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.
In this article we look at Costa Smeralda int he following points:
- Sailing in Costa Smeralda: Costa Smeralda’s surrounding islands
- Ports and islands in Costa Smeralda: Ports in paradise
- Sailing in Costa Smeralda: Our offer on a one-week itinerary
The La Maddalena Archipelago is located in the north. The archipelago gives home to the La Maddalena National Park.One member of the archipelago is called Caprera, here the country’s oldest sailing centers can be found. The island’s area is approximately 16 square kilometers and it has granite and sandy beaches. The crystal clear sea separates Cabrera from Sardinia. The whole island is ruled by nature. We can only find people in the small village of Stagnali. It is connected to the neighboring island of Maddalena with a bridge. There are more people living on this island.
Costa Smeralda has a completely different atmosphere than the rest of the island. This is due to the enormous development of the coast that happened in the past decades. In this place, it feels like as if we were in paradise. Interesting attractions are not only on the coast but also on the sea!
La Maddalena Archipelago
The marina here has 140 berths. These can be used even by boats up to 50 meters in length and mega yachts. The maximum dive depth of the harbour is 12 meters. The archipelago can be explored in 1-2 days.
The islands with pink sandy beaches are almost intact. In addition to swimming and diving, we can explore old Roman ruins and fortresses.
The harbour of Porto Cervo
This is one of the most well-equipped ports in the Mediterranean, with 700 seats. From May to September it is home to international sailing competitions. Marina Village has two parts: the northern that is the old and southern new harbour. A wide range of services is available for boaters. In terms of repair and maintenance, the port has highly experienced specialists.
The harbour of Olbia
The harbour of Olbia in the northeast of Sardinia, which opened in May of 2009. The Marina di Olbia is open all year round for the sailors. It has 270 moorings and can accommodate boats up to 80 meters length. The state-of-the-art dock has been designed to be the safest port – regardless of the weather -in the Mediterranean. Olbia is only a few kilometres away from Costa Smeralda.
The port of Arzachena has opened its doors in 1987 and has unbroken popularity among the sailboat and yacht owners. The scenery speaks for itself: as we approach the dock, we can see that it extends long into the interior of the island. Polto Quato has a total of 305 berths, which are suitable for mooring boats of 8-35 metres length. The seabed is 3 meters deep from the entrance and 2 meters in the inner dock.
The harbour of Cannigione
This is a medium port which can accommodate boats up to 25 meters in length. Its speciality is that the harbour specializes in tourism and recreational sports. The marina has received environmental acknowledgement for its environmentally conscious operation. It is located beside the town of Lu Canniscioni, which receives ships from 9 am to 11 pm.
The harbour of Portisco
The city of Portisco is located on the eastern side of Sardinia, and it has two harbours: Cala dei Sardi and Portisco harbour. The dock near Portisco has a total of 589 seats, which is reserved for boats with 4-90 meters length. The service is fast and professional, so it’s not an accident that this is one of the busiest and most popular ports in the area.
Cala dei Sardi
In Golfo di Cugna you can find Costa Smeralda’s most eco-friendly harbour. There are a total of 140 berths on this site, which can accommodate boats of 6 and 60 meters long. The dock is well-equipped, on the quay you can find electricity, water, Wi-Fit, and restaurants.
In 1997, the port of Pozzo was opened, which is located in a natural fjord. The port between Santa Teresa and Palau accepts the cruise ships day and night to rest and recharge. The port can accommodate up to 80 ships, which can be between 4 and 15 meters in length.
There are wonderful places in Costa Smeralda’s area, which not only offer sandy beaches and beautiful coastlines, but also impressive historical monuments. Discover the secluded places, which can only be approached by a yacht.
1. day: Olbia
Olbia is Costa Smeralda’s largest port and regional center. It is a popular destination due to the monuments and the atmosphere of the city. It is worth visiting St. Paul’s Church.
