Sardinia’s Emerald

.tags In the Northern part of Sardinia is a place which is world renowned for its natural beauty and refined development. It is Costa Smeralda a place that was carried out by Prince Aga Khan IV who lead a consortium of businessmen under the name Consorzio Costa Smeralda to develop this 35 mile uninhabited coastline in the 1960. He got some of the best architects to develop this beautiful environment. This resulted in many marvellous buildings. The villages inside have been considered to be of up market quality. The consortium stuck to the principle that anything that was developed in Costa Smeralda had to blend in and actually enhance the setting and scenery rather than blight and disfigure its natural beauty. Which is why you won’t see a any high rise building and telephone and electrical wires are hidden underground. Some of the architects that worked on this are Couelle and Vietti who designed the hotels and villas.

You could say that Costa Smeralda is the touristiest part of Sardinia with its main attractions being the wealthy amount of exquisite beaches it boasts. Many if not all of them have beautiful glimmering turquoise sea and some of Europe’s finest white sandy beaches. The water is perfect for those who like to snorkel and scuba dive as there are some stunning flora and fauna for you to discover. There are also golf courses which several golf writers have called ‘the most beautiful place to play golf at in the world’ and the best thing about the Pevaro Golf course is that it is rarely crowded.

In the waters of the Costa Smeralda research is carried out by the International Agency for research on dolphins Bottle nose Dolphin Research Institute who carry out activities of research conservation and education on these type of dolphins that can be found in the sea.

Port Cervo is the main centre of Costa Smeralda, you could say it is the capital of Costa Smeralda because it is one of the most prestigious tourist areas on the northern region of Sardinia. Many people refer to this crime and litter free playground as Porto Nuovo due to it being constructed more recently than the other port in the are Port Vecchio. The heart of the marina is the village which was designed by the Sardinian Architect Figus, here you can find many restaurants, shops, its piazza and many other places of interests.
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At the end of the Marina is the Costa Smeralda Ship yard where boats get repaired and across the way are some of the most beautiful Sardinia villas and Condominiums you will ever see, some with boating moorings right in front of them. There is also a nice looking church on a hill overlooking the Marina. Also located in Porto Cervo is the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club which ids most certainly not for those who don’t have as many rich Italians venture there and flash their wares. The Yacht Club is also the place that organises all the regattas and the prize presentations on the main village square and main pier where much of the luxury yachts located.