is the heart of Costa Smeralda. It has been built in the 60â and since then it has been a turning point in the history of Sardinia and of the Italian tourism industry. The village has been developed around the bay. Moving away from the port, in the surrounding hills, houses and villas are less concentrated and benefit from large gardens and outdoor spaces.
The first part of Porto Cervo has been built around the Old Dock. Here are the Maison du Port and the Coastguard Offices, two typical examples of the Costa Smeralda architecture. A little wooden bridge leads the way to the village centre, the âpiazzettaâ. Small lanes, stairways, arcades and underpasses link the piazzetta to the other main areas of Porto Cervo: Sottopiazza and the above piazzetta (the true centre), Piazzetta delle Chiacchere, Piazza degli Ulivi and Piazza degli Archi. These little squares and the streets between them are full of shops, bars and restaurants among the most renowned.
The Marina is the second centre of gravity in Porto Cervo. The most beautiful yachts in the Mediterranean are harboured here. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is a prime organizer of international regattas.
The church of Stella Maris is located opposite the Yacht Club, in a dominant position. Its design is very typical of the area in particular the large granite stone supporting the porch. Up on the hill, behind the church is Sa Conca, a shopping colonnade. From here a series of stairways lead down the hill towards the marina.
From the surrounding hills the view of the bay is simply beautiful. The particular shape of the coastline reminds the head of a deer, from where Porto Cervo has taken its name (Port Deer). There are two docking spots, the Old Dock and the more recent Marina where the Yacht Club and the shipyards are. The shipyards can offer assistance to yachts up to 45 metres. The harbour can host 700 boats from 6,5 to 55 metres. Electricity, sweet water, telephone and TV are available at every berth.