Arbatax Marina, Sardinia
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DIRECTIONSThe marina entrance is marked. The marina answers on Ch. 9. The capitanerie is Alan from the north country (of England). He is extremely helpful and rightfully proud of the well maintained lazy-lines - the first ones we have pulled up that were not encrusted with marine life. Also the rope was more confidence-inspiring than is usually the case . The visitors pier is the first one you come to at right angles to your approach. In May the rate was €1 per meter, for us €15 per night, including water and electricity.
DESCRIPTIONArbatax is a strange place. Next to the marina, and dominating the village are the massive cranes of the adjacent shipyard where large steel tripod drilling well jackets are made. The village consists of a grocery store SISA, a bank and pastry shop and that's about it. There are a hundreds of summer rental apartments almost all boarded up in late May and a 4* hotel with a restaurant. A few kilometers up the road is a bustling small town Tortoli. Tortoli even has wifi in the bakers shop! Pane e Dolce halfway down the main street. This is another convenient stopping point along Sardinia's forbidding East coast. From here it is only 60-70NM to Cagliari heading south. This is also a great place to base yourself for a tour of inland Sardinia (see mainwebsite for our travels here).
GETTING ASHOREThe marina, like Caletta is huge and it is quite a long walk from the visitors pier through the marina over the railroad tracks and into town. Walk towards the old windmill structure and cross the railroad tracks where you can see steps going up on the other side.
FACILITIES ASHOREWater and Electricity are included in the mooring fee.
WIFI: The marina sells wifi for €10 per hour. That was a little rich for us. Since we had a rental car we were able to drive to Tortoli a few kilometers up the road and connected at Pane e dolci, a bakery and evening pizzeria on the main street.
GROCERY: There is a small SISA grocery store for basics near the railroad tracks. There is a pastry shop in the village. There is a large well stocked SISA in Tortoli up the road. It is open on sundays and this is the only day that it closes for lunch.
LAUNDRY: There is no laundry in town, but the marina sells tokens for a washer and drier in the marina area (€5 for the washer and €3 for the drier). The drier didn't work during our visit.
CHANDLERIES; There is a naval shipyard which stores yachts and performs maintenance on them. Supplies can presumably be obtained from the yard.
CAR RENTAL: The marina has a list of rental agencies and contact info. We used Europcar. Carla answered the phone and was very helpful and agreed to deliver the car 5 kilometers from the rental office to the marina for no additional charge.