Arcuentu is a magical place, from which, at 785m above sea level, you can enjoy the best view of the Costa Verde.
At the top there is also another nice surprise: a forest of dense and welcoming oaks, where Fra’ Nazareno spent long periods of his life as a hermit. Here are the remains of his modest hut, as well as the ruins of an ancient fortification.
Monte Arcuentu is located within the vast territory of Arbus, in the south west of Sardinia. Even though this mountain is not so high (just 784 m), it has a commanding position overlooking the near “Costa Verde” (Green Coast). This mountain has a particular shape, like the head of a man lying on the ground; for this reason it is easily recognizable from a distance. This destination is worth visiting by everyone who is passing through this area. Monte Arcuentu is the summit of a mountainous area which is 8 km long and runs parallel to the coastline of Costa Verde. These massive rocky mountains were formed as a result of volcanic activity. The naturalistic richness of this area is as important as its geological qualities. We can find typical Mediterranean vegetation all along the path going uphill and a centuries-old holm (holly) oak grove on top of the peak. There is a beautiful, panoramic view from the summit, of the Campidano Plane from Oristano to Cagliari.
The hike starts from a place called “Sa Tanca”, near Montevecchio, going towards Marina di Arbus. There is a billboard on the right of the road signalling the start of the path which is about 6.5 km long heading north-west. The climb is a bit demanding because of its gradient and the uneven ground. Even though you do not need to be a professional climber, please be careful. The difference in height during the excursion is about 450 m.
Transfer available from Cagliari