The second beach of the three most beautiful beaches of the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia is Capriccioli. Surrounded by unique granite rock formations and overlooked by a forest of pine trees and olive groves, this is is one of the smaller beaches (but never crowded) and is perfect for a relaxing day reading a good book.
To get there: Take the exit to Cala di Volpe. After 2.7 km you’ll reach Capriccioli.
The beautiful, unspoilt coastline of the Costa Smeralda belongs to a private consortium including Prince Karim Aga Khan – and the Spiaggi del Principe (Prince’s beach) was one of his favourite beaches – hence the name.
As with all the beaches of the Costa Smeralda, Spiaggi Principe is unspoilt and no buildings around disturb the view. The beach is accessed through a narrow dirt walking track. The stunning turqoise, green and crystal clear waters owe their colour to the granite containing seabed. The sand is fine like sugar and it is safe to say that this is a piece of paradise!
You won’t rub shoulders with the the Costa Smeralda jet set there as they hang out on their yachts or at private beaches. Mainly Italian tourists populate the beach which is never overcrowded even in peak season. Luckily for us, the stunning beaches of the Costa Smeralda, even though they belong to a private consortium, are still accessible to the public.
Dirt walking track to the beach
Another day, another beach with impossibly turquoise water and deep blue skies and white beaches. Everything here is crisp and clear and the greyness of London seems miles away.
The Costa Smeralda got it’s name from the beautiful emerald coloured water. And I can confirm the colour of the water is just as promised. no “vivid colour” camera mode is needed.
When the Costa Smeralda was built in the 50s and 60s, the consortium of investors (One of them Karim Aga Khan), were enchanted by the area and decided to build only low environmental impact holiday complexes to preserve the beautiful area. They set down a series of stringent rules to preserve the beatiful land:
– The construction of Hotels built near beaches is forbidden to keep the unspoiltness
– No high-rise buildings are allowed to be constructed but only low, stone-washed Tuscan-style houses that blend beautifully into the area.
All this makes the Costa Smeralda a haven of beautiful surroundings, perfect to relax and leave your worries behind.
Below: Beaching it up: I’m wearing red-White Vichy checked shirts from Benetton and a crochet top from Stefanel.
This year, we treated ourselves to a holiday on the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, also known as the “Caribbean of Italy”. Oh my what a fantastic holiday it has been so far!
It is definitely the most beautiful place in the whole of Europe, and the breathtakingly stunning beaches can effortlessly compete with the wild, sugary-sand turquoise-watered beaches of Australia and South Africa.
Sardinia is as Italian as it gets: Stylish, elegant, sleek and in no way pretentious as you would think from the way gossip magazines describe and the pictorial depiction of celebrities frolicking on 15 million € yachts.
I can’t wait to explore the island further, pictures and more reports to follow soon!
Above I’m wearing a navy blue dress with strawberries.
Below: My mint coloured nail varnish competing with the turquoise water.