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Olbia is the gateway to the pearly white beaches of Sardinia's northeast coast and the glittering Costa Smeralda. This is where jet-setters, film stars and the ‘glitterati’ arrive to indulge in 'la dolce vita' Sardinian-style. With a Greek name meaning ‘happy’, Olbia used to be a little fishing village but has now grown to become Sardinia’s busiest ferry port, complete with an international airport and tons of tourist amenities. The countryside is cloaked in aromatic wild herbs, the macchia, and the surrounding sea sparkles in every hue of electric blue in a little known and exclusive place waiting to be discovered.

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Basilica di San Simplicio

Olbia’s top sight is this medieval Pisan-Romanesque church, hewn out of Galluran granite. In the apse there are two 13th-century frescos, the left-hand one depicting San Simplicio, the patron saint of Olbia. The Festa di San Simplicio, Olbia’s biggest festival, is celebrated for three days in mid-May.

Via Salvatore Fera, Olbia
Pevero Golf Club

If you want to play a game of golf in stunning surroundings you can visit Pevero Golf Club. The Golf Club is located north of Olbia and is claimed to be one of the most beautiful courses in Italy. Here you can find everything you need including a club house and recommended accommodations.

Via del golf 20, Arzachena
Ristorante da Tonino

Boasting a privileged location on Isola di Tavolara, Ristorante da Tonino serves absolutely wonderful seafood, grilled dishes and typical Sardinian cuisine, all served in style. The dining area is on a vast veranda right on the beach, offering unbeatable views.

Via Tavolara 14, Isola di Tavolara
La Grotta

This is a long-established family restaurant with a rustic design that is always bustling. La Grotta is located in beautiful La Maddalena and the fresh fish and seafood is piled high in tantalising dishes indoors or in the outdoor veranda in a narrow and charming alley.

Via Principe di Napoli 3, La Maddalena
Old Town

The Old Town in Olbia offers a pleasant and memorable shopping experience, housing over 100 boutique shops in its historical buildings, open squares and narrow alleyways, among restaurants, cafes and bars.

Old Town, Olbia
Porto Cervo

Glitzy Porto Cervo is a popular place to go shopping for high fashion and designer brands. Names include top international options like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Versace. You can also find shoes from Italian Tod's, and jewellery and watches from Bulgari, Cartier and Rolex, among others.

Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda

Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda (OLB) is located 5 kilometres southeast of the city of Olbia. The airport buses (numbers 2 and 10) will take you to the city centre and depart approximately every 20-30 minutes. The last departure is at 11.40pm with bus number 10. Tickets are available on board or from the ticket machine in the terminal. The journey takes about 10 minutes. +39 800 191 847 www.aspo.it The taxi rank is open 24 hours and can be found in front of the arrivals terminal. +39 0789 227 18 / +39 0789 691 50 Renting a car at the airport is easy. You can find car rentals near the arrivals terminal. +39 0789 564 444 info@geasar.it

Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda, Olbia

Public Transport

Olbia is easy to discover by foot and the surrounding areas can easily be reached by renting a car. Sardinia has an extensive network of buses which link villages, towns and beaches. The main operator, ARST, has good service covering routes between the major cities.