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Arbatax

Arbatax

Arbatax is located on a peninsula (Capo Bellavista), at the center of the east coast of Sardinia, near the pond of Tortolì. 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
Region Sardinia

Inhabitants: 11.059
Altitude center: 13 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
Città del Vino

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.

Next or present Events

  • Feast of Stella Maris
    From 13-07-2018
    To 15-07-2018
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2018-07-13 2018-07-15 Europe/Rome Feast of Stella Maris The feast was born to celebrate Our Lady Star of the sea, the patron saint of Arbatax and of the sea. It takes place in the month of July, being articulated in three days from Fridayì to Sunday. The feast in addition to involve the villagers and the parishioners attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims. In the days prior to the population of the place decorates the country with compositions of sheets and tapes that recall the colors of the Madonna and the sea: white, blue and blue. The track of the lungomare fills with colorful stalls offering a varietyà of typical Sardinian products. The Committee of the festival also organizes entertainment music during the festivals of the mussels (Fridayì) and fried fish (Saturday). The religious part of the feast takes place on Sunday with a procession: The simulacrum of the Madonna from the church and, passing through the streets of the village, reaches the quays of the port where the Holy Mass is celebrated. At the conclusion of Mass the statue of the Madonna is placed on a vessel made available and prepared for the occasion. In the wake of the fishing vessel shall collect many boats filled with faithful who will start in procession to make the traditional three laps in the port that conclude with the launch of a crown of flowers in remembrance of the victims of the sea. All are waiting at this point the conclusion in the beauty of the feast. Arbatax

    The feast was born to celebrate Our Lady Star of the sea, the patron saint of Arbatax and of the sea. It takes place in the month of July, being articulated in three days from Fridayì to Sunday. The feast in addition to involve the villagers and the parishioners attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims. In the days prior to the population of the place decorates the country with compositions of sheets and tapes that recall the colors of the Madonna and the sea: white, blue and blue. The track of the lungomare fills with colorful stalls offering a varietyà of typical Sardinian products. The Committee of the festival also organizes entertainment music during the festivals of the mussels (Fridayì) and fried fish (Saturday). The religious part of the feast takes place on Sunday with a procession: The simulacrum of the Madonna from the church and, passing through the streets of the village, reaches the quays of the port where the Holy Mass is celebrated. At the conclusion of Mass the statue of the Madonna is placed on a vessel made available and prepared for the occasion. In the wake of the fishing vessel shall collect many boats filled with faithful who will start in procession to make the traditional three laps in the port that conclude with the launch of a crown of flowers in remembrance of the victims of the sea. All are waiting at this point the conclusion in the beauty of the feast.

Other Events

Feast of Stella Maris (July)


The feast was born to celebrate Our Lady Star of the sea, the patron saint of Arbatax and of the sea. It takes place in the month of July, being articulated in three days from Fridayì to Sunday. The feast in addition to involve the villagers and the parishioners attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims. In the days prior to the population of the place decorates the country with compositions of sheets and tapes that recall the colors of the Madonna and the sea: white, blue and blue. The track of the lungomare fills with colorful stalls offering a varietyà of typical Sardinian products. The Committee of the festival also organizes entertainment music during the festivals of the mussels (Fridayì) and fried fish (Saturday).

The religious part of the feast takes place on Sunday with a procession: The simulacrum of the Madonna from the church and, passing through the streets of the village, reaches the quays of the port where the Holy Mass is celebrated. At the conclusion of Mass the statue of the Madonna is placed on a vessel made available and prepared for the occasion. In the wake of the fishing vessel shall collect many boats filled with faithful who will start in procession to make the traditional three laps in the port that conclude with the launch of a crown of flowers in remembrance of the victims of the sea. All are waiting at this point the conclusion in the beauty of the feast.

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