Abandoned Argentiera

A completely different Sardinian trip this time is to Argentiera. Full of ghostly derelict mining buildings and empty, staring windows.

This eerie place is a former mining town and its name comes from the Italian argento -silver. It feels like a former gold rush town in the Mid West.

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Silver has been mined here since the ancient era including during the Roman era. It was reopened in the 19th century by a Belgian company but was finally closed in 1963.

Argentiera mine is one of the most important example of industrial archaeology in Sardinia, it’s even UNESCO protected.

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If you continue beyond the empty, windowless buildings of the mine you’ll find an attractive little bay.

The silvery shingle beach is lapped, as always, by a constantly changing seascape.

A kaleidoscope of colours shifts through the crystal clear waters and washes over rocky outcrops.

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A lovely little pit stop and worth half a hour to soak up the odd, empty atmosphere.

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