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Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara


About the Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara

501 km(311 mi)
Type of trail
Pilgrimage, Long-distance

Difficulty is highly personal. Be aware of the weather conditions as bad weather turns easier trails in difficult trails especially in the mountains.


Lodging means a mix of hotels, hostels or AirBnB’s.

Elevation gain
12500 m(41010 ft)
Mountains, Coastal, Countryside, Forest
Most of the time
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In the southwest of Sardinia, amongst the mining history and most ancient land in Italy, which UNESCO recognized as a World Heritage Site, lies the Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara (CMSB). The Mining Trail of Saint Barbara is a 500-kilometer-long Camino that is divided into 30 stages. Step back into the footsteps of the old mine workers and their patron, Saint Barbara.

This remarkable trail takes you through diverse landscapes, from rugged mountains to picturesque coastal areas, offering breathtaking views and a deep connection to Sardinia’s rich cultural heritage. Along the way, you’ll encounter historic mining sites, charming villages, and sacred shrines, making the Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara not only a journey through nature but also a pilgrimage through the island’s storied past.

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The Trail

Along the whole Cammino, you will see the ever-present places of worship and the churches devoted to Saint Barbara. Saint Barbara is revered as the protector of all people exposed to the dangers of violent death caused by explosives and weapons (miners and shot firers), fires (firefighters), and storms (sailors). This patron is symbolized by a tower (among others) and that’s why the tower is chosen as the emblem for the Mining Trail. The oldest church that is devoted to Saint Barbara along the trail is in Domusnovas, dating back to the late 13th century. ‘When I descend into the mine, my prayers rise to You.’

The CMSB is a historical, cultural, and religious experience while walking the oldest land in Europe. This ancient mining trail leads you along churches dedicated to the patron saint. However, it is not just a mining trail. The CMSB will pass cliffs, beaches, cross mountain ranges, and the countryside. But what stays with you forever are the people you will meet along the way. The lovely people will invite you to their homes and give you trail magic along the way. The friendliness and hospitality of the habitants of Sardinia will hold a special place in your heart.

Almost 75% of the route is covered by paths, mule trails, cart tracks, and unsealed roads, while the remaining 25% are cobbled streets in cities or asphalt roads between urban areas. The silence and herbal scents along the whole trail will surprise you. You will cross paths with wildlife like wild boars and hopefully golden eagles.

Highlights on this trail you don’t want to miss:

  • Pan di Zucchero: which means sugarloaf, is an impressive rock formation that rises out of the sea at Masua, a coastal district of Iglesias. Visit this place during sunset when the bright pink and yellow will bounce off this natural monument.
  • Porto Flavia: a sea harbor carved into the rock like a Tibetan monastery.
  • Su Mannau Cave: a cave sculpted 540 million years ago, which winds into the earth for 8 kilometers.
  • Temple di Antas: an ancient Carthaginian-Roman temple that was built around 500 BC.
  • San Giovanni Cave: the longest carriage cave in the world with its 860 meters.


The CMSB consists of 30 stages and a number of variants. You can find them on the official trail page here. You can easily combine shorter stages. Many hikers hiking this trail as a section-hike, covering several stages every year and completing the Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara after a few years.


On this trail, you mainly sleep in the many Posadas along the way. The term Posada means place of rest. Posadas are pensions/houses where pilgrims and fellow hikers are allowed to sleep. You can arrange all these Posadas before leaving via The Fondazione Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Mining Trail Foundation). They will provide and arrange all the food and water in the Posadas. They are equipped with a kitchen, a bathroom with hot showers, and there are single comfy beds.

In some villages, there are hotels/pensions that you can book in advance. Language barriers can be difficult sometimes so make sure to bring and download a translation app on your phone.

Make sure to check out Agriturismo Fattoria Didattica Pubusinu at the end of stage 11, where Chef Allesandro provides you with the most amazing and traditional local food!

Best time of the year

The best time of the year to hike the Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara is all year round. The islands’ favorable weather makes it easy to hike this trail every month, enjoying the different colors and scents that the coast, the Mediterranean scrub, and the forests offer according to the seasons. During winter it is very rare for the route to be closed due to weather conditions like snow. However, when you are hiking the CMSB during the summer months, it is advisable to walk in the early hours to avoid the hottest time of the day.

Keep in mind that the weather can change rapidly, although the climate is super stable. It is essential to be prepared for various conditions, including sudden rain or high sun radiation. So bring a rain jacket and sun protection, like a sun hoody. Always check trail conditions and the local weather forecasts, and speak with the locals, since they know their lands the best.

Safety & Gear

When planning a hike, please consider important factors to ensure safety. Research the trail to understand its difficulty, length, and terrain using resources like this website, guidebooks, previous hikers, and local hiking organizations. This will be important for you to put it into the perspective of your fitness and preparation levels.

Inform friends or family of your hike details including start and end times, route, and emergency contacts for safety. Make sure you check the local weather and avoid hiking in severe conditions to stay safe. Stay hydrated and nourished by bringing enough water—at least two liters in summer—and snacks to maintain energy levels.

Familiarize yourself with the trail map, carry navigation tools like a compass and map, and load the GPX onto your phone and invest in the right hiking gear, including proper footwear and clothing, and essentials such as a first-aid kit. You may always check out our gear list for long-distance trails and as always adhere to the Leave No Trace principles by keeping to trails, packing out trash, and respecting wildlife and habitats.

Good to know

Fun tip #1:
Get your Pilgrim credentials before setting foot on the trail. This is a passport where you can collect stamps along the way. When you have hiked more than 100 kilometers, you can collect your pilgrim Testimonium at the CMSB office in Iglesias.

Fun tip #2:
As a pilgrim, you can get a ribbon with the name and logo of the trail, so that it can be tied to the backpack in recognition.

The CMSB is an upcoming trail that can be hiked as a thru-hike, but also as a multiday hike. In the booklet, they give you examples of sections that take about a long weekend up to a whole month of hiking. This trail is even possible to complete as a bikepacker!

The CMSB foundation also created an app for this trail where you can download maps for offline use. On these maps, they show posadas, historical sightings, stamp collection points, and other information.

Highest point
900m (2950 ft)
Water recourses
at Posadas or towns along the way


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The Mining Trail of Saint Barbara

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