Traditions, nature and a mining heritage
Iglesias is off the beaten track for most tourists, which means it has a more authentic, wild charm. Located in south-western Sardinia, it has plenty to offer all who visit. In the city, you can admire the churches of Santa Chiara, Madonna delle Grazie, the Collegio and San Francesco, which is one of the most intact and significant examples of Catalan-Gothic architecture in Sardinia.
In the surrounding area, known as Iglesiente, be sure to stop by the mining sites. The most fascinating include the Grotta di San Giovanni, the Grotta di Santa Barbara and the Porto Flavia, which is built on a cliff and closely tied to the island’s history.
Easter is one of the best times to visit the city. Don’t miss the Rites of Holy Week in Iglesias, steeped in Iberian tradition. They take place from the Tuesday to the Friday before Easter: during this time, the city is dressed in mourning to create a backdrop for the processions of hooded figures.
When it comes to food, typical dishes that are popular in the area include malloreddus pasta and Guefus, spherical sweets made of almond paste.