This holiday resort in Costa Smeralda has crystal clear waters and is a perfect starting point from where you can explore the area. Our article will help you decide when to go sailing in Arzachena. Also, we will provide you with a plan for a seven-day-long sailing trip. Visit the popular port town and its neighbourhood!
This article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- The climate of Arzachena
- Ports and islands around Arzachena
- Sailing around Arzachena: Plan for a one-week-long sailing trip
- Sailing from Arzachena: 7 Days Sailing Itinerary (longer)
The climate of Arzachena
The town has nice and moderate weather. July and August are the warmest and January is the coldest month. Novembers are the moistest. Weather conditions are the most suitable in May, June and September. The average temperature is between 20°C and 25°C. If you are looking for outdoor touristic activities, we recommend the period between the end of May and the end of July in particular. Visiting the town sometime between the middle of June and the beginning of October is also a great choice.
Ports and islands around Arzachena
Arzachena, located near Cannigione, is very popular among sailboat and yacht owners today. Poltu Quato, which opened in 1987, provides 305 berths for ships with a length of 8-35 metres. The depth of water is 3 metres around the entrance and 2 metres in the inner dock.
Marina di Cannigione
The natural port in Arzachena Bay can accept 400 ships with a length of up to 25 metres. The maximum depth is 4.5 metres. They have drinking water, electricity as well as bars and restaurants. Their great services also include laundry and maintenance.
Marina di Porto Rafael
This small port in the northern part of Sardinia provides 80 berths for ships up to 30 metres long. The maximum depth of water is between 2 and 5 metres. Although small in size, the port is safe, well-equipped and popular among sailors. It is a perfect starting point from where you can explore the smaller islands of the La Maddalena archipelago.
Porto di Santa Teresa Gallura
The port can be found in the Santa Teresa Gallura holiday resort. They have 700 moorings for ships with a maximum length of 45 metres. The depth of the water is 5 metres. It is a protected port with several great services offered, and there is also a bar and a restaurant here.
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 ships passing through. The depth of the water is 1,7-7 metres. Every berth has running water and electricity.
Marina di Portisco
The port of the city has 589 berths for ships with a length of 4-90 metres. It is perfectly protected and has all the necessary services sailors may need: running water, electricity, Wi-Fi and fuel supply.
Marina di Olbia
The port in Olbia provides 270 berths for ships up to 80 metres long. The maximum depth is 5.2 metres. The protected port offers many great services. If you get hungry, there is a restaurant, and they have a bar as well.
Sailing around Arzachena: Plan for a one-week-long sailing trip
We are going to leave from Arzachena and this is where we will return after visiting the sights in the neighbouring areas.
Days 1. Arzachena (Poltu Quatu)- Porto Cervo
7,91 km (4,91 mile)
This wonderful holiday resort is the centre of Costa Smeralda. It is most famous for the exclusive mansions and hotels as well as its beautiful port. If you visit the place, you should see the Stella Maris Catholic Church, built in the 20th century. It is characterised by a combination of Sardinian and modern architectural elements. There is a wonderful view of the town and the port from the church. Around the building and inside, you can see several masterpieces of art.
Days 2. Porto Cervo – La Maddalena archipelago (Porto Massimo)
19,18 km (11,92 mile)
We sail to the La Maddalena archipelago, which has crystal clear waters and pink sandy beaches. They consider them the cleanest beaches in the Mediterranean region. If you are here, you can admire Roman ruins and fortresses. The island of the La Maddalena archipelago include Caprera; you can find the house of the Italian freedom fighter, Guiseppe Garibaldi here. In the house, which functions now as a museum, exhibits simple furniture, family portraits and personal items.
Day 3. La Maddalena (Porto Massimo) – Isola Spargi (Cala Corsara)
11,00 km (6,83 mile)
The island with spectacular coves and sandy beaches lies in the Strait of Bonifacio between Corsica and Sardinia. The Roman Spargi cargo shipwreck stems from 120 BC. The 35-meter long ship’s treasures are preserved in the La Maddalena Nino Lamboglia Museum nearby. If you happen to sail by the Spargi Island, definitely visit the fortresses erected in World War I and II.
Day 4. Isola Spargi(Cala Corsara) – Santa Teresa Gallura
15,89 km (9,87 mile)
Our next destination is Santa Teresa Gallura, the northernmost town in Sardinia. It used to be a fishing village, and today it is a popular resort with beautiful beaches. Capo Testa is located 4 kilometres from here; you can admire granite rocks with a unique shape. Interestingly, this is the only place where several of these special formations can be seen in one spot. Spend the night in the port of Santa Teresa Gallura.
Day 5. Santa Teresa Gallura – Porto Pozzo (Pontili Sintonia)
15,83km (9,83 mile)
Leaving the northernmost city of Sardinia we arrive at Porto Pozzo beside the estuary of the Riu Val di Mela River. You can relax in an unspoiled natural environment in a pleasant atmosphere. If you are here, try the local seafood prepared from the classic recipes at the L’Osteria di Porto Pozzo. All dishes are prepared with fresh fish of the highest quality. Spend the night in the port of Porto Pozzo
Day 6: Porto Pozzo (Pontili Sintonia) – Palau
13,57 km (8,43 mile)
After Porto Pozzo, we stop at Palau, which is a significant tourist centre. The symbol of the town is the fascinating, 122-metre-high Capo d’Orso or “Rock of the Bear”; it offers a wonderful view. During the main holiday season, the city has fairs with handicraft items and cultural programmes for tourists.
Day 7. Palau – Baja Sardinia (Cala Bitta) – Arzachena (Poltu Quatu)
16,09 km (10 mile)
The town has fine beaches, and we can also try different watersports. If you want to let off steam, Baja Sardinia is a perfect tourist destination with many night clubs and bars. Examples include the popular and elegant Phi Beach with a terrace facing the sea. Another famous place is Ritual. It is unique because it is practically carved in a cave.
Sailing from Arzachena: 7 Days Sailing Itinerary (longer)
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)
After bringing back the yacht it is worth looking around in Arzachena if you have some time. In the historic centre, you can see the churches Chiesa di Santa Maria and Chiesa di Santa Lucia. It is also definitely worth visiting the nuraghi, which are unique Megalithic structures. They are special as they were built without using binding agents, from granite and basalt. If you are looking for a delicious meal, go to Ristorante Lu Stazzu. Beside the rich selection of dishes, we can also try fine wines and delicious craft beers.
If you want to go sailing, Arzachena and its neighbourhood is a great choice; you can expect a pleasant climate and ideal wind conditions here. Regardless of where you dock, you can see unique sights and have a great culinary experience as well.