With its crystal clear turquoise waters, countless coves shimmering with white-sand beaches, unique granite rock formations and rugged mountains covered with olive trees and native vegetation, Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda is one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments and a firm favourite with honeymoon couples.
Discovered, popularised and developed by the late Aga Khan, this stunning 55km-long coastline has been transformed into a hideaway for the rich and famous along the northeast coast.
Choose from a range of luxury 5-star resort hotels, yacht marinas and villas that harmonise with the region’s still unspoiled natural beauty.
Explore Porto Cervo, Costa Smeralda’s centre, crowded with manicured parks and elegant boutiques and boasting a vibrant nightlife.
Choose from 80 bays and as many white-sand beaches. Many of the most idyllic coves are best reached by boat, while others are accessible by car.
Hire a boat to explore La Maddalena archipelago with its maze of tranquil inlets, numerous islands, remote bays and gorgeous pristine beaches – try the white sands of Cala Capocchia Purpu scattered with huge boulders and crystal water.
Costa Smeralda’s best beaches include the following…
Unwind on one of Sardinia’s best beaches – a long crescent of soft white sand framed by macchia (native shrub) hillsides and lapped by the clear turquoise water of a secluded cove.
There are no facilities here so you need to take your own food and drinks.
Spiaggia del Principe is located 1.6km east of Romazzino on the northeast coast and is accessed by car followed by a short walk.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on the soft white sand of this gorgeous half-moon shaped beach that sits between hillsides covered in juniper and olive trees and fronts a picture-perfect cove.
The beach is 500m in length and turns a pinkish tinge by the water’s edge.
Sea conditions here are often perfect for kite and wind surfing. Nearby facilities include bars, restaurants, cafes and accommodation options.
Liscia Ruja is located 22km from Olbia on the Cala di Volpe.
Unwind on this soft white-sand beach that nestles in front of an idyllic bay framed by vegetation-covered hillsides.
Facilities include umbrellas, sun beds, beachside bars and a range of nearby accommodation.
Romazzino Beach is located 2km northeast of Cala di Volpe and is easily accessed by car.
This small island sits just offshore of Costa Smeralda and is a haven for windsurfers and surfers.
Access is via a short bridge lined with board-hire shops.
Unwind on this picture-perfect stretch of white sand that shelves into the shallow waters of a turquoise bay that offers perfect swimming conditions for children.
The beach is divided by enormous round granite rocks and is overlooked by hillsides covered in lentisks, rockroses, olives groves and pine trees. Facilities include beach umbrellas, sun beds and a cafe.
Capriccioli is located near Cala di Volpe, around 28km north of the Costa Smeralda.
Discover your own spot on one of Sardinia’s longest and widest beaches, famous for its silky white sand and age-old stands of juniper trees.
The 5km-long crescent of sand sits between a turquoise bay and large sand dunes that mask a marshland and lagoon that is home to many species of wildlife.
Go swimming, scuba diving and surfing (boards for hire and lessons are available). Or hike the sand dunes and spot pink flamingos, coots, turns, red herons and mallards in the lagoon.
Facilities include umbrellas, sun beds and a café, as well as surfboard and pedal boat.
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The Costa Smeralda stretches for around 20km (12.4mi) along the coast between the Bay of Arzachena and the Gulf of Cugnana in northern Sardinia, Italy.
The heart of the Costa Smeralda is Porto Cervo (Deer’s Port); other locations include Romazzino, Capriccioli, Cala di Volpe, Pevero Gulf, Pantogia and Liscia di Vacca.
Sardinia lies 187km (116mi) to the west of the Italian mainland and just 16km (10mi) south of the French island of Corsica.
The most convenient route to the Costa Smeralda is by air to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB), located 4km (2.4mi) from the town centre of Olbia, and about 34km (21mi) from Porto Cervo.
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Latest update: Costa Smeralda, Sardinia : 11 December, 2019
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