Comune di Portoscuso

Torre Spagnola (Spanish Tower).

Coat of arms

Location of Portoscuso in Sardinia

Coordinates: 39°13′N 8°23′E / 39.217°N 8.383°E / 39.217; 8.383
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province / Metropolitan city South Sardinia
Frazioni Paringianu, Brunc' 'e Teula, Portovesme
  Mayor Giorgio Alimonda
  Total 39.1 km2 (15.1 sq mi)
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population (30 April 2014)[1]
  Total 5,242
  Density 130/km2 (350/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Portoscusesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 09010
Dialing code 0781
Patron saint San Giovanni Battista (John the Baptist), Santa Maria d'Itria
Website Official website

Portoscuso (Portescùsi in sardinian language) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of South Sardinia in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 75 kilometres (47 mi) west of Cagliari and about 14 kilometres (9 mi) northwest of Carbonia. The languages used here is Italian and Sardinian Campidanese.

Portoscuso borders the following municipalities: Carbonia, Gonnesa, San Giovanni Suergiu.


Although human presecence in this territory date back to prehistoric times, the town originated in the XVII century from an hamlet inhabited by tuna and coral fishermen. It became a comune in 1853. Notable sights include the Spanish Tower (XVI century), the church of Madonna d'Itria and Arsenal (known as Su Pranu).

The town is extremely proud of its famous tuna fishery and is restoring the original buildings.

Touristic port of Portoscuso


At Portoscuso, there is Sulcis Power Station, the largest power station of Sardinia, whose chimney is the tallest man-made structure on Sardinia.

See also


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
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