According to an engravement on the wall of the main nave, there was a chapel in this place in 1421. The Church of St. Simplicius is the oldest medieval church in Sardinia, which is still in its original form. Excavated remains of the Punic settlement, can be seen not far from the church. We will start our journey from Marina di Olbia.
2. day: Portisco
The first stop of our trip from the port of Olbia is Portisco’s charming Italian town. Here we can relax after sightseeing in Olbia. Admire the beautiful Mediterranean landscape while we sail towards the coastline and harbour.
Portisco’s beach is located in the western part of Cugnana Bay, between a ness and the island of Portisco. In the south there is a well-equipped port for yachts, behind the beach there are luxury villas and resorts. There are numerous white sandy beaches in the seashore. The Portisco is characterized by sandy beaches and shallow waters that are ideal for families with kids.
The Renna Bianca Beach offers a wide range of services, it has a car park, hotel, café, and restaurant. You can even rent boats and rowing boats.
We can spend the night at Marina Cala dei Sardi or Marina di Portisco.
3. day: Capricolli
On the third day of our trip, we depart from Portisco to Capriccioli. Capriccioli means “young goats” in the local dialect. On the shore, we can see massive pink granite rocks which were rounded by the waves, wild olive trees, and maritime pines.
One of the beaches is Il Pirata where you can rent canoes and dinghies that can be moored to a small wooden pier. This wind shielded coast with shallow waters and fine sandy, slowly deepening seashore are ideal for families. Another beach of “Delle Tartarughe” (turtles): this is a place where the turtles are nesting among the dunes. The locals call the shore a small oasis. It’s worth to visit the shore for a turtle watch.
The nearby small volcanic islands, Soffin and Cameren have wonderful, untouched nature. On the right side of the bay, there is a small island, Mortorio, which is also beautiful.
4. day: Porto Cervo
On the fourth day, while sailing in Costa Smeralda, we reach Porto Cervo. This beautiful town has many small, short, white buildings which are in harmony with nature. The harbour is the centre of Porto Cervo, here you can find shops, and the elegant yacht club is nearby too. One of the hotels was a filming site for the 1977 James Bond a Spy who loved me. There are several famous beaches here. We can spend the night at Marina Porto di Cervo.
5. day: La Maddalena archipelago
Kea is a beautiful island, full of ancient crabs and beautiful cities. There are many restaurants in Kea, where fresh fish, lobster, and other traditional dishes are served. If you are looking for a quiet berth we recommend a bay which is 100 meters away from the harbour. On the beautiful shores of La Maddalena’s, you can find Roman ruins and fortresses. It is called a group of islands, as it consists of several tiny islands. One of the most famous locations in the national park which can be explored in 1-2 days.
La Maddalena Island
La Maddalena is the largest island in the archipelago with its 45 km long coastline. The Guarda Vecchia with its 146 meters height is the highest point of the mountain chain running along the island. Accommodation is limited by the size of the island, but some hotels and two campsites, and smaller taverns are waiting for the holidaymakers too. There are several options to dock for example Cala Gavetta which is the main port and a busy tourist town. As an alternative option, you can choose Cala Mangiavolpe which is located in Cala Gavetta. Finally, Cala Spalmaore, which is a beautiful, well-protected coastline.
6. day: Porto Pozzo
In the charming small village, you can enjoy a relaxing day in the unspoiled natural environment and bucolic rural milieu. You should try the delicious local specialities in the city. You can spend the night at Porto di Porto Pozzo.
7. day: Return to Olbia
Returning to Olbia you can also visit the archaeological museum, which has a serious collection. In the city centre, you can relax and have a drink in the famous downtown restaurants.
Costa Smeralda is one of the most visited places in Italy. Wherever you end up, we are sure that you will find a place, sight, and program for yourself. This area is an excellent choice if you want to admire the beauty of nature, cool yourself in the sea, and to enjoy the masterpieces of Italian cuisine.
Thanks to the wonderful nature, the beaches, the central location, and excellent road transport Costa Smeralda’s island is a popular destination.