Porto Cervo (Poltu Celvu in Gallura) is a fraction of the municipality of Arzachena, in the province of Sassari in northern Sardinia, historical-geographical region known as Gallura. In particular, the area of Porto Cervo was called Monti di Mola. Porto Cervo is the main center of the Costa Smeralda.

Region: Sardinia

Country: Italy

Time Zone: UTC + 1

Language: Italian

Currency: Euro


Porto Cervo overlooks a natural harbor, created by the inlet of the Gulf of Arzachena, with a shape that recalls, in fact, that of a deer. In the ’60s, at the behest of Prince Aga Khan, the first artificial port, now called Old Port, was built in the area to the south. It is still functioning today and houses boats, sailing ships and yachts but has been “ousted” by the size of the new marina built in the 80s in the east. This is a very equipped and modern port, with a capacity of 700 berths occupied mostly by luxury yachts and sailboats.

How to get there

The Costa Smeralda also has its own docking area in the enchanting Cala di Volpe harbor, which is perfect for yachts between 30 and 105 meters. 12 ferries and cruise ships offer services every day in ports near Olbia and Golfo Aranci (40 km), with connections between Sardinia and the cities of Genoa, Livorno, Piombino, Civitavecchia (Rome).
Sardinia is not more than two hours by plane from the main European cities. Between March and November, in fact, 18 different airlines offer flights between the modern Olbia Costa Smeralda and the rest of Europe.

Sport & Nature

Porto Cervo is a popular holiday resort built around the deep natural harbor, whose shape resembles that of a deer and dominates the promontories on the sea, the curve of the port and the scattered villas, surrounded by greenery. The center is built on a mezzanine level compared to the port.
The sea of the Costa Smeralda is one of the most beautiful in the world and its waters have unimaginable colors and clarity. To fully enjoy the beauty of this sea, there are many proposals for diving and boat trips with various routes.

The main attraction of Porto Cervo beyond being a jet-set destination is its beaches. Fine, of fine sand and with transparent water: a real paradise, they are among the most beautiful of the Costa Smeralda. Portisco, Cala Granu, Pevero beach, Cala di Volpe, Cala del Faro, Romazzino beach, Principe beach, other small beaches and coves and the wonderful Maddalena Archipelago.