Costa Smeralda, well-known everywhere in the world for its crystal-clear sea, the enchanting coves, and the small beaches of rare beauty, lies in the coast of Gallura, that stretches for 55km, from Capo Ferro up to the Gulf of Cugnana. This stretch of the coast, destination of many unforgivable boat tours, overlooks several islands of the La Maddalena archipelago, such as the islands of Budelli, Caprera, Santa Maria and Santo Stefano. Costa Smeralda was uninhabited throughout the first half of the XX century, until the foundation of the Consortium Costa Smeralda in 1962, thanks to the initiative of the prince Karim Aga Khan IV.
Costa Smeralda is renowned as a relaxation and exclusive holiday destination, thanks to the social scene, the luxury boutiques, the aperitives and the elegant nights out. Porto Cervo is the heart of the nightlife in the area, with daily appointments with the international jet-set: parties, worldliness, and sport events. During the summer Porto Cervo becomes the scenes of extraordinary parades of yachts, and it is possible to go shopping in the famous “little square” with international movie, music, and sport stars. Porto Cervo is considered the capital of Costa Smeralda and represents its style with narrow streets, windows and small balconies, boutiques of prestigious brands, and luxury restaurants where you can enjoy a cocktail, and trendy clubs for elegant evenings.
Only a few steps from Porto Cervo you can find places of inestimable beauty and environmental importance, such as Cala di Volpe, one of the most privileged tourist destinations and located in a natural cove surrounded by myrtle hedges, junipers, and granite rocks, that have been wind-shaped over the years; the Pevero beach, divided by a promontory into two areas called Piccolo and Grande Pevero; the wild beach “spiaggia del Principe”, that owes its name to the Prince Aga Khan, who loved relaxing on this beach; and the wide Liscia Ruja beach, the small Liscia di Vacca and Capriccioli.