The village is located between the historical areas of Logudoro and Meilogu, in a landscape that includes mountains, plateaus, forests, hills, plains and extinct volcanoes that, with their eruptions, have in the past created enchanting natural walls that seem to encircle the territories of the village.
The settlement lies at the foot of Mount St Matthew, one of the last volcanoes to cease activity on the entire island. The place-name Plovake, is believed to be of Byzantine origin, while according to another creative explanation, the name would derive from the founder Plubio, or from the Phoenician word Palegh meaning division due to a gash in the ground from lava, located on a recent volcanic crater.
It arose in pre-Carthaginian times and was named Plubium by the Romans who ruled it. In the 5th century it was almost destroyed by barbarian invasions, but in the early Middle Ages it developed considerably and became part of the curatoria of Florinas and was erected as a diocese. In the mid-13th century, it passed into the hands of the Dorias, then the Malaspinas and later the Judges of Arborea. In the 14th century, it went through a period of decline and became a simple village.