Located on the north east coast Sardinia, this ancient port town is heady mix of an industrial centre and a historical sleepy old town. Olbia is situated on the Costa Smeralda and is home to a range of gorgeous white, sandy beaches. The old town is perfect for those who like to do a spot of shopping while they’re away, offering hundreds of unique boutiques. Corsio Umberto is also a great place to go if you want to hit the shops and exercise your credit card while you’re away. It’s also home to whole host of restaurants.If you fancy venturing further afield whilst using Olbia as a base, then Porto Rotondo is a beautiful place to visit and the perfect place to experience Sardinia’s culture and gorgeous landscapes.
A small, cheap and cheerful car would be perfect for driving around the narrow streets and manoeuvring through Olbia’s narrow and winding roads.
Driving in Olbia
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Important things to note
Seatbelts are compulsory in both the front and rear seats of the vehicle.
Locals have been known to drive fast along the narrow and windy roads, so it’s advisable to drive cautiously and keep your distance.
Road conditions may be poor in some parts of Olbia with many roads being potholed and poorly maintained.
Parking is generally on the right hand side. To park in a blue zone you will need a disc to display. These can be purchased at service stations.
Highlights & Hotspots
Take a trip to Chiesa di San Simplicio, one of the region’s most important monuments. This stunning granite-clad church combines architectural styles as seen in Tuscany and Lombardy. It’s a must for anyone who would like to quietly worship.
For a taste of culture, visit the Museo Archeologico. Admire the architecture of this building, designed by Vanni Macciocco. Inside, you’ll discover the fascinating local history through a series of exhibits.
There are a significant number of gorgeous white sandy beaches all along the Costa Smeralda perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun, taking the opportunity to go surfing or diving and discovering the sea life.
One of the best places to eat in Olbia is Trattoria da Leo e Lina. Aside from being cheap, it serves plenty of dishes local to Sardinia, especially the northern part of the island. Other restaurants in the town have rustic yet authentic dining experiences on offer if you’re feeling adventurous.
Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport is located approximately seven miles from Olbia town centre and is accessible via the Carlo Felice SS131 road or SS125.
Despite its relatively small size, the airport takes in close to two million passengers a year. This can often lead to queues, especially when going out of the airport from the car park.