Famous for its crystal clear waters and unspoiled beaches, Costa Smeralda, otherwise known as the Emerald Coast, is a 55 kilometer-long stretch of coastline on the Northeast corner of Sardinia.
Sardinia's rich layered culture is a result of the many different people that have ruled the island, including the Romans, the Saracens of North Africa, Spain, Austria and presently, Italy. Hotel Pitrizza offers activities that allow guests to be immersed in the local traditions, cuisine and handicrafts of the area. Activities include local artisan demonstrations, a visit to the Cerasarda pottery factory and day trips to places like the archaeological site of Li Muri and the Gallura region's charming small villages.
Thanks to the efforts of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, Sardinia's international tourist industry began to develop in the 1960's. World class restaurants, dynamic nightlife, celebrated architecture, designer boutiques and the famed sailing regatta, the Sardinia Cup make up the numerous modern amenities that co-exist amid the coasts natural beauty. Spend a day on the sea taking part in excursions to bordering islands Mortorio, Soffi, and Maddalena. Perhaps along the way you will catch a glimpse of bottle-nosed dolphins in their natural habitat.
Spend a whole day discovering the wild beauty of this World Heritage site. Explore beaches and coves accessible only by boat, dive into the crystal clear water with hundreds of fishes swimming around you. Eventually enjoy the magic sunset with its stunning colors that reminds tropical beaches.
This church has been designed in the sixties by a famous Italian architect. Precious masterpieces can be found inside this holy place; among the various artworks there are the bronze doors, a priceless pipe organ and two ancient German crucifixes. The external reserves the stunning view of Porto Cervo from above.
Arzachena is a town in Costa Smeralda which counts 88 kilometers of coastline dotted with dozens coves and bays that have made renowned the sea of Sardinia. Apart from the amazing sea, also the natural areas that surround this town are gorgeous; ponds of Saloni with theirs fauna are worth a visit.
Micalosu Panoramic Road
This road offers an incommensurable perspective of Arzachena's Gulf and the islands of La Maddalena; spending an afternoon on the road accompanied by the scent of gorse will be something memorable. Why not enjoy an afternoon at the wheel of your car exploring the panoramic road through the hill of Micalosu.
In Arzachena, a few kilometers away from the hotel, it is possible to visit one of the main Nuragic sites of Sardinia. Civilization About 7,000 nuraghi, dating back to 1800 BC, are scattered across the surface of Sardinia and since 1997 have been recognized as a World Heritage by Unesco.
Every year thousands of boats decide to berth in this bay only for enjoying moments of amusement in the renowned "Piazzetta”. Tiny little streets will lead to the typical Costa Smeralda’s houses. The small fraction of Arzachena assumed this name because of its geographic conformation which reminds a deer's head.
Costa Smeralda Rally
Every year since 2004, between late May and early June, famous motorists from all around the world compete through the dirt and winding roads for the Italian round of the World Championship. The event takes place on the roads around the mountains of Porto Cervo and the areas of Gallura.
Porto Rotondo is very famous for its nightlife and its bars, why not Indulge a cocktail in the main Piazzetta? This fraction of Olbia offers some of the best beaches in Costa Smeralda as the Sassi Beach, Punta Volpe and Ira beach with its sand which reminds tropical islands.
Roccia del Fungo
Ages of rain and wind were able to model this rock shapeing it like a mushroom until it becomes the symbol of Arzachena. According to history in prehistoric times the first local people sought refuge under it, in Roman times the area was called Turubulus Maior (large mushroom).
The rocky promontory of Capo Figari is one of the places that make Sardinia an astonishing land.From a height of 344 meters including 200 overlooking the sea, the promontory, can be reached on foot through the lovely Cala Moresca or by boat through the enchanting coast of Cala Greca.
Li Nibani Island
These desert islands, in the southeast of Porto Cervo, are part of an important international park, the bay of Porto Li Nibani offers uncrowded coves where relaxation and solitude can be enjoyed while admiring the view. Monte Zoppu offers to athletes a fascinating view over Costa Smeralda.
Gola di Su Gorropu
This is one of the most magical places in Sardinia. Legend has it that there is a strip of magical land where people that walk over it will have long life, nobody knows where this mysterious strip of land is, though. Ogliastra region offers also one of the deepest canyons in Europe.