"emerald coast- costa smeralda" Costa Smeralda by randychiara

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In March 1962, a small group of international financiers, headed by Prince Karim Aga Khan, founded the Emerald Coast Consortium with the aim of developing for tourism the sites bought in the territory of the municipality of Arzachena. A series of high quality infrastructures were gradually created, bringing Porto Cervo and the Emerald Coast to the top level for international tourism. Attracted by the prestige of the prince, many other businessmen made important investments, developing areas in the neighbourhood of the Emerald Coast, with the result that the north-eastern part of Gallura became the most important point of attraction for tourism in Sardinia.

The territory of which Arzachena is the administrative centre covers more than 80 kilometres of coastline, with a vast well watered hinterland of rolling granite hills covered with Mediterranean maquis and woods of wild olive trees. The important tourist development has led to considerable transformations in the local economy: the old system of farming and sheep rearing has been ousted by an intense activity based on the tertiary sector, in which building and tourism prevail. Arzachena itself has attracted new inhabitants from all over the island and has become a modern town whose many facilities include a sports centre with gymnasium, football pitch and numerous tennis courts complete with floodlighting, where an international ladies' tournament is held every year at the end of the summer.

On the coast a number of resorts with a strong tourist vocation have been created and developed and now enjoy international renown. Porto Cervo was built from scratch and became the heart of the Emerald Coast.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:beautiful sea
  • Cons:too many snob's in Porto Cervo..other than that, it's a great place to go
  • Intro Written Jan 8, 2004
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  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2006 at 2:00 PM

    Beautiful and pristine Port Cervo - but just like seeing Beverly Hills - somehow doesn't seem like Italy. Thank for great photos, Carol

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