Arbus, Sardinia

Comune di Arbus

San Sebastiano Church in Arbus Sardinia

Coat of arms

Location of Arbus in Sardinia

Coordinates: 39°32′N 8°36′E / 39.533°N 8.600°E / 39.533; 8.600
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province / Metropolitan city South Sardinia
Frazioni Montevecchio, Ingurtosu, S.Antonio di Santadi, Torre dei corsari, Pistis, Porto Palma, Gutturu e Flumini, Portu maga, Sa perda marcada
  Mayor Antonello Ecca
  Total 269.0 km2 (103.9 sq mi)
Elevation 311 m (1,020 ft)
Population (01 gennaio 2016)
  Total 7,340
  Density 27/km2 (71/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Arburesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 09031
Dialing code 070

Arbus is a comune (municipality) in the Province of South Sardinia in the Italian region of Sardinia. Located in the southwest coast of the island, Arbus is known for its coastline, the Costa Verde, and for several archeological sites, such as the mines of Montevecchio.[1] With an area of 267 square kilometres (103 square miles), Arbus is the second largest municipality in Sardinia.


Traditional costume from Arbus

Arbus has been inhabited by man since the ancient Neolithic. It includes a mountain district which separates Medio Campidano from the sea. There are numerous tombe dei giganti (Giant graves) in the district of Capo Pecora, and in other areas of territory. Notable people who were born in Arbus are Pietro Leo (1766–1805) and Raimondo Garau (1767–1824).[2]


Dune system of Piscinas

Located about 60 kilometres (37 miles) northwest of Cagliari and about 25 kilometres (16 miles) west of Sanluri on the Sardinian southwest coast, Arbus on 31 December 2004 had a population of 6,895.[3] The geology of Arbus is known as batolite ercinico Arburese.

Arbus is known for its coastline, known as Costa Verde. For both 2002 and 2003, the wide Arbus coasts were awarded "5 sails" by the Legambiente and Touring Club. Beaches include, from north to south, Capo Frasca, Pistis, Torre dei Corsari, Porto Palma, Babari, Funtanazza, Gutturu Flumini (Marina di Arbus), Portu Maga, Piscinas, Scivu and Capo Pecora.[4][5]

Piscinas is a sandy beach with a large dune system spanning approximately 5 square kilometres (2 square miles). Is considered one of the biggest dune systems in Europe.

Main sights

Main sights of Arbus include:

See also


  1. Angei, Luca, Arbus tra storia e leggenda. Usanze e vita di un popolo, Cesmet, Naples 1995
  2. Piras, Aldo, Pietro Leo e Raimondo Garau. Tempi e luoghi, Garau, Guspini, 2003
  3. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  4. Concas, Luciano, Arbus, coste incantate e fondali da sogno, Garau, Guspini 2007
  5. Concas, Luciano, Arbus, le sue coste e i suoi fondali, Garau, Guspini 2003
  6. Museum of Sardinian Knife


External links

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Arbus.
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