Porto Cervo is the main town on the famous Costa Smeralda and is a centre of luxury and wealth with fabulous beaches and many huge yachts mooring up for some fun in the sun. Discover the Golfo Aranci just 20 km north of Oblia airport where you will find beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise blue bays. Then there is Porto Rotondo and Baia Sardinia with more stunning beaches and a charming Sardinian atmosphere. The list goes on!
Olbia airport serves the north coast of Sardinia so its best to fly here if you want to stay in the Costa Smeralda area. It is literally just a matter of minutes before you arrive on the coast of Costa Smeralda from the airport in Olbia by car. You may however want to take a tour of the island, in which case you can either fly to Alghero or Cagliari airports in the south and rent a car.
The Arab Prince Agha Khan discovered the area in 1960 and before that the area was almost uninhabited and consisted more or less of rocks and small deserted beaches with a few local fishermen. Aga Khan formed the consortium Costa Smeralda with a group of co-founders who started to buy more than five thousand acres of land piece by piece, until they eventually owned Costa Smeralda, as we know it today.
Enjoy views over the blue bay from the famous town square in Porto Cervo and wander the maze of alleyways and steps that meander around the town centre. The city was built with new houses that are made to appear as old restored houses, and the architecture is characterized by round arches, low buildings and pastel-coloured walls. Here you will find a large selection of high brand stores like Cartier, Prada, Gucci and jewellery shops that just fit right into the jetsetter's lifestyle.
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