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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
Fly to Olbia airport (cheap flights from the UK by EasyJet or Ryanair) or take the ferry from [[Genoa]] or [[Livorno]] in [[Italy]].
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Fly to Olbia airport (cheap flights from the UK by EasyJet or Ryanair, Norwegian from Scandinavia) or take the ferry from [[Genoa]] or [[Livorno]] in [[Italy]].
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==Do==
 
==Do==
The best of the beaches are Liscia Ruia, Cappriccioli, Piccolo Pevero, Spiaggia del Principe and Romazzino.
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If you want to go sightseeing, go somewhere else. Along Costa Smeralda there is really only one thing to do: Go to the beach!
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There are many beaches along the coast and some of the best are: Liscia Ruia, Cappriccioli, Piccolo Pevero, Spiaggia del Principe and Romazzino.
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But the the most frequented is probably La Cinta with it's thin strip of sand between the Tyrrhenian Sea and a lagoon which hosts a lot of migrating birds as well as pink flamingos.
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On the beach there are many business renting out sun chairs and sun protection as well as gear for surfing and other water activities. The further north you go on the beach the less crowded it will be.
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The lagoon behind the beach is a sanctuary for birds run by a non-profit. They also organize boat tours where you can see some of the wildlife. [http://www.stagnodisanteodoro.it/attivita-nello-stagno/associazione-naturalistica-orizzonti-di-gallura/ Orizzonti Di Gallura]
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One of the most child friendly beaches is Cala Brandinchi. There are two entries to the beach, the north which is run by a resort where you have access to sun chairs, food and drinks and from the south via Lu Impostu where there is no service at all. From the parking lot you get to wade on about 30-40 cm of water to get to the beach and the water is very clear and shallow for 20-30 meters out. If you prefer not to wade, jsut take right when coming from the parking lot and there is a small strip perfect for children and families.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
Most restaurants on the Costa Smerelda are overpriced. For authentic Sardinian cuisine try the campsite restaurants where all the locals go.  
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Most restaurants on the Costa Smerelda are overpriced. For authentic Sardinian cuisine try the campsite restaurants where all the locals go. You might also try one of the Agriturismo's in the area.
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You can also cook your own meals. There are plenty of supermarkets and farms around where you can buy what you need.  
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
It can be quite difficult finding accommodation in the Costa Smeralda as the area is mainly serviced by Italian tour operators but some local operators provide detailed accomodation information online. If you don't have your own private yacht to stay on and can't afford the £300 per night prices of the exclusive hotels then you might want to hire a villa through a website. Alternatively you can hire bungalows at a number of the campsites on the coast.
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It can be quite difficult finding accommodation in the Costa Smeralda as the area is mainly serviced by Italian tour operators but some local operators provide detailed accomodation information online. If you don't have your own private yacht to stay on and can't afford the £300 per night prices of the exclusive hotels then you might want to hire a villa or apartment through a website. Alternatively you can hire bungalows at a number of the campsites on the coast.
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
  
 
* '''Residence Bougainvillae Porto Cervo''' – Via Della Marina, 07021, Porto Cervo (OT) [http://www.bougainvillae.com/]. Telephone +39 078 991640 • Fax + 39 078991717. The Bougainvillae is a residence offering one studio, one bedroom apartment and two bedroom apartments. All with private bath, living room, patio or balcony, satellite TV and Wi-Fi connection. Other services include the swimming pool and private parking. Weekly prices.
 
* '''Residence Bougainvillae Porto Cervo''' – Via Della Marina, 07021, Porto Cervo (OT) [http://www.bougainvillae.com/]. Telephone +39 078 991640 • Fax + 39 078991717. The Bougainvillae is a residence offering one studio, one bedroom apartment and two bedroom apartments. All with private bath, living room, patio or balcony, satellite TV and Wi-Fi connection. Other services include the swimming pool and private parking. Weekly prices.
 
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*'''bed and breakfast Aldo''', Loc. Rena ( Arzachena ) - 07021 Tel:+39 328 8399697. [http://www.aldobb.it]
* '''Bed and Breakfast La Murichessa Costa Smeralda''' Loc. Vaddimala, 07021, Porto Cervo (OT) [http://www.lamurichessa.it/]. Telephone +39 327 4 24 09 42. La Murichessa is a family owned, small bed and breakfast accomodation with only three rooms. All with private bath, and tv. Other services include home made breakfast served on the terrace, solarium, shaded private car park and an English bookshelf library. From 50 Eur per room.
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===Mid Class===
 
===Mid Class===
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*'''Luci di la Muntagna''', Porto Cervo, Via Sa Conca 55 - 07021 Tel:+39 0789.92000, Fax:+39 0789.92051. Hotel rated 4 stars and is renovated in 2012. In front of Yacht-Club Costa Smeralda with panoramic seaview.[http://luci-di-la-muntagna.com]
 
*'''Luci di la Muntagna''', Porto Cervo, Via Sa Conca 55 - 07021 Tel:+39 0789.92000, Fax:+39 0789.92051. Hotel rated 4 stars and is renovated in 2012. In front of Yacht-Club Costa Smeralda with panoramic seaview.[http://luci-di-la-muntagna.com]
 
*'''Hotel Mirage''', Loc. Capo testa ( S. Teresa Gallura) - 07100 Tel:+39 0789.754207, Fax:+39 0789.755518. [http://www.hotelmiragesardinia.com/en/index.htm]
 
*'''Hotel Mirage''', Loc. Capo testa ( S. Teresa Gallura) - 07100 Tel:+39 0789.754207, Fax:+39 0789.755518. [http://www.hotelmiragesardinia.com/en/index.htm]
*'''bed and breakfast Aldo''', Loc. Rena ( Arzachena ) - 07021 Tel:+39 328 8399697. [http://www.aldobb.it]
 
