Upon arrival in Olbia – the closest airport to Porto Cervo, a 30 minute drive away – you’ll transfer to your hotel, the exclusive Cala di Volpe in a small beautiful bay, featured in the 1977 Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, and a popular destination for the world’s A-Listers. The hotel boasts its own private white-sand beach reachable by boat shuttle, and a 10 minute drive from the hotel is Porto Cervo town center and the marina, with its restaurants and nightlife.
Porto Cervo is the world-famous village on Sardinia’s 35-mile-long Emerald Coast – Costa Smeralda – and the exclusive status it now boasts is credited to Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, who after falling in love with the area in the 1960’s decided to develop it into a sprouling tourist destination. In its days Porto Cervo has been visited famous stars such as Greta Garbo, Grace of Monaco, Brigitte Bardot and more, and also the Agnelli, Kennedy and Onassis families. Today Porto Cervo is home to some of the world’s most exclusive hotels and most expensive private residences – owned by the world’s elite – and in the summer the town oozes opulence as you walk along the marina with its multi million yachts, stroll on the shopping streets with their high end boutiques, or find yourself seated in a table next to a world-famous celebrity in one of the town’s many restaurants or bars. The town becomes a playground for the world’s richest people and flocks of tourists during a few hot summer months – the perfect time of the year to soak up the atmosphere of that ritzy buzz that fills the town – however the travellers who prefer a bit more peace and quiet might appreciate the more authentic atmosphere outside the peak season.
Tonight you can choose to dine in the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, or journey into Porto Cervo’s town center where we recommend dinner in one of the island’s two Michelin starred restaurant, or an iconic seafood restaurant by the waterfront that is also one of the oldest restaurants in the town.
Hotel: 5* Cala di Volpe, Porto Cervo – 25 m² contemporary premium double room with sea view and balcony
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel the car you’ve selected for your Sardinia supercar tour will await you outside the hotel. After a short car and tour briefing with a member of our team you’re ready to fire up the engine, and begin your exciting road trip adventure.
The first leg of your journey takes you on the scenic coastal road from Porto Cervo inland, on gentle tarmac sweeping through the beautiful countryside surrounded by fields of vines. You’re now entering one of Sardinia’s wine regions in the Alghero region, where wine aficionados can enjoy a tour and tasting in one of Europe’s largest wine estates – consisting of more than 600 hectares of Mediterranean scrub and vineyards spread over the spectacular sun-drenched landscape.
After your vineyard stop you’ll continue the adventure to one of Sardinia’s most famous attractions – the unspoilt and wild Capo Caccia cliffs, perched on the edge of the land with unrivalled views of the glistening sea. Capo Caccia is renowned for its underground labyrinth of mysterious caves, first discovered in 1700, of which the most famous one is the 2500m long Grotta di Nettuno, which can be reached by climbing the 656 steps of Escala del Cabirol that lead down to the cave. Travellers who prefer to rest their legs have the option to enjoy a boat excursion from Alghero the next morning – the Neptuno’s caves can be reached by boat in half an hour per way.
Today’s final short drive takes you towards the coastal city of Alghero, encircled by ancient walls and famous for its cobble stoned old center. Just outside the town, in Porto Conte, you’ll check in to the seafront luxury hotel El Faro Hotel overlooking the Mediterranean and Capo Caccia, 20 minutes by car from Alghero’s old town. Tonight you have the option to either enjoy your dinner in the hotel’s restaurant with a stunning vista, or discover the atmosphere in Alghero’s old town, with its Spanish influences and charming traditional trattorias.
Hotel: 4* El Faro Hotel & Spa, Porto Conte – 30 m² deluxe double room with sea view and terrace
Driving time: 4 hours plus stops
Enjoy a morning at leisure with some time to explore beautiful Alghero – perhaps with a boat tour to Capo Caccia as part of your morning itinerary – before it’s time to hit the winding tarmac and conquer some of Sardinia’s greatest driving roads.
Today’s driving adventure takes you on arguably the island’s most breathtaking coastal drive, leading you southwards following the sweeping coastline with its magnificent bays, and turquoise water. Enjoy the panoramic views, and take a break from driving in the most beautiful photo spots, before you’ll reach your lunch stop in a beach restaurant serving freshly prepared and beautifully presented local specialities.
After lunch you can select what the final leg of today’s journey will look like. You’ll have two routes to choose from – the shorter drive takes you to your next hotel stop on the fast roads, whilst the longer route (approx. 1½ hour more behind the wheel of your supercar) takes you up into the mountains where you’ll get to test the performance of your machine on exciting hairpin bends on a twisty road with panoramic views – real supercar territory.
In the afternoon you’ll arrive in the seafront capital city of Sardinia – Cagliari – where you’ll check in to the city’s new luxury hotel – Palazzo Doglio. Set around an exclusive courtyard, this hotel also boasts a beautiful spa, and is within walking distance of the charming marina and only a short drive from the famous white sand Poetto Beach. Enjoy an evening at leisure exploring this ancient city, and when it’s supper time you can choose from one of the many international restaurants just outside the hotel, or a 10 minute walk from your hotel you can embark on a culinary journey in the city’s only Michelin starred restaurant.
