Pan di Zucchero – Masua – Nebida – South Sardinia

The itinerary continues until Nebida suburb, with its breathtaking panoramic viewpoint on Laveria Lamarmora; after a walk in the country you can admire an ancient mining stone building facing the sea with an old landing place and its platform.

Along the road the coast offers a variety of beaches and headlands, including Masua with the stack of Pan di Zucchero. It is a wondeful cambric chalky rock created by the marine erosion that has also caused its isolation from the mainland, it is 133 meters high with a massive and rounded form.

Not to be missed is a visit to Porto Flavia Gallery a loading point for minerals , 600 meters long. It’s an engineering masterpiece constructed in 1924 by Cesare Vercelli, to solve the problem of loading the ships, known as swing-trays, that transported minerals and coal to Carloforte to then be transferred to steamships, he invented a direct loading system of the minerals on to the ships. An unforgettable feature is the tunnel with a sheer drop over Pan di Zucchero and the sea of the Gulf of Gonnesa and S.Pietro Island.Nebida and Masua beachIn Nebida and Masua there are many lovely small beaches where you enjoy your relaxing holidays, being surrounded by such natural beauties. If you love trekking, mountain biking, birdwatching or climbing Sulcis Iglesiente district is nowadays an ideal destination for many types of sport. What perhaps you don’t yet know is that Sulcis Iglesiente offers active holidays, a wealth of uncontaminated landscapes, from the coast to the innland, and itineraries which are not well known, but worth discovering, like the evocative Canal Grande, after having crossed different landscapes with thick copses and deep canyons.

The route takes you along the waterfront, characterized by high calcareous cliffs. In this stretch of land nature is rich in nice smells of myrtle, juniper and rosemary. The Peregrine falcon chooses to make its nests in the cliffs, while the goshawk and the sparrow hawk can be seen circling above every wood of Iglesiente, where it is also easy to encounter the Sardinian partridge and hoopoe.

Closer to the sea, with a bit of patience, people can catch sight of the rare shag and the strange Corsican seagull, while towards sunset, it is possible to spot a scops-owl and a barn owl. In the deepest forests, it will also be easy to find hares, martens, weasels, foxes and the garden dormouse; next to courses of water, if you are very lucky, you might even find a Loggerhead turtle.