Welcome to Costa Smeralda

These days billionaire jet-setters cruise into Costa Smeralda’s marinas in mega-yachts like floating mansions, and models, royals, Russian oligarchs and balding media moguls come to frolic in its waters.

Starting at the Golfo di Cugnana, 17km north of Olbia, the Costa stretches 55km northwards to the Golfo di Arzachena. The ‘capital’ is the yachtie haven of Porto Cervo, although Porto Rotondo, a second marina developed in 1963, attracts plenty of paparazzi with its Silvio Berlusconi connections and its attractive seafront promenade.

Inland from the Costa Smeralda, the mountain communities of San Pantaleo and Arzachena offer a low-key counterpoint to the coastline's glitz and glamour.

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$138.59 Tours & Sightseeing

Sardinia's Costa Smeralda Minivan Tour With Winery Visit

Book this 6-hour excursion for small groups (max 8 people!) to explore the beautiful area of Costa Smeralda. Your driver will come pick you up with a comfortable minivan and you'll start the tour to reach the famous Porto Cervo, the Italian VIPs main summer destination. Once there, you'll have the chance to walk to see the picturesque white church Stella Maris and then the town center. Driving through breathtaking landscapes, you will then reach a pretty village, where you can enjoy some free time at the local market. Also, you'll have the chance to visit a typical winery and its temporary exhibitions! A visit to the main archaeological site of the Arzachena area is included in this experience. At the end of the tour, you'll be taken back to your hotel.  Just one tip: don't forget to take your camera with you! :)

$62.24 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sardinia La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Trip and Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena, La Maddalena, Maddalena Islands, Province of Olbia-Tempio, SardiniaMeeting at 9:00 Laconia Take the Strada Comunale road connecting Cannigione with Le Saline, leaving Cannigione behind you and continue alongside the sea, passing the Yacht Club of Arzachena on your left and the last beach in Laconia on your right. After a few hundred meters you will find, on your right, the entrance to the Laconia (Strada Molo) Pier Road. Follow the unpaved road to the sea, where you will find a large free car park among the trees. Our ship will be anchored waiting at the dock in front of youSet Google coordinates: 41.127324,9.441406Meeting at 9:15 Cannigione Take the Via Nazionale in the direction Laconia - Le Saline - Palau leaving the port of Cannigione behind you. As soon as you exit the town a view of the Gulf opens up and immediately on your right, at the beginning of the beach, the embarkation point for our boats is located. Set Google coordinates: 41.109579,9.443896Meeting at 9:30 Baia Sardinia Take the SP59 towards Baja Sardinia and upon reaching the seaside resort, continue on straight until you are near the beach. Park your vehicle and walk toward the main square. Here you will find a sign bearing the words “Gita alle isole”; please continue on the coastal embankment path that leads to a wooden pier: our boarding platform.The boat will arrive at about 9:30 a.m. for boarding passengers.Set Google coordinates: 41.142229,9.477633ITINERARYThe ferries departs daily from the ports of La Conia, Cannigione and Baja Sardinia. The trip passes the islands of Caprera and Santo Stefano to reach La Maddalena town, where a stop is made for a walking and shopping in typical stores.In the historic center you can visit the Town Hall (where there is an unexploded bomb that, during the French expedition, was shot by Napoleon's troops), Naval Museum and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art (there is exposed the 'Treasure of Santa Maria Maddalena' - collection of jewels offered to the patron as a votive - and altar kit (two candlesticks and silver crucifix in neoclassical style) gift of Admiral Horatio Nelson, who did also deliver an autographed letter, which is also held there. You can also see preserved statues and prints, church ornaments, documentation of tenders.The voyage continues towards one of the most beautiful islands of La Maddalena Archipelago, Spargi and S.ta Maria where we stop about an hour to swim in the beautiful crystal clear waters. Then a panoramic tour of Manto della Madonna, the stretch of sea with shallow waters in unique colors.Then we wil pass close to Budelli Island, famous for the pink beach where it is prohibited to land as it is a protected area for some years now.During the stop at Spargi Island, in the most enchanting bay Cala Corsara, you can admire the rocks that are real natural sculptures, created by erosion of the wind and other atmospheric phenomena which helped them taking on particular forms : head of a witch, a dog, a boot, etc.On our way back we will pass Punta Sardegna, Porto Raphael, Palau and Capo d'Orso where you can admire the famous eponymous rock.Duration: 8 hours

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