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Costa Smeralda

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The Costa Smeralda

The name Costa Smeralda (Monti di Mola in Gallurese) was given in the 1960s.

It was 1962 when the prince of Arab origin Karim Aga Khan IV, conquered by the beauty of the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, bought the lands of the municipalities of Olbia and Arzachena. Since then, thanks to his entrepreneurial skills, he developed the touristic structure of the Costa Smeralda, giving life to the exclusive paradise of Porto Cervo, to indicate a coastal stretch of Gallura in north-eastern Sardinia, included in the municipal territory of Arzachena.

The locality in its territory is formed by beaches with white sand, emerald-colored sea, deep coves, clear and crystalline sea bottoms, granite rocks with pink reflections worked by the millenary hand of nature, marvelous panoramas where the yellow of broom and perfumed enveloping stands out of juniper and myrtle. The Emerald Coast owes its fame to this unique landscape heritage in the world.

The heart of the Emerald Coast is Porto Cervo, a renowned holiday resort whose name derives from its shape which resembles the head of a deer as it was built around a natural harbor, where the numerous and very luxurious villas overlook. Porto Cervo, is characterized by a particular style of architecture, this small tourist center is crossed by a maze of alleys, arcades and stairways that with its many windows arrive in the central Piazzetta connected through a wooden bridge to the Old Port and famous for its presence of numerous boutiques and designer shops. Porto Cervo overlooks the picturesque bay crowded in high season with luxurious boats and sailboats. For fans the Pevero Golf Club, designed in 1967. is a magical place; with its natural ponds among the rocks and a scented undergrowth of juniper, myrtle and arbutus, the path has always been harmonized with the nature that surrounds it and each hole is different from the other. And yet for sea lovers the YCCS, famous all over the world the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, founded on 12 May 1967 by S.A. the Aga Khan, together with other friends such as Andrè Ardoin, Giuseppe Kerry Mentasti and Luigi Vietti, intended to bring together members who love the sea and water sports and to promote seafaring activities. Today the YCCS is linked by reciprocal agreements with the Yacht Club of Monaco and with the New York Yacht Club.

To these elements are added the history and culture of a region with ancient traditions and an effervescent nightlife that takes place in the 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 visited every summer by characters from the aristocracy and the international jet-set, who arrive with their white yachts.

The entire coast is surrounded by fascinating places, such as, Romazzino, La Pitriza, Cala del Faro, Pantoggia and many others, all to be discovered; proceeding from Porto Cervo towards the south you will encounter enchanting beaches that from Golfo del Pevero lead to Cala di Volpe passing through Capriccioli, in front of which rise the islands of Mortorio and Soffi, included in the Maddalena National Park. Another very famous place is Porto Rotondo: overlooking the wide gulf of Cugnana, it is populated by villas and small squares with all kinds of shops, set by a magnificent nature.

The Prince thought of everything to make the Costa Smeralda accessible to the greatest number of people. In 1963 he founded the airline Alisarda (which later became Meridiana) and in 1969 built the international airport of Olbia-Costa Smeralda.

The resort that is still the driving force for the entire island in the tourism sector.

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