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Golfo Aranci: beach map, things to see and recommended activities

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Golfo Aranci: Beaches, What to See and Recommended Activities Map - Sardinia

Golfo Aranci

If you are looking for a quiet location with white sandy beaches and a relaxing atmosphere, Golfo Aranci might be the perfect choice for you. Located just 20 kilometres northeast of , this seaside resort is surrounded by nature and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia, including Cala Sabina and the White Beach.

Unlike the cities of the such as Porto Rotondo and , Golfo Aranci is cheaper and quieter, but still offers the same natural beauty as the beaches in the area. Although the name might suggest otherwise... there are no orange trees at Golfo Aranci - the name comes from a mistranslation from the Sardinian dialect meaning Gulf of Crabs.

  • Golfo Aranci offers white sandy beaches and a relaxing atmosphere, and is located just 20 kilometres northeast of .
  • The location is cheaper and quieter than the cities of the such as Porto Rotondo and .
  • Despite its name, Golfo Aranci owes its name to a mistranslation from the Sardinian dialect meaning Gulf of Crabs.

The beaches of Golfo Aranci

Golfo Aranci is a locality in Sardinia that boasts beautiful beaches within walking distance of the town centre. The advantage of these beaches is that they are easily accessible on foot, without having to resort to a car. The town's beaches are numbered from the first to the fifth beach.

In the immediate vicinity of Golfo Aranci, just outside the centre, the following are worth a stop , and, on the other side of the peninsula, Cala del Sonno.

Instead, if you move away from the town in a northerly direction, you will come across the small and beautiful beach of Cala Sabina, which has the particularity of being very close to the railway station and therefore easily accessible by train. Continuing towards Porto Rotondo, you will come across the wide Marinella Beach, where there are numerous clubs such as the Blue Beach offering music until late at night.

Continuing on to the Arzachena area, you can visit the iconic beaches of the Costa Smeralda such as the Beach of and the .

If you head south from Golfo Aranci, keep in mind the Spiaggia Bianca (White Beach), very beautiful but also very crowded in August, and one after the other, the small beaches of Sos Aranzos, Cala Banana and Nodu Pianu, until you reach the Spiaggia .

The centre of Golfo Aranci

Waterfront Golfo Aranci
Waterfront Golfo Aranci

Although Golfo Aranci is a seaside destination, the city centre offers several attractions to keep you entertained during breaks from the sea. A stroll along the waterfront is a must, where you can admire the quotes by poets and philosophers of the past engraved on the benches and the sound stones by Pinuccio Sciola. In addition, you can watch the Little Mermaid by Golfo Arancia bronze sculpture that emerges from the sea and plays music at mid-morning and sunset.

For shoppers, the shopping area La Dolce Vita is located near the marina. The old fishermen's village, with its low roofs, has become an interesting open-air photo exhibition thanks to the giant photographs of German photographer Marianne Sin Pfältzer.

A short walk from the town centre is the Nuragic archaeological site of the Sacred well Milis. Despite the damage caused by the railway construction, the steps leading to the water source are still perfectly preserved.

During the summer, along Via Libertà, the evening market with artisans exhibiting their works. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and take home a piece of Golfo Aranci.

How to get to Golfo Aranci

To reach Golfo Aranci, you can take a flight to Olbia airport, which is only a 15-minute drive away. Alternatively, you can take one of the for Sardinia and disembark directly at Golfo Aranci.

If you are already in Sardinia, you can reach Golfo Aranci in about 20 minutes by car from the city of Olbia by taking the SP82, which passes through or via the Panoramic Road that passes near Osseddu. If, on the other hand, you come from Porto Rotondo or the Costa Smeralda, you will have to take the SP16, a beautiful panoramic road with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Marinella

It is also possible to get to Golfo Aranci by train from Olbia, but the train is slow and with few daily departures, so it might only be a viable option if you are not equipped with a car and want to make a day trip to Golfo Aranci.

Here is a brief summary of the ways to Golfo Aranci:

Means of Transport Departure Arrival
Plane   Olbia Airport
Ferry Livorno,
Golfo Aranci
Cars Olbia Golfo Aranci
Train Olbia Golfo Aranci

Ferries to Golfo Aranci

The port of Golfo Aranci is one of the busiest in Sardinia due to its proximity to the Italian peninsula. Ships of the Sardinia Ferries company dock at Golfo Aranci from Livorno, Savona and Piombino, while ferries from Toulon and Nice call at Corsica.

