Arbellara is located at an altitude of 350 metres and is part of the ancient parish of Viggiano. The village covers a part of the Rizzanese plain – which is a river rising at 955 metres above sea level and flowing directly into the Mediterranean Sea – and the valleys of Figalata and of Turicciu. This village is located in the heart of the Rocca massif and offers a breathtaking panorama: indeed Arbellara overlooks the gulf of Valinco. If you like walking, you can take many excursions from this village, but pay attention: Corsican scrub and trees can be treacherous.
This village, which has a long tradition of winegrowing and of animal husbandry (in particular sheep and lambs), was attacked and pillaged several times by Barbary pirates. In 1584, the inhabitants of this village were massacred by the Turks, but the survivors always refused to abandon their home village.
From an architectural point of view, the village’s main point of interested is the square tower with battlements which dominates the village and which was built by the noble families of the village to protect the population from barbary pirates. You could also visit the parish church of St Sebastian (18th century), which has a campanile with three bells and which contains several works of great artistic and cultural interest, such as the life-size statue of St Roch. If you like walking, you can also take a look at the Genoese bridge of Spina-Cavallu, which crosses the Rizzanese river and which is classified historical monument.
Arbellara is located at 17,5 km from Sartène, at 76 km from Porto-Vecchio and at 78 km from Ajaccio. This village is crossed by the D119 road.