Exploring the quaint, yet vibrant town of Arzachena

Updated on Jun 16, 2023 by Ella Brundle

Blog > Exploring the quaint, yet vibrant town of Arzachena

Arzachena is a small town and commune in the Sassari province of northern Sardinia, it is one to add to your list if you are staying in this area!

Arzachena is perhaps best known for its vivid and fun steps leading up to the Church of Saint Lucia, a real gem to explore. Park your car further down the hill that leads up to the town, where you will walk up one of the many side streets to meet the town’s main street (not a large street by any means). As you head towards the north of the town along the stretch of ‘Corso G. Garibaldi’, you will start to see the bright steps appear in your eye line. On market days, you may need to duck to see the view below the canopies of the many stalls! Make sure to take in the fabulous view of the steps and read the information board at the bottom that explains the concept behind the design, as it changes! When Lucy and Ella visited in October 2022, it was dedicated to the centenary of the municipality of Arzachena. At the top of the steps, there are wonderful views out across the region, while the church itself is simple yet worthy of some time spent admiring and cooling off before heading back down to the town.

Arzachena has a very charming atmosphere, especially on market days. If you are lucky enough to visit the town during market day, you are in for a real treat! The streets are filled with the hustle and bustle of locals buying produce, strong smells of Sardinian cheese will fill your nostrils and the contrasting blue and red colours of Sardinian coral jewellery will tempt you into souvenir buying. Exploring the market and soaking up these sights and smells is a perfect way to spend a morning. Why not stop to have a coffee in one of the little cafes, relax in one of the green spaces or explore the small boutiques selling artisan products. If you are staying in a self-catering property, the market is the perfect opportunity to buy some local produce to take back for your evening meal!

It is interesting to know that until the 17th century, this little town was just a few houses dotted around the church, since, it has blossomed into a symphony of colours. Pink granite and white stone buildings are a nod to the prosperity that granite mining brought to the town. It is well worth a visit during your next holiday to Sardinia and we have recommended a few properties below within this beautiful area.


For a luxury hotel, Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort is perfect for couples, with a decadent style and a stunning restaurant serving delicious meals. For the days you aren’t exploring the local area, while away hours at the infinity sea-water pool. The beach is just 150m away too; enjoy the decking near the shore for a truly comfortable beach day.


If you are looking for a self-catering property, then Villa Cristina is a beautifully decorated property in San Pantaleo, less than a 15-minute drive from the town of Arzachena. San Pantaleo itself is another quaint town and well worth a visit. Villa Cristine is great for a family and has a lovely open-plan kitchen and outdoor terrace, enjoy the private pool, where sunbeds surround its perimeter. This villa is the perfect base to explore the rest of the area, with Cannigione beach just 10km away and less than a 25-minute drive from Olbia airport.

Book your Sardinian holiday today and explore the beautiful regions of North East Sardinia.

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