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Porto Cervo is an Italian seaside resort in northern Sardinia. It is a frazione of the comune of Arzachena, in the province of Sassari. Created by Prince Karim Aga Khan and various other investors, Porto Cervo is the main centre of Costa Smeralda. It has a resident population of 421 inhabitants. Porto Cervo has been named one of the most expensive resorts in the world, along as being a luxury yacht magnet and billionaires' playground. The village is located at the southern and eastern shore of the natural port, where there are shops, a newsagent, bars, restaurants and supermarkets. The other shores of the bay boast the old and the new marina. At the later is the club house of the exclusive Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The end of the new marina holds a shipyard capable of repairing large luxury yachts.


Porto Rotondo is a small jewel of Sardinia, which is found in the north east of the island, a natural port, has its own district that stretches for about 300 hectares and lies between the Gulf of Cugnana and Marinella. The most important beaches are: Punta Lepre (Sporting), Ira, Punta Nuraghe, Sassi, Alga, Punta Volpe, Punta Lada and the large and beautiful beach of Marinella. A Geographical space that lent itself well to becoming a Marina around which to develop a Marine village. Were the Venetians Nicolò Conti and Luigi Donà dalle Rose commited themself in 1964 to create the port and the village. Today Porto Rotondo is one of the most important realities of Mediterranean tourism, during the summer season welcomes aproximatly 20,000 visitors with peaks at 30.000 in August. The beautiful beaches and its marina offers a safe haven to over 650 boats of all sizes. Less than two miles by sea from Porto Rotondo lies the scenic island of Mortorio whose area of about 12 hectares, is characterized by the presence of beautiful beaches and a spectacular cliff face..The island is uninhabited and protected by a constraining order which prohibits builders projects, being in fact annexed to the Archipelago National Park of La Maddalena. The inland is rich in vegetation, it consists mostly of Mediterranean scrub and gorse. It is reachable only by sea.

PROTECTED MARINE AREA OF TAVOLARA

Embracing one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline and picturesque Mediterranean marine protected area of Tavolara, covers approximately 15 thousand hectares of crystal clear water, in our itinerary we will sail between inlets and coves that extend from Capo Ceraso to Punta l'Isuledda. The A.m.p. Tavolara - Capo Coda Cavallo, founded in 1997, includes within it special protection areas (islands of Tavolara, Molara, and Molarotto): the pond of San Teodoro, visited with an easy and picturesque trail, reasting point of pink flamingos in migratory periods and the said residence of the 'king' of Tavolara. The marine area is ideal for scuba diving: dive sites, tested routes, biodiverse environments populated by schoals of mediteraneen fish. Groupers, croakers and breams offer an unforgettable show for divers. While authorized diving centers guarantee professionalism and security for both dives with breathing apparatus or snorkeling.The island of Tavolara has cliff faces of 500 mt in limestone and granite. The island's ecosystem has been preserved intact over the centuries by a lack of human intervention. The eastern sector, a military zone, is inaccessible. Otherwise in the low panhandle, called Spalmatore Earth, there are beaches, a marina, two local restaurants and some houses. Together with the neighboring islands Molara and Molarotto, there are aproximatley 150 wild goats. Its granite cliffs are full of caves and niches. On sandy strips grow sea lilies while the rocks are covered with juniper bushes, helichrysum, rosemary and mastic.It is said that in the last century Charles Albert, King of Piedmont and Sardinia, landed on the island in search of the mythical goats with gold teeth (phenomenon caused by a herb that reflects a golden awe), he was fascinated to the point of naming its only inhabitant, Paolo Bertoleoni, "King of Tavolara".

For several years the island is the setting for an interesting summer film festival, the Tavolara Film Festival, involving artists of great fame and draws a passionate audience.Continuing sailing northwards we reach a promontory of rare beauty, Capo Figari, it is the most extreme part of a ridge of hills that runs through the Golfo Aranci in its entirety. Jutting out into the Tyrrhenian Sea with imposing majesty and stands out in the enchanting blue sea with its rocks and its cliffs, it is a paradise of flora and fauna, enriched by the scents of juniper, which characterize it and make it natural jewel. Accessible by sea, through the hidden Cala Greca and Cala Moresca, spectacular sandy cove with rocky sections. In addition to the natural wealth, in the vicinity of the cape is the Cape observatory Figari, famous for being the place where Guglielmo Marconi sent the first Radio connection between Capo Figari and Rocca di Papa.

