10 May Porto Rotondo
Porto Rotondo is located between the Gulf of Cugnana and the Gulf of Marinella, 13 kilometers north of Olbia. Together with Porto Cervo, the “capital” of the Emerald Coast, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Costa Smeralda. Some of its beaches make up the crown to the Emerald Coast, and its marina offers a safe haven to over 600 boats of all sizes. Ideal for a either short getaway or an extended stay, Porto Rotondo is a small port with a big reputation and some of the most stunning scenery anywhere along the coastline. This unassuming village is home to one of the most authentic travel experiences in Sardinia which is largely due to the lesser number of tourists in comparison with some other well known destinations. However, this most certainly does not give way to “lesser” experience as Porto Rotondo allows for a wonderful insight into the workings of a small town coastal village and retains an overall immersive local experience for the visitor, while still offering all the comforts of the modern world. Named after the circular nature of the bay on which it was built, Porto Rotondo has a very unique appearance in that the port itself is almost entirely enclosed, while on the outer side of this sheltered bay, you can find the most idyllic beaches and a number of exclusive resorts in between. The village is picturesque in every sense and most notable is the collage of colors of the surrounding area, from the reflection of the sun on the many expensive yachts docked in the harbor, the stunning white sandy beaches, the turquoise blue of the Mediterranean, to the green and luscious sporadic spaces. Although the nearby beaches are often referred to as paradise in appearance, the rolling landscapes and hills that stretch outward from the town are as idyllic as they come and leave little wonder as for why so many tourists return to vacation in Porto Rotondo on a yearly basis. Developed in the late 1960’s by a wealthy Italian aristocrat (Donà delle Rose), this tiny port is now considered a luxury resort which is easily evidence in the number of expensive yachts in the harbor, not to mention the increase in exclusive hotels or villas that crop up in the surrounding area every year. Infused with a large number of fine dining restaurants with world class cuisine, charming cafe’s serving high quality blends of coffee, a surprisingly vibrant nightlife and prominent historical attractions such as the San Lorenzo Church and a man made amphitheatre, Porto Rotondo has something for everyone, albeit it sometimes comes with a monetary value. The perfect base for day trips by boat to beaches like Spiaggia dei Sassi and Punta Asfodelo, Porto Rotondo is a stunning destination where natural scenery meets an authentic local village and having made the effort to reach this pocket in the north-east of Sardinia, one thing is for sure; you will enjoy all it has to offer from the moment the sun reaches the sand and then remembering it long after it goes down.