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By hotel_club_saraceno_arbatax_sardinia [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Arbatax  is the largest hamlet  of Tortoli, Sardinia, in Italy.

History : The origin of the name Arbatax is uncertain  according to tradition it derived from the Arabic for “14th Tower” and refers, probably, to the nearby watchtower built by the Spaniards to protect the territory from the incursion of Arab pirates.The founders of Arbatax were Campanian fishermen from the island of Ponza, located in Lazio, close to the coast of the Italian Peninsula.The location assumed importance in the 1960s after the construction of the main Sardinian paper mill.

Access : Coordinates: 39.927, 9.702By plane :  Three Sardinian commercial airports are located close to the cities of Cagliari, Olbia, and Alghero. Aeroporto di Cagliari-Elmas (Cagliari Airport) (CAG IATA) is the is the busiest in Sardinia. Cagliari is served directly by a number of domestic and international flights, while well-connected Milan-Linate and Rome-Fiumicino airports can also serve as intermediate stops to Cagliari.
Aeroporto di Olbia-Costa Smeralda (Olbia Airport) (OLB IATA) is the second busiest airport in Sardinia and the 17th in Italy; it is the gateway to the Costa Smeralda and the main hub of Meridiana Fly. Aeroporto di Alghero (Alghero Airport) (AHO IATA) is the third busiest in Sardinia. It is located in 10.5 km northwest of Alghero.
By boat :  There are ferry services to Cagliari (south coast), Porto Torres (north coast), and Olbia, Golfo Aranci and Arbatax (east coast).

Have a look at Ferriesonline or iTraghetti, or the state-owned ferry service Tirrenia (year-round service) and the private companies Moby Lines, Sardinia Ferries, Grimaldi, Snav. Daily ferries link northern Sardinia with Corsica (it is possible to take a day trip to Bonifacio, Corsica) from Santa Teresa Gallura.

Highlights :

  •  Rocce rosse   , Torre di San Gemiliano
  •  Parco Naturalistico Bellavista
  • Baia di San Gemiliano

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / trekking

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