Costa Smeralda is a resort in northern Sardinia, which is a popular holiday destination not only for tourists but for the wealthiest too. This 55 km long coast has plenty of beaches, with smaller islands and luxurious flats to capture the hearts of visitors. It is a very popular destination because of its beautiful azure waters and its wonderful surroundings.

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Costa Smeralda or otherwise the citadel of luxury. It’s defined by sparkling sunshine and surrounded by dazzling white sandy shores. Cliffs reaching into the water are flat and smooth due to the wind. Dark macchia and the shiny blue sky over it. The pink, violet, and green coloured stones are polished, created by the forces of nature. They recall the silhouettes of fairy-tale figures. Their shapes remind you of bears, dragons, and elephants.

Location, history of Costa Smeralda

It lies between the gulfs of Arzachena and Cugnana on the north-eastern shore of Sardinia. Costa Smeralda is a 55 km section of shore from Portisco to Lisca di Vacca. Karim Aga Khan Ishmaelite prince discovered it in the sixties while sailing. It was once the island’s poorest region but evolved to be the richest throughout the years. The neighbourhood was built with a unique style of architecture. The purpose of constructions was to fill only a small section and leave the area’s natural treasures untouched. Even in terms of interior design they only worked with natural materials, such as wood and granite.

Main sights and beaches in Costa Smeralda

Porto Cervo

It turned into the best luxury holiday resort of Europe throughout times. A place that celebrities also visit quite often. Specially constructed exclusive villas and hotel bend perfectly with the greenery of nature. It’s worth taking a walk in the city port, where you might get the chance to meet some celebrities like Roberto Cavalli or Steven Spielberg who have their giant luxury yachts waiting for them here. The port is also outstanding as the best-equipped port of the Mediterranean Sea. It can host 500 boats and it’s a place for sailing competitions from May to September. Don’t forget to visit the special, snow-white church of Porto Cervo which they built combining the elements of Sardinian and modern architecture. O Thursdays you can visit an artists’ market to view the merchandise of local artists and salesmen.


Capriccioli lies 8 km east from Cala di Volpe on the southern part of Porto Cervo. It’s a small beach fenced from the wind surrounded by Mediterranean bushes. The water is shallow, remarkably clean, and always very calm. Thus, many families with kids choose this place to relax. Granite rocks divide the shore into two sections. Everything necessary is accessible on the beach: restaurants, bars, showers, changing tables. It’s easily accessible so don’t miss it! From here you can see small groups of islands on the sea, Soffi and Le Camere for example. An island you can access even by swimming is Mortorito, which is a natural oasis, the real wild paradise. It could be an unforgettable experience for adventurers.

La Maddalena

It’s a small island accessible by ferryboat. It’s full of gulfs and charming tiny beaches. A 20 km long road goes through it, one of the nicest in Costa Smeralda, which allows visitors to explore gorgeous sections of the shore. There are other smaller islands around La Maddalena. For example, Caprera, which is connected to its neighbour by a 2 km long bridge. Or the beautiful Spargi, and the famous Budelli, also known as pink beach.

Piccolo & Grande Pevero

The beautiful, smooth white sandy beach with its emerald water lies only 3 km for Porto Cervo. The “small” section is 120 m long while the “big” is 300 m. Clean sand and huge walls of rock create a breath-taking background. The water is shallow and deepens slowly, making it excellent for small children as well. Lovers of water sports have the opportunity of renting a canoe, jet ski or paddleboat.

Liscia Ruja

Thick Mediterranean bush surrounds the otherwise amber coloured shore. It’s interesting how amber can turn into pink depending on the lighting. The water flashes every colour from turquoise to emerald. A cart-road goes here with trees and shrubs along with it. The shore consists of consecutive gulfs, the smell of juniper and white lily fill the air. In case you wish to relax in the company of a book and a cocktail, you can rent a deck chair and beach umbrella. However, if you’re looking to relax actively, canoes, kayaks, and rafts are available for rent. It’s the longest section of shore in Costa Smeralda, hence the name Long Beach. The crystal clear water and beautiful landscape is an incomparable place for luxury yachts.