CORSE

From renound restaurants to farm Hotels, South Corsica is a land of quality gastronomy. We invite you to discover the Southern end of the island, the Corsican mountains sweep down to the sea in an apotheosis of beaches, creeks and islets. In our navigation route along the coast of Corsica we will sail between the islands of the Bocche di Bonifacio and then to the west to the city of Bonifacio. Corsica offers pure nature, beautiful beaches, harbors among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean but it requires careful navigation. Rely on our expert hands or well planed routes with pilot books and papers! Considered one of most beautiful places with breathtaking crystal clear waters and fine white sand is Isola Piana: a small island connected to the mainland by a shoal which can be taken by foot. You are well-sheltered from the 'Levante', both in the East and West, but be careful of low sand-banks. The bay is usually very busy in the summer, with boats louds of tourists who flock to the beach (and windsurfers whizzing over the water). If you get to shore along the shoal you can visit the ruins of a Roman Villa or you can just have a drink at the little bar on the beach. South East of the Isola Piana there are the two localities 'most' of the notes of Bonifacio's Park, the island of Cavallo and Lavezzi islands. Hard to imagine two places so close but so different: Cavallo is the island of celebrities, breathtaking villas, and it is forbidden go on foot beyond the beach. It is not forbidden to moor in Cala Zeri in the East side, or in Cala Alga in West slope, you will enjoy spectacular seas full of fish and colors similar to the Caribbean. Alternatively you can dock in the small but equipped port of Cavallo. Lavezzi on the other hand is an uninhabited island, an accumulation of stones shaped from the seasand winds over the centuries, from the truly timeless beauty, both above and below the sea. We will sail towards Cala di Greco where you can leave the boat to explore the island which you can see on foot in a few hours. A few miles separate Lavezzi from Bonifacio, one of the most charming Mediterranean ports to visit. The entry into port is already "a show in itself", a long fjord that cuts the white cliffs with the old town abouve. The walk to go up in the old center and "a little" climb but definitely worth it, if you prefer to stay in the marina of the port you can try one of the many restaurants or take a walk boat watching, finding no doubt some of the most beautiful boats that sail the Mediterranean in the summer.

ARCHIPELAGO OF LA MADDALENA

Located in the North-East of Sardinia, overlooking the Bocche of Bonifacio, the Archipelago of La Maddalena is a paradise for pleasure boating. Navigating the waters is challenging, and it's good to rely on experienced hands and plan your route well, keeping in mind that the prevailing winds in the summer months are the west winds, Maestrale. The islands offer many shelters within a few miles, each bay is a masterpiece of nature that you will never tire of admiring. Of the more than sixty islands and islets that make up the archipelago, La Maddalena is the biggest, the only one inhabited (except for the few houses in Santa Maria and the Stagnali village in Caprera) and it offers all port services.

The heart of the island of La Maddalena is lively, very pleasant for a stroll or to have lunch, and facing south west directly on the historic and picturesque Port of Cala Gavetta.We head through between the wonders of the archipelago of La Maddalena to the East, the Island of Caprera, whose coastline is a succession of colors, bays and coves which will leave you breathless. The rich Mediterranean vegetation reaches the shore line, and along the wind wheatherd rocks and the cristal clear waters, creates, in the writer's humble opinion, one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The most famous cove is Cala Coticcio (called Tahiti), the coast offers lots of opportunities to stop for swimming and scuba diving. Cala Napoletana on the north and Cala Garibaldi on the west offers excellent shelters from winds of the II quadrant, while Porto Palma to the South is the location where you will find shelter from almost all winds.Continuing to the North West we meet the Island of Santa Maria, with its famous bay (facing South East) where it is possible to drop anchor in 4/5 meters of sandy bottomed sea, or use one of the buoys placed by the Park Authority. Just on the opposite side there is the island of Budelli, with its sumptuous mouring, called Manto della Madonna, a natural swimming-pool of deep blue sea, which offers shelter from the East. Arriving at shore, with a short walk you can visit Spiaggia Rosa (PINK beach), where it is forbidden to navigate or drop anchor. A wooden walkway allows you to walk around this spectacle of nature, at sunset to watch the red granite that colors the sea and the horizon. To the west lies the Island of Spargi, stopping at Cala Corsara or at Cala Connari allows you to stop for a swim. Once again, visiting these islands on board, the possibility of stopping to Spargi are numerous, small beaches stretch along the coast.To the north, directly overlooking the Bocche di Bonifacio, there is the Island of Razzoli. The harshest and less welcoming, but one of the most beautiful. Dominated by the lighthouse built in 1800, Razzoli offers a good shelter from Eastely winds in Cala Lunga, a long inlet where the National Park Service has placed buoys, whose beauty is hard to describe. The water is clear, huge rocks polished by the sea and wind take on strange shapes, dozens of species of fish will accompany you while bathing.

RECOMENDED ITINERARIES



1) Costa Smeralda

Porto Cervo, Pevero, Romazzino, Capriccioli, Cala di Volpe/Liscia Ruja, island of Mortorio-Soffi-Nibani-Le Camere (natural swimming-pool).



2) Archipelago Small Caprera- Maddalena East- Santo Stefano East

Porto Cervo, Bisce island, Caprera island, La Maddalena and S.Stefano islands side East



3) Archipelago Full (7 Island)

Porto Cervo, islands of Bisce-Caprera-La Maddalena-S. Stefano-Spargi-Razzoli-Santa Maria-Budelli (port Madonna-natural swimming-pool).



4) Tour of Corsica

Porto Cervo, islands of Bisce-Caprera-La Maddalena-Santo Stefano-Spargi-Razzoli-Santa Maria-Budelli (port Madonna-natural swimming-pool) - Straits of Bonifacio, French islands: Lavezzi, Cavallo, Piana - Caves of Bonifacio - Bonifacio harbour (Corse-FRANCE)



5) Costa Smeralda Protected sea area of Tavolara-Capo Coda Cavallo

Porto Cervo, Pevero bay, Romazzino, Capriccioli, island of Mortorio-Soffi-Nibani-Le Camere (natural swimming-pool), Figari cape, islands of Tavolara-Molara (natural swimming-pool), Coda Cavallo cape.

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