In the area of the comune di Arbus, in the province of Medio Campidano , Hotel Le Dune is located in the south western coast of Sardinia, between Capo Pecora and Capo Frasca: the so called Costa Verde (green coast). Lays on the several kilometers long golden beach of Piscinas, surrounded by the highest dunes in Europe.
It is easy to reach from each port and airport of Sardinia, riding smooth roads until the mine of Ingurtosu, ancient mining village once flourishing and populated and now silent and abandoned. After Ingurtosu you will reach the “Laveria Brassey”, the mineral washing plant in Naracauli – where the tarmac road gives way to a 7 km of unpaved road following the ancient railway which brought the mineral to the Sea Warehouse, through the Dunes covered in juniper and mastic, asphodelus and strawflower, until the beach of Piscinas where the Hotel lays.
- From Cagliari/Elmas airport: drive along the SS130 direction Iglesias, for about 20 km, then make a right turn to Villasor on SS 126. Follow the direction Villacidro, then Gonnosfanadiga. Cross the village, then make a left turn on SS 196 to Arbus. Cross Arbus too, then follow to INGURTOSU (about 6 km after Arbus, make a right) then to Piscinas. As an alternative, take the SS 131 to Oristano, leaving it before –at the sign of “San Gavino Monreale/Guspini” on SS197. Drive through Guspini, then Arbus and as above.
- From Olbia/Sassari/Alghero: drive on SS 131 direction Cagliari- After Oristano make a right turn on the second sign for URAS/San Nicolo Arcidano. Cross San Nicolo, reach Guspini then Arbus and as above. As an alternative, just after Oristano make a right to Santa Giusta/Arborea. Follow the SP49; After Arborea, follow the sign to Marceddì driving through the bridge on the lagoon. You will be in the area of Sant’Antonio di Santadi. Follow the coast road SP65 until Marina di Arbus/Portu Maga. Tarmac road gives way to an unpaved road which crosses two little rivers. The first ford is the so called “red river” (due to mining waste), the second is the “rio Piscinas” – they both are always almost dry, depending on the more or less rainy season. From the road here you will see the Dunes of Piscinas from above: you will see how high and wide they are. At the crossroad after the second ford make a right, another Kilometer and a half and you are at Hotel Le Dune
The Surrounding Territory
Ingurtosu is an outlying small village in the municipality of Arbus and was, together with Montevecchio, one of the most important mining centres in Sardinia.
His name comes from “su gurturgiu”, a griffon vulture which inhabited the skies of the area. Today Ingurtosu is a crumbling, half-deserted village but it was inhabited till the end of the 60’s and at one time almost 5,000 people lived there. It was the managerial centre of Ingurtosu and nearby Gennamari mines which made up the mining area called the “Montevecchio Vein” where lead, zinc and silver were extracted..
Along the valley that links the village to the sea a few old mine shafts can be found, among them the shaft called “Gal” which has been recently restored, and the imposing ruins of the Brassey Washery, built in 1900 in a place called Naracauli.
The valley ends with the wonderful Dunes of Piscinas where the mineral was transported by a small railway, built in 1871, and then loaded onto cargo ships.
Today Ingurtosu is a monument of industrial archaeology and is part of a vast area that has been declared “UNESCO World’s Heritage Site” and part of the Historical and Natural Geo-Mining Park of Regione Sardegna.