Hotel: 5* Palazzo Doglio, Cagliari – 35 m² prestige double room with balcony
Driving time: 3-3½ hours plus stops – can be extended to 4½-5 hours + stops
After breakfast you might want to take a last stroll on the idyllic streets of Cagliari, before it’s time to fire up the engine and continue your Sardinia supercar tour through panoramic landscapes.
The first leg of your journey takes you on a lovely stretch of panoramic coastal road with picturesque postcard landscapes, before you turn inland and head into the Cagliari wine region. Enjoy the sweeping tarmac through the countryside as you test the performance of your machine, before arriving in the heart of the Cagliari wine region with its charming local vineyards. If you’d like there is the possibility to enjoy a wine tasting, where you can discover the different local grapes such as Cannonau, Muristellu, Nuragus and Carignano. Your traditional lunch with local specialities will be in a relaxed setting surrounded by fields of vine.
The second leg of today’s journey takes you on a fast wide open road with smooth tarmac, winding through the high mountains down to the coastline and your hotel stop for today, an ‘Adults Only’ resort overlooking the glistening waters. Featuring a private sandy beach along the Mediterranean Sea, and a beautiful beachfront infinity swimming pool, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Tonight you can enjoy dinner in one of the hotel’s two restaurants, both with panoramic vistas, serving Mediterranean cuisine in a romantic setting.
Hotel: 5* La Villa del Re, Castiadas – 35 m² junior suite with sea view and balcony/patio
Driving time: 3½-4 hours plus stops
The final day on your Sardinia supercar tour takes you into another incredible part of Sardinia, a coastline with dramatic beach caves and a sweeping road through the most breathtaking green mountain landscapes imaginable.
Upon leaving the hotel you’ll pick up a scenic route taking you northwards on fast tarmac, where you get to enjoy the fabulous scenery as you journey through wild nature. You’ll stop in the seaside town Cala Gonone for lunch in one of the waterfront restaurants, and here we recommend you take a break from driving, and board a boat. From Cala Gonone you can enjoy short boat excursions to the nearby beach caves – definitely worth visiting. The wonders of the Gulf of Orosei are the Cala Luna and Bue Marino caves – large marine caves with stalactites, stalagmites and rock sculptures – set in the Gennargentu National Park. If you’re in the search for the world’s most beautiful beaches, Cala Luna certainly ranks high in terms of unspoilt beauty.
After the optional boat tour your drive continues to the region where your Sardinia supercar tour first began – Costa Smeralda. Your last hotel on this driving adventure is the exclusive Petra Segreta Resort & Spa, set in 5 hectares of forest just outside the town of San Pantaleo, with a veranda overlooking the Maddalena Archipelago. This country style hotel is home to traditional Sardinian houses – known as Stazzi – scattered around the resort’s beautiful grounds. Revitalise in the hotel’s wellness centre, and enjoy Sardinian cuisine in the gastronomic restaurant.
Hotel: 5* Petra Segreta Resort & Spa, San Pantaleo – 30 m² junior suite
Driving time: 3½-4 hours plus stops
Enjoy a day at leisure exploring the fabulous Costa Smeralda, one of the world’s most prestigious places to be.
The exceptional Maddalena archipelago should really be experienced from the sea, and we highly recommend a boat trip, giving you a chance to explore this unspoilt coastline with its white sand beaches and a crystal clear waters. Picture turquoise lagoons, deserted islands and the most heavenly beaches – all within easy reach from your hotel. You can explore truly wonderful places such as the Garibaldi island, a national monument with Giuseppe Garibaldi’s former house which has been turned into a museum, or La Maddalena, the largest of the archipelago’s seven islands and home to cosy seafront restaurants. Find that perfect spot under the sun, and dive in…
On a sunny day you can also enjoy a full day whale watching boat voyage, with an 80% chance of spotting these incredible giants of the sea – a memory to cherish for a lifetime.
For travellers who enjoy the city atmosphere and shopping we recommend a trip to the coastal city of Olbia, known for its medieval San Simplicio basilica, its charming cafes dotted around ancient squares, and its many boutiques in the city center.
If four days behind the wheel of your dream machine doesn’t quite feel like enough, we can extend your Sardinia supercar tour to also include driving on Corsica, with 2-5 additional days of touring. This French island is easily reachable from Costa Smeralda, with the car ferry from Santa Teresa di Gallura to Bonifacio taking less than an hour. Corsica is a mountainous island with many peaks rising above 2000m above sea level, and with its twisty mountain roads – also famous World Rally Championship special stages – it is a lovely place to explore by car. On the island you have exclusive five star hotels, as well as great gourmet restaurants, of which a few are Michelin starred.
If you would like to extend your Sardinia supercar tour please get in touch with our team, and we’ll be happy to help you get the most of your time in this exceptionally beautiful part of Europe.