The Costa Smeralda


IIn March 1962, a small group of international financiers (international tycoons) , headed by Prince Karim Aga Khan, founded The “Consorzio Costa Smeralda” (Emerald Coast Consortium) with the aim of developing for tourism the sites bought in the territory of the municipality of Arzachena. A series of high quality infrastructures were gradually created, bringing Porto Cervo and the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) to the top level for international tourism. Attracted by the prestige of the prince , many other businessmen made important investments, developing areas in the neighbourhood of The Costa Smeralda , with the result that The North-eastern part of Gallura became the most important point of attraction for tourism in Sardinia

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Locality of Smeralda Coast

Porto Cervo was built from scratch and became the heart of the Costa Smeralda . It is a village equipped with all kinds of services, able to satisfy, the most sophisticated requirements. The atmosphere there is one of exclusive holidays and on Promenade lined with shop windows displaying the creations of the most prestigious designers, it is not unusual to come face to face with holiday-making VIPs. Numerous events of a highly cultural nature are held there in summer. 
Hotels in Porto Cervo   Concerts of classical music are held regularly in Stella Maris, the famous little church dedicated to the Madonna, standing on the hill looking down on the harbour. The church itself is well worth a visit: it houses a painting by El Greco, while the grandiose bronze doors are the work of sculptor Luciano Minguzzi.
The combination of sport and tourism flourishes on the Costa Smeralda where a great many sports events are held .
Starting from Rally event, at the Cervo Tennis Club, a hotel with seven tennis courts, tournaments are held in which some of the most famous names in tennis take part. The splendid golf course (18 holes, par 72) , about 6500 metres long, is laid out between two stupendous bays, offering golfers a unique panorama. 
Sailing is practised intensely at Porto Cervo, where the most famous yachtsmen meet every year to compete in national and international regattas.    However, the vastness of the territory offers many other possibilities for tourism, aimed at different holiday-makers from those who frequent Porto Cervo, people who can satisfy their needs for a clean sea, unspoilt nature and excellent services just as well in the neighbouring resorts.
The territory of which Arzachena is the administrative center covers more than 80 kilometres of coastline, with a hinterland of rolling granite hills covered with Mediterranean bush and wild olive trees. The important tourist development has led to considerable transformations in the local economy: The old system of farming and sheep rearing has been ousted by an intense activity based on the tertiary sector, in which building and tourism prevail . Arzachena itself has attracted new inhabitants from all over the island and has become a modern town.   On the coast a number of resorts with a strong tourist vocation have been created and developed and now enjoy international renown.

 The Gulf of Arzachena , which reaches so deeply into the mainland as to seem a fjord, ends in a Lagoon that is highly interesting from the point of view of nature. By the shore at Cannigione there are various hotels and residences, the only two camping sites in the Arzachena territory and numerous villas which gave rise to the residential settlement of La Conia .A panoramic road runs along the coast as far as the Golfo delle Saline, allowing easy access to the many fine beaches.  Along the 80 kilometres of wildly beautiful shore in the territory of Arzachena there are many well sheltered lonely little coves, each with characteristics of its own, Though we cannot list them all we must mention the splendid sandy beaches of the Piccolo Pevero and Grande Pevero to the south-east of Porto Cervo, the famous bays of Capriccioli and, facing them, in the bay of Cala di Volpe, the long stretch of Liscia Ruja.
 Going back up the coast, to the north-west of Porto Cervo, we come to the clear sea of Baja Sardinia and, continuing along the other side of the Gulf of Arzachena, Mannena, Barca Bruciata (an incomparable natural swimming pool) and finally The Golfo delle Saline.

  Cannigione. Lo sviluppo turistico ha trasformato l’antico borgo di pescatori, che fungeva anche da punto di imbarco per l’isola di La Maddalena, in una località di villeggiatura moderna e funzionale.  Cannigione lies on the western shore of the broad bay that forms the Gulf of Arzachena. Tourist development has transformed this old fishing village, which was also the point of departure for boats to the island of La Maddalena, into a functional, modern holiday resort. 

Baja Sardinia is one of these places: it is laid out in fan formation in a wide bay, along a beach with the finest sand and crystal clear waters, facing the archipelago of la Maddalena, about 4 kilometres to the west of Porto Cervo. Baja Sardinia was built a few years after the tourist boom on the Costa Smeralda, promoted by a group of Italian businessmen. In the village, which is also equipped with high quality services, there is a greatest concentration of 4 and 3 star hotels in the area. The most popular sport in the area is windsurfing, thanks also to a favourable combination of currents and winds with allow enthusiasts to practise in the most suitable conditions

Sports in Costa Smeralda

  • Water sports in Costa Smeralda  The Costa Smeralda is made for water sports and boating. Sailing, windsurfing and scuba-diving are available all along the coast and motor-boats (from dinghies to power boats) can be hired. Porto Cervo has one of the finest yachting marinas in Europe and hosts world-class races and regattas.
  • Golf on the Costa Smeralda Set between the sapphire bays of Pevero and Cala di Volpe, Pevero is the supreme masterpiece of the greatest of American golf designers, Robert Trent Jones. Described by several golf writers as 'the most beautiful place to play golf in the world', the course is also splendidly demanding. It insists on absolute accuracy if you are to keep out of the savage rough of rocks and the tangled, perfumed herbs of the macchia. Despite its charm and challenges, the 18 hole Pevero is rarely crowded and you can walk into the clubhouse and tee off without queues. The clubhouse has splendid views over the course, spacious locker rooms, a swimming pool, a card room, bar, well-stocked pro-shop and one of the best restaurants on the Costa Smeralda. You can hire clubs, trolleys and electric golf carts

Costa Smeralda Holidays in Sardinia

  • Underwater sport on the Costa Smeralda  For fans of underwater excursions there are a number of professional diving centers. In the vicinity of Cannigione there is a large pond with a wealth of flora and fauna in an area rich in Mediterranean foliage and granite 'sculptures'. Not to be missed: the walk to the top of Punta Occhione, known for its splendid panorama over the whole of the Arzachena Gulf from the Roccia dell'Orso to Capo Ferro.


Costa Smeralda Holidays in Sardinia

  • Tennis on the Costa Smeralda  Floodlit courts and swimming pools are open to everyone on daily or weekly subscriptions at the Tennis Club in Porto Cervo, home to exhibition matches between world class players.

  • Rally of Costa Smeralda  is one of the most challenging gravel rallies in the WRC, and is set amongst some of the best scenery in world rallying. This beautiful Mediterranean Island's rugged coastline is simply stunning, whilst the hinterland is unspoilt with small towns and villages dotted around the undulating countryside, and breathtaking mountain ranges. The stages themselves have a little of everything; with some flat-out blasts through the Pine forests to rival anything Finland has to offer, and some tight tortuous climbs reminiscent of Cyprus or even the Safari Rally! As a pure rally-only trip or an extended weeks holiday Sardinia and it's rally are hard to beat, and with both Easyjet and Ryanair flying direct to the island from the UK & Eire things have never been easier.

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