Best places to visit in Costa Smeralda – The GUIDE


The Costa Smeralda looks like a magical cocktail of sea, sun and joy that is almost impossible to resist. Located on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, between the Gulfs of Arzachena and Cugnana, it owes its name to the particular color of the sea and to the chromatic variations of the transparent waters that creep into a labyrinth of granite rocks, forming enchanting views


The prince Karim Aga Khan madly in love with this wild and inaccessible land decided to buy these paradise lands and had a clear vision in his mind about creating a tourist paradise resort which also included a flight company formely  Meridiana.




Just because unique, this kind of nature has attracted celebrities from around the world since the early years: big names in the jet set, sport, finance, politics and industry have been and are at home in Porto Cervo and have decisively contributing to create the fame of a vacation spot: Greta Garbo, Margaret of England, Gianni Agnelli, Jacqueline Kennedy, Juan Carlos, Harrison Ford, Sting just to name a few.




The  Costa Smeralda  (or Emerald Coast) is synonymous with dream beaches, solitary coves and soft sea shades. In this extraordinary panorama arise low houses, surrounded by granite and Mediterranean scrub, numerous villas, golf courses and marinas perfectly integrated into the naturalistic framework.


To these elements are added the history and culture of a region with ancient traditions and an effervescent nightlife that takes place in trendy clubs, small restaurants, bars and shops of the enchanting Porto Cervo, the pearl of the Costa Smeralda.



Cheerful, colorful and worldly, this sophisticated resort is a real eden, chosen and frequented every summer by the aristocracy and the international jet-set, who arrive with their massive yachts.


5 reasons to visit this spectacular stretch of Sardinia coast

  • amazing beaches
  • fancy locals and nightlife
  • celebreties spotting
  • beach activities and water sports
  • great food





The whole coast is surrounded by fascinating places to discover; proceeding from Porto Cervo to the south you will find enchanting beaches that from Golfo del Pevero lead to Cala di Volpe passing through Punta Capriccioli, in front of which lie the islands of Mortorio and Soffi, included in the Maddalena National Park.


Another well-known place is Porto Rotondo: overlooking the wide Gulf of Cugnana, is populated by villas and squares with all kinds of shops, set by a magnificent nature.



10 best sights not to be missed in Costa Smeralda

La Maddalena
Poltu Quadu
Porto Cervo
Baja Sardinia
Golfo Aranci
Porto Rotondo
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  • LISCIA RUJA beach
  • ROMAZZINO beach
  • PRINCIPE beach
  • LA CELVIA beach
  • RENA BIANCA beach
  • MARINELLA beach
  • TANCA MANNA beach
  • CALA CAPRA beach

Liscia Ruja
Piccolo Pevero
Spiaggia del Principe
Rena Bianca
Cala Capra
La Celvia
Tanca Manna
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Where to stay in Costa Smeralda





by bus

Bus company ARST line 604 departs from Olbia and makes several stops at Arzachena, Porto Cervo and Baja Sardinia


Bus company Sunlines depart from Olbia port and airport and reach most sights of Costa Smeralda like Porto Cervo, Baja Sardinia, Capriccioli, Cannigione. See timetable here


Bus company Caramellitours departs from Olbia port and city centre and gets to Porto Cervo, Liscia di Vacca and baja Sardinia. See timetable here

by car

Easy way to travel by car. Porto cervo is a short drive from Olbia about 30 Km away

by private transfer

Book in advance your private transfer (Uber is not available in sardinia)





by car

The route Alghero-Olbia is quite easy and it takes about 2h driving for about 150 Km. Reach Olbia first and head after to Porto Cervo

by bus

Sunlines bus company from June to October offers connection between Alghero and Olbia

by train

From train station in Alghero take train to Sassari and Olbia after. From Olbia bus station ARST take bus line 604 to Porto Cervo




>> Driving by car around Sardinia

by car

Motorway  SS131 and get the road diramazione centrale nuorese. 3h 20 min with no traffic

by bus

Bus company Turmotravel from Cagliari centre Piazza Matteotti gets to Olbia Poltu Quadu. See timetable here

by train

Train from Cagliari to Olbia. From Olbia bus station ARST take bus line 604 to Porto Cervo

Do you need a rental car in Costa Smeralda?


The answer is YES! here’s the reasons why

freedom and accessible hidden sites: don’t have to worry about bus stops and public transport delays. A private cab will defintely cost you more and please note uber is not available in Sardinia


save money: many low cost car rentals companies are available at any airport. taxis are much more expensives in sardinia. public transport not always reliable and confortable


stay confortable:  nothing more comfortable than move at your own pace and time


Costa Smeralda on a budget


Costa Smeralda  has a reputation for being very expensive, but you can enjoy the best it has to offer without emptying your wallet. If you think that is a destination only for a few and the most lucky ones, this is quite untrue! The truth is that you can enjoy the most beautiful places and beaches and making the most of it even if you are on a budget. Simply you go to the right places…


When to go in Costa Smeralda?

It’s about timing. Visiting Sardinia during the most crowded months of July and August should be avoided. It will be very difficult to find an accommodation at a reasonable price. In general hotel rates are the lowest in June and September and these are great months to visit because  the city’s peak season is concentrated on the two months

hotel deals


Where to sleep

If you are on a budegt, forget the 5 star resorts with private beach of Porto Cervo. The most luxury resorts are a real dream and costs can reach up 5000€ per night. Unless you want to be a millionaire for a day you have to move a little bit further from the coast. (yet, not so much!) You can find a good accommodation at a good price in the nearby villages around Porto Cervo.  One of the closest village is Arzachena. This is a good option because located only a short drive to Porto Cervo and to the most nicest beaches.

Hotel Delfino


Price from: 55€



Where to eat

Wherever place you go in Italy and in Sardinia for a meal you won’t be disappointed even on the most economic place. Don’t need to have dinner at Porto Cervo plaza for a good tasty meal. Again out of the glamour you’ll find the best place to eat out.


Go to Da Serafino at Cannigione and try the best pizza in Costa Smeralda


La Vecchia Costa in Arzachena village. Just 5 mins from Porto Cervo good traditional italian restaurant

Agriturismo Cabu Abbas  a typical agriturismo inland near Olbia. Excellent Sardinian dishes, porcetto, Zuppa Gallurese (bread soup), in a cozy and with a beautiful view. The reception is what is expected in Sardinia. Unmissable!




Night out 

Baja Sardinia at the central piazza this the place for aperitivo or cocktail – News cafe – enjoy the great view


Barracuda centrally located in Baja Sardinia with breathtaking view. You can also have a light meal here. Go at sunset, it’s beautiful.



Ritual  – Baja Sardinia

Stunning location, one of the best club in Sardinia. Unique enviroment in a full granite castle built on the stones and surrounded by nature. Wild and glam