Olbia’s top sight is this medieval Pisan-Romanesque church, hewn out of Galluran granite. In the apse there are two 13th-century frescos, the left-hand one depicting San Simplicio, the patron saint of Olbia. The Festa di San Simplicio, Olbia’s biggest festival, is celebrated for three days in mid-May.
If you want to play a game of golf in stunning surroundings you can visit Pevero Golf Club. The Golf Club is located north of Olbia and is claimed to be one of the most beautiful courses in Italy. Here you can find everything you need including a club house and recommended accommodations.
Right on Olbia’s waterfront you can find The National Archaeological Museum. The museum exhibits various objects dating back to the Romans, like ship fragments. Because of it being the biggest museum in Olbia, concerts and grand openings are also hosted there.
Moving away from the coast you can discover megalithic stone circles in the prehistoric remains honeycombing the woods and fields around Arzachena. The Nuraghe Albucciu, 2 kilometres southeast of Arzachena, is one of Gallura’s best preserved nuraghi. About 4 kilometres south of Arzachena lies Coddu Vecchiu, one of the island’s most complete 'giants’ tombs'. Nearby you can also find another giants' tomb, Tomba dei Giganti di Li Lolghi, and the Li Muri Necropolis. Regarded as Gallura’s finest example, the "Necropoli di Li Muri" is estimated to date back to 3500 BC.
The town of Santa Teresa Gallura is situated on the northernmost tip of the island and has stunning views over the straits of Bonifacio to the island of Corsica. Rena Bianca is the town’s beach, and you can find it only a stone’s throw from the centre, with turquoise water and flour-fine sand. Just to the west, on the headland Capo Testa, there are two beaches. The left hand side is beautiful and ideal for children, and the beach on the right is also beautiful with amazing rock formations. Ferries leave daily for a 50 minute trip to cross the Straits to the town of Bonifacio, in Corsica. This is perfect for a great day out, having French lunch and doing some shopping.
Costa Smeralda lies between Golfo di Cugnana and Golfo di Arzachena, and boasts an extraordinarily beautiful 56-kilometre coastline. This is a real billionaire’s playground, but everyone is welcome to enjoy its spectacular beaches, views and water. There are so many beaches ("spiagge") to choose from on Costa Smeralda, including Spiaggia del Principe, Liscia Ruja and Capriccioli, all famous and fabulous on this dreamy coastline. With warm sands and crystal-clear waters, you're spoiled for choice.
Dreamy islands with Caribbean-blue seas make up this archipelago on the northeast coast, near the Costa Smeralda. Rocks hewn over thousands of years characterise the landscape. The only inhabited island is La Maddalena, linked with a causeway to Garibaldi’s island, Caprera. You can go on a boat trip and see five of the other main islands, including Budelli, which has a glorious pale pink beach called Spiaggia Rosa, and Spargi.
Stroll around this town full of character, cobbled streets and piazzas, and enjoy the decorous passeggiata along the main street, Via Garibaldi. There are also some good restaurants around the squares and pleasant bars in which to linger over a cool drink. The Diocesano Museum is located in the heart of town and has some fascinating exhibits, including two silver candlesticks and a crucifix gifted by Lord Horatio Nelson.
Olbia is the hub for excursions to the northeast and its fabled coast. Buses leave just off the Corso Umberto I in all directions, all within easy reach for just a few euros. The town beach is the Lido del Sole, but far better is the white beach of Pittulongu, located 5 kilometres away, with its dreamy views across to Tavolara Island.
Il Mattacchione describes itself as a 'modern traditional restaurant', because it keeps a strong relationship with the land's culinary legacy and genuine products, while always striving to revisit this tradition and present it in a modern way. Fresh ingredients and high quality standards are guaranteed in every meal they prepare.
Whether you're in the mood for an innovative interpretation of typical Sardinian dishes, an authentic Neapolitan pizza, or some live music and good wine in the outdoor veranda, at Mediterraneo you'll find a cozy atmosphere, genuine ingredients and attentive, friendly staff.
