Being on holiday in Golfo Aranci and not going on a dolphin watching excursion is like going to Paris and not seeing the Louvre! This activity is one of the most popular and certainly one that stays in the hearts (of young and old).
Dolphins are noble and beautiful animals that we have always seen in films or - alas - in water parks.
At Golfo Aranci you can meet dolphins in the wild, swimming with their young or jumping out of the water!
Shopping at Golfo Aranci
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Diving at Golfo Aranci
If you want to know what a scuba dive feels like, Golfo Aranci is the ideal territory to experience this thrill! Several PADI centres in Golfo Aranci offer this possibility and use a customised "programme" for those who are not sure whether they are ready to take a diving course.
Discover Scuba Diving is an activity designed especially for those who want to experience the sensation of diving without having a licence yet. It's an experience you don't know you're missing until you've done it. We're sure you'll love it!
Snorkelling at Golfo Aranci
Golfo Aranci is an area of the highest naturalistic interest with a seabed rich in life and beautiful landscapes unique in the world. The activities of snorkelling at Golfo Aranci are conducted by experienced water guides who explain the peculiarities of the flora and fauna you will encounter.
Generally you will encounter schools of fish (bream, salp, bream and damselfish), coloured starfish and sea urchins. Sometimes snorkelling also offers extraordinary encounters with groupers, moray eels, octopus and less common fish.
In this video we met a Parsnips
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The Costa Smeralda in an inflatable boat
Golfo Aranci is strategically located with Tavolara and Molara on one side, Capo Figari on the other and Porto Cervo a little further on. Renting a rubber dinghy or boat you can access those magical places that have made the Costa Smeralda world-famous destination for the star system.
Often, on the islet of Figarolo, among the junipers and the Mediterranean maquis, it is possible to spot mouflons that permanently inhabit the island and, in late summer, grey herons that rest on the ridges ready to set off on their migratory journey.
Madonna del Monte country church
The road from Golfo Aranci to Porto Rotondo is full of scenic spots where you can stop with your car.cars to admire a wonderful landscape: the Gulf of Marinella. With a glance we can admire Cala Sabina, the beach of Marinella until we reach Mortoriotto.
Along the road, just before the junction for Porto Rotondo, if we pay attention we can see a small road that leads to La Madonna del Monte, un altipiano panoramico in cui è possibile perdere lo sguardo da Tavolara alla… Corsica! Provare, anzi… go up to believe!
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The Milis sacred well is located at Golfo Aranci along the railway that leads to loc. Baracconi and Cala Moresca. The Milis Well dates back to the 2nd millennium B.C. and is considered to be one of the most important sacred wells of the area although it has not yet been exploited. The outer portion is partially modified from its original use as it is located near the colony.
The underground chamber inside the well is intact, the stairway leading to the water is clearly visible and the internal ceiling cover reproduces an inverted stairway seen from below. The Pozzo Di Milis of Golfo Aranci is one of the largest sacred wells known in Sardinia, some say it was originally two storeys high, and has the unique distinction of being on the sea.
The English cemetery of Golfo Aranci is located in the vicinity of Cala Greca ai piedi di Capo Figari. A 10-minute walk from Cala Moresca along a path through the Mediterranean maquis takes you to a quiet and private place where some 13 tombs, an altar and a pyramid-shaped parallelepiped with an engraved plaque are kept. The name of the place comes from the presence of a Celtic cross engraved with "To the sacred memory of George Bradshaw - died 12 June 1900 - aged 18 years - H.M.S.Vulcan“.
In fact it is the only gravestone in the cemetery attributable to a sailor of Her Majesty's Navy. Other gravestones have been placed in memory of sailors picked up in Cala Greca following the sinking of a sailing ship and buried here in the late 1800s. It is also said that the remains of some of the inhabitants are buried here. golfarancini whose traces have been lost in the mists of time.
Escursioni in barca
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Golfo Aranci battery
On the summit of Punta Filasca in the near Cala Moresca is the area of the Coastal Battery built during the First World War. Today, the emplacements dug into the rock with the anchor bolts of the large-calibre cannons are well preserved and visible. The santabarbara, which is said to have been indispensable for supplying ammunition to the vanguard in defence of the coast, is also clearly visible.
The visit to the Golfo Aranci battery with its cliff overlooking the sea offers a 180-degree view of the horizon, suggesting insights into the life of the time and the ways in which it was defended. On the top of Filasca tip a large dipole is still present, clearly visible and preserved.
Photos taken in the early morning shortly after sunrise
Promenade along the waterfront
The Golfo Aranci promenade is now a popular destination for people living in Olbia or on holiday in Porto Rotondo. A totally rethought architecture compared to the previous one that includes the sea and the beauty of the landscape in the urban environment.