The most famous coast of Sardinia is undoubtedly the Costa Smeralda (The emerald Coast), where luxury and modernity combine with the Sardinian tradition.
The term was coined in the sixties, to indicate the only portion of the coast of Arzachena, in the province of Olbia-Tempio, by the eponymous Costa Smeralda Consortium. Of course, the colour that characterises the sea around this area, is the emerald green that slowly changes into many shades of a more vibrant blue.
The Destination popular with VIPs from around the world is Porto Cervo, the vital heart where there are also all the services and numerous other commercial and residential areas such as Romazzino, Capriccioli, Cala di Volpe, Pevero Gulf, Pantogia and Liscia di Vacca.
While not formally on the Costa Smeralda, Poltu Quatu, Baja Sardinia, Cannigione and Porto Rotondo are sometimes associated with it for the proximity and the type of offerings they can provide to tourists.
The historic symbol of Porto Cervo, is the Stella Maris church, that was also made in the sixties by the architect Michele Busiri Vici with a style that perfectly fits the surrounding architecture. The Stella Maris church is located in a great position with a view that embraces the entire bay of the harbour on one side and Monte Moro on the other.
As well as the elegant atmosphere and lively nightlife (just think of the famous club Billionaire), you can also choose to enjoy the wilderness, reaching pristine beaches and fabulous bays. And even an excursion to closely observe the dolphins, with the waters of the Costa Smeralda hosting the international research center Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) based in the Golfo Aranci that conducts its research, conservation and educational programmes.
The area is well served logistically, with the Olbia-Costa Smeralda airport. But the best way to enjoy all its beauty remains the boat.
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