It was the favourite beach of Arabic prince, Karim Aga Khan. It’s still among the 20 most beautiful beaches worldwide. The white sand has stunning scenery around next to a headland of pink granite. Its beauty is due to the line pink rocks and dense greenery between two sections of smooth sand. Granite is the reason the Carib looking blue water, which you could best describe as a mosaic of white, pink, green, emerald, light blue, and turquoise. Photos and descriptions cannot properly illustrate how beautiful this place is. You need to see it in person.

Costa Smeralda welcomes visitors with smooth, white sand, emerald sea, romantic gulfs, and bizarre rock formations. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate you can bath in the sea in spring and early months of fall as well. The weather is also most suitable for trips at that time. In case you’re planning an Italian round trip or just wish to relax in breath-taking scenery, don’t forget to visit this place.

The climate of Costa Smeralda

Costa Smeralda has a classic Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. It is worth visiting from May to October, as it is proper summer in this period. If we are planning an active recreation, we might want to travel there in May, June, September or October. During these months, the average temperature is 25–27°C, making sightseeing more pleasant than in the hot days of July or August.

Boat rental in Costa Smeralda

In Costa Smeralda, the sailing season can even last from March to November. During the main season, there is a moderate morning breeze which is not present in the evenings. The surrounding open water is so extensive that there is significant water activity even during gentle winds. Almost every city has a port.

Marina di Portisco

The port of the city has 589 berths for yachts with a length of 4-90 metres. It is perfectly protected and has all the necessary services sailors may need: running water, electricity, Wi-Fi and fuel supply. Information about sailing in Portisco, or yacht charter in Portisco

Marina di Porto Rotondo

The beautiful port of Porto Rotondo has 650 berths for yachts as long as 90 metres. The depth of the water is 5.5 metres. The port offers several good-quality services, such as running water, electricity, Wi-Fi, fuel and maintenance. You can even require medical assistance.

Marina di Golfo Aranci

The private dock is only 20 metres from the town centre. They have 30 berths for boats as long as 5-16 metres. The depth of the water is 1.5-5 metres. Thanks to the breakwater built-in 2017, the port provides protection against the northeastern and southwestern winds dominant in the bay. You can find a bar and a restaurant in Marina di Golfo Aranci, and they also have electricity and Wi-Fi.

Marina di Olbia

The port in Olbia provides 270 berths for yachts up to 80 metres size. The maximum depth is 5.2 metres. The protected port offers many great services. If you get hungry, there is a restaurant, and they have a bar as well. Information about sailing in Olbia, or Olbia boat rental

Porto Cervo Marina

This is one of the best equipped and most welcoming ports on the Adriatic Sea. There are 700 berths available, 100 of which are preserved for yachts passing through. The depth of the water is 1.7-7 metres. Every berth has running water and electricity.

Poltu Quatu

Arzachena, located near Cannigione, is very popular among sailboat and yacht owners today. Poltu Quato, which opened in 1987, provides 305 berths for boats with a length of 8-35 metres. The depth of water is 3 metres around the entrance and 2 metres in the inner dock. Information about sailing in Arzachena, or yacht charter in Arzachena

Marina di Cannigione

The natural port in Arzachena Bay can accept 400 yachts with a length of up to 25 metres. The maximum depth is 4.5 metres. They have drinking water, electricity as well as bars and restaurants. Their great services also include laundry and maintenance. Information about sailing in Cannigione, or rent a boat in Cannigione

Marina di Porto Rafael

This small port in the northern part of Sardinia provides 80 berths for boats up to 30 metres long. The maximum depth of water is between 2 and 5 metres. Although small in size, the port is safe, well-equipped and popular among sailors. It is a perfect starting point from where you can explore the smaller islands of the La Maddalena archipelago.

Costa Smeralda offers its visitors beaches with fine white sand, emerald green sea, romantic bays and bizarre rock formations. Due to the Mediterranean climate, we can swim in the sea in the early autumn and spring months, and these weeks are the most suitable for hiking as well. If you would like to go to an Italian round trip or you want to relax in breathtaking places, you should definitely pay a visit here. Find yacht routes in Costa Smeralda or choose another Sardinia yacht charter.

Weather in Costa Smeralda

The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Costa Smeralda. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.

Wind rose in Costa Smeralda
Wind speed in Costa Smeralda

The wind rose for Costa Smeralda shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Costa Smeralda shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.

