Porto Rotondo is an up-market holiday resort on the edge of the Costa Smeralda, boasting an impressive yachting marina and a good selection of chic boutiques and fashion shops in the central Piazzetta. There are also a few bars and restaurants lining the quay whilst the beaches around Porto Rotondo are regarded as some of the best in the area.
There is a string of sandy beaches around the thin headland of Punta della Volpe situated north of Porto Rotondo, or some of the best beaches of the Costa Smeralda can be found along the Golfo di Cugnana to the south of the resort.
The Capriccioli headland has five beautiful small sandy beaches. There are facilities for boat hire and also a bar close to the beach. These beaches, including La Celvia, are amongst the most popular in the area.
Cala di Volpe
A beautiful sweep of white sand with a number of water sports available for hire.
Spiaggia del Principe
Rather off the beaten track is the Spiaggia del Principe which cannot be reached by car. The last stretch has to be done on foot takes under 10 minutes and is well worth the effort.
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
Discover the exquisite coastline from the sea and enjoy the excellent conditions of the north east coast for wind-surfing, sailing, diving, snorkelling, etc. There are also some excellent boat trips from the Costa Smeralda.
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.
An up-market town and centre of indulgence, it is located around two yacht harbours on the north side of this dazzling stretch of coastline, and being the main resort of the area and a paradise for the jet-set, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Prehistoric Sites at Arzachena
Visit the prehistoric remains including the Albucciu Nuraghe – a bronze age tower, the Tomba dei Giganti Coddu Vecchiu and the Li Muri Necropolis, scattered around the town.
Explore by car or on foot the dramatic mountains of the interior, the rugged countryside and the small character towns and villages. Alternatively, leave your car in Palau and take the stream train to Tempio Pausania, a spectacular journey across the Galluran countryside.