Sardinia’s north-east side, named Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), is bustling with yachts especially during the summer Mediterranean cruising season. Porto Cervo, the epicenter of the Costa Smeralda, was created near the end of the 1950s by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. The area quickly became an exclusive retreat for celebrities and international aristocrats and it is still considered one of the most luxurious destinations in the world today, featuring exclusive clubs and golf courses, designer boutiques, fine restaurants and five-star hotels. Set in a perfectly sheltered harbor, the marinas of Porto Cervo - the East Dock (or Old Port) and the New Marina - are well equipped to accommodate even the largest super yachts and a complete range of high-quality marine services is available. The carefully preserved natural beauty and Caribbean-like beaches along the Costa Smeralda make it an ideal place to vacation. Plus, there are special events held year-round, including the the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smerald in September, the Porto Cervo Wine Festival traditionally held in May and gourmet food festival in June.