Located in Italy’s alluring Sardinia region, Golfo Aranci is a popular seaside destination where fishing, scuba diving and dolphin spotting excursions complement seafood restaurants and local boutiques. The commune is surrounded by picturesque beaches and has three notable annual festivals.
Things to do in Golfo Aranci
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in and around Golfo Aranci, particularly the white-sand Spiaggia di Cala Sabina, which has hire cabanas and crystal-clear water. Terza Spiaggia is closer to the commune and treats you to soft sand, cocktail-blue water and nearby waterfront restaurants, including Ristorante Terza Spiaggia and Blù Restaurant. The latter is ideal for fresh seafood and wine.
Outdoor adventurers will enjoy the various day trips at Golfo Aranci, such as dolphin-watching excursions, which reveal bottlenose dolphins just off the coast of Figarolo island. You can also embark on an immersive scuba diving trip with a range of companies that know the best sites around town.
Prefer to stay on land? Jump onto a mountain bike for an adventurous journey from Cala Sabina to the foot of Monte Ruju, a dramatic seaside mountain. Those seeking some retail therapy can browse the shops along the La Dolce Vita promenade, which has numerous outlets selling high-quality Italian brands.
Time your visit for one of the enthralling festivals in Golfo Aranci throughout the year, such as the Golfo Aranci Music Festival, which has international and local DJs. Keen anglers can hit up the annual Fish Festival in August to taste fresh fish that is cooked using a variety of family recipes.
Getting around Golfo Aranci
Golfo Aranci is best reached by flying into Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, which is about 20 minutes’ drive away and has multiple car rental companies. There is also a train station and ferry terminal in Golfo Aranci, which is easy to explore on foot.