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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Costa Smeralda activities

$138.99 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! :)

$62.55 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Boat Trip to La Maddalena Arcipelago from Laconia, Cannigione or Baja Sardinia

La Maddalena Arcipelago is a group of islands in North-East Sardinia, Costa Smeralda; the most spectacular and important islands are La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Budelli with its famous pink beach, Santa Maria, Razzoli, Spargi and other 55 minor islands. In order to preserve the incredible natural beauty, the entire archipelago has become completely included within the area of National Park of La Maddalena Archipelago on 1994 and there are special permissions for the recreational activities, diving and general economic activities. The stunning scenery also intertwines the story that counts most illustrious names like Napoleon Bonaparte, Admiral Nelson and Giuseppe Garibaldi, who has given to the museum on the island of Caprera some important legacies in terms of art works. ITINERARYThe 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 : the head of the witch, the dog, the 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.

Costa Smeralda in detail