Discovering the Santa Barbara Mining Trail, a tribute to the miners of Sulcis-Iglesiente

Travel advices

Do you wish to explore Sulcis-Iglesiente from an unexpected perspective? The Santa Barbara Mining Trail offers a fascinating experience, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to delve into the mining history of the region and walk through the oldest land in Italy, spanning 8,000 years of history.. Let’s explore together why you should absolutely consider visiting!

Vista dall'alto del cammino minerario santa barbara nel Sud Ovest Sardegna

History and Origins

The Santa Barbara Mining Trail is a historical-religious itinerary deeply rooted in the region’s history Iand it originates and develops predominantly in Sulcis Iglesiente. This captivating route follows the footsteps of ancient miners who once toiled in the mines, seeking precious minerals such as iron and coal. The 500-kilometer journey in 30 stages is dedicated to Santa Barbara, the patron saint of miners, to whom they entrusted their lives and families.

The Santa Barbara Mining Trail

The trail winds through old mines, underground tunnels, and abandoned mining villages. These attractions offer a true journey into the past, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the lives of miners of bygone eras. This circular trail, starting and ending in Iglesias, is part of the industrial archaeology heritage of the Geomineral Park of Sardinia.

In addition to its mining history, the Santa Barbara Mining Trail also provides incredible natural beauty. It traverses mountains, holm oak forests, caves, and waterfalls, ultimately reaching the stunning sea of Sulcis-Iglesiente and the sand dunes of Piscinas.

Gruppo di persone che percorre il cammino minerario santa barbara nel Sud Ovest Sardegna

You can participate in guided tours that take you deep into the mines, allowing you to explore hidden places and discover fascinating stories about the miners’ lives. Moreover, there are shows and special events that enable you to experience history firsthand, such as the Santa Barbara International Music Festival.

Paths Suitable for Every Need

The trail is suitable for visitors of all ages and fitness levels, whether you prefer walking or cycling. There are easier routes for families and more challenging paths for experienced hikers. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned hiker, there is a route that suits your needs.

To complete all 30 stages, it takes about a month. We recommend contacting the foundation overseeing the itinerary for all information and consulting experienced guides. You can obtain credentials, the pilgrim/hiker passport, where a stamp will be made at each stage to attest your passage. Alternatively, you can also traverse it in multiple periods or during different seasons.

The Santa Barbara Mining Trail is an opportunity to delve into the mining history of the region and enjoy its extraordinary beauty—a journey between heaven and earth, between religion and history. A path that will leave you forever changed.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Santa Barbara Mining Trail and discover all that this extraordinary destination has to offer.