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Costa Smeralda

Listed under Coastlines in Sardinia, Italy.

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Sardinia's 'Emerald Coast' is indeed a jewel-studded stretch of seaside when it comes to beaches: they're pretty coves of moon-dust sand and aquamarine water, and there's one snuggled behind every rugged, rosy-red granite headland. There's also, likely as not, a celebrity's house or two perched on the cliffs above or an oligarch's yacht drifting lazily a mile off shore - for the Costa Smeralda is in fact a purpose-built billionaires' holiday haven, and just as many holidaymakers come to look at each other as to appreciate nature's little triumphs, which are visible everywhere: pines perched on rocky outcrops, sculptural prickly pears, olive groves and breathtaking founts of tumbling bougainvillea frame idyllically-positioned white villas, swimming pools, spectacular hotels and restaurants and rows of designer shops. A taste of Sardinia's 'Dolce Vita' may be expensive, but when you're sipping a Campari and soda on a warm evening at a beach cafe, listening to the waves whispering, it's not hard to see why.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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