Porto Rotondo

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A typical scene in Porto Rotondo, Costa Smeralda, north-east Sardinia.

About Porto Rotondo

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The central square in Porto Rotondo, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia.

Porto Rotondo is located between the Gulf of Cugnana and the Gulf of Marinella, 13 kilometers north of Olbia. Together with Porto Cervo, the “capital” of the Emerald Coast, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Costa Smeralda. Some of its beaches make up the crown to the Emerald Coast, and its marina offers a safe haven to over 600 boats of all sizes. The area surrounding Porto Rotondo is divided into three parts: Punta Nuraghe, Punta Volpe, and Punta Lada. At the heart of this charming village is the Piazzetta San Marco, a peaceful square where locals gather for conversation and tourists lounge in quaint cafe’s enjoying their morning coffee. Ideal for a either short getaway or an extended stay, Porto Rotondo is a small port with a big reputation and some of the most stunning scenery anywhere along the coastline.

This unassuming village is home to one of the most authentic travel experiences in Sardinia which is largely due to the lesser number of tourists in comparison with some other well known destinations. However, this most certainly does not give way to “lesser” experience as Porto Rotondo allows for a wonderful insight into the workings of a small town coastal village and retains an overall immersive local experience for the visitor, while still offering all the comforts of the modern world.

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Seen from the water, Porto Rotondo, Costa Smeralda.

Named after the circular nature of the bay on which it was built, Porto Rotondo has a very unique appearance in that the port itself is almost entirely enclosed, while on the outer side of this sheltered bay, you can find the most idyllic beaches and a number of exclusive resorts in between. The village is picturesque in every sense and most notable is the collage of colors of the surrounding area, from the reflection of the sun on the many expensive yachts docked in the harbor, the stunning white sandy beaches, the turquoise blue of the Mediterranean, to the green and luscious sporadic spaces. Although the nearby beaches are often referred to as paradise in appearance, the rolling landscapes and hills that stretch outward from the town are as idyllic as they come and leave little wonder as for why so many tourists return to vacation in Porto Rotondo on a yearly basis.

A view of the four-star Hotel Palumbalza, a few kilometers south of Porto Rotondo.
A view of the four-star Hotel Palumbalza, a few kilometers south of Porto Rotondo.

Developed in the late 1960’s by a wealthy Italian aristocrat (Donà delle Rose), this tiny port is now considered a luxury resort which is easily evidence in the number of expensive yachts in the harbor, not to mention the increase in exclusive hotels or villas that crop up in the surrounding area every year. Infused with a large number of fine dining restaurants with world class cuisine, charming cafe’s serving high quality blends of coffee, a surprisingly vibrant nightlife and prominent historical attractions such as the San Lorenzo Church and a man made amphitheatre, Porto Rotondo has something for everyone, albeit it sometimes comes with a monetary value. The perfect base for day trips by boat to beaches like Spiaggia dei Sassi and Punta Asfodelo, Porto Rotondo is a stunning destination where natural scenery meets an authentic local village and having made the effort to reach this pocket in the north-east of Sardinia, one thing is for sure; you will enjoy all it has to offer from the moment the sun reaches the sand and then remembering it long after it goes down.

Where to Stay in Porto Rotondo

Hotel Colonna San Marco

  • A 4 star Hotel in Porto Rotondo, 0.7 kilometers from the center of town (about 0.43 miles.)
The cozy Hotel Colonna San Marco on the Piazza San Marco.

