Located halfway between Stintino and Alghero is the abandoned coastal mining town of Argentiera,
a ghost-like place standing on one of the wildest sections of Sardinia's coast.
Argentiera Sardinia Review
The silver mine at Argentiera dates back to the Roman era and was once the largest Sardinian
producer of this precious metal.
It was as recently as 1963 that the seams were finally exhausted
and production at the mine ceased. Apart from
fencing off some of the more unstable buildings nothing has really been touched since
the closure. Shafts and workings, administration buildings, miner's quarters and chapel
all stand in an empty, eerie silence like something from the old wild-west.
Not everyone, however, has packed up and moved on and some of the housing at the top of the
town is still occupied. In the summer a couple of restaurants and a bar serve food and
drink to visitors most of whom visit Argentiera for the good bathing.
Immediately beyond the mine it is possible to drive down to a large cove that contains two shingle beaches. Although the shingle itself is rather grey in colour, this sheltered
spot is a favourite with bathers and the tranquil, crystal-clear water is excellent for
swimming. The rocks at either end of the cove also provide ample opportunities for snorkeling.
A small snack bar can be found on the further of the two
Some three kilometers before Argentiera, just as the road veers away from the shore, there
is another popular spot for beach aficionados with a similar small shingle cove located
immediately beyond a campsite. Parking is available in the camp next to a boat park and there's
also a restaurant/pizzeria for refreshments.