one of the most famous, the Nuragic complex of Su Nuxari a Barumini, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The Province of Medio Campidano is part of the Sardinia GeoMineral Park-: within it are several mineral sites of great interest, that are also acclaimed destinations for tourists and enthusiasts alike.The terrain here is pristine, uncontaminated. The Linas mountain Range occupies most of the province and displays a rich diversity, dense centennial forests that cover the mountains, springs and waterfalls, e.g.Piscina Irgas. The area is also home to many protected species such as the mouflon goat, the Bonelli eagle, wild boar, Sardinian deer, the Sardinian wildcat, and griffon vulture.
For nature lovers, the Province of Medio Campidano offers numerous opportunities for excursions- ranging from easy to strenuous – in discovery of this magnificent environment that sustains Holm oak, juniper trees, strawberry trees.The Province is also a perfect destination for sea lovers, with its 29-miles of varied coastline and long stretches of beach (fine and white in some places, coarser and full of shell fragments in others), are interspersed between small coves and cliffs ranging from 66-197 feet tall. The area near Arbus is called Costa Verde, the Green Coast, due to the maquis covering the hills and the sand dunes (the highest in Europe 200 feet tall) that gradually descend to the sea.Still largely untouched, Costa Verde is frequented mainly by tourists in search of tranquility and silence. Campidano and Marmilla produce a special type of bread named civraxu, a large focaccia with crunchy crust and soft core.Characteristic of the area are the soups of legumes with lard and aromatic herbs, evoking the simple recipes of ancient rural traditions. Dishes prepared with the local vegetables and meat, seasoned with olives, artichokes and olive oil include the artichoke lamb, the ravioli stuffed with ricotta and the malloreddus, the famous gnocchi prepared with the local wheat.Toward the mountains, the products are increasingly tied to pastoral tradition: think kid, lamb, the many varieties of cheese and the game collected in the nearby mountains. Closer to the coast are many fish-based recipes such as grilled and fried fish, shellfish and soups.Lastly, the local almond, honey, saffron, cheese and ricotta desserts are still realized according to tradition. Among the outstanding wines.