Olbia is a port city, albeit a bit noisy and bustling, but charming in its own way. Here, it will turn out not only to find a good place for a beach holiday, but also to taste delicious Italian dishes and wines. They say that it is in Olbia that the best restaurants and the most fun bars of Sardinia are located. Do you want to make sure of this? Rent a car and make a tourist itinerary. By the way, if you get tired of tasting local delicacies and parties, take a ride on the main attractions in Olbia and beyond. Whatever your plan, you should definitely visit the Basilica of San Simplicio, Costa Smeralda, the Maddalena Archipelago.
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The following car rental companies are represented at Olbia Airport: Sicily by Car, AVIS, Europcar, Hertz, Interrent, Locauto, Maggiore, Mida Rent, Noleggiare, Only Sardinia Autonoleggio, Winrent. Car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall. There are several parking areas near the airport. You can familiarize yourself with the price list, check availability and make a reservation on the airport website.
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Having rented a car upon arrival in Olbia, the first thing you should do is to look at one of the oldest attractions of the city - the Basilica of San Simplicio. The date of construction is not known for certain. Historians believe that a Roman shrine worked on the site of the modern temple, in the 7th century the building was reconstructed, and in the 11th century a modern basilica was erected. The Catholic Church was built in the best traditions of Romanesque architecture, the building looks strict and massive. During excavations, the remains of St. Simplicus were discovered here, which to this day are considered the main treasury of the temple.
You can get acquainted with interesting historical facts of the city by going on an excursion to the National Archaeological Museum. The building is made in the form of an ancient coastal fortification, which is why it arouses interest from the first seconds. Tourists will be able to see unique exhibits that show that Olbia was founded by the Romans, expositions devoted to maritime activities and commercial, as well as a “live” installation of how the barbarians sank the ships. After the tour you can visit the conference center, classrooms and the library.
Piazza Civita, 3
Strolling through the historic center of Olbia, take a look at St. Paul's Church. The exact date of construction is also not known. Historians claim that the date indicated on the temple itself is the date of reconstruction. Thanks to the remains that were found, it is believed that a temple was previously located on the site of the shrine, in which a tribute was paid to pagan gods. From a distance, the church can be recognized by the dome lined with colorful tiles. Inside, numerous old frescoes deserve attention.
One of the most romantic places in the city - the port (Porto Turistico) now and then attracts tourists regardless of the time of day or weather. Here in the morning you can take a leisurely stroll, breathing in the fresh sea air and admire the yachts, and in the evening become a participant in the fair, which is regularly held in the port. For completeness, you can sit down in one of the cafes nearby and enjoy the stunning views in a pleasant company. To get to the port, rent a car.
Whatever company you travel to, visiting the Parco Fausto Noce park will undoubtedly leave a most pleasant impression. Even in the hottest weather, the temperature here will be a couple of degrees cooler. The park is located in the city center, it can be quickly reached on foot. It occupies 18 hectares and is considered the largest in Sardinia. The territory is carefully maintained in perfect condition, so spending time here is a pleasure.
Having got acquainted with the architecture of Olbia, go to the place of choice by tourists - Costa Smeralda, or as it is also called "Emerald Coast". Powerful waves of emerald color, hitting the coast create a unique sight. The coastline stretches for 60 kilometers, sometimes cut by sandy beaches, in places - capes and islands. If you want to linger, you can stay in one of the luxury hotels and constantly enjoy the views of the emerald coast, watch how the yachts leave one by one or take a ferry to one of the islands located nearby. Fans of nightlife will also not be bored: the fun here does not subside until the morning.
Having rented a car, go look at the ruins of Pedres Castle, which are located near Olbia. Built at the end of the 13th century, it successfully performed military functions. During its existence, the castle belonged to the monks, Aragonese, the judiciary of Arborey. According to historians, already in the 15th century it fell into decline due to a significant outflow of the population of the city. Since then no attempt has been made to reconstruct or preserve the historical heritage. Today, tourists are given the opportunity to explore the ancient ruins, walk around the picturesque area and take some memorable pictures. Nearby is another spectacular attraction - the tomb of the giants Su Monte de S'Aba, dating from the period BC.
Another popular attraction that does not go unnoticed by tourists is the Maddalena archipelago. On its territory there is a national park, consisting of 27 islets and granite rocks as if growing out of the sea. On the territory of the archipelago, all conditions have been created for the conservation of whales and dolphins that live in coastal waters. Having examined the islands by boat or boat (by the way, only three of them are inhabited), you can go fishing or diving. However, it is worth observing the established rules in order to avoid problems: it is better to dive and fish in strictly specified places.
