Our visit to Porto Rotondo in June 2013 was an absolute delight. Not only did we find the hangout place for very wealthy sailers and boat enthusiasts, we also found a most beautiful marina.
Porto Rotondo is a small marina which can be found just north of the ferry port of Golfo Aranci on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Getting there by car can be a little bit of a challenging drive as the roads are very windy and should be approached with caution. On arrival it was also a struggle to find a free car parking spot as they are limited.
Porto Rotondo is both stunning and affluent
We were soon to see why Porto Rotondo was so popular. The round port/harbour as the name suggests is a truly beautiful example of Italian affluence and design. This is a planned tourist village around a marina with some very fancy yachts and boats.
The walkway around the marina allows you to admire the expensive water craft you can only dream of. Whilst numerous Ristorantes line the way around Porto Rotondo.
The designer element also applies to the surrounding buildings. We were unsure if they were fully residential or just holiday villas. The architects also insisted that only native plants of Porto Rotondo Sardinia are present. As a result the Porto Rotondo gardens are full of plants like myrtle, strawberry trees, lentiscus, mimosa and oleanders.
There is a beautiful wooden bridge over part of the waterway. We found this to be a great place for taking pictures of the marina and taking in the ambience of Porto Rotondo.
Designer shops were present around this carefully crafted village. The shops truly reflected the affluence of the area as we noticed designer hand bags selling from €400 upwards.
A shop selling the boats was also present and there was no way we’d get change out of €100,000 for even the most feeble of boats in the Porto Rotondo harbour. I could only dream of being part of the Porto Rotondo yacht club.
Walking around we also noticed how whilst this was a tourist spot it was also a place to wine and dine with the wealthy. Fashionable shirts and designer wear was present everywhere. It clearly is a place to be seen.
Whilst we could complete our visit here within an hour, had we dined then we could have taken in more of the character of this truly beautiful harbour. We’d love to visit Porto Rotondo again, although maybe with fuller wallets.