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Located off Italy’s mainland on the island of Sardinia, Olbia is a coastal city known for its cultural landmarks, scenic port and cafe-lined piazzas.

Right from its Greek name, Olbia has been influenced by several cultures and civilisations over its illustrious past. The highlight is the Romanesque Basilica of St Simplicio, which dates back to the 11th century and is dedicated to the city’s patron saint. Every summer, Olbia’s biggest festival is held to honour St Simplicio with fireworks, horse races and cultural processions through the streets. The other significant religious monument is St Paul Church, crowned by a colourful, mosaic-patterned dome. After soaking up the city’s history, you can head to the main street of Corso Umberto I for some shopping and round off your day at an atmospheric wine bar or alfresco cafe on Piazza Regina Margherita.

Olbia is a popular starting point for the white-sand beaches and resort towns of Costa Smeralda (meaning ‘Emerald Coast’ in Italian). Aptly named for the emerald waters that gently lap the shore, the strip of land is home to some of the island’s best beaches – Spiaggia del Principe, Capriccioli and Romazzino to name a few. You can rent a car and drive to any of these beaches for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling or simply relaxing in the sun. Closer home, you can check out the beaches of Pittulongu or Le Saline.

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Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.02
Language Italian
Average weekend price $125 per night
Average weekday price $119 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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6.0

Olbia is nice, but very crowded and most restaurants are...

August 9, 2022

Olbia is nice, but very crowded and most restaurants are typical tourist traps. The costa smeralda is super crowded this time of the year. I would recommend going more to the west or south of the island.

V013
V013 Austria
8.0

We actually used Olbia as a portal to the many beaches in...

August 1, 2022

We actually used Olbia as a portal to the many beaches in the area. Nice if you have a car, but the public bus service does make trips to many of the beaches. Several nice restaurants, but you may need to have reservations which can be made the day before or early in the day.

Les
Les United States of America
10

Stayed for 2 nights at the end of our two week holiday after...

July 6, 2022

Stayed for 2 nights at the end of our two week holiday after touring around the island. Was pleasantly surprised at just how nice the old town was, and really really enjoyed the great atmosphere at night. There are some fantastic beaches that can easily be accessed by local buses. It would be excellent for a short break, or even a week, as easily accessible with cheap flights from the UK.

Andrew
Andrew United Kingdom
8.0

Really small city, so everything was accessible by foot and...

July 3, 2022

Really small city, so everything was accessible by foot and could be seen in half a day (if you didn't want to take a break at one of the lovely cafes). We also had a car, and found all of the nearby roads and surrounding areas to be really easy to navigate, and in great condition. Very beautiful and well-worth a visit. Diving is also lovely in the area - Leila Dive Centre were very professional.

Alexis
Alexis United Kingdom
10

More than just the city with the airport, Olbia has a lovely...

June 23, 2022

More than just the city with the airport, Olbia has a lovely central shopping street. Check out Gelateria Villi for awesome ice cream. There are beaches reachable by city bus, we went to Porto Istana which is to be recommended. For dinner close to the airport, the restaurant Bacchus within the Jazz Hotel is truly excellent.

Endaf
Endaf Germany
6.0

Olbia is a big port and like many port cities doesn't...

June 10, 2022

Olbia is a big port and like many port cities doesn't have a huge amount to appeal to tourists. That said the main street is full of good restaurants and shopping, but little more than half a day needed to see most of it. Nice enough, but you wouldn't want to stay in the town itself for any length of time.

Richard
Richard France

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