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Day 1. Cannigione – Porto Massimo (La Maddalena) 21, 27 km (13, 21 mi) Day 2. Porto Massimo (La Maddalena) – Cala Santa Maria 7, 15 km (4, 44 mile), Day 3. Cala Santa Maria – Porto Vecchio 43, 6 km (27, 09 mile), Day 4. Porto Vecchio – Bonifacio 46, 5 km (28, 92 mile) , Day 5. Bonifacio – Santa Teresa Gallura 16, 45 km (10, 22 mile) , Day 6. Santa Teresa Gallura – Porto Pozzo 15, 83 km (9, 83 mile), Day 7. Porto Pozzo – Palau – Cannigione 34, 95 km (21, 72 mi).Sailing plan Cannigione

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Day 1. Olbia – Tavolara Island (Spalmatore di Terra) 16.22 km (10.08 mi), Day 2. Tavolara Island (Spalmatore di Terra) – Caprera (Pontile di Porto Palma) 44.81 km (27.84 mi), Day 3. Caprera (Pontile di Porto Palma) – Spargi (Cala Corsara) 12.39 km (7.70 mi), Day 4. Spargi (Cala Corsara) – Bonifacio 26.80 km (16.66 mi), Day 5. Bonifacio – Santa Teresa Gallura 16.45 km (10.22 mi), Day 6. Santa Teresa Gallura – Palau 21.16 km (13.15 mi), Day 7. Palau – Porto Cervo – Olbia 54.94 (34.14 mi)Sailing plan Olbia

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Day 1. Portisco – Porto Cervo 16.9 km (10.24 mi), Day 2. Porto Cervo – La Maddalena archipelago (Porto Massimo) 19.18 km (11.92 mi), Day 3. La Maddalena archipelago (Porto Massimo) – Santa Teresa Gallura 23.19 km (14.41 mi), Day 4. Santa Teresa Gallura – Bonifacio 16.45 km (10.22 mi), Day 5. Bonifacio – Porto Vecchio 46.5 km (28.92 mi), Day 6. Porto Vecchio – Cala Santa Maria 43.6 km (27.09 mi), Day 7. Cala Santa Maria -Capriccioli – Portisco 40.09 km (24.91 mi)Sailing plan Portisco

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Day 1. Porto Pozzo – Santa Teresa Gallura 15, 83 km (9, 83 mi), Day 2. Santa Teresa Gallura – Bonifacio 16, 45 km (10, 22 mi), Day 3. Bonifacio – Porto Vecchio 46, 5 km (28, 92 mi), Day 4. Porto Vecchio – Cala Santa Maria 43, 6 km (27, 09 mi), Day 5. Cala Santa Maria – Tavolara island 57, 36 km (35, 64 mi), Day 6. Tavolara – Porto Cervo 33, 98 km (21, 12 mi), Day 7. Porto Cervo – Porto Pollo – Porto Pozzo 32, 03 km (19, 90 mi)Boat charter in Costa Smeralda

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Day 1. La Maddalena (Porto Massimo) – Cannigione 21, 27 km (13, 21 mi), Day 2. Cannigione – Porto Cervo 13, 48 km (8, 37 mi), Day 3. Porto Cervo – Golfo Aranci 27, 02 km (16, 79 mi), Day 4. Golfo Aranci – Olbia 13, 09 km (8, 13 mi), Day 5. Olbia – Budoni 39, 68 km (24, 65mi), Day 6. Budoni – La Caletta (Gold Hook Marina Services) 13, 18 km (8, 19 mi), Day 7. La Caletta (Gold Hook Marina Services) – Tavola Island (Spalmatore di Terra) – La Maddalena (Porto Massimo) 85, 58 km (53, 18 mi)rent a boat in Costa Smeralda

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Day 1. Arzachena (Poltu Quatu) – Porto Massimo (La Maddalena) 20, 92km (13mile), Day 2. Porto Massimo (La Maddalena) – Cala Santa Maria 7, 15km (4, 44mile), Day 3. Cala Santa Maria – Porto Vecchio 43, 6km (27, 09mile) , Day 4. Porto Vecchio – Bonifacio 46, 5km (28, 92mile), Day 5. Bonifacio – Santa Teresa Gallura 16, 45km (10, 22mile) , Day 6. Santa Teresa Gallura – Porto Pozzo 15, 83km (9, 83mile), Day 7. Porto Pozzo – Palau – Arzachena (Poltu Quatu) 26, 3km (16, 23mile)Boat rental in Costa Smeralda

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