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Villas in Sardinia on the Costa Smeralda

Explore the beaches and marinas of the Costa Smeralda with villas in Sardinia

The Costa Smeralda, or ‘Emerald Coast’, is a 20km long stretch of coastline in north-eastern Sardinia, famous for its spectacular beauty and exclusive atmosphere. For a long time, this area of coastline has been the favoured destination of film stars and royalty from all over the world, drawn here by the food, scenery and luxurious villas. Italy personified, this stretch of coastline is home to bustling piazzas, marinas filled with boats and lined by restaurants, and archaeological sites and wonders to rival anywhere in the world.

Go self-catered in Sardinia on the Costa Smeralda

The towns and cities that line the idyllic coastlines of Italy are best appreciated when self-catering. Porto Cervo, the main town on the Costa Smeralda, is a luxurious mix of up-market shops and large Italian villas and apartments. In the port’s new and old marinas, expensive yachts bob quietly as their owners dine in the nearby restaurants. The large piazza by the waterfront is always busy and hosts drinkers and revellers well into the evening.

Costa Smeralda beach days on Italian villa holidays

Sardinia is famous for its post-card perfect beaches and enchanting coves. Villa holidays in Sardinia give you the flexibility to hop from beach to beach, seeing as much of this amazing coastline as possible. Spaggia Caproccioli is a beautiful bay on the Costa Smeralda with shallow lapping waters ideal for young children. The soft sand here is disrupted by large granite boulders which land every so often along the crescent beach. For a tourist-focussed beach in reach of your Sardinian villa, the twin bays of Piccolo Pervo and Spiaggia del Grande are just a few kilometres south of Porto Cervo and encapsulate the Sardinian paradise so often displayed on the big screen. The emerald waters here shimmer in the sun and visitors enjoy cocktails from the beach bar.

Visit Olbia and its archaeological sites

The city of Olbia, to the south of the Costa Smeralda is packed with things to do for inquisitive families. The wonders of this city are just a short drive from your Italian villa and are a must visit on any Costa Smeralda holiday. The Basilica San Marco is the one of city’s standout attractions; built in the 11th century this former cathedral is still standing strong amidst the buzz of the city. A few minutes outside Olbia, the Giant’s Grave of Su Mont’e Abe contains a 28-metre-long Bronze Age tomb, set in a dramatic and beautiful surrounding landscape.

Self-catering in Sardinia with NOVASOL

NOVASOL’s villas in Sardinia reflect the luxury of the island with many having private swimming pools and large terraces. The cuisine of Sardinia, enjoyed in its restaurants and cafés, is marked by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage and is easily enjoyed with the flexibility an Italian villa holiday provides.