Arbatax is located on Cape Bellavista at the center of the east coast of Sardinia. Its primitive population relates to immigration ponzesi fishermen. There is a lighthouse as a reference for the navigation system which has taken the place of a tower of medieval sighting towers.
The name Arbatax, according to a widespread etymology, derives from Arabic arba at ashar dialect (Arba the ṭash), which means "14", and that could indicate the fourteenth tower sighting, like all those present in the Sardinian coasts (the area is in fact characterized by a "Spanish Tower" is still well preserved).
Thanks to its strategic position, Arbatax proves to be the port of Ogliastra. The Red Rocks are one of the main points of attraction of coastal fraction. This site is located inside the village, at the entrance of the port and at the foot of the hill of Bellavista. La Battigia is here constituted in part by pebbles of granite and red porphyry and the rest by cliffs.
Borgo di Arbatax
Municipality of Tortolì
Province of Nuoro
Population: 11.059 (2.202 in the village)
Altitude center: 13 m a.s.l.
the Municipality is part of:
Città del vino
Unione Nord Ogliastra
Muncipality of Tortolì
Via Garibaldi 1 - Tortolì (NU)
Tel. +39 0782 600700
Arbatax Info Point
Via Lungomare Porto - Arbatax (OG)
Tel. +39 339 8992939
The enogastronomic tradition is linked very much to the local folklore and especially to fishing, seen that in country abound fishermen.
Starting from the first dishes we must remember the culurgiones, of local ravioli stuffed with Sardinian cheeses and fresh potatoes and flavored with herbs. Always on the basis of potatoes you cannot taste the coccoi prena, a loaf very tasty and flavorsome.
fish c’è obviously the soup of fish, in addition to various Risotto with seafood caught in the seas neighbors. Passing to the dishes you will find both game, as sheep, porcetto and goat, cooked in various ways, that fish, as prawns grilled and expensive but delicious lobster. Also l’Ogliastra as Sardinia è then famous for its delicious cheeses among which stand out many variations of pecorino cheese.
finally sweets, with macaroons, pirichitti and pardulas king. Typical only of Tortolì è then the pan’ and saba based on dried fruit such as nuts and almonds.