Arbatax is a small town at the northern end of the promontory Capo Bellavista (alt. 150 m.) with a little harbour, terminus of the Sardinian Supplementary Railway Line to Lanusei-Mandas. Here the colors of the rocks of the promontory and of the cliffs (red porphyry with blackish diorite and granite veins) contrast with those of the vegetation (new coastal pine-forest), the dazzling white of the sandy beaches and the transparency of the water; and then there is the splendid corniche of the mountains in the background, the most elevated in the island: this made of arbatax a perfect destination for sailing vacation in Sardinia and means the possibility of a wide choice of itineraries across scenery which is idyllic at certain times, wild at others, with characteristic villages which keep intact their customs and traditions.
At the base of the harbour there is a XVIIth century tower, on its right a cave of porphyry cliffs, called "rocce rosse" (= red cliffs) of Arbatax. You can walk through a passage dug into the rock and reach the small beach at the base of the rocky walls of the promontory. On a peak, about three kilometers south of the promontory, there is S. Gemiliano's tower and thirty minutes walk takes you to the lighthouse, from where you can enjoy a beautiful landscape.
Accommodation and hotels in Arbatax