Located right in the center of Porto Rotondo, Hotel Colonna San Marco is a short distance from Olbia Costa Smeralda airport and even closer to popular hotspots such as Golfo Aranci. Costa Smeralda is among the most picturesque regions on the island of Sardinia and staying at the Hotel Colonna San Marco is a great way to feel immersed in this natural beauty. While the location is impressive, this charming hotel is also fully equipped with world class amenities including a sublime free-form swimming pool which opens up to beautiful views of Piazzetta San Marco Square. For those who prefer to swim at the beach, the property is also just a few minute walk from white powdered sands. Since the hotel is situated in the middle of Porto Rotondo, you will find that everything is easily accessible such as the charming promenade just a few steps away. It is also here, on the promenade, you will find several trendy boutiques with Italian made goods and a long lineup of bars and restaurants serving local cuisine. That being said, the hotel is renowned for having one of the most delectable breakfasts on the island and offers an idyllic spot to enjoy lunch on the wooden veranda and drink in the panoramic views. As for the rooms, Hotel Colonna San Marco is stylish and comfortable in every way. Furnished with authentic Sardinian décor, the interior is often the subject of 5-star feedback with beautiful wooden furniture and pastel-colored beddings throughout. In fact, the rooms are wonderfully bright and cozy while also retaining a distinctly Sardinian tradition. There are single, double and triple rooms with some rooms overlooking the stunning views of San Marco square. Each room is furnished with a minibar, air conditioning system, telephone, safe and flat screen TV, and there is also Wi-Fi all throughout the hotel. Simply put, Hotel Colonna San Marco is a delightful boutique hotel with a central location yet also enough enticing features to make this feel like your little hideaway in Sardinia.

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Residence Stella Di Gallura

  • A 3 star Hotel in Porto Rotondo, 3.3 kilometers from the center of town (about 2.05 miles.)
Gorgeous views at sunset, at the Residence Stella Di Gallura, in Porto Rotondo, Sardinia, Italy.

Set in beautiful gardens that feature an ample size swimming pool, Residence Stella Di Gallura is a popular hotel on the island of Sardinia. Located close to the airport and less than five hundred meters from the nearest beach, it is also nicely situated to provide a relaxing break with minimum travel time. Upon entry to Porto Rotondo, you will immediately find the Residence Stella Di Gallura with so many facilities on the doorstep including supermarkets, pizzerias, bars, restaurants, boutiques, etc. Because of this strategic location, you can also explore the nearby tourist spots at ease, while passing through the most beautiful Italian villages in Costa Smeralda. As mentioned, the area is overflowing with lush greenery, and several immense yachts docked at the nearby port. If you want to go shopping, you could also head to Olbia, where huge shopping centers offer the finest Italian goods. Meanwhile, in the evening, you could take a romantic stroll at the nearby beaches or through the historic town center in Olbia. Furthermore, in the summer, you will find several stalls selling a wide variety of local goods and other Italian delicacies. Moral of the story; there are many things to do in the area. At the same time, if you do not feel like venturing out, you can still enjoy the amenities at the hotel. Perhaps, you might take a dip in the ample sized swimming pool. Alternatively, there are several parasols and sun loungers where you can sunbathe and relax after swimming. When hungry, there is also a restaurant in the hotel which serves the most delectable Sardinian dishes and this is often the main topic in five-star reviews. As for the rooms, apartments, and studios at Residence Stella Di Gallura – they never fail to impress. Consisting of an ample sized living room, fully equipped kitchen, and dining area, these rooms are fantastic and have all the comfort you could hope to expect as well as a covered patio outside.

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Hotel Palumbalza Porto Rotondo

  • A 4 star Hotel in Porto Rotondo, 4.1 kilometers from the center of town (about 2.55 miles.)
Splendid views at the four-star Hotel Palumbalza.

Situated between crystal clear waters in the Mediterranean and the surrounding lush vegetation, Hotel Palumbalza Porto Rotondo is ideally located in every regard. In fact, the nearby beach is within walking distance, while Porto Rotondo, one of the most popular tourist spots in Sardinia, is just a few kilometers away. Featuring an exclusive marine, Porto Oro serves as the crown jewel in the resort and can accommodate yachts up to fifteen meters long. Interestingly, the hotel can also arrange private tours on some of these ships so you can go venture into nearby bays and enjoy the beautiful coastline up close. Consisting of simple yet well-refined architecture, Hotel Palumbalza Porto Rotondo is surrounded by patios and flower gardens, which are perfect for relaxing and winding down on an intimate Sardinian holiday. Sitting next to the Gulf of Marinella, it also overlooks the ocean, while the best-known attractions on the island are also nearby. In the hotel itself, you will find a scuba diving center for guests who feel a little more adventurous, but there are also various sporting facilities, such as a football pitch and tennis court. In the midst of the massive garden is a playground where kids can spend some time playing while parents get on with their activities and there are even function rooms that cater to seminars, meetings, and conferences. As for the suites, the rooms at Hotel Palumbalza are spacious and well decorated with some suites opening up to stunning sea views and luscious green lawns. Each room is also furnished with a satellite TV, air conditioning system and other amenities to make your stay even more relaxing. With that said, it must be noted how the facilities at this particular hotel never fail to impress, from the treatment spa and massage room to the gym and excellent beauty shop.

