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About Olbia

Olbia is a proper port town with an elegant historic centre, but also 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. The beaches of the Costa Smeralda are known for being expensive and luxurious, but Olbia is more welcoming than exclusive, and the best places to stay in Olbia are affordable, as well as having beautiful views - adjacent to those the Aga Kahn spent millions on turning into a luxury holiday destination.

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 charm you’ll probably find the best places to stay in Olbia close to the Piazza Regina Margherita and the Corso Umberto. Of course the benefits of Olbia's expansion is that there are now some excellent shops and restaurants here.

What not to Miss

  • 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.
  • It’s also worth seeing this beautiful coastline from the water, both over and under, and there’s some spectacular snorkelling around the Della Maddalena off Porto Palau.
  • 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.

Many visitors to Sardinia overlook Olbia, but it’s a great little city and some of the best places to stay in Olbia are also some of the best places to stay on Sardinia.

For harbour views

  • Right in the centre of town, the Hotel Panorama has great views of the ferry port action from the roof top bar and lounge deck. It's also got good facilities, and with rooms starting from just £65 per night, this is one of the best places to stay in Olbia if you're looking for good value.

For rustic luxury

  • The Albero Capovolto is a relaxed B&B in the Sardinian interior just outside Olbia. There are just five rooms, plus some lovely indoor and outdoor communal areas. There’s also