Costa Smerelda, Sardinia

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Visit Costa Smerelda

Costa Smeralda or Emerald Coast was designed as a getaway for the wealthy and the famous during the early 1960s by Prince Karin Aga Khan IV. Tourists will never run out of activities in the area as sailing, waterskiing, scuba diving, shopping, golfing, partying, and fine dining are catered. Accommodation can be very pricey but then, most visitors are wealthy. Some even come in their personal private yachts.

Costa Smeralda is the jet-set strip of sardine that connects the gulfs of Cugnana and Arzachena on the northeast coast. More developers are eyeing the place as a good holiday spot making it become a famous area with holidaymakers.

Local villages and towns surrounding Costa Smeralda are now discreet up-market holiday resorts. Vacationers will have options to stay at private villas, luxurious holiday villages, or low-rise expensive hotels.

Shopping is a luxurious activity at the contrived Mediterranean-designed shopping malls. Be welcomed by huge yachting marinas adorned by different yachts.

Porto Cervo is the main town of Costa Smeralda. It is considered free from crime and litter making it a perfect playground for the rich with its gems of pale pink and red villas lining up the hill from the marina.

The town of Porto Rotondo in Costa Smeralda is a favorite getaway of celebrities. It is about 16 km from Olbia where the international airport is found. Beaches, night clubs, bars, restaurants and the marina are cradled by the town.

The attractions that make Costa Smeralda a good vacation choice are the beaches simply discovered by treading dirt paths leading to the sea. Beautiful beaches are found at Cappriccioli, Rena Bianca, and Liscia Ruja which are all located south of the main town.

Nearby attractions are the Garibaldi’s House and Nuraghe.

Giuseppe Garibaldi, a famous revolutionary, lived the last third of his life in his house located in Caprera. The house is now converted to a museum frequented by tourists. A short ferry ride from Palau to Sardinia service visitors to see the preserved house the way he left it. His tomb can be found in the garden.

Nuraghe is derived from the mysterious Nuragic people. These people arrived in Sardinia in 1500 BC and started building 30,000 circular equipped structures. 7,000 of these structures have been preserved to be seen by tourists. Tourists can view the structures at the Barumini site reached by going through route 131 or 197 from Oristano or Cagliari.

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Map of Costa Smerelda & places nearby

Selected places to visit in or near Costa Smerelda, Sardinia