Olbia

Travel Guide

Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Olbia has an appealing assortment of attractive beaches. The coastal setting offers surfing, diving and a variety of other water-based activities. The sea may be the center of activities, but Olbia also features numerous cultural pursuits including museums, ancient churches and shipwreck treasures.

Within a few minutes’ drive of the city center are miles of white-sand beaches. Surf, snorkel and scuba dive at Porto Istana. Canoe, windsurf or rent a sailboat at Lo Squalo. Other beaches with a variety of watersports include Mare e Rocce, Spiaggia dei Sassi and Il Pellicano. Bados Beach is ideal for families with children because of its shallow sea bed.

When you want a break from the beach, explore the city. Visit the archeological museum to learn about Olbia’s early Greek foundations and to see exhibits from Roman and medieval shipwrecks. Study frescoes at the 11th-century Basilica of San Simplicio and the 18th-century Church of St. Paul. To discover more of Sardinia’s past, travel 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Olbia for the Nuraghic monuments of Arzachena. These ancient towers, burial sites and building ruins are between 3,000 and 4,000 years old.

Stroll along the narrow lanes of the city center that lead to Piazza Regina Margherita and Piazza Matteotti, two attractive squares bordered by shops, cafés and restaurants. Savor the delicious smells and tastes of Sardinian cuisine with its meats spit-roasted over herbs, mussel stew, roasted lobster and other local specialties.

Many visitors arrive into the busy port of Olbia by ferry or cruise ship. Alternatively, fly into the international airport that’s approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of the city center. The city is compact and easily walkable. Alternatively, use taxis or rent a car or scooter, good options if you want to travel farther afield.

Olbia is also about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Maddalena Archipelago National Park, a group of islands that host rare animal and plant species.

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Where to stay in Olbia

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olbia - Sardinia
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olbia - Sardinia
4 out of 5
Via Isarco 5/7, Olbia
The price is £56 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
This family-friendly Olbia hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Fausto Noce Park, National Archaeological Museum of Olbia and Basilica of ...
4.2/5Excellent! (578 reviews)
"Large well appointed rooms, beautiful and well maintained pool, good location that is walking distance from downtown."

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olbia - Sardinia
Hotel dP Olbia - Sardinia
Hotel dP Olbia - Sardinia
4 out of 5
Via Sa Testa 1, Olbia, OT
This family-friendly Olbia hotel is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Pittulongu Beach and Bados Beach. Port of Olbia and Port of Golfo Aranci are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Bellissima struttura con vista sul porto, personale gentile e accogliente. Ottima colazione e pulizia"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2021

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Hotel dP Olbia - Sardinia
Petra Segreta Resort & Spa
Petra Segreta Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Strada di Buddeo snc, San Pantaleo, Olbia, OT
Fully refundable
The price is £207 per night from 14 Oct to 14 Oct
Situated in a rural location, this luxury hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Vigne Surrau Winery and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Nuraghe Albucciu. Nuragic Temple of Malchittu ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)
"We loved everything about our stay ! The grounds , the rooms, excellent food, the architecture. Outstanding service !!! In one words it’s a magical place to stay in for nature and peace lovers . We will definitely go back and recommend highly Petra segregate ."

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2021

Petra Segreta Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Geovillage Green Residence
Geovillage Green Residence
Via Stazzu Canu snc, Olbia
The price is £44 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Situated in Olbia, this residence is within 2 miles (3 km) of Fausto Noce Park, Basilica of San Simplicio and Church of San Paolo. National Archaeological Museum ...
3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Good only for few days stay
"Apartment studio was very nice, new and modern layout. Close to city Center and short distance from beach. Our water kettle did not worked in apartment , and after call we received new kettle within an hour. There was large garden in front, at back of apartment there is area to dry clothes. Very ..."

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2021

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Residence Costa Ruja
Residence Costa Ruja
3 out of 5
Strada Provinciale 94 km 1480, Portisco, Olbia, OT
Situated on the waterfront, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Raza di Juncu and Rena Bianca Beach. Spiaggia Razza di Juncu and Portisco Marina are ...
3.5/5Good! (67 reviews)
Comfortable apartment in excellent location
"The apartment is decorated in a basic way, but definitely comfortable. A bit more kitchen equipment would have been useful, but since we only stayed a week we didn't really need to cook more than once. There is no AC, but the apartment stayed cool during the day and the fans help to ventilate so ..."

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2018

Residence Costa Ruja
Hotel Regina Elena
Hotel Regina Elena
Via Regina Elena 7, Olbia, OT
The price is £61 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Located in Olbia City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of San Paolo, National Archaeological Museum of Olbia and Basilica of San ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Good area,in the city center,good service"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2021

Hotel Regina Elena
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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