Olbia is a proper port town, a gateway to the spectacular walking trails of the Supramonte Mountains, the beautiful Costa Smeralda and the pearly white beaches of Sardinia's northeast coast. And as well as the ferry port, Olbia now also has an international airport. There is a wide range accommodation on offer and our selection of the best places to stay in Olbia features one property overlooking the harbour and an out of town romantic retreat.
A long time ago, this was a little fishing village, surrounded by hills cloaked in the delicious scent of wild herbs. Now edgier, buzzier and more industrial, Olbia still has its charms.
Though if you're looking for old world ones you should stick close to the Piazza Regina Margherita and the Corso Umberto. And of course the benefits of Olbia's expansion is that there are now some excellent shops and restaurants here.
The coastline around Olbia is prettier than the town itself. The fertile hinterland is what made this area so attractive to the Phoenicians, then Romans, then Carthaginians, and of course its position on the trade routes. Signs of the wealth and importance of Olbia can still be seen today in the necropolis, Roman baths, Romanesque church of St. Simplicio and the old town walls.
Olbia is also a convenient base to visit the island of La Maddalena.
It might not seem like a likely place for it, given that Olbia also has the only McDonalds for hundreds of miles, but this is also the home of one of Italy's great restaurants, Ristorante Gallura.
An elegant hotel on the edge of the beach with tranquil swimming pool, extensive spa and gym facility. Rooms are simple but stylish, decorated in calming neutral tones, many with a balcony overlooking the Med. The restaurants serve exciting Italian dishes. Perfect for beachside relaxation.
A large centrally located hotel with good facilities and great value for money. Lovely views from the roof top bar and lounge deck, modern rooms and suites, gym, conference facilities and breakfast room. Very family friendly.
Olbia (Porto Rotondo)
With its own private beach area and just moments from Porto Rotondo harbour guests can experience the best of both worlds. Light airy rooms with vaulted ceilings enjoy private balconies and sea views. There is a gourmet restaurant, tennis court, swimming pool and gym. The ultimate seaside stay!
An expansive complex with wonderful views and private beach. Set in enchanting natural scenery with two dining rooms, an indoor and outdoor bar, landscaped garden and swimming pool. Plenty of activities for the kids and relaxing areas for adults. An ideal family resort.