Porto Cervo – Sardinia
Porto Cervo is an Italian seaside resort in northern Sardinia.
It is a frazione of the comune of Arzachena, in the province of Olbia-Tempio. The village is the main centre of the Costa Smeralda.
It was created by Prince Karim Aga Khan and various other investors. Porto Cervo has a resident population of 421 inhabitants.
According to The Lonely Planet, “Porto Cervo is a curious, artificial vision of Mediterranean beauty. The utopian village combines Greek, North African, Spanish and Italian architectural elements, and the overall effect is pseudo-Moorish with a touch of the Flintstones. Its perfectly manicured streets are strangely sterile and characterless. Apart from the magnificent coastal scenery that surrounds it, there’s nothing remotely Sardinian about Porto Cervo. Instead, it resembles exactly what it is: a purpose-built leisure centre for the super-rich; a kind of Disneyland for Gucci-clad grown-ups.”