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Costa Smeralda is where the jet set land when they arrive in Sardinia. The 35 miles that stretch out over the Emerald Coast are some of the most beautiful in Sardinia – even arguably in the entire Mediterranean – and they're dotted by marvels like Porto Cervo, a cobblestone port village with luxury retailers ideal for window-shopping, and beaches with gentle waters, such as Capriccioli. 

Recent visitors to Costa Smeralda were enchanted by its beaches, highlighting Capriccioli for its accessibility and parking, as well as its beach bar and surrounding shade trees. You'll find Costa Smeralda in northern Sardina. 

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Cervo Hotel, Costa Smeralda Resort

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  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
Hotel Luci di La Muntagna

Hotel Luci di La Muntagna ...

  • 0.4 Miles Away
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
Relais de La Costa

Relais de La Costa ...

  • 0.2 Miles Away
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
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#1 Cala Mariolu Reaching Cala Mariolu, a pebble beach segmented by large limestone rocks on Sardinia's east coast, takes some effort – but most travelers say the picturesque spot is worth the exertion ... Read more » Roberto Defraia / Getty Images

#2 Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena The Parco Nazionale dell'Archipelago di La Maddalena is a collection of islands scattered off Sardinia's northeastern coast. Established as a geomarine national park in 1994, the islands have ... Read more » Manuel Breva Colmeiro / Getty Images

#3 Capo Testa With its wind-whipped granite boulders, the rocky coves of Capo Testa on Sardinia's northern headland are almost sculptural in shape and begging to be hiked and photographed. The nearby ... Read more » Rafael Dols / Getty Images

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#5 Su Nuraxi To explore the past of the mysterious Nuragic civilization, you should head to Su Nuraxi in Barumini (southern Sardinia). Although very little is known about the Nuragic people, a lot ... Read more » kparis / Getty Images

#6 Museo Archeologico Nazionale The Museo Archeologico Nazionale tells a chronological history of the island through art and artifacts. Here, you'll see bronze figurines, or bronzetti, that date back to 1800 B.C ... Read more » Alessandro Cani / Flickr

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Cala Mariolu picture in Sardinia
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Capo Testa picture in Sardinia
Costa Smeralda picture in Sardinia
Su Nuraxi Barumini picture in Sardinia
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With its aquamarine waters and giant limestone outcroppings, Cala Mariolu is a secluded (not to mention gorgeous) beach. Roberto Defraia / Getty Images

Ferry over to Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena and you'll be greeted by vistas like this one.  Manuel Breva Colmeiro / Getty Images

The lighthouse and otherworldly granite formations of Capo Testa are popular subjects for photographers. Rafael Dols / Getty Images

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Visitors can learn about the ancient yet elusive Nuraghi culture at archaeological sites like Su Nuraxi. kparis / Getty Images

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