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Villa Arena

  • A 4 star Villa in Porto Rotondo, 0.5 kilometers from the center of town (about 0.31 miles.)
a picture of the living room and kitchen of Villa Arena in Porto Rotondo, north-east Sardinia, Italy.
The living room and kitchen at Villa Arena, an exceptional holiday villa in Porto Rotondo.

Villa Arena is nicely located near the famous town of Porto Rotondo, in the heart of the Costa Smeralda. This exceptional rental villa is just a few minutes walk away from the village's promenade, where there are plenty of pizzerias, restaurants, and bars. Furthermore, Villa Arena is also a short walking distance away from a handful of must-see beaches, and there is a free shuttle service within the village that can take visitors to Punta Volpe and Punta Nuraghe, as well as to the various other beaches near Porto Rotondo. Built in the traditional architecture of the Emerald Coast, the holiday villa features a spacious private outdoor pool that comes with barbecue facilities so you can share a sumptuous barbecue with your loved ones while enjoying the outdoor views. Furthermore, this charming villa in north-east Sardinia is equipped with modern amenities. It’s fully air-conditioned and has kitchen facilities so you can cook your own food. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted with a spacious and fully furnished living room. Aside from the living room, there’s also a kitchen island that can double as a breakfast nook. As for the sleeping quarters, these spacious rooms are ideal for couples, large groups, and families with kids. Overall, the villa has three double bedrooms and another bedroom which is equipped with a bunk bed and two bathrooms which features an inviting bath tub.

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How To Get To Porto Rotondo

The nearest airport to Porto Rotondo is Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, at a driving distance of just 19 kilometers. Head north by following the Strada Statale 125. After about 8 kilometers, head north-east by taking the Strada Provinciale 99 in the direction of Rudalza and Porto Rotondo. The trip shouldn't take you longer than 25 minutes.

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Beaches Near Porto Rotondo

There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Porto Rotondo. Just click on a link below to find out more!

Spiaggia Punta Nuraghe

  • Length: 80 meters.
  • Things to do: kayaking, snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
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On the other side of Spiaggia Ira you’ll find Punta Nuraghe, a small beach with a length of about 80 meters. It faces west, featuring views over the Golfo Cugnana and Marina di Portisco to the north-east. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent, as well as canoes.

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Spiaggia Punta Volpe

  • Length: 230 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
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Spiaggia Punta Volpe is one of the most beautiful beaches of Porto Rotondo. Situated in a cove shaped like a half moon, this beach faces north-west, and has a length of about 200 meters.

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Spiaggia dei Sassi

  • Length: 110 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
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Just a few hundred meters east of the marina of Porto Rotondo, in the direction of Punta Volpe, you’ll find Spiaggia dei Sassi. It consists of fine sand and some small stones, and is surrounded by several cliffs. The beach is equipped with several facilities. To get there from the centre of Porto Rotondo follow the signs to Punta Volpe.

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Rudargia Beach

  • Length: 100 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
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Rudargia beach (Spiaggia Rudargia) is a small beach near Porto Rotondo and Ira beach – at the southern border of the famous Costa Smeralda area in Sardinia.

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Spiaggia Ira

  • Length: 200 meters.
  • Things to do: pedal boating, snorkelling, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
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Spiaggia Ira is located between the Gulf of Porto Rotondo and Cugnana, in Punta Nuraghe, Sardinia. It is the main beach of Porto Rotondo, and also its longest. Spiaggia Ira faces north-west, offering marvelous views of the Porto Rotondo Bay, with pleasure yachts sailing in and out of the Marinas of Porto Rotondo and Portisco during summer. The beach offers plenty of services and is suitable for families with kids.

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