31 August 2016 | Arbatax
We had a straightforward voyage up the first part of the east coast. Leaving at 06.30 we motored in virtually no wind as the sun rose into a cloudless sky. Having our breakfast at the helm as we make progress early in the morning is one of the pleasures of this life. The wind filled in early in the afternoon and we gained a knot or so by motor-sailing and made the 60 mile passage in around 9 hours.
Arbatax is on a small peninsula, tucked in behind on the northern side, as we approached from the south the cliffs of the peninsula were stunning in the late afternoon sun, the local red rocks in large blocks tumbling down to the water. The marina itself also has good views out to the west across the bay to impressive cliffs on the mainland shore. It’s a small town and a bit scruffy but has a nice marina with good shelter and a busy feel as many families and small groups congregate to hire RIBs or go off in their own boats. The place is buzzing during the weekend and was still active during the week when we were there. You have to walk across the railway lines to get into town but as there are no longer any trains it’s not a problem. There is a small but reasonably stocked supermarket and a fair number of restaurants and bars. That night we had a moderate meal at ‘Gusto’s’ as they had severely overcooked the lamb chops!
When we arrived the woman at reception told us it was E62 per night which we thought very reasonable and as we liked the place decided to chill for a few days. We spent the time doing washing, boat jobs and just relaxing. When we came to pay a different lady said the price was E82 per night as there had been a mistake. We of course said ‘no way’ as we had based our stay on the price we had been told. She didn’t feel empowered to resolve the issue so Chris had to go back later once she had seen her boss. At 19.00 he set off back to the office ready for a big debate but they had sensibly decided to charge what had been agreed, even giving us a few Euros discount to E60 per night for the hassle. It’s a good stop on the long haul up the coast but may not be as cheap as we thought!!
Photo: The peninsula of Arbatax from the south as we approached the harbour.