Porto Cervo in the north of Sardinia is one of the main marinas on the « Costa Smeralda », the Emerald Coast, whose name no doubt refers to the exceptional colors of the Mediterranean in this spot. Porto Cervo village is named after the deer’s head shape of the natural headland on which it was built, “cervo” being the Italian for deer. Just near the town centre, Porto Vecchio, the old harbour, which these days is referred to as the East Dock, dates back to the 1960s and is the work of the architect Luigi Vietti at the request of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. Seduced by the natural beauty of this spot, the latter wanted a holiday resort in the typically Sardinian style found in the narrow streets linking the central square, Piazzetta delle Chiacchiere, to the « Sottopiazza », lined with houses boasting colourful windows and balconies. The harbour was finished, and the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club opened in 1967, bringing a new era for elite tourism and luxury yachting in the region.
The new marina was built in the 1980s opposite the old harbour. More spacious and better-equipped to welcome all sizes of yacht, the Villaggio Marina, with its luxury hotels such as the Sheraton, the Pevero Golf Club and the Hotel Cala di Volpe, all equipped with fitness centres, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses and private beaches, is ideal for a stay alternating relaxation and sports activities. The Villaggio Marina also houses some gourmet restaurants and a night club, “the Coast”, the other discotheques being located on the outskirts of Porto Cervo where the main nightlife can be found.
Nowadays the new Porto Cervo harbour, with a total of 700 berths (of which 100 are reserved for visitors) for crafts of between 6 and 100 meters, is one of the best equipped marinas along the Mediterranean. Nestling in a natural harbour protecting it from the wind, it is renowned for its highly efficient services and for its constant concern for the protection of the environment and the prevention of pollution. Open all the year round, its shipyard is ideal for repairs and maintenance of both sailing boats and motor boats, while the three ship chandlers located at Porto Cervo, « Nautica la Marina », « Marineria italiana » and « Cervomare » ensure chartering and supplies. Porto Cervo’s two supermarkets also offer a catering service on board. Fuel is available at the East Dock seven days a week during summer and on request in winter. Garbage and used oil collection is ensured by special containers.