Porto Cervo, Via del Porto Vecchio, 1
Traveling around Olbia, you should visit the Monte di Mola Museum of Modern Art located in Porto Cervo. It is located right on the Promenade in the city center. The museum often hosts temporary exhibitions of both famous and little-known artists who are dedicated to certain topics. The highlight of the cultural place is that there is a bar on the roof, so that having joined the beautiful, you can safely get up and have a glass of champagne while admiring the views of the surroundings.
Cabu Abbas, Via Si Scoglia
Fans of prehistoric monuments should go on an excursion to the Nuragic complex Riu Mulina on Mount Kabu Abbas, which was built according to various estimates of archaeologists between 1600-1300 BC. The purpose of the construction was to monitor enemy boats, so the complex is located at an altitude of 246 meters above sea level. Several towers are equipped here, and the highest of them offers full visibility of the surrounding area. To get to the complex, rent a car.
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If you want something traditional for breakfast, you can check out Trattoria Griglieria Terra Nostra. The institution is famous for excellent pizza and fresh seafood. If you want variety, you can taste ravioli, tuna and homemade pasta. Thanks to the competent work of the staff, after visiting the institution, only the most positive impressions remain. Trattoria Griglieria Terra Nostra is popular, so it’s best to take care of the free table in advance.
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Mastro Ciccio is located near the promenade, so it is always crowded, noisy and fun. The menu contains all kinds of sandwiches, bruschettas, pizzas and other dishes that you can take with you. Be sure to try the squid sandwich: it does not even close from the abundance of the filling, and the juicy sauce soaks through the crispy bun. Lunch with a drink will cost about € 10. Ask to wrap a sandwich or pizza with you and go to the beach - lunch with a sea view is incredibly romantic.
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To fully enjoy traditional Italian dishes and wine you will get in Ristorante del Turismo Rurale La Rocca. Visitors are often met by the owner of the institution, gives recommendations on dishes, taking into account the preferences of the guests. If the choice of dishes seems difficult, opt for fish, which is prepared according to the chef's signature recipe and mussels. The cozy interior and excellent service will help you relax and drive away thoughts of fatigue. You can quickly get to the restaurant by car rental.
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In search of a noble piece of meat of any degree of roasting in compliance with the cooking technology, it is worth visiting Red Lyon. The steakhouse is located in the city center, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time searching. In addition to a juicy piece of meat, you can order draft beer and Sardinian dessert. If you have difficulty understanding the menu, competent staff will be able to provide information on a particular dish.
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Looking for a delicious place to have dinner? Feel free to make your reservation at Il Mattacchione. The institution became famous for its original and delicious dishes with a claim to haute cuisine. In the evenings, the restaurant changes its appearance, turning into a completely romantic place. The first thing that impresses is the stylish interior, then the sincere dedication of the employees to their work inspires. Whatever you order will be prepared in accordance with the recipe of the freshest ingredients and originally served. There are not many tables in the institution, so no visitor will be left without due attention.
If you plan to rent a car and are looking for a romantic place for your vacation, opt for the Jazz Hotel. It is located a 10-minute walk from the airport, which is very convenient if Olbia is your intermediate point of travel. The apartments are bright and comfortable, thanks to good sound insulation you can relax in any situation. The polite staff helps in resolving any issues. So, for example, if you have an early flight, you can offer a light breakfast, even if the restaurant is still closed. Guests can take advantage of free parking, a conference room, and a fitness center.
Alessandro Hotel is a budget option with a convenient location. The hotel is located in a well-kept landscaped area, which is pleasant to stroll in the evenings. You can reach the sea in a matter of minutes, and if the weather is not favorable, you can pass the leisure by the pool. In the morning, guests can enjoy hearty breakfasts with a wide range of dishes. A shuttle bus runs to the airport from the hotel.
Prefer a hotel with an original design? Feel free to book your apartment in Mercure Olbia. It is located in the city center, close to the main attractions. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, there is everything necessary for everyone to feel comfortable. Polite staff will be able to take care of a pleasant pastime of tourists and help in resolving all issues. It features a spa, a conference room, and free parking.
Do you want to move in time for a few days and live in an old house with vintage furniture? Choose La Locanda del Conte Mameli. It is located near the port, the rooms have balconies and offer beautiful views of Olbia. Delicious breakfasts are offered in the mornings, and evening leisure can be spent at the hotel bar if you don’t want to get out. You can relax after a busy day and regain strength in spa treatments. Tourists using rented cars will be able to use free parking.
Via Isarco, 5/7
+39 0789 5561
double room - from € 120
For couples with children, Doubletree by Hilton Olbia is perfect. It features spacious apartments with a stylish interior and all the necessary accessories and good service. Breakfast is varied and satisfying, no matter what your preferences in food, you will not have to starve. In case of misunderstanding, the staff will do everything possible to eliminate unpleasant situations. It offers a swimming pool, a conference room, a fitness center, and free parking.
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