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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

Olbia showing street scenes

Olbia City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Coffee shops and waterfront views are notable features of Olbia City Centre. You might consider stopping by Church of San Paolo while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Olbia City Centre

Top hotels in Olbia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olbia - Sardinia
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olbia - Sardinia
4 out of 5
Via Isarco 5/7, Olbia, OT
The price is £90 per night

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! (514 reviews)

"very peaceful and a great night's sleep. although the location a bit out of towm"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olbia - Sardinia
Hotel Cala Cuncheddi
Hotel Cala Cuncheddi
4 out of 5
Localita Capo Ceraso, Olbia, OT
The price is £276 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Olbia hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Spiaggia Li Cuncheddi and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Porto Istana Beach. Tavolara - Punta Coda Cavallo ...

4.4/5Excellent! (121 reviews)

"Amazing overall experience!! The staff was extremely friendly and went above and beyond to make sure everything about my vacation was perfect. I celebrated our anniversary with my girlfriend, and was able to organize a romantic dinner on the beach that we will definitely remember for a long time! ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2020

Hotel Cala Cuncheddi
Grand Hotel President Olbia
Grand Hotel President Olbia
4 out of 5
Via Principe Umberto, 9, Olbia, OT
The price is £84 per night

Located in the heart of Olbia, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Archaeological Museum of Olbia and Port of Olbia. Church of San Paolo and Fausto ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (232 reviews)

"This property was amazing from the decor, the breakfast and the staff."…"

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2019

Grand Hotel President Olbia

Popular places to visit in Olbia

Port of Olbia
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Port of Olbia

4/5(29 reviews)

Start your journey in Sardinia by exploring this busy transportation hub and the charming town that surrounds it.

Pittulongu Beach
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Pittulongu Beach

4/5(17 reviews)

Spend a day at this beautiful beach, a perfect introduction to Sardinia’s characteristic white sands and blue waters.

La Marinella Beach
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La Marinella Beach

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Ideal for family-friendly activities and watersports, this picturesque white-sand beach is also the gateway to some of Sardinia’s most exciting nightlife.

Porto Istana Beach
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Porto Istana Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Porto Istana Beach, a popular beach in Porto Istana. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

Le Saline Beach
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Le Saline Beach

4/5(5 reviews)

Go for a jog or learn to kitesurf on this long, quiet beach, known for its strong winds and glinting waters.

Basilica of San Simplicio
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Basilica of San Simplicio

4/5(8 reviews)

See one of Sardinia’s most significant medieval monuments, home to beautiful works of art and Olbia’s biggest annual festival.

Top things to do in Olbia

Tour Archeologico in Tuk Tuk
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Tour Archeologico in Tuk Tuk

£63
Per adult
Tour Costa Smeralda in Tuk Tuk
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Tour Costa Smeralda in Tuk Tuk

£91
Per adult
Tour Olbia + Beach Tour in Tuk Tuk
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Tour Olbia + Beach Tour in Tuk Tuk

£45
Per adult
Tour di Olbia in Tuk Tuk (Complete)
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Tour di Olbia in Tuk Tuk (Complete)

£27
Per adult
Cooking class at a Cesarina's home - Santa Teresa di Gallura
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Cooking class at a Cesarina's home - Santa Teresa di Gallura

£131
Per adult
Arrival or departure transfer from Olbia Airport to any destination in Sardinia
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Arrival or departure transfer from Olbia Airport to any destination in Sardinia

£58
Per adult

Reviews of Olbia

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Oct 2019

Olbia has lots to offer but if you want to go on any of the island trips Palau is a better place to stay and is a really nice place on it's own, plenty to do.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Oct 2019

Get a car and explore out of town, Golfo Aranci and Capo Testa are lovely.

4/5 - Good

Bern

4 Sep 2019

Food is great and people are friendly. Many beaches to see.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Jul 2019

It was a good trip, howver there isn't much ti do, the food is ok, but there were not too many different options.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Jul 2019

San Pantaleo is a lovely town and would recommend it as a holiday destination

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Jul 2019

Loved it, friendly people very scenic, beautiful beaches, amazing food

Cities near Olbia

Arzachena which includes a monument and a garden

Arzachena

Golfo Aranci

Golfo Aranci

Costa Smeralda - Olbia - Eastern Sardinia featuring landscape views

Ala Dei Sardi