Porto Cervo, the jewel of the Costa Smeralda, is located in the north-eastern part of the island, and is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Italy and worldwide. The beaches are located south of the town, a few kilometers away, where there are real masterpieces of nature with crystal clear water and white sand, making Porto Cervo a dreamy destination for tourists.
This charming seaside resort was literally “designed” and built starting from the mid-twentieth century by the Ishmaelite prince Karin Aga Khan who, together with a handful of rich and powerful visionaries, began a process of economic development to enhance the entire area coastal. The tourism is the driving force behind the local economy and the “luxury holidays” in Porto Cervo are renowned among tycoons from all over the world.
There are both free and more secluded beaches, and equipped beaches also frequented by celebrities from the world of entertainment.
Attractions in Porto Cervo
Cala di Volpe Beach
One of the most beautiful stretches of coast to see in Porto Cervo is undoubtedly the bay of Cala di Volpe, a vast white sand beach rich in vegetation and lapped by emerald waters. Crowded in the summer, this paradise offers a wide range of luxury hotels, lodges and residences, as well as a number of very fine and famous restaurants. The seabed is low and slowly degrades towards the open sea, immersing itself in transparent water with a strong blue. Granite rocks emerge from the waves which make the coastal landscape even more typical.
The heart of the bay is the tourist village that overlooks the sea thanks to a small port, an ideal landing place for various types of boats, especially large yachts.
Church of Stella Maris
Absolutely worth seeing is the Stella Maris church, located on a hill overlooking the entire coast: It was designed by architect Michele Busiri Vici in the 1960s in perfect Mediterranean style. The rounded and sinuous lines make this place of worship devoid of corners, circular, an explicit reference to the image of God. The natural materials such as the 6 monoliths of the facade and the juniper wood, make the building in harmony with the landscape. The church takes up the style of modern Mediterranean architecture; externally you can admire the famous white cone bell tower and a beautiful sculpture by Pinuccio Sciola, dedicated to Pope John Paul II. Inside, however, there is a painting by El Greco, a precious eighteenth-century pipe organ, Christian symbols and bronze doors depicting the Annunciation.
Marina di Porto Cervo
Marina di Porto Cervo is one of the best equipped and welcoming moorings in the Mediterranean, set in a bay perfectly sheltered from all winds. It is made up of two separate areas: the old port, built in the 1960s, but still functional, where large boats land and the new and well-equipped tourist port, whose construction is more recent (dating back to the 1980s) and filled with prestigious boats or incredibly large and luxurious yachts moored on the quay.