This picturesque coastal town is the center of one of Italy’s most exclusive shorelines: the Costa Smeralda. This lies in the Sassari province on the northeastern coast of the gorgeous island of Sardinia. Porto Cervo is a very new settlement, developed by Karim Aga Khan in the late 20th Century. This prince, like many before, fell in love with this piece of the Sardinian coast. He thus decided to create his ideal, exclusive holiday resort. Today it is one of the world’s most expensive holiday resorts.
In the summer season, it becomes the playground of the rich and famous, and its port fills with yachts competing in size and glamor. In fact, the number of yacht spaces in the port outranks that of permanent residents by about 200! The town-scape here is of a postcard quality as its pastel houses line the slightly raised area around the water. The port itself takes its name from its shape, which resembles something of a deer (cervo in Italian).
Though it was built for the purpose of luxurious holidaying, the town, Poltu Celvu in the local dialect, is not void of culture. For example, overlooking the bay you will find the beuatiful Chiesa Stella Maris, designed by Michele Busiri Vici. Moreover, it lies on one of the most stunning islands of the Mediterranean. It is extremely easy to explore further inland, either by hiking, by car, or on a tour. In addition to this, there are many golfing opportunities in the area. Alternatively, you can head to the Porto Cervo Yacht Club. This also holds various regatas throughout the year which can be very enjoyable.
Nevertheless, this small holiday town is very much a place of sun, sea, VIPs and a thriving nightlife. It is a place for elegance and style during the day, and stellar-quality hedonism at night.
To arrive in Porto Cervo, you can fly to Olbia and then book a transfer over to the bay. Alternatively, why not arrive by boat, making a stylish entrance that will set the tone for the rest of your holiday.