The creative menu, nice decor and friendly service are highly appreciated among guests of this family-run restaurant, which offers Ligurian or Sardinian specialties in a relaxed atmosphere. Dolceacqua is located in the centre of Olbia and serves various types of dishes including meat, pasta and seafood, all with Sardinian influences.
Located right next to a park and close to the waterside, this friendly restaurant is truly a favourite among both locals and visitors in Olbia. Ristorante Barbagia serves large and delicious Sardinian dishes, including a whole piglet, pizza, roe, and for dessert, home-made tiramisu.
If you are passionate about seafood and local dishes, you will be in good company at Il Gambero. This restaurant is located right in the heart of Olbia and serves affordable meals in a typical Italian atmosphere, including pasta dumplings stuffed with potatoes and meat and a selection of local wines.
La Pecora Nera is a lovely gelateria with a surprisingly wide selection of creative flavours (the dark chocolate with orange comes highly recommended), as well as toppings, like nuts, cherries, cream, and many more. Vegans and people with lactose intolerance can try the rice milk ice cream.
Whether you're in the mood for some live music and good wine in the outdoor veranda, an innovative interpretation of typical Sardinian dishes, or an authentic Neapolitan pizza, at Mediterraneo you'll find a cosy atmosphere, genuine ingredients and attentive, friendly staff.
Olbia's Old Town (in Italian, "centro storico") offers a pleasant and memorable shopping experience, housing over 100 boutique shops in its historical buildings, open squares and narrow alleyways, also crowded with restaurants and cafes. Corso Umberto I can be a good starting point for a shopping trip in this area.
Glitzy Porto Cervo is a popular place to go shopping for high fashion and designer brands. Names include top international options like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Versace. You can also find shoes from Italian Tod's, and jewellery and watches from Bulgari, Cartier and Rolex, among others.
Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda (OLB) is located 5 kilometres southeast of Olbia. The airport buses (numbers 2 and 10) will take you to the city centre and depart approximately every 20-30 minutes. The last departure is at 11:40pm on bus number 10. Tickets are available on board or from the ticket machine in the terminal. The journey takes about 10 minutes. +39 0789 553 800 www.aspo.it The taxi rank is open 24 hours and can be found in front of the arrivals terminal. +39 0789 227 18 / +39 0789 691 50 Renting a car at the airport is easy. You can find car rentals near the arrivals terminal. Contact one of the car rental companies at: www.hertz.com +39 0789 693 89
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Sardinia is probably at its best in Summer, when it offers beautiful days at the seaside and streets vibrant with events and street performers. July and August are the most popular months to go, and on August 15th huge celebrations are held for the religious festival of Ferragosto, so expect the beaches to be crazy crowded the whole week. June and the first weeks in September will probably be as pleasant, a little bit colder and less packed with people. If you're not a fan of beachlife, visiting in April and May can be a great alternative: you won't risk super hot days, you'll enjoy the nature, and you'll find some interesting events dedicated to gardening and outdoor activities.
Olbia is easy to discover by foot and the surrounding areas can be reached quickly by renting a car. Sardinia has an extensive network of buses that link villages, towns and beaches. The main operator, ARST, has good service covering routes between the major cities. Contact at:
There are regular ferries from Palau to the island of La Maddalena, operated by the Delcomar shipping company. There are also frequent services between Santa Teresa Gallura and Corsica’s Bonifacio, operated by Moby Lines. Delcomar www.delcomar.it +39 0781 857 123 [email protected] Moby Lines www.mobylines.it +49 0611 140 20 [email protected]
Taxis are generally inexpensive. There are cab ranks in larger towns and villages, and your hotel will book a car for you if needed. The fare should be determined by the meter, and if it isn't, agree on the price in advance. Taxi Antonello Sergnesi +39 335 438 236 www.taxiolbiaportorotondo.it