Where to find the coastline's best beaches
Costa Smeralda encompasses some of Sardinia’s most picturesque beaches where fine sandy shores are flanked by rocky outlets, backed by verdant Mediterranean bush and lapped by the clear emerald water that this side of the island takes its name from. Liscia Ruja, also known as Long Beach, is found between Portisco and Cala di Volpe and recognised as the largest beach in this part of Sardinia. The beach is named after the reddish white sand of its shores, which look out over the turquoise sea to the islands of Soffi and Mortorio. Principe beach, translating to the prince’s beach, is then named for being the favourite beach of Prince Karim Aga Khan. Located near Cala di Volpe, this small sandy crescent is reached by following a ten-minute rocky path through the rugged landscape it’s backed by. Elsewhere, just north of the village of Romazzino, the sheltered shores and shallow waters of Romazzino beach make it a popular spot for families, while La Celvia is known as a celebrity haunt with restaurants, bars and sunbeds set along this beautiful long stretch of white sand.