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Arriving from Guspini, the first place you come across is Arbus with its few houses behind the Gerrna Frongia Pass, a quiet lonely resort developed around the parish, dedicated to San Sebastiano which boasts a unique guest, Paolo Pusceddu, a Sardinian cutlery craftsman, who built the largest jack-knife in the world (3.35 m. long and 80 kg. In weight). An interesting museum has been dedicated to the production of Sardinian knives since 1600 till now. Arbus is connected to the Costa Verde, a paradise still not damaged by tourist settlements, with white beaches between sand dunes and rocks overlooking crystal clear waters. The way to Marina di Arbus is enchanting. It crosses one of the most beautiful zones of the Iglesiente, which historically was dedicated to mineral works and in the 19th Century spectacular examples of industrial architecture were built. Buildings and industrial plants, not in use any more, appear as ghosts among Mediterranean vegetation and hills, where time seems to stop. So, from Arbus before seeing the blue sea you cross the Montevecchio Mine, which extends for about 9 km., being the most productive mine of the island, and among the biggest European mines. It was founded in 1848 to mine lead and zinc and a small village was built to house workers. This was an Avant Garde complex among the European models, where a coin was produced to pay workers, who could spend it only in the mine shop. Continuing on you pass Ingurtosu another mining village, reaching the Grotta di Su Mannau, the largest cave of the area (about 6 km.) which is about 30 million years old. Guided tours are available to take you through many spelaeological sites. In this cave there is the unique white crustacean Stenasellus nuragicus. A short distance from this cave the famous beach Dune di Piscinas (25 km. from Arbus) can be found. It is among the most beautiful places in Sardinia. The view is that of a desert landscape, with an expanse of dunes, among the most extensive in Italy, where the horizon divides the white of the sand and the blue of the sea and the sky. Indescribable beauty! From Péiscinas the sandy coastline continues north towards Marina di Arbus, seaside resort with beautiful beaches. Nearby are interesting localities, such as Colonia Marina di Fundanazza and Porto Palma a little fishing village whose inhabitants fished tuna. North towards Torre de Flumentorgiu, there is another modern tourist centre called Torre dei Corsari, whose scenery is dominated by dunes which extend up to Pistis: Is Arenas’e s’Acqua ‘e s’Ollastu.
On the other side of the Costa Verde towards the south is spectacular scenery of beautiful beaches, such as S’Acquadroxiu, Pischeredda close to the dune di Scivu. South of these beaches is Porto Piccolo with its long beach reaching to Cala Domestica surrounded by high rocky walls and a promontory dominated by an ancient Saracen tower. From here it is 11 km. to Masua where the mine cave of Porta Flavia can be visited and the most unpolluted Italian coast can be admired. In front of it the rocks Pan di Zucchero, S’Augusten and Morto stand out.


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