"Costa Smeralda - Europe's playground" Costa Smeralda by icunme

Costa Smeralda Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 54 photos


Sardegna takes first place - Team Germany second & Monaco third

Position - Team - Points
1 - SARDEGNA - 66
2 - GERMANY - 81
3 - MONACO - 88
4 - ITALY - 89
5 - SPAIN - 91
6 - USA - 120
7 - ALPE ADRIA - 156

June 10, 2006 (Porto Cervo, Italy) - The Sardinia Rolex Cup 2006/ISAF Offshore Team World Championship, hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, ended with an abandoned race due to the extremely light breeze that did not allow the Swan 45 class to complete the course within the time limit of 120 minutes. At 3pm, cut off time for the start of re-sail of Race Nine, the Race Committee called it a day and the home team, Sardegna, claimed victory.
Despite fielding virtually the same team as 2004 - including crews that boast Olympic, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race talent - defending champion Team Spain ended the championship in fifth place.
The next Sardinia Rolex Cup will be staged in 2008, probably with the same format and team composition as this year.
In September the waters off Porto Cervo and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will host two highlight events of the Mediterranean season: the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which dates back to 1980 and each year attracts an impressive fleet of these majestic yachts, and the Rolex Swan Cup, biennial event that transforms Porto Cervo in the centre of the Nautor's Swan world with upwards of 100 Swans racing.

Hidaway beaches along Costa Smeralda

One can choose among the many beautiful beaches and small islands with their crystal-clear water.
Costa Smeralda is made up of thousands of indentations and rocky promontories, a great variety of beaches and is breathtakingly beautiful. You will be dazzled by the clear waters, where the shades of blue, aqua and turquoise blend with the white sand of the beaches - with the red and pink granites - the green of the Mediterranean brush, dotted with blossoms that bloom throughout the year.

Paradise of Europe's Rich and Famous

This area boasts the highest concentration of marinas in the world. The universally renowned Porto Cervo, hosting the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club is where you will see the grand yachts of the world. The destination of the international jet set, Porto Cervo is also the most famous society centre of Sardinia -- and expensive just to prove it!
Porto Cervo is surely one of the best equipped and modern Mediterranean ports where you will see a nautical centre reserved for the mythical 12 metre sailing boats of the Americas Cup.
From the sea one can watch the golfers playing on Pevero golf course and sailing along the coast one can admire the luxurious villas of political leaders, businessmen, artists, and cinema and TV personalities.

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  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Mediterranean islands are all gorgeous - this is one I've yet to see but I know the smell of juniper - I smell it every time I open the chest MrL's grandmother brough from Hvar 110 years ago.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    How good it must be to be able to buy ones own private island! Lovely phots. Love the frescos.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2009 at 6:52 AM

    Ah, down by the sea and watching boat races - that is hard to beat! I just watched a great TV series on the last Volvo round-the-world ocean race. That hotel looks great but I think I'd have to tent in Costa Smeralda!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    It has been a while since I visited Sardegna but still have vivid memories of those stunning beaches, little villages and many eucalyptus trees. It was in Sardegna where I discovered the eucalyptus honey and it's still one of my favourites.

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Interesting place I'm sure I'll never get to......

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2009 at 7:36 AM

    Interesting place, great tips ;-)

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Ciao Carol, amica mia, lovely photos of Porto Cervo. I had a martini, "shaken, not stirred" at the Hotel Cala di Volpe in 1984. "gourmet, travelgourmet."

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Cala di Volpe looks nice, but I ‘ll only take a shower there after sleeping on the beach ;))) I am deceived Sarko (and Carla) did not participate to the bling bling race, and leave ground to Putin. Sardegna’s coasts look beautiful in your eyes, Carol

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    You should know that in Italy we are special :) Maybe someone will banish pigeon also from Piazza Duomo in Milano....

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Terrific information about Costa Smeralda. Can't imagine owning my own island!!! Hotel Cala di Volpe looks incredible. I love frescos also and would love staying in a place where they abounded.

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