Porto Flavia

Porto Flavia, Iglesias: Hours, Address, Porto Flavia Reviews: 4.5/5

Porto Flavia
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lookouts • Mines
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9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:45 PM
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Porto Flavia is one of Sardegna’s wonders. This extraordinary monument of industrial archaeology looms over an enchanting coastline, gifting visitors with a breathtaking vista of the thousand-shaded blue Masua sea, and on the evocative Pan di Zucchero sea stacks, a natural monument 133 metres (440 ft) tall. A genuine engineering masterpiece which improved miners’ life condition and reduced mineral transportation times and costs. The port was given its name by engineer Cesare Vecelli. He gave the port his daughter’s name. The port was operational until the 1960s.
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Aga223
Katowice, Poland47 contributions
Friends
This is an amazing place - both for its location and its history. Getting there (you need to get to the village called Masua) you will enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline and then you can learn about astonishing history of Porto Flavia as well as mining industry history on Sardinia. The visit is guided and the guide tells about the place in a really interesting way, with great passion. Unfortunately the visits are guided only in Italian, so if you don't speak Italian you really have to go there with someone who does, as the information given by the guide is really great and makes sense of the visit.
Written September 12, 2012
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Simon T
Perth, Australia185 contributions
Friends
Porto Flavia is fascinating and beautiful on many levels. The role that engineering technology played on changing the economics of this loading port (and the associated mine) and the impact that had on the local community is vividly displayed and brought back to life.
The subtext is that this heavy industrial activity can also be beautiful architecture and culture and even (as is undoubtedly the case here) enhance the beauty of a place which already has incredible natural beauty. I have seen literally the majority of the Italian coastline and Masua is one of the most beautiful parts in my opinion - Porto Flavia adds to that.
The facade itself is reminiscent of the image of the giant statues of long dead kings guarding the approach to Gondor in Tolkein's Lord of the Rings.
To top it off the views from inside the dock out over Scoglio Pan di Zucchero (Sugarloaf Rock) are absolutely breathtaking.
Written April 28, 2018
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JoesHairnet
Kloten, Switzerland66 contributions
Family
We were there with our babyboy and although the English tour was scheduled an hour later, we got our own private tour because they didn't want us to wait so long. That was very nice! The guide was very ambitious and knew everything about that place. It's breathtaking to see what people built into that mountain.
Written June 20, 2018
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Charalampos G
Aspropyrgos, Greece1 contribution
Couples
We arrived at porto flavia and we waited to the line for 45 minutes to buy a ticket and make the tour. The hour was 10:00 a.m and the lady at the ticket shop just told us the place is booked until 16:00 p.m. We waited at the line so much time and we come all way from Greece. No respect to the tourists. Nothing. Sardinia isn't a good place for tourists cause italian people have no good manners.
Written August 19, 2021
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Tobias
Gmunden, Austria2 contributions
Couples
DO NOT TAKE THIS TOUR!!
Unfriendly and ignorant as it can get. Our friend without closed shoes did come back in time (now with closed shoes) for the 17:00 tour. They didn't let us participate anyway and only then told us we could have rented closed shoes. After that they ridiculed us as to why we are not speaking italian.
Easly the most impudent, ignorant unfriendly "tourist"-personal (short black haired woman with glasses) I've ever encountered!!!!
DO NOT TAKE THIS TOUR!!
Written July 14, 2020
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WiseTreeOwl
Cheltenham, UK610 contributions
I have to say we felt a bit mislead, we had been advised at the airport by the travel office and strangely by the car hire representative that this was a must see place in Sardinia so had driven 2 hours to get here.

Our guide was very good, she explained the requirement for the tunnel and why it allowed larger ships to take the mined ore away in greater quantities. We got to understand the difficulties of digging the tunnel as we walked along and how it affected jobs and the community. At the end we arrived at the point that the ships used to be loaded and had a good view out to sea and then walked back.

This itself is not the mine, you do drive past the abandoned mine on your way to here.

I don't really see this as an attraction for children unless there are very interested in industrial/economic history. Certainly our teenage daughter who is interested in history and does history A level was quite bored.

On some practical points, the car park is very small and even in late October we were very lucky to be able to get a space. There is a food truck, but you can only pay by cash.
Written November 24, 2019
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Jana C
Prague, Czech Republic4,618 contributions
We arrived after parking the car in a tiny carpark. There was a tiny bar or kiosk and there was someone there and a ticket office which looked shut but the lady was smoking on the side and didn't bother coming to the window even when she had to see us standing there for quite a while. We left disappointed.
Written September 16, 2019
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clatessa
triestew52 contributions
Family
This harbour is peculiar.
Not another one like this in the entire world.
So, it's time to visit.
Reservation: a quarterof point less. you'll need one and it's nor as easy as it seems.
try to check availability via e-mail, it's better than using the phone.
but the place! it's worth visiting it.
super educated tour guides will help you enjoying every single centimetres of this harbour built after a super ingenious all italian project.
It's a pearl.
Hope the touristic office will get the road easier to find and the place more confortable for waiting.
Written August 9, 2017
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TravelandKids2010
Geneva, Switzerland125 contributions
Family
Didn't manage to see this because by the time we arrived and found any way to know when this attraction was open it was too late. We finally found out through a phone call to a tourist information office. Sardinian tourism should have this information on a website but they don't. This information was found out on July 14th 2016.
Written July 14, 2016
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Csilla G
3 contributions
Family
We had the luck that we got a fantastic guide just for ourselves in english, as everybody else was with the italian group. She was really nice and told us interesting stories about the place, and gave even tips about what is worth to see in Sardinia. Porto Flavia is a fascinating place with spectacular views, well worth the visit!
Written July 18, 2015
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Porto Flavia is open:
  • Sun - Mon 9:30 AM - 5:45 PM
  • Tue - Thu 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Fri - Sat 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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