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The location of Arzachena
The town can be found on the second-largest on the shores of Italy, in the northern region of Sardinia, in the province of Sassari. Arzachena shares borders with the towns Luras, Palau, Tempio Pausania, Luogosanto, Olbia and Sant’Antonio di Gallura.
The history of Arzachena
The Roman knew the region as Turibulum, named after a mushroom-shaped stone that is the symbol of the town today. Arzachena was first mentioned in a written document from 1421. This is when Alfonso IV of Aragon donated the town that had the name “Arsaghene”. At the end of the 16th century, the town struggled with depopulation. The town as we know it today was rebuilt in 1716 on top of a hill. The explosive growth started when Prince Aga Khan established Costa Smeralda, the “Emerald Coast”. He managed to accomplish this while preserving the authentic beauty of nature and the landscape.
The climate of Arzachena
This holiday resort in Costa Smeralda is characterised by a pleasant, moderate climate. July and August are the warmest and January is the coldest month. If you are looking for open-air tourist activities beside swimming, visit during the period between the end of May and the end of July. It is also worth visiting the town from mid-August to the beginning of October.
The main sights to see in Arzachena
The most important sights in town are the nuraghi, which are Megalithic edifices, built between 1500-500 BC. These buildings are very special for several reasons. They can only be seen in Sardinia, they were built without the use of binding agents and their exact purpose is still debated. The nuraghe called Albucciu is the closest one to the town; instead of the usual conical shape, it has a flat granite roof. Another must-see place here is the Roccia del Fungo (“Mushroom Rock”), and you can see fascinating birds such as the pink flamingos in the Arzachena Bay.
Would you like to see significant architecture? You can find the churches of Santa Maria and Santa Lucia in the historic centre of Arzachena. The latter is especially worth visiting because there is a breathtaking view from the bastion nearby.
The gastronomy of Arzachena
If you visit the place, you must definitely try the soups that might as well be considered stews. The meat soup called Suppa Cuata is delicious. In Arzachena, we particularly recommend Ristorante Lu Stuazzu where you can expect excellent-quality dishes, a cosy atmosphere and a great service. They not only have a rich selection of Mediterranean dishes but fine Sardinian wines and craft beers as well.
Beaches around Arzachena
La Celvia Beach
You can find La Celvia in the heart of Costa Smeralda near Capriccioli Beach. Thanks to its 300-metre length, it is regarded as one of the largest beaches in the area. If you choose this place, you can expect high-quality services. There are also watersport opportunities such as snorkelling and scuba diving.
Baja Sardinia Beach (Baja Sardinia)
The other 300-metre-long beach is one of the northernmost beaches in Costa Smeralda; it has white sand and crystal clear waters with turquoise colour. There is a wonderful view of the Maddalena Islands from here. The bay’s situation and the perfect wind conditions make this spot very popular among surfers.
Yacht charter Arzachena
Arzachena’s port, which opened in 1987, is still very popular to this day. They have 305 berths for yachts as long as 8-35 metres. The depth of water is 3 metres around the entrance and 2 metres in the inner dock. Information about sailing in Arzachena, or yacht charter in Arzachena
Marina di Cannigione
The port can accept boats with a length of up to 25 metres with its 400 moorings. The maximum depth is 4.5 metres. They have drinking water, electricity, laundry and they also provide boat maintenance. You can also explore a cosy bar and a restaurant nearby.
Porto di Santa Teresa Gallura
There are 700 permanent berths for boats with a maximum length of 45 metres. The sea bottom is 5 metres deep. The perfectly protected port offers great services, and there is a great bar and a restaurant nearby.
Porto Cervo Marina
This is one of the best equipped and most welcoming ports on the Adriatic Sea. There are 700 berths available, 100 of which are preserved for yachts passing through. Yachts with a length of up to 120 metres can be docked here. The depth of the water is 1,7-7 metres. Every berth provides drinking water and electricity.
If you sail around Arzachena, you must visit the other breathtaking holiday resort in the area either. The La Maddalena archipelago, Palau, Santa Teresa Gallura, Baja Sardinia and Porto Cervo offer the experiences of a lifetime to visitors. Find yacht routes in Costa Smeralda or choose another yacht charter in Costa Smeralda.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Arzachena. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Arzachena shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Arzachena shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Arzachena, and cruise around Arzachena
Day 1. Arzachena (Poltu Quatu)- Porto Cervo 7,91 km (4,91 mile), Day 2. Porto Cervo – La Maddalena archipelago (Porto Massimo) 19,18 km (11,92 mile), Day 3. La Maddalena (Porto Massimo) – Isola Spargi (Cala Corsara) 11,00 km (6,83 mile), Day 4. Isola Spargi(Cala Corsara) – Santa Teresa Gallura 15,89 km (9,87 mile), Day 5. Santa Teresa Gallura – Porto Pozzo (Pontili Sintonia) 15,83km (9,83 mile), Day 6. Porto Pozzo (Pontili Sintonia) – Palau 13,57 km (8,43 mile), Day 7. Palau – Baja Sardinia (Cala Bitta) – Arzachena (Poltu Quatu) 16,09 km (10 mile).
Read more about Arzachena sailing
Day 1. Arzachena (Poltu Quatu) – Porto Massimo (La Maddalena) 20,92km (13mile), Day 2. Porto Massimo (La Maddalena) – Cala Santa Maria 7,15km (4,44mile), Day 3. Cala Santa Maria – Porto Vecchio 43,6km (27,09mile) , Day 4. Porto Vecchio – Bonifacio 46,5km (28,92mile) , Day 5. Bonifacio – Santa Teresa Gallura 16,45km (10,22mile) , Day 6. Santa Teresa Gallura – Porto Pozzo 15,83km (9,83mile), Day 7. Porto Pozzo – Palau – Arzachena (Poltu Quatu) 26,3km (16,23mile)
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