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The history of Porto Rafael and the charm of its architecture

Anyone who has visited Porto Rafael  - even just once! – must be certainly remained seduced by its pure beauty.

Porto Rafael – a charming small village near Palau - is not far from Costa Smeralda and evokes a fascinating story:  the dream of a noble Spanish Count of realizing a charming village right on the sea with a central “Piazzetta” (square in Italian!) where to celebrate life .

As we are also in love with this pearl of Northern Sardinia that is why our real estate exclusive portfolio includes several properties for sale in Porto Rafael: but it’s not just a real estate choice; We know the peculiarities of this lovely village. It boasts refined tourism, offers unforgettable stays and invites you to discover one of the most beautiful naturalistic landscapes in the Mediterranean, La Maddalena Archipelago.

Including in our portfolio properties in Porto Rafael means offering to our customers an exclusive service, where we do not only pay attention to the luxury real estate market in Porto Cervo but also to rare pearls such as this resort.

Porto Rafael's story: from dream to reality


How was Porto Rafael born? What's its story? We must go back at 1961 when Prince Aga Khan fell madly in love with Costa Smeralda.

Although he was not the only one who aimed at this part of Sardinia: a Spanish nobleman, the Count Rafael Neville had his dream and bought the land imagining to create his own sardinian “ Dolce Vita” hideaway.

To realize his project Count Neville involved the locals and projected the first white residence in PortoRafael’s piazzetta but also the enchanting church of Santa Rita da Cascia.

We are talking about the 60's and the Count Neville was addicted to the striking beauty and the wild nature of that land were animals lived in the wild and the breeze scented of Mistral wind and mature plants.

Count Rafael invited nobility and internationally famous people to that magic place where sculptured villas - with their sinuous shapes and immaculate whitewashed walls-  harmoniously blend into the savage landscape.

Rafael Neville: biography of a count

Around the birth of the village lies a legend: it is said that Porto Rafael was born after a night vision of the Count, who from that day did not stop thinking about how to accomplish his work of art.

But who was this Spanish Count so fond of beautiful?

Rafael Neville was born in 1926 in Malaga, he was the son of Count De Barlanga Y Del Duero Edgar Neville. His premonitory dream makes him admire a beach surrounded by villas, wild and uncontaminated nature and refined architectures.

In that dream, he saw Sardinia.

Before buying the land that would become Porto Rafael, Neville has made many friends in Costa Smeralda, especially in La Maddalena and met many landowners who took him to Nelson Bay. It was love at first sight.

“Dolce vita” in Porto Rafael


Although many years have passed, Porto Rafael is still the favorite destination of an international elite tourism, which evokes the splendor of the past, deeply breathing the perfume of the sea, living that“ bien vivre” that has never been lost, which has always distinguished the entire Costa Smeralda.

Unchanged in its unique beauty, Porto Rafael is still here, ready to welcome visitors and tourists willing to discover its secret, refined and natural landscape.

We are sure that the selection of our villas for sale will motivate the heart of any buyer sensitive to the charm of a sinuous and curvilinear architecture, the granite rocks shaped by the wind in a land where is impossible not to fall in love.

Your private portrait of the Arcipelago of La Maddalena

Costa Smeralda - Sardinia, Porto Rafael, Italy
Buying price 4,500,000 EUR
Living area 290 m²
Plot Surface 2,000 m²

Engel & Völkers

Porto Cervo
Piazzetta degli Ulivi N° 3
07020 Porto Cervo (OT)
Italy - P. IVA 03116340922
+39 0789 94183

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