Conti Vecchi Saltworks

Conti Vecchi Saltworks

This element belongs to the categories: Naturalistic areas of great interest, Wetlands and ponds

Opening hours:

Conti Vecchi Saltworks can be visited on Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Open on August 15th.
Closed on December 24th, 25th, 26th and on January 1st.

Opening times:
- From May 22 to August 31: on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm; from Thursday to Sunday, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
- From September 1 to September 30: from 10 am to 7 pm.
- From October 1 to October 31: from 10 am to 8 pm.
- From November 1 to January 6 open from 10 am to 5 pm.

The tour lasts two hours and includes a free tour into the historical buildings (approximately 1 hour), and a guided tour by train (1 hour). Advance reservation is required and can be made by visitng the offical website at


Adults: 10 euro
Free entrance for children up to 5 years old
Reduced price ticket (6-18 years old): 4 euro
Students (up to 25 years old): 6 euro
Families: 25 euros (2 adults and 2 kids up to 18 years old)
Free admission for FAI members, members of National Trust, employees of "Syndial" and "Ing. Luigi Conti Vecchi S.p.a." and Bienfaiteurs Amis du Louvre Members.
Free for residents of Assemini, from Tuesday to Friday.

How to get there

By car
From Cagliari SS 195 "Sulcitana". Follow the signs to Pula and then to Macchiareddu and continue until the destination.
From Olbia/Sassari/Nuoro continue on SS 131 "Carlo Felice" towards Cagliari; Turn to S.P. 2 "Sestu-S.Sperate"; Follow signs to Assemini and then to Macchiareddu.
From Elmas Airport SS 391, continue on SS 195 Racc/E 25. Follow the signs to Pula and then to Macchiareddu

Organized Sud Sardegna Transfer.
Reservations up to 24 hours before departure at
If you want to book your transfer less than 24 hours before departure, please send a message or a WhatsApp to the number +39 338 3869885.
Cost: € 10 round trip per person from the Railway Station / Piazza Matteotti.
Guaranteed service for a minimum of 3 people (in the case of 1 or 2 people the required fee is always € 30,00).
Cash payment to the driver.

Provided services:

  • Toilet
  • Car park
An extensive wilderness and a site of industrial archaeology, within a still-operational plant, combine to tell the story of salt, complete with vintage backdrops, immersive projections and a route encompassing saltpans and mountains of “white gold”.
Conti Vecchi Saltworks

Sardinia's most long-established saltworks stretches across the 2700 hectares of the Santa Gilla basin: for almost 90 years, mankind and nature have been working in perfect synergy thanks to the far-sighted ambition of engineer Luigi Conti Vecchi who, in the late 1920s, implemented a pioneering project to reclaim the basin by building an immense saltworks and, in the process, contributing to the economic and social development of this depressed area on the outskirts of the city. There arose a flourishing, virtuous and forward-looking business: an eco-sustainable, self-sufficient chemical plant around which orbited a ‘salt community’ endowed with houses, schools and recreational facilities for the families of the owners, managers and employees who lived together in the village of Macchiareddu.
After the war, in the 1970s, the complex was sold to SIR Rumianca and in 1984, following the oil crisis and resultant industrial slow-down, it was compulsorily sold to Eni, which, over time, launched a project of industrial regeneration and reclamation through Syndial – a company that supplies integrated services in the field of environmental redevelopment – and which in 2017 entrusted to FAI the enhancement of this landscape and its cultural heritage. It is a story into which you can immerse yourself as you walk through the time-honoured executive suite, offices and chemical laboratory, which have been restored to look just as they did in the 1930s. It all adds up to a step back in time, accompanied by large-scale, evocative video-projections in the Workshop and the former Carpenter's Office that re-trace the history and operations of the saltworks and the landscape, which we explore on board a dedicated convoy that meanders along a route taking in saltpans and white mountains of salt, in surroundings that are as unusual as they are memorable, being home to hundreds of pink flamingos.

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