24 Hours in Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda

Sardinia’s stunning Costa Smeralda, Aethos’s newest destination, is known for impressing visitors with its breathtaking beaches, scenic views of the Mediterranean Sea and rugged cliffs, delectable cuisine, and endless sunshine. 

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or an adventurous escape, there are numerous activities and sights to enjoy in the stunning region of Costa Smeralda. Here’s a guide to maximizing your 24-hour stay.


Morning: Explore Porto Cervo

Start your day in Porto Cervo, the capital of Costa Smeralda and the meeting point of the rich and famous. This glamorous town was created by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV in the 1960s as a luxury resort for celebrities and billionaires. 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the marina as you admire the impressive yachts and sailboats. Delight in the luxury boutiques and art galleries as you browse through them and savor the moment with a cup of coffee or a pastry in the Piazzetta, the main square where everyone gathers to socialize. Also, take the opportunity to visit the Stella Maris Church, a small but elegant building that offers a breathtaking view of the town.

Afternoon: Relax at the Best Beaches

After exploring Porto Cervo, it’s time to hit the beach and soak up the sun. Costa Smeralda boasts some of the best beaches in Sardinia, with crystal-clear water and fine white sand. You’ll be spoiled for choice, as there are dozens of beaches to choose from, each with its own charm and character. Some of the most popular ones are:

  • Liscia Ruja: This is the longest and widest beach in Costa Smeralda, with a stretch of sand that spans over 500 meters. It’s also one of the most scenic, as it’s surrounded by green hills and Mediterranean vegetation. You’ll find all the amenities you need, such as sunbeds, umbrellas, bars, and restaurants.
  • Capriccioli: A small but beautiful beach, divided into two parts by a rocky promontory. It’s ideal for families, as the water is shallow and calm, and there are plenty of facilities and activities. You can also rent a boat or a kayak and explore the nearby islands of Soffi and Mortorio.
  • Romazzino: A secluded and tranquil beach, perfect for those who want to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet. It’s located in a natural reserve, so you’ll be immersed in nature and wildlife. The water is turquoise and transparent, and the sand is soft and powdery.

Evening: Dine and Dance in Baja Sardinia

After a relaxing day at the beach, venture to the lively and charming town of Baja Sardinia. There, you’ll discover a plethora of dining and entertainment options to indulge in. From mouth-watering local and international cuisine to lively bars and pubs, you’ll be spoiled for choice. And, for those looking to dance the night away, the renowned Phi Beach awaits you with its open-air club overlooking the sea. It’s the perfect spot to soak up the breathtaking sunset views and dance under the starry skies.

Costa Smeralda is a destination that has something for everyone. Whether you want to relax, explore, or have fun, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy your 24 hours in this amazing region of Sardinia. 

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