Porto Flavia is a site not to be missed for those visiting Sardinia: sea, mines, a breathtaking landscape and the stories of hundreds of miners who worked here.
Porto Flavia is a unique mining engineering masterpiece. It was designed and built by the engineer Cesare Vecelli in 1924. Flavia was the daughter of Cesare Vecelli. Thanks to an innovative system for loading the ore directly onto the ships which reduced costs and delivery times of the mineral. Before this innovation, the ore was loaded by hand and transported in small boats on the island of St. Peter’s. 9 silos were dug which connected to an upper gallery, where the mineral was brought by wagons and deposited into the lower gallery. A conveyor belt was extended outside when the ship was there, through an open window on the cliff from where the ore was deposited directly into the hold of the ships.
You reach Porto Flavia by a dirt road which starts at the beautiful beach of Masua, and ends, after about 1.5 km, at the entrance of the mine.
The guided tour of the galleries takes about an hour: after walking for about 600m in the upper gallery you will reach a beautiful terrace.