Porto Cervo

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Porto Cervo
Port of Entry
41°08.079'N, 009°31.954'E Chart icon.png
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Marina Porto Cervo

The name (Cervo means ‘stag’ in Italian) comes from the branching shape of the inlet, which resembles the tines of a stag’s antlers.

The foundations for Porto Cervo were laid in the 1960s, when a consortium led by the then Aga Khan began the development of the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) along the enchanting NE coast of Sardinia. The original development, now known as Porto Vecchio, is at the SE end of the inlet. Further into the inlet on the NW side is the newer harbour, which incorporates the exclusive Costa Smeralda Yacht Club and a luxury hotel and villa development.

Be prepared to blow your cruising budget if you moor here for long - or alternatively anchor in the sandy cove to the north of the breakwater (get there early as there’s not much room to swing).


See Sardinia.


The inlet is well sheltered and only easterlies (which are fortunately rare) might give a problem to yachts in the anchorage.

See also Italy.


See Mediterranean.


The Maddalena Archipelago is about 6 miles to the NNW.


Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets


The inlet of Porto Cervo can be hard to spot as you sail along the coast, but there is generally a substantial amount of traffic coming in and out to guide you. There are dangerous shoals along the coast to the north and yachts should keep well off if approaching from this direction.


Porto Cervo is a port of entry for Italy. For details see Entrance: Italy.


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The harbour of Porto Cervo

A visiting yacht has the option of berthing in the expensive (in season) Porto Cervo Marina or anchoring in the small cove at the entrance (where there is only room for 2-3 yachts at anchor).

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Marina di Porto Cervo

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Marina icon Marina di Porto Cervo [[Porto Cervo#Marina di Porto Cervo|Marina di Porto Cervo]] 41°08.077'N, 009°31.702'E

The marina consists of two parts.

  • The so-called Marina Nuova is in the upper part of the inlet at the Marina Village and consists of a breakwater extending from the northern shore and sheltering seven pontoons offering berths for 720 yachts, of which 80 are supposedly reserved for yachts in transit.
  • The Molo Est (East quay), also known as the Porto Vecchio (Old Harbor), is at the SE end of the inlet the village of Porto Cervo proper and consists of a long concrete quay reserved for pleasure craft and large vessels and a floating small craft pontoon. Maximum length is 100 metres (although if your yacht is that big, you can let your uniformed crew worry about it). Depths in the inlet vary from 7.0 metres to 1.7 metres.

Water and electricity at all berths. Fuel (at Town Quay), laundry, WC/Showers. Slipway. Mobile crane and travel lift.

[email protected]; Tel: +39 (789) 905 602; Old Harbor: +39 (789) 936 6000; VHF channel 09
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing

Marina dell'Orso

Marina dell'Orso/wiki/Porto_Cervo#Marina_dell.27Orso
Marina icon Marina dell'Orso [[Porto Cervo#Marina dell'Orso|Marina dell'Orso]] 41°08.507'N, 009°29.679'E

The marina is a part of Poltu Quatu is a hotel complex located around deep fiord-like inlet W of Porto Cervo. 305 berths; LOA 8-35 m.; max. draft 3 m. Water and electricity are supplied by consumption with a pre-paid system.Toilets and showers. Fuel Station, WiFi, laundry service. ATM.

[email protected]; Tel: +39 (789) 99 477, +39 (789) 950 0847; Fax: +39 (789) 99 468; VHF channel XX
Address: Loc. Poltu Quatu snc - 07021 Arzachena (OT), Sardinia, Italy


The anchorage of Porto Cervo

It is possible for just 2-3 yachts to anchor in the small cove at the entrance to the inlet, although swinging room is very limited. Anchor in 5.0 - 6.0 metres. The holding is good in sand.

In addition to this anchorage, there are sheltered anchorages to the south at Cala Volpe (six miles) and to the north in Isola Caprera and the west in the Gulf of Arzachena (five to six miles).


Water In the marinas
Electricity In the marinas
Toilets In the marinas
Showers In the marinas
Laundry pickup / delivery, inquire at the marinas
Garbage In the marinas
Fuel Eni/wiki/Porto_Cervo#EniFuel icon Eni [[Porto Cervo#Eni|Eni]] fuel station at the Town Quay (May-Sep 7:00-12:30, 15:30-19:30)
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs ?
Internet WiFi in the marinas
Mobile connectivity
Vehicle rentals Only Sardinia Autonoleggio [1] (Scooter and Car Rental)


Give the names and locations of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, etc.

Eating out

Give the name of recommended restaurant, tavernas, pastry stores, etc.


The ferry connects the Porto Vecchio with the Marina Nuova: every 1/2 hour from 8:30 (Marina) and 9:00 (Porto Cervo). The last ferry from Porto Cervo at 22:00.


The development is attractive (though not as much as Porto Rotondo), especially the so-called Porto Vecchio part. The "newer" harbour is both more modern and more glitzy but has less character. Well worth the climb is the beautiful church of Stella Maris overlooking the harbour, which has an unusual portico supported by menhir-like columns and a ‘Gaudi-like’ feel to the whole design, with lots of curved surfaces and wrought iron elements.

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Church Stella Maris
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At the Marina di Porto Cervo
Costa Smeralda Yacht Club
Porto Vecchio


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


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See Italy.


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