Gairo, Sardinia

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Comune di Gairo
Sardinien gairo.jpg
Gairo is located in Sardinia
Location of Gairo in Sardinia
Coordinates: 39°51′N 9°30′E / 39.850°N 9.500°E / 39.850; 9.500Coordinates: 39°51′N 9°30′E / 39.850°N 9.500°E / 39.850; 9.500
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province / Metropolitan city Nuoro (NU)
 • Total 78.4 km2 (30.3 sq mi)
Elevation 690 m (2,260 ft)
Population (Dec. 2004)
 • Total 1,643
 • Density 21/km2 (54/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 08040
Dialing code 0782

Gairo, Gàiru in sardinian language, is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Nuoro in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) northeast of Cagliari and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) southwest of Tortolì. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 1,643 and an area of 78.4 square kilometres (30.3 sq mi).[1]

Gairo was originally constructed on unstable ground. Starting in 1951, buildings began to collapse. This led to the abandonment of the original location and re-building at an uphill location. The original village, known as "Gairo Vecchio", or "Old Gairo", is open to visitors.

Gairo borders the following municipalities: Arzana, Cardedu, Jerzu, Lanusei, Osini, Seui, Tertenia, Ulassai, Ussassai.

Demographic evolution[edit]

Su Sirboni beach.


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