Porto Cervo: Venue Guide
For those of you travelling to Sardinia for the 2016 Audi Settimana delle Bocche, the 52 SUPER SERIES team have put together a little venue guide to help you get settled in, and to get the most out of our beautiful racing venue. All of this information, and more, is available via the Official 52 SUPER SERIES App – available on both Android and iOS tablets and mobile devices.
Porto Cervo, Sardinia
Porto Cervo is a luxurious town on the seashore in northern Sardinia, the main tourist destination of Costa Esmeralda, created by Prince Karim Aga Khan and designed by the architect Luigi Vietti. The port is popular among celebrities and movie stars who visit its heavenly beaches and luxurious ambiance around the port, an area that offers prestigious restaurants, recreational boats, golf courses, and designer stores.
Local Cuisine: Seafood dishes such as pasta with octopus; bottarga, a delicacy of salty, cured Roe; scampi, in almost any form; and the local bread is called Cifraxiu.
Local Wines: Amaro di carpo (white), Turriga (red).
Things to Do in Porto Cervo
1. The Sunset Aperitif
Possibly one of the most typically Italian things you could do whilst in Porto Cervo is to enjoy an aperitif in one of the many restaurants by the port. If you want an extra special moment and are willing to take a 20-minute drive, the views from the Phi Beach Bar on the north-eastern corner of the island are spectacular.
Address: Località Forte Cappellini, 07021 Baja Sardinia, Arzachena OT, Italy
2. Visit the Church of Stella Maris
Stella Maris church was designed by Michele Busiri Vici in the early 1960s. It sits, gleaming white, overlooking the harbour with a clock on its side so that the sailors know what time it is and don’t miss mass. The interior is beautifully simple, and the furniture smells of the local juniper from which it is made.
Address: P.zza Stella Maris, 1, 07021 Porto Cervo, Arzachena OT, Italy
3. Go to the Pub
If highbrow beach bars and super-clubs aren’t your style, maybe you’ll be more at home in the the Lord Nelson Pub, a typically English pub complete with traditional ales and a darts board.
Address: Via Della Marina, Porto Cervo Marina, 07020
4. Visit the Beach
A timeless classic. There are many beaches nearby, but a few recommendations include Spiaggia del Piccolo Pevero, Portisco Beach and Liscia Ruia Beach. It really wouldn’t be a visit to the “Emerald Coast” without a dip in the translucent blue waters, a cocktail and a lounger now would it?
5. Walk to Capo Ferro
An important landmark in Porto Cervo is Capo Ferro. This is a high section of rocky terrain that projects from the sea. It also has a lighthouse on top, ensuring that the rocks are visible during the day or night. Capo Ferro is the first indication that visitors are reaching the town, and this makes it a must-visit attraction in Porto Cervo. Capo Ferro provides a wonderful view of the sea, along with a glorious view of the town and surrounding areas.
Restaurants in Porto Cervo
1. La Sasima
Barely signposted on the northern approach to San Pantaleo is the whitewashed cottage of La Sasima. Life doesn’t get much finer than sitting under the stars eating porceddu, slow-cooked suckling pig stuffed with myrtle.
Address: Str. San Pantaleo Arzachena, Arzachena, OT 07021, Italy
2. I Frati Rossi
Perched in the hills above Porto Cervo, rustic I Frati Rossi uses local ingredients to stunning effect in dishes such as spaghetti with clams and bottarga (mullet roe), €18, and ricotta ice cream, €8. A tree-lined terrace adds romance.
Address: Via Della Pantogia, Porto Cervo, 07021 Arzachena (OT), Sardinia, Italy
3. La Vecchia Costa
Great-value home cooking means La Vecchia Costa is always booked solid. Order lorighittas (ring-shaped pasta) in porcini lamb sauce, €8.50, and sea bass with rocket, fresh tomatoes and basil, €3 per 100g, plus a bottle of house vermentino, €6.50. The restaurant is on the Arzachena-Porto Cervo road.
Address: Località la Punga, 07021 Arzachena OT, Italy
4. Ristorante Spinnaker
Understated glamour is what Spinnaker in Liscia di Vacca is all about. On the terrace you can join bronzed socialites for a long lunch. Start with sautéed calamari with artichokes, €12, then try the local rock lobster, €17 per 100g.
Address: Porto Cervo, SP59, 07021 Liscia di Vacca OT, Italy
5. Aruana Churrascaria
If you’re looking for a break from Italian food, loads of meat and a great place for a big group, look no further. Aruana Churrascaria offers an extensive buffet of high quality barbequed meats cooked in Brazilian churrasco style.
Address: Loc. Liscia Di Vacca, 07021 Porto Cervo, Arzachena OT, Italy
STAFF PICK: Ristorante Pizzeria
Enjoy great pizza and pasta in a relaxed atmosphere with some really cool guys running the show at Ristorante Pizzeria. It’s close to the race office, they serve up yummy treats and they’ll be showing the Euros – what more could you possibly need?
Address: Via della Marina – 07021 Porto Cervo (OT)
STAFF PICK: Clipper
Clipper is a luxurious bar, rich in history that always attracts the staff and the teams. Again, its proximity to the race office helps, but so too does the fact that everyone goes there. Enjoy sharing jokes about the day’s races in a relaxed atmosphere over a long drink and in good company.
Address: Via della Marina 07021 Arzachena (OT)
Hotels in Porto Cervo
Address: Piazzetta di Porto Cervo, Porto Cervo, Arzachena OT, Italy
Address: Via del Faro, Km. 1.800, 07020 Località Cala Granu, Arzachena OT, Italy
Address: Costa Smeralda, 07020 Porto Cervo, Italy
Hotel Petra Bianca
Address: Località Abbiadori, 32, Arzachena OT, Italy
Hotel Luci di la Muntagna
Address: Via Sa Conca, 55, 07021 Porto Cervo OT, Italy
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