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
*'''Costa Smeralda'''  Porto Cervo (SS) - 07020 [http://www.costa2008.com]  These are the Starwood Luxury collection hotel properties where the celebrities and VIPs stay: Cala Di Volpe, Hotel Romazzino, Hotel Pitrizza, and Cervo Hotel. All surround Pervero Golf Course and offer dining, swimming, health/fitness club, concierge, and live music.
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*'''Costa Smeralda'''  Porto Cervo (SS) - 07021 [http://www.arzachenacostasmeralda.it]  These are the Starwood Luxury collection hotel properties where the celebrities and VIPs stay: Cala Di Volpe, Hotel Romazzino, Hotel Pitrizza, and Cervo Hotel. All surround Pervero Golf Course and offer dining, swimming, health/fitness club, concierge, and live music.
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==

Latest revision as of 16:13, 29 September 2013

Costa Smeralda is a coastal area in the north east of Sardinia, between Palau and Olbia.
Cala Sassari
It is home to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches - great for sun worshippers.

Get in[edit]

Fly to Olbia airport (cheap flights from the UK by EasyJet or Ryanair, Norwegian from Scandinavia) or take the ferry from Genoa or Livorno in Italy.

Get around[edit]

In order to have access to the best of the beaches you will probably need to hire a car (mopeds are not so good on the bumpy tracks down to the beaches). Driving on the coastal roads gives great views over the yacht lined Costa Smeralda coastline.

See[edit][add listing]

You can get up close to the super yachts when they come in to Porto Cervo in the evening. For snorkeling take a trip around the archipelago Della Maddalena from Porto Palau.

Do[edit][add listing]

If you want to go sightseeing, go somewhere else. Along Costa Smeralda there is really only one thing to do: Go to the beach! There are many beaches along the coast and some of the best are: Liscia Ruia, Cappriccioli, Piccolo Pevero, Spiaggia del Principe and Romazzino. But the the most frequented is probably La Cinta with it's thin strip of sand between the Tyrrhenian Sea and a lagoon which hosts a lot of migrating birds as well as pink flamingos. On the beach there are many business renting out sun chairs and sun protection as well as gear for surfing and other water activities. The further north you go on the beach the less crowded it will be.

The lagoon behind the beach is a sanctuary for birds run by a non-profit. They also organize boat tours where you can see some of the wildlife. Orizzonti Di Gallura

One of the most child friendly beaches is Cala Brandinchi. There are two entries to the beach, the north which is run by a resort where you have access to sun chairs, food and drinks and from the south via Lu Impostu where there is no service at all. From the parking lot you get to wade on about 30-40 cm of water to get to the beach and the water is very clear and shallow for 20-30 meters out. If you prefer not to wade, jsut take right when coming from the parking lot and there is a small strip perfect for children and families.

Buy[edit][add listing]

You can pick up fantastic bargains from the beach traders who sell jewellery, clothes, CDs etc. But if you want to be as stylish as the rich tourists of Costa Smeralda you may go to Porto Cervo or Porto Rotondo for expensive clothing.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Most restaurants on the Costa Smerelda are overpriced. For authentic Sardinian cuisine try the campsite restaurants where all the locals go. You might also try one of the Agriturismo's in the area. You can also cook your own meals. There are plenty of supermarkets and farms around where you can buy what you need.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

It can be quite difficult finding accommodation in the Costa Smeralda as the area is mainly serviced by Italian tour operators but some local operators provide detailed accomodation information online. If you don't have your own private yacht to stay on and can't afford the £300 per night prices of the exclusive hotels then you might want to hire a villa or apartment through a website. Alternatively you can hire bungalows at a number of the campsites on the coast.


Budget[edit]

  • Residence Bougainvillae Porto Cervo – Via Della Marina, 07021, Porto Cervo (OT) [1]. Telephone +39 078 991640 • Fax + 39 078991717. The Bougainvillae is a residence offering one studio, one bedroom apartment and two bedroom apartments. All with private bath, living room, patio or balcony, satellite TV and Wi-Fi connection. Other services include the swimming pool and private parking. Weekly prices.
  • bed and breakfast Aldo, Loc. Rena ( Arzachena ) - 07021 Tel:+39 328 8399697. [2]

Mid Class[edit]

  • Luci di la Muntagna, Porto Cervo, Via Sa Conca 55 - 07021 Tel:+39 0789.92000, Fax:+39 0789.92051. Hotel rated 4 stars and is renovated in 2012. In front of Yacht-Club Costa Smeralda with panoramic seaview.[3]
  • Hotel Mirage, Loc. Capo testa ( S. Teresa Gallura) - 07100 Tel:+39 0789.754207, Fax:+39 0789.755518. [4]

Splurge[edit]

  • Costa Smeralda Porto Cervo (SS) - 07021 [5] These are the Starwood Luxury collection hotel properties where the celebrities and VIPs stay: Cala Di Volpe, Hotel Romazzino, Hotel Pitrizza, and Cervo Hotel. All surround Pervero Golf Course and offer dining, swimming, health/fitness club, concierge, and live music.

Stay safe[edit]

You will find Costa Smeralda to be a very safe and friendly place for your vacation, just remember to follow some easy rules.

When you’re going to the beach, you need to bring sun block and possibly to find out what the UV rating is for that day. UV rays are calculated on a 1-15 scale. Higher numbers mean more intense rays and the sun in Sardinia is going to shine every single day.

Keep plenty of water on hand. It's very easy to become dehydrated when you're in the sun all day.

To avoid loss, it's always wise to leave any important documents (like your passport), your credit cards, and most of your money at your hotel.

Get out[edit]

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