Costa Smeralda

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The Costa Smeralda (English: Emerald Coast; Sardinian: Monti di Mola) is a coastal area in northern Sardinia, 55 km long and covering more than 30 km², with enchanting beaches and a system of villages built according to an extremely detailed urban plan. The area is a luxurious tourist destination featuring exquisite white sand beaches, Pervero Golf Club, private jet access in Olbia and helicopter service for highly affluent American, European, Russian and Arabian VIPs visiting from the fields of investment banking, entertainment, politics and industry.

The main towns and villages in the area are Arzachena, Porto Cervo, Liscia di Vacca, Capriccioli and Romazzino.

Annually in September the Sardinia Cup sailing regatta is held off the coast, usually featuring famous boats. Polo matches are held seasonally between April and October at Gershan near Arzachena. The Italian film festival is held in Tavolara and a vintage car rally entertains antique car enthusiasts. Cala Di Volpe, Hotel Romazzino, Hotel Pitrizza and Cervo Hotel form the nucleus of luxury hotel choices within the Starwood Luxury Collection and Sheraton respectively. Guests spend US$2,000 - 3,000 per night in the peak season for access to la dolce vita in complete privacy. Celebrities flock to this region in season and explore the aquamarine waters with chartered boats, docking at these hotels with marina access and congregate in Porto Cervo for a gala celebrations on a grand scale. June and September and October are not as crowded and offer comfortable climates between 72-84°F.

Archaeological sites include the Li Muri “Tomba dei Giganti” (Giants’ Grave).

The development of the area started in 1961, and was financed by a consortium of companies. The president of the consortium and representative figure was Prince Karim Aga Khan. Spiaggia del Principe, one of the beaches along the Costa Smeralda, was named after this Ishmaelite Prince[1]. Famous architects involved in the project included Busiri-Vici, Jacques Couëlle, Savin Couëlle and Vietti.

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