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Boating and Sailing

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The Aga Khan IV and some local associates founded the yacht club in 1967 with a view to promoting nautical activities. The club provides use of its pool, restaurant, bar, and guest rooms to those with memberships at other yacht clubs. Watch for regattas from June to September, and check out the YCCS Sailing School, which organizes courses on dinghies and cabin cruisers. Via della Marina, Port Cervo, 07021. 0789/902200. www.yccs.it.

Golf

Pevero Golf Course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1972, Pevero is a world-class course with some of Europe's most beautiful fairways. Stretching nearly 4 miles between the Gulf of Pevero and Cala di Volpe (Bay of Foxes), it provides challenging playing conditions with 70 bunkers, several rocks, and vegetation. The dress code is formal in the upscale Club House. Cala di Volpe 20, Porto Cervo, 07021. 0789/958000. www.peverogolfclub.com. €70–€120, depending on season. 18 holes, 6700 yards, par 72.

Beaches

The beaches around the Costa Smeralda are some of the most exclusive in Europe, and they don't disappoint, with fine golden sand sheltered by red cliffs and fronting azure waters. Many can only be reached by boat, and there are regular launches from Porto Cervo. Rentals of sun beds and towels are as expensive as you'd expect.

Boating and Sailing

Lega Navale Italiana. This public state-sponsored organization, has information on the island's sailing facilities, as well as everything associated with maritime activity. 079/910 2120 or 320 966 8519. www.leganavale.it.

Windsurfing

Windsurfing Club Cagliari. Sardinia has some of the best windsurfing spots in Europe; the club Cagliari provides advice for beginning to expert surfers. Viale Marina Piccola, Cagliari, Sardinia, 09126. 070/372694, +39/3452225169, or +39/3333025583. www.windsurfingclubcagliari.it. Daily 10:30–7.