In the 1960s, the Aga Khan and many of his wealthy friends and acquaintances bought land on the unspoiled Costa Smeralda, in northeastern Sardinia. The area, known for its sparkling emerald green and turquoise waters, quickly became a fun-in-the-sun vacation spot for Europe`s upper classes.Olbia is the Costa Smeralda`s main commercial and cultural center, and visitors will enter the region here. From Olbia, visitors will explore San Teodoro and Budoni to the south. Afterward, they will travel up the coast past Olbia, first to Golfo Aranci, then to the Aga Khan`s personal playground, Porto Cervo, and finally to Palau, where they can hop a ferry to Isola Maddalena, with its iconic pink granite coastline.
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