There are some fantastic coves on the way to Capo Ceraso with views across the bay of Porto Istana to the islands of Tavolara and Molara. Backed by perfumed macchia and surrounded by pink granite rocks, the setting here is truly enchanting and typically Mediterranean.
Capo Coda Cavallo
If you are looking for something less busy, head for Capo Coda Cavallo. The larger beaches here have some facilities in high season but this headland is well worth exploring as there are many hidden coves undiscovered by the masses.
Just south of Capo Coda Cavallo lies a sweeping bay that could be mistaken for being a Polynesian picture-postcard. Accessed via an unmade track, the beach is sheltered and lapped by near translucent and very shallow water – perfect for children.
The main beach here is La Cinta which stretches north from the town with 5km of glistening white sand. This is a very popular beach, especially in July and August so be warned. There are plenty of facilities at this beach including water sports activities and snack bars.
Baltic Cup - Porto Cervo - June
Sailing show organised by the Yachting Club of Costa Smeralda.
Fish Festival - Santa Teresa Gallura - July
A festival inviting visitors to sample fried fish and delightful Vermentino wine.
Smeralda 888 European Cup - Porto Cervo - August
Prime sailing exhibition.
International Folklore Festival - Tempio Pausania - August
Held during Tempio’s summer carnival and featuring various ethnic groups from all over the world.
Time in Jazz – Berchidda - August
International Jazz Festival – one of the most important in Sardinia.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Islands of Tavolara & Molara
Take a boat trip to the dramatic islands of Tavolara and Molara and spend a day discover the spectacular beaches, go snorkelling or simply relax on the deck of a sailing boat.
Discover the exquisite coastline from the sea and enjoy the excellent conditions of the north east coast for wind-surfing, sailing, diving, snorkelling, etc.
The old quarter of Olbia is definitely worth a visit. The centre bustles with cafés, traditional restaurants and little boutiques, whilst the weekly market attracts visitors every Tuesday and Saturday – a great way to experience local Sardinian life.
Sample traditional Sardinian cuisine in a farm restaurant - amongst the most mouth-watering specialities are roast suckling pig, pecorino cheese or Sa Panadas, delicious savoury tarts.
A dazzling stretch of coastline of pristine shallow water, white powdered sand and dramatic granite outcrops, the Costa Smeralda is definitely worth a visit. Lined with magnificent yachts of all shapes and sizes, it is also the ideal spot to lounge in style and enjoy a spot of people watching.