From Venice to Naples, Rome to Sardinia, Italy has so much to offer as a sailing destination, and a Sardinia yacht vacation is the top choice for many charterers.
Carved into sheer cliffs, the scalloped bays of Costa Smeralda – or the ‘Emerald Coast’ – of Sardinia truly live up to their name, with white sand beaches lapped by breathtaking turquoise waters. Much of the Sardinian coastline is a dedicated nature reserve, with miles of beaches and grottos accessible only by boat. Models, celebrities and other assorted jet-setters frequent this region in the summer months, which is beginning to rival the South of France for its luxurious resorts and private jet ways.
Porto Cervo is the main centre of the region – its new marina is home to the club house of the exclusive Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – and during September true yachting aficionados congregate to watch the annual Sardinia Cup Regatta.
The opulence and limited road access to the Costa Smeralda have made the area especially popular for luxury yacht charters and visiting superyachts . During September, yacht charter guests can participate in the regatta or soak up the atmosphere at the shore side parties, mingling with the owners and sailors of some of the finest yachts ever built.
Away from all the giltz and glamour of Porto Cervo, the rest of Sardinia offers dazzling coastline, pretty cosmopolitan towns, and mountainous trails with plenty of options for day hikes. Its assortment of seaside ports filled with fishing boats provide a colourful welcome ashore, offering beautiful bays to explore by kayak, if the mood takes you. With thousands of kilometres of coastline, you won’t struggle to find a secluded beach if you long to soak up some of the tranquility of the island.