After leaving the moorings from our headquarters in Portisco, the first recommended step is definitely Porto Rotondo.
Porto Rotondo is a small pearl in the Gulf of Congianus, a safe and welcoming harbor where nature played precision and traced a geometrically perfect cove in which the place is named. It is worth the stop to take a tour through the shops of the village and enjoy an ice cream in one of the many squares.
When you leave Porto Rotondo, to the northeast, you will find the islands of Mortorio and Soffi. Famous for its unspoiled nature and its shallow crystal clear waters, these islands of granite formation are now completely uninhabited, but the proximity to the Costa Smeralda and the beauty of the beaches and nature make them popular tourist destinations. They are part of the “La Maddalena Archipelago National Park”, so please pay attention to the rules of the park!
A few minutes by boat to the north and you will find the splendid "Cala di Volpe." When you arrive in this bay you have the distinct feeling of being in front of a unique show, where the sea washes the junipers and the blooms on the beach make this very green gulf paradise oasis. For larger boats there is the possibility of using the special mooring buoys to help preserve the beauty of the gulf. Another key step is Porto Cervo, the heart of the Costa Smeralda. This small village was created in the 60ies by the prince Karim Aga Kahn after he was fascinated by the natural beauty of this Sardinian corner. He so decided to found the Costa Smeralda Consortium with the aim of promoting this land. Porte Cervo has managed to gain a relevant position in the international luxury scene and it is, even today, a real status symbol of the Costa Smeralda. From the VIPs to luxury tourism, from fashionable clubs to some of the most famous restaurants, Porto Cervo is renowned worldwide. Additionally it also has one of the most famous Yacht Clubs of the world that frequently organizes some of the major regattas of the med. Porto Cervo also has one of the largest equipped ports in the Mediterranean.
Also worth a stop is the Gulf of Poltu Quatu, nestled between granite rocks and surrounded by verdant Mediterranean vegetation. The port is suitable for the mooring of small and medium size boats.
Heading west you will arrive at Cannigione, an ancient fishing village, an oasis of peace, comfort and rest. The Cannigione beach is characterized by shallow waters, allowing children to play. A feature of the gulf is the pond, to the south of the country, an ideal nesting habitat for the marsh harrier, red heron and the purple gallinule. Sharpen your sight!
After a few miles of sailing northward, looking towards the coast, we will notice an imposing rock that "oversees" the village of Palau, the famous Bear rock. Palau is known because from here ferries depart for the island of La Maddalena and in reecent years, has reinvented itself as a tourist destination. In fact, along the harbor, there is a large pedestrian area with several dining options and a very striking summer tourist market.
If you’re seeking the exclusivity of Costa Smeralda, a few minutes from Palau you will find the elegent city center of Porto Rafael, refined with soft and rounded profiles that arise among the vegetation.
The next recommended step is Porto Pollo and the island of seagulls, the ideal destination for fans of windsurfing, kitesurfing and all water sports in general given the presence of many sports schools on the beach. There are also different places to sip good cocktails.
Porto Pozzo is a seaside village located in a natural bay, ideal for families thanks to its shallow water beaches where children can swim safely. It lies just to the north of Porto Pollo.
A few miles of sailing is Santa Teresa di Gallura located in the Strait of Bonifacio, one of the most attractive and fascinating areas of the Mediterranean. It is always recommended to consult the weather forecast before embarking on the crossing of the Straight because the currents are strong and unpredictable. The port of Santa Teresa is situated in a natural bay sheltered from all winds and is also safe for the ferries that travel daily to Corsica. Passed the Capo Testa lighthouse that borders the Gulf of Santa Teresa we find the Santa Reparata Bay, a bright bay with a particularly beautiful sunset over the sea. Its rich seabed makes this destination for scuba diving.
* This information is intended solely for tourist usage. Yachting & Charter S.r.l does not accept responsibility for other usage. For navigation, always refer to the official nautical charts and pilot books.
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