Discover why choosing Olbia for your holidays
Olbia, in the province of Olbia-Tempio, is one of the gates to Sardinia, where, every year, millions of people pass through its port and its airport.
Its name comes from the Greek tradition and means ‘happy’. It has about 58,000 inhabitants and the municipality covers nearly 400 square kilometers from Corso Umberto I, the main street of the city, rich in history and very suitable for shopping.
In the old town you admire Palaces characterized by nineteenth century style, the splendid Piazza Regina Margherita and the Basilica of St. Simplicio, patron of Olbia, celebrated on May 15.
To satisfy your thirst for culture, you can also visit the Archaeological Museum of the city, located near the Old Port, on the Peddena Island.
Since 2004, the city also hosts ‘Fausto Noce‘ Park, a green oasis with sports fields, fountains and Mediterranean plants. Here you can enjoy shows and concerts at the outdoor amphitheater.
If you prefer to breathe the sea air, a walk along the seafront, embellished with palm trees and benches, will make you appreciate even more this place.
Where to go
- Cala Banana beach
If you are looking for a place to dive in crystal clear waters Cala Banana is the best choice for you.
This beach is located to the north, just 10 km from the center of Olbia. Millions of white grains of fine sand stretch in front of a small bay characterized by the turquoise sea and the presence of the tiny Porry Island. The seabed is shallow, so bathing suits everybody; near the wide car park there’s a pond, dry in summer.
- Rena Bianca beach
Further to the north lies the beach of Rena Bianca, in the locality of Portisco. The sea is marvellous and, even here, the sand is white and fine. Here you can rent deckchairs, beach umbrellas, boats, jet skis and pedal boats. There are also bars and restaurants.
- Porto Rotondo
Under the municipality of Olbia, Porto Rotondo is a popular destination for Sardinian movida. This large marina which can accommodate up to 650 boats, is a favorite destination of many personalities from politics and show business. Piazza San Marco, also known as ‘piazzetta‘ (i.e. small square), was created by sculptor Andrea Cascella and now it’s the heart of Porto Rotondo. Do not miss the Church of San Lorenzo, characterized by the woodwork of its structure.
- Tavolara Island
Arriving in Olbia by sea or by land, the massif of Tavolara island, marine protected area and over 500 meters high, welcomes you in this area of Sardinia. The island is accessible by a small boat from Porto San Paolo; it offers 2 restaurants, few houses and several activities, for example snorkeling or climbing.
On one side of the island bears the military servitude, so you need a licensed guide to climb the peak. Staying on the slopes, you can walk freely along a lane or relax on one of the beaches of the island.