A short cruise up the rugged eastern shore of the Costa Smeralda, will bring you in to Porto Cervo.
The Aga Khan built a resort that takes full advantage of the rocky cliffs, protected beaches and stunning blue sea. Since then, the region has become one of the world’s most exclusive retreats. In town, the Stella Maris Church boasts the ‘Sad Madonna’ painted by El Greco. This Church is a modern whitewashed design created by the Roman architect, Michel Busiri Vici, who also created the grotto-design shopping arcade in the town centre containing lots of exclusive boutiques. Overnight.
Pevero beach, the most famous of all Porto Cervo beaches, actually consists of two beaches: Piccolo Pevero beach (Spiaggia del Piccolo Pevero) and Grande Pevero beach (Spiaggia del Grande Pevero). Both beaches are located just 3 kilometers south of Porto Cervo, and 2.5 kilometers north-west of Romazzino beach – in what may very well be one of the most stunning areas of the Costa Smeralda
Backed by a pond and small dunes, Grande Pevero beach spans about 300 meters and faces north, often offering views of many a yacht resting in the Pevero Gulf in summer.
Piccolo Pevero, in the small village of Golfo Pevero, is only 120 meters long – hence its name – and faces north-east offering views of Isole di Li Nibani in the distance. Both beaches have shallow waters, making them suitable for children. Walking from Piccolo Pevero to Grande Pevero is possible, the beaches are roughly 600 meters separated from each other. Perhaps this is not an activity that springs to mind during high season, but the surroundings are exceptional, the villas and private gardens straight from a dream, and the colours of the Sardinian Sea are extraordinary. The Pevero beach area offers plenty of bars, hotels, restaurants, shops and services.
Portisco beach (Spiaggia di Portisco), on the southern side of the Costa Smeralda, and its surrounding beaches are some of the best beaches of Costa Smeralda. Portisco beach lies just north of of the village of Portisco, 15 kilometers away from Olbia, and just west of Ira beach in Porto Rotondo. The village of Portisco has its own marina with shops, restaurants, and bars.
A relaxed start to the day will have you in the Maddalena Island area, located inside the Straits of Bonifacio along the northeastern coast of Sardinia. Budelli, Caprera, Razzoli, Santa Maria, Santo Stefano and Spargi surround La Maddalena Island. This group of small rocky islands has been inhabited since prehistoric times. After lunch head over to Budelli, one of Italy’s most enchanting beaches that is famous for its pink sand produced by the coral shattered by the raging sea. Today, it is a highly protected island. The best mooring places are the almost deserted little beach of Cala d’Arena (south-eastern point) and the Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach). Overnight.
If you fancy some time onshore, the port town of Cala Gavetta on Isola Maddalena is where you can spend your next evening. The town offers shops, restaurants and pizzerias for you to explore, but there are other bays and beaches possible for your overnight anchorage.
Renowned for its fabulous beaches, the island is also recognisable for its rocky granite terrain and there are ancient
ruins to discover for those wishing to indulge in the history of the area.
Swim, snorkel and explore the transparent water of the bays of Isola Spargi, including Cala Corsara, said to be one of the most beautiful, Cala Conneri and Cala Petranera until you reach Cala Grano where you can moor for the night on the protected east coast of the island.
Lie back on deck with a glass of delicious local wine and enjoy the peace and quiet that only Regina can offer.
Crusing to the another spectacular island of the Maddalena Archipelago Isola Budelli, considered one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean. Head to the south eastern part of the island to the world famous “Spiaggia Rosa” or “Pink Beach”. The colour comes from microscopic fragments of corals and shells and is a stunning contrast to the greenery of this uninhabited island.
Porto-Vecchio epitomises Corsica’s reputation as the “Island of Beauty and of Contrasts”. Known as the “St-Tropez” of Corsica, Porto-Vecchio has become a highly fashionable tourist resort (especially popular with Italians) where visitors can relax, indulge or party the night away.
It is equally possible to escape the summer crowds off the beaten track, in a remote cove or along a mountain path, and to enjoy the peace and tranquility in this enchanting and varied landscape.
Enjoy a light breakfast before heading up towards Santa Maria for lunch and a swim. The characteristics of the town are the green of its grand trees, but above all the ancient olive trees that color the piazza and the slopes that rise up from the sea interrupted by the white of the church dating back to 1050 and by the imposing grey of the Spanish Tower guarding the bay and the beach.
Head over to Bonifacio, the oldest town on the island of Corsica (French). Entering Bonifacio’s almost land-locked harbor is one of the most dramatic moments in sailing, as it opens magically before you revealing a totally protected harbor. For a thousand years, this ancient citadel town has defied gravity from her high perch on the edge of a chalk peninsular that guards the southernmost
tip of the island. Enjoy dinner in one of the excellent seafood restaurants ashore. Overnight.