Golfo Aranci (Oranges’ Bay)- strange name for a place where the orange trees are not the main attraction!
The legend says that a cargo full of oranges sunk just off the coast and since then the town and its bay has been known by that name.
But most probably its name derived fromranci, word for “crabs” in the local dialect, that once abounds in the bay.
Golfo Aranci is an enchanting sight, lovely summer resort on the north end of the Olbia Gulf.
Protected by Cape Figari on the east, untamed land covered in thick maquis, holm-oaks, and juniper woods, and the island of Figarolo just off the coast that create a beautiful scenario of a perfect place for relaxing holidays.
Golfo Aranci will surprise with its 24 beaches within easy reach from the town centre, although the most famous is Cala Moresca, reachable on foot through a short country path, the best sandy beaches lie south of town, Baia Caddinas and its picturesque harbour and Spiaggia Bianca (White beach) its name is an anticipation of a golden sand beach in a pretty bay with a fine outlook over the tail of the Gulf.
Golfo Aranci was fishing and trade port in Roman times serving the trade of cheese, milk and other goods from the area of San Pantaleo (inland) and the capital Rome.
When Edward Charles (18th century English traveller) visited the town in 1889 he found only a group of old houses (stazzi), it was only later when fishermen from Ponza, an island in Campania region, decided to move and reside here, transforming the place into a very well organized fishing-town and a beautiful tourist resort.
In 1961 Golfo Aranci became one of the main port of the area connecting the north-east of Sardinia with the mainland.
Places to see
A wild strip of land with high cliffs and a large juniper thicket projecting into blue water, takes its name from the richness of figus trees.
The view over the islands of Figarolo and Tavolara is breath-taking and being a Regional Natural Reserve, driving is not permitted inside the Cape.
Beautiful small islands just off Capo Figari, with a small quay and a tiny white sand beach, few white headed muflons are still wondering around in the wild.
Snorkelling is possible around the shores.
Small pretty bay on the road to Cape Figari surrounded by pine trees and overlooking the islet of Figarolo
Splendid white sand beach in the north of the town, within easy reach by car on the road toCosta Smeralda.
A place of a natural beauty, amazing golden sand beach with clear turquoise water, situated south of town on the road to Olbia.
A pretty stretch of white sand that shelves very gently into the intensely blue sea, surrounded by juniper trees.
Pozzo Sacro Milis
Place of religious worship during the Nuragic Era (1800BC-500BC), lying on the side of the railway near the train station.