Italian deputy minister of transport yesterday inaugurated of a track of the new regional road 125 with the presence of the local authorities, afterwards visiting Arbatax’s port, pledging more resources and a medium-term strategy for the development of this area. This marks the renewed interest of Italian politics towards the creation of a new national nautical hub in Arbatax, for commercial and passenger ships but also to the creation of a pleasure craft industry.
Sardinia’s eastern coast remains still wild and partially unexplored. Relatively low number of visitors, compared to the Costa Smeralda or Cagliari, has preserved the natural environment and the abundant marine life. Also, the lack of marinas capable of accomodating larger sized boats in the sourrounding area, has made Arbatax the only port available in the area.
Port facilities and peculiarities
Its marina and commercial ports offer berthing to a wide variety of hulls types and the vast space available inside theport creates the perfect condition for mooring on summer time but also to spend the winter months here. The surrounding area offers a wide variety of services and attractions. First, the local airport of Tortolì is perfect as a private jet hub where yacht owners can directly fly to their yachts after winter. Second, the interconnectedness of Tortoli’s commercial and passenger ship lines have created in the past a profitable tourism industry, which has enabled the creation of new jobs and the opening of new businesses.
Tourism could be such a significant revenue stream if it is properly managed and planned. Examples like Costa Smeralda and Dubai have taught us that it’s not a mirage to attract wealthy tourists to wild and remote places. However, it is pivotal to invest in people’s capabilities and to move together.