Arbus, Sardinia

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Arbus
Comune
Comune di Arbus
San Sebastiano Church in Arbus Sardinia
San Sebastiano Church in Arbus Sardinia
Coat of arms of Arbus
Coat of arms
Arbus is located in Italy
Arbus
Arbus
Location of Arbus in Italy
Coordinates: 39°32′N 8°36′E / 39.533°N 8.600°E / 39.533; 8.600
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province Medio Campidano (VS)
Frazioni Montevecchio, Ingurtosu, S.Antonio di Santadi
Government
 • Mayor Francesco Atzori
Area
 • Total 267.0 km2 (103.1 sq mi)
Elevation 314 m (1,030 ft)
Population (30 November 2010)
 • Total 6,626
 • Density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Demonym 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 Medio Campidano in the Italian region of Sardinia. Located in the south west 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.

History[edit]

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]

Geography[edit]

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 the 31st of 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' Desert (Italian: Deserto di Piscinas) is a sandy desert spanning approximately 5 square kilometres (2 square miles). Is considered one of the biggest desert systems in Europe.

Main sights[edit]

Main sights of Arbus include:

  • Museum of Sardinian Knife[6]
  • Monte Granatico
  • Church of the Beata Vergine d'Itria
  • Church of San Sebastiano
  • Church of Sant'Antonio di Santadi
  • Monte Arcuentu

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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

Sources[edit]

  • Angei, Luca, Arbus tra storia e leggenda. Usanze e vita di un popolo, Cesmet, Napoli, 1995
  • Caddeo, Antonello, Arbus. Immagini e ricordi dal passato, Editar, Cagliari, 1994
  • Concas, Luciano, Arbus, coste incantate e fondali da sogno, Garau, Guspini 2007
  • Concas, Luciano, Arbus, le sue coste e i suoi fondali, Garau, Guspini 2003
  • Mostallino Murgia, Costa Verde. Da Capo Frasca a Cala Domestica. La costa e l'interno, Zonza, Cagliari, 2005
  • Piras, Aldo, Pietro Leo e Raimondo Garau. Tempi e luoghi, Garau, Guspini, 2003

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