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Events Golfo Aranci

Fish Festival

Fish Festival A Golfo Aranci
Fish Festival A Golfo Aranci

Given the maritime character of Golfo Aranci, the fish festival could not be missed. Every year, a feast is organised at mid-August that involves the whole village and attracts tourists and inhabitants of neighbouring towns where fish is celebrated. In huge pots, fried fish is prepared for thousands of people and then offered free to all.

Sporting events


Every year, Golfo Aranci is the venue for major international sporting events. Among the most important events, which have become regular fixtures, are the Aquabike World Championship and the Open Water, a world championship of new

What to do in Golfo Aranci

Dolphin Watching Golfo Aranci
Golfo Aranci

first thing! The sea of Golfo Aranci is beautiful and you can enjoy it by looking for a or by making an exit

: maybe you didn't know that at Golfo Aranci... i are at home. Find out more about the sighting

Getting around Golfo Aranci

At Golfo Aranci, like many resorts in Sardinia, it is very organised

Rental carsThere are several companies that rent cars and scooters. Some of these companies also offer low-cost car rental services without the need for a credit card. If you prefer to organise yourself in advance, there are the large multinational car rental companies at the airport and port of Olbia

TaxiThere are not many taxis and they are always very busy. That is why I advise you to book one in good time. If, for example, you have to leave early in the morning or want to go out for the evening, don't wait until the last minute because you will almost certainly not find a free taxi

Public transportGolfo Aranci is well connected to Olbia and other locations in Sardinia by public transport, such as buses. Check timetables and stops before you leave, as the service may be limited compared to larger cities.

Bicycle: If you prefer to explore the area more actively, you might consider renting a bicycle. Many areas are suitable for cycling, offering a different perspective of the region.

On foot: The centre of Golfo Aranci is relatively small, and many attractions are within walking distance. If you plan to stay mainly in the city, getting around on foot is certainly feasible.

Ferries and Golfo Aranci is a port, and you can consider taking ferries or participating in boat excursions to visit the surrounding islands or explore the coast from a different point of view.

Where is Golfo Aranci

Golfo Aranci is located on the east coast of Sardinia, 20 kilometres northeast of Olbia, on the promontory of .

Beach map Golfo Aranci

If you're looking for a map of the beaches of Golfo Aranci, you've come to the right place! Here you will find a detailed map of the beaches in and around Golfo Aranci. 

Click on the map to find:

  • a small photograph of the beach
  • links with directions
Golfo Aranci The Five Beaches
First Beach Golfo Aranci
Beach Cala Banana
Fifth Beach
Second Beach
White Beach
Sos Aranzos Beach
Beach Cala Moresca
Gea Beach
Beach of Cala Spada
White Beach
Fourth Beach
Beach of Cala Sabina
Baracconi Beach
Ida Beach
Third Beach
S'abba e sa Pedra beach
Cala Moresca Beach
Baia Caddinas beach

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What's the climate like at Golfo Aranci

At Golfo Aranci there is a classic Mediterranean climate. These are the average temperatures

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Frequently asked questions

quick answers ⚡

Golfo Aranci is famous for its beautiful beaches. Some of the most popular beaches include Cala Sassari, Spiaggia Bianca, Cala Moresca, and Cala Sabina. Each of these beaches has its own unique characteristics, but all offer crystal-clear waters and white sand.

The historic centre of Golfo Aranci is a fascinating place to visit. Historic churches, such as the Church of St John the Baptist, and the Archaeological Museum can be found here. In addition, the historic centre is full of shops, restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy local cuisine and shop.

Golfo Aranci is easily accessible by ferry from several Italian cities, such as Livorno, Piombino, and Civitavecchia. Ferry companies operating in the area include Moby Lines, Tirrenia, and Grimaldi Lines. It is advisable to book in advance to guarantee a place on the ferry.

Besides the beautiful beaches and the historical centre, there are many other attractions to visit in Golfo Aranci. These include the National Park of the Archipelago of , the Beach of Cala Banana, and the Port of Golfo Aranci. In addition, the area is famous for its outdoor activities, such as hiking and dolphin spotting.

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