Colonia Marina di Funtanazza, Sardinia (I)

SEPTEMBER 2010 – A small, cozy beach close to the Colonia Marina di Funtanazza, a holiday retreat erected in the 1950s for the families of the nearby mine-workers of Montevecchio and Ingurtosu. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

This is the first image of a mini series covering the Colonia Marina di Funtanazza at the west coast of Sardinia in Italy.

The west coast of Sardinia, the ‘Costa Verde’ (‘Green Coast’) is a region that has been widely ignored by mass tourism so far. It’s rather challenging to get there over bumpy, long winded and sometimes steep roads, but once you get there you can enjoy beautiful beaches of all sizes in tranquility.

We found this beach next to the Colonia Marina di Funtanazza, nestled in the rocky coastline, with just scrub and Sardinian deer. The Colonia used to be a holiday retreat especially built for the families of the workers of the nearby mines of Montevecchio and Ingurtosu.

The retreat had been inaugurated in 1956 and had been in operation until 1983, surviving the closure of the mines. It featured Tennis courts, a big public swimming pool, soccer fields, and a beautiful beach. Actually, it still is a nice spot for a vacation today.

To be continued…

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time02-SEP-2010, 11:42
LocationArbus, Sardinia, Italy
CameraCanon EOS 5D
LensCanon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/2500 sec at f/5.0
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4338 x 2871 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/


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