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Make a Costa Smeralda holiday apartment your home away from home

The north of Sardinia is a popular holiday destination and the most glamorous region is the Costa Smeralda. This is where the rich and famous go, with the paparazzi hot on their heels. Of course you don’t have to be super rich to get in on the action. A Costa Smeralda holiday apartment is a great way to enjoy la dolce vita and still have some money left over for your children to inherit one day. As well as holiday apartments in Costa Smeralda, HomeAway also offers large villas that can sleep as many as 11 people. There are options to suit different budgets but all properties have been furnished with care so that you’ll feel as if you’re living the same luxurious life as the stars who come to be seen in this part of Sardinia.

Things to do

The Costa Smeralda stretches along the coast from Olbia to Palau in north-eastern Sardinia. Originally there were mainly fishing villages here, but tourism development started in 1961 under leadership of Aga Khan IV. It has since developed a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous (or infamous), with many a super yacht anchoring in the waters off towns like Porto Cervo.

-The beaches are the main reason to rent a Costa Smeralda holiday home and they are unbelievably beautiful. The coastline features about 80 bays and coves with beaches where you can swim or lie on the white sand with its pinkish tinges and try to spot celebrities. Along with the beaches come resorts and plenty of beachside bars and restaurants.

-The clear water is perfect for water sports. You can practise almost any type of water sport here, from scuba diving to windsurfing. Most resorts have equipment for hire and you’ll also find a variety of diving schools, yacht charters and similar businesses. September sees the arrival of the Sardinia Cup sailing regatta.

-Trenino Verde is a fun trip if you need a break from all the beachside action near your holiday villa in the Costa Smeralda. Running from Palau south-westward to Nulvi, near Sassari, this little green steam train takes you back in time as it sways and clacks through the wild Sardinian countryside.

-The archaeological sites near Arzachena are a must visit if you want to travel even further back in time. The Giants’ Tombs of Li Lolghi and Coddu Vecchju are among the most famous of the domos de janas in Sardinia and are megalithic burial sites carved into the rocks. Nuragic sites include the nuraghe of Albucciu and the little temple of Malchittu.

-La Maddalena a town on the largest island in the eponymous archipelago, is another trip well worth making from your holiday apartment in the Costa Smeralda. You can get there by ferry from Palau. La Maddalena has some great hiking trails and interesting historical sites. One of these is on Caprera Island, which you can reach by crossing the bridge that links it to La Maddalena town. One of the most important figures in Italian history, Giuseppe Garibaldi, lived on this island for the final years of his life and was buried here too. His house has been converted into a museum.

Weather in the Costa Smeralda

The Costa Smeralda’s climate is a sun worshipper’s dream. In summer it can be very hot, with temperatures in Olbia reaching around 31 °C. This is of course perfect beach weather. However, even in winter the days are mild, with temperatures reaching around 15 °C in ‘cold’ January. Night-time temperatures in winter can be quite chilly. The area sees winter rainfall with December being the wettest month, seeing on average just more than a week’s worth of rainy days.

Getting to the Costa Smeralda

The glamorous way to reach your Costa Smeralda holiday accommodation would be to sail in by yacht. If this is not an option, however, the easiest way to get here is to travel to Olbia first and then either by taxi, bus or rental car to your destination. You can fly into Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport from a number of European airports. Another option is to take the ferry to Olbia from either Livorno or Genoa.

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Stunning house and location, amazing pool

5 of 5
We were two families travelling all the way from Australia and the stay was absolutely amazing. A huge stylish and luxurious house with everything required to enjoy the property, as well as the most amazing walk in pool which the kids and adults dipped in daily, if not twice! The hosts put a lot of effort into building this huge five bedroom, two levelled house and it was clean and came with little amenities that make up having a nice stay. As we were travelling with kids, it was very easy to grocery shop most days in town (5 to 10 minute drive) and stock the place with everything needed to cook on their large BBQ and oven. We spent all day out and came home to cook meals and enjoy vino out on the terrace, which had the most serene views of the mountains and surrounding wilderness. The property manager (Sperenza) was always available and extremely helpful with any requests we had. She even organised a beautiful home cooked meal on the last night to enjoy one of the many delightful pork dishes and sweets that Sardinia was known for. As for travelling with smaller children, just some hints as the property caters for families as such, however the smaller kids had to be watched quite closely if we were playing out the front as the house, as it sat on a bit of a hill, so it was very easy for kids to tumble down the side. The pool was up some stairs and away from the house a little which was great. Maybe a baby gate could be provided for the staircase that went down into the lower rooms via the kitchen, we found we had to block this off with a large chair not to let little feet fall down. Otherwise there is little to improve in this property and we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

Just wonderful!

5 of 5
Dear Lara, thank you so much for everything, our 3 days in Palau were wonderful. The location of your house is perfect, so close to the market, shops and harbour. We're grateful for all your tips, we've tried the restaurant recommended by you and it was brilliant, we absolutely enjoyed the sailing boat trip too. The house was very clean, everything that we needed was there, you were always happy to help and it was a pleasure to be your guest. All this combined with a lovely sunny weather and your friendly neighbours is more than enough to recommend you to anyone who wants to visit Palau. And of course if we come back, we'll check first if your house is available:) Sending you warm wishes and a huge Thank You (times 5) !! x
  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017