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Orosei

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hotels from 43.97 USD per night
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Dorgali

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hotels from 57.14 USD per night
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About Costa Smeralda

The name of Costa Esmeralda traces its origins to the deep emerald color of the sea. The natural beauty of the region is made up of rolling hills, mountains, plains, forests and white sand beaches along the coast.

Costa Esmeralda Weather: With daily average temperatures of 85.5 degrees C, or 29.7 degrees F, July and August are the hottest months. January and February are the coolest months with daily average temperatures of 13.3 degrees C, or 56 degrees F.

Regional Cuisine of Costa Esmeralda: Lamb, lobster, fava beans, sea bass, tomatoes, sea urchins, mussels, papassinos, casadinas, salami, clams and pecorini cheese

Regional Wines of Costa Esmeralda: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG Superiore, Cantina Surrau, Vermentino di Gallura DOC

Things to Do in Costa Esmeralda: Church of San Paolo, the Palazzetto Umbertino, Sacred Well of Sa Testa, Cabu Assas Nuragic Complex, Porto Cervo

Where is Costa Esmeralda? Located off the western coast of Italy, Costa Esmeralda can be found on the northeastern coast of the island of Sardinia.

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San Teodoro

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hotels from 47.33 USD per night
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Traveler Stories

Why I love Costa Smeralda

I’ll always remember the soft, white sand beaches of Costa Esmeralda and the view across the emerald waters.

Upon my arrival in this unbelievably beautiful area, I was immediately captivated by the gorgeous beaches and the green-blue color of the water. The enormous yachts docked at the marinas indicated that this is where the wealthy come to play!

I quickly realized there was much more to this area than spectacular beaches. I explored the granite Church of San Simplicio, which dates back to the early 10th century. The Church of San Paolo, constructed in the 18th century, was also equally stunning. I established a pattern of learning about the history of the region in the mornings and heading to the beaches in the afternoon to make sure I didn’t miss a thing.

About the author

As an avid traveler, Leanne spends as much time overseas as she can. Last summer, she spent two months visiting many wonderful and unique provinces of Italy.

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Olbia

City

olbia beach
hotels from 41.38 USD per night
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Palau

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palau beach
hotels from 12.93 USD per night
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Santa Teresa di Gallura

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santa teresa di gallura beach
hotels from 50.43 USD per night
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La Maddalena

City

la maddalena beach
hotels from 48.01 USD per night
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Are there surrounding sites to visit while in Costa Esmeralda?

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Are there surrounding sites to visit while in Costa Esmeralda?

Yes! It is only 13 kilometers from northern Sardinia to Bonafacio on the island of Corsica, France. The city of Bonafacio is known as an upscale coastal resort.

The harbor city of ancient Bonafacio was first settled in 828 A.D. by Count Bonafacio of Tuscany. It has a "lower" city on the water and an "upper" city located on a promontory. On clear days, the island of Sardinia can be seen from the promontory.

Towering limestone cliffs surround the outskirts of the pretty island, and unspoiled beaches dot the coast. The center of the old town is a delight with narrow streets and historic buildings. The marina is filled with yachts, and the promenade is lined with bars, hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants.

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Golfo Aranci

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golfo aranci beach
hotels from 47.96 USD per night
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Travel Tips

Things worth remembering in Costa Smeralda

Fun Fact: The province of Olbia-Tempio was established in 2001. There was a new regional law enacted that doubled the number of provinces from four to eight.

Local Dish: Battagra is made from a grey mullet fish. It is cured with salt, grated and tossed with pasta in olive oil. The egg pouch is used to make this dish!

Local Day Trip: The stunning seaside village of Porto Rotondo affords spectacular vistas of Costa Esmeralda. Shop the renowned boutiques or enjoy cocktails looking out over the Gulf of Cugnana.

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Other than the beaches, what is there to do in Costa Esmeralda?

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Other than the beaches, what is there to do in Costa Esmeralda?

There are many activities in Costa Emeralda Olbia away from the beach! Ancient buildings in the center of Olbia can be explored. Other interests include the 18th-century Church of San Paolo and the Palazzetto Umbertino, which houses the library and artifacts from the Nuragic period.

The Sacred Well of Sa Testa, which dates back to the sixth century B.C., is a short distance from town. The Cabu Assas Nuragic Complex is located in the same area and is worth visiting as well.

Porto Cervo is located in the heart of Costa Esmerelda. This luxurious village is nestled snugly in a picturesque cove. It draws tourists for its spectacular beaches, 700-slip marina, lively piazetta and the historical churches.

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