Golfo Aranci holidays make getting back to nature as easy as pie – think hilly hikes, beach stints and dolphin-spotting.

Life on the go-slow

Golfo Aranci’s a teeny fishing town with a slow-paced way of life. It’s a 20-minute cab ride away from the livelier city of Olbia, on Sardinia’s northeast coast. Most people flock here for the beaches – they’re some of the best on the island, so you’re in for a real treat. As for the town itself, it’s scattered with restaurants, bars and gelato parlours like sprinkles on a birthday cake.

Beaches to rave about

The beaches around here are top dog – in fact, they’ve been dubbed some of the best in the whole of Sardinia. When it’s time to flick down your towel, you’ve got more than half a dozen sandy stretches to pick from. If you’re feeling lazy, you can flake out at Tereza Beach all day – it’s backed by a bunch of bars and restaurants to keep you fed and watered. Or, toddle over to Prima Beach for a splash around in the calm, shallow water.

Stand-out sea life

Wildlife lovers will be in their element here – the waters around Golfo Aranci are chock-a-block with sea life, including bottlenose dolphins. If you want to clap eyes on these creatures in their natural habitat, your best bet is to hop on a boat heading over to nearby Figarolo Island. While you’re there, you can don your snorkelling gear and check out the colourful fish that swim about just a few metres from the pebbly beach.

Hillside hikes

If dolphin-spotting isn’t your cup of tea, you can get your nature fix on dry land, too. The hilly Capo Figari National Park’s practically on Golfo Aranci’s doorstep. This massive, green reserve is a popular haunt for hikers and bikers – its walking and cycling trails line up panoramic sea views. The Promontory of Capo Figari is one of the top spots, thanks to its panoramic vistas over the nearby islands.

At a Glance

  • Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins on a boat ride to Figarolo Island
  • Paddle to your heart’s content at Prima Beach
  • Eye up panoramic views from the Promontory of Capo Figari