Costa Smeralda, located in the province of Arzachena, with its splendid beaches and sea towns is probably the most famous and most well-known stretch of Sardinian coast in the world. Favourite place for vip who come here to spend their holidays, it boasts some of the beast beaches in the island.

The absolute center of Costa Smeralda is elegant Porto Cervo, rich with gardens, shops, bars and trendy night clubs. It is unanimously considered the capital of the coast and in summer it is heaving with tourists who gather in the famous piazzetta delle Chiacchiere (Square of the Little Talk) or along the Porto Vecchio (Old Port).

Consider that before the 60's this was one of the wildest and most deserted areas in Sardinia. Then, in 1962 a group of entrepreneurs and tourist operators, under the guidance of Karim al-Husayni, founded the Costa Smeralda Consortium. Shortly afterwards it became one of the favourite places of the international jet set.

Let's dive now into these limpid wates and let's discover the most beautiful beaches of Costa Smeralda.


If you are arriving to Olbia with a ferry, driving along the County Road 94 (SP94), you won't help but see the  beach of Liscia Ruja (aka Long Beach). It extends 500 meters along the litoral, being the biggest and best equipped beach throughout Costa Smeralda. It is, in addition, one of the most loved and appreciated by tourists.

The beach strand is distinguished by extremely white and pinkish sand and limpid waters. Of course the prices in the beach resorts are a bit high, but it's worth it... take a look at the picture and judge for yourself!

p.s. it's also a beach highly frequented by jet set, vips and, therefore, by paparazzi. We warn you!

Liscia Ruja Beach - Costa Smeralda

Liscia Ruja Beach - Costa Smeralda


Capriccioli beach is probably among the most beautiful beaches in Costa Smeralda. It's no coincidende that, even if it's not so big, during the summer season this is one of the most crowded beaches. Tourists come here to enjoy the splendid natural contrast between rocks, sand and the surrounding Mediterranena maquia, being one of the most suggestive and fascinating landscapes in Sardinia.

In addition, there's a useful parking space not so far from the beach, which allows you to get there directly by car. It is among the favourite and most frequented beaches of families with children.

Capriccioli Beach - Costa Smeralda

Capriccioli Beach - Costa Smeralda


Located between Cala Volpe and Cala Capriccioli, La Celvia is among the most delightful beaches in Costa Smeralda but also among the most frequented by VIP, tourists, and peddlers.

Distinguished by a strand of coarse-grain sand formed by multicoloured shell pieces, it is enclosed in both ends by granite rocks smoothed by the sea, with thick Mediterranean vegetation behind and a big tree in the middle.

Here some of the island's most beautiful villas look out directly onto the beach.

La Celvia - Costa Smeralda

La Celvia - Costa Smeralda


Elephant Beach is a splendid hidden inlet in the stretch from Cala di Volpe to Capriccioli. This splendid beach has crystal clear emerald-green waters and fine sand. It is named after a particular shape of a rock emerging from the sea.

The beach is in a really unspoilt area: no parking spaces nearby, no service of sea umbrellas or sea chairs, no kiosks, no caos… a real oasis to relax. If you are good swimmers we recommend to reach it from the sea.


This small bay ows its name to the fact that it was the favourite of prince Aga Khan. And how can we disagree with him? Its white sand and clear turquoise waters with splendid sea bottoms rich with sea fauna make this beach a real slice of paradise!

Useful tips: unfortunately, in some periods of the year, the shoreline is washed up by posidonia and the narrow road to get to the beach is a bit arduous. That's why we suggest, first of all, to go there in June and September, when it is less crowded and, second, not to go there with elder people or children, who could find it hard to make their way into the beach.

As per the rest, just enjoy it and feel like a real prince!

Principe Beach - Costa Smeralda

Principe Beach - Costa Smeralda


Romazzino Beach lies right after Principe beach, in front of the hotel with the same name. Unlike the beaches we have previously talked about, the strand here is distinguished by gross sand, washed by shallow limpid waters.

This small beach, although not as noteworthy as other beaches, presents some undeniable advantages! In the high season, it is not only easy to find a spot for your sea umbrella, but also for your car. It is a real must for those looking for peace and wanting to avoid massive crowds!

Spiaggia Romazzino - Costa Smeralda

Spiaggia Romazzino - Costa Smeralda


Few kilometers away from Porto Cervo, in the district of Golfo Pevero, not far from trendy clubs like the Billionaire owned by Flavio Briatore, are two among the most famous beaches in Costa Smeralda.

Piccolo Pevero Beach is in the central part of the gulf with the same name, embedded in a still natural and wild context. Its white sand and shallow water stand on a emerald-green sea, making it ideal for families with children. In the surroundings there are bars, hotels, restaurants and shops.

Grande Pevero Beach is a semicircular beach of pure-white and soft sand contrasing with turquoise waters. Along the bank, in some stretches emerge small rocks. The beach is backed by Mediterranean maquia and junipers, that seem to be embracing it.

As you might have seen, these two beaches are loved and frequented by vips and paparazzis, so if you don't wish to appear on gossip magazines, beware the camera flashes!

Grande Pevero Beach

Grande Pevero Beach

We have just presented some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Smeralda! If you are willing to explore a little bit more, go north passed Porto Cervo to discover stunning places such as Baja Sardinia and the nearby Mannena Beach, (aka Spiaggia della Barca Bruciata) or Cala de Li Mucchi Bianchi Beach, a gorgeous inlet that looks out onto the gulf of Arzachena.

Make your choice and send us the pictures of your trip! Enjoy your holidays!

Useful information


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