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.

Porto Rotondo Hotels

Hotel Colonna San Marco

The cozy Hotel Colonna San Marco on the Piazza San Marco.
The cozy Hotel Colonna San Marco on the Piazza San Marco.

Just a few steps away from Marina di Porto Rotondo, in the heart of the famous Piazza San Marco square, you’ll find the four-star Hotel Colonna San Marco. Here, 34 comfortable rooms are decorated in a colourful Emerald Coast style. During summer, breakfast is served on a veranda outside. Furthermore, the hotel features an outdoor pool, sun terrace, and lush garden. Hotel Colonna San Marco is strategically located so you can easily explore the restaurants, fashion boutiques and pubs in Porto Rotondo. A free shuttle bus quickly takes you to the beaches of Porto Rotondo – just minutes away from the hotel. Upon request, the friendly staff will arrange motorboat and sailing boat trips to the islands of Sofi, Mortorio and the Maddalena Archipelago.

Hotel S’Astore

The gardens and outdoor pool at the four-star Hotel S'Astore.
The gardens and outdoor pool at the four-star Hotel S’Astore.

2.5 kilometers south of the Porto Rotondo Marina, and just 2 kilometers south of Spiaggia Ira, you’ll find the four-star Hotel S’Astore, on of the top hotels in Porto Rotondo. The family-friendly hotel offers 28 tastefully decorated rooms with a private entrance, and private verandas overlooking the town. The restaurant at the hotel overlooks the sea, and serves typical Italian and Sardinian cuisine. S’Astore is surrounded by a lush garden and features an outdoor swimming pool.

Hotel Palumbalza

Splendid views at the four-star Hotel Palumbalza.
Splendid views at the four-star Hotel Palumbalza.

Another fine four-star hotel can be found in the Gulf of Marinella, 4 kilometers away from the center of Porto Rotondo. The elegant Hotel Palumbalza is set directly on a private beach area, and features a wide range of facilities including a 16 meter long outdoor swimming pool and large garden with several tennis courts. Most of the 80 guest rooms and suites offer splendid sea views. The hotel is family-friendly, and features a separate outpool pool for children.

Sardinian 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.

Learn more about Spiaggia Punta Nuraghe, how to get there, and where to stay.

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.

Learn more about Spiaggia Punta Volpe, how to get there, and where to stay.

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.

Learn more about Spiaggia dei Sassi, how to get there, and where to stay.

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.

Learn more about Rudargia Beach, how to get there, and where to stay.

Spiaggia Ira

  • Length: 200 meters.
  • Things to do: pedal boating, snorkelling, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of the shallow waters at spiaggia ira near porto rotondo on the costa smeralda sardinia

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.

Learn more about Spiaggia Ira, how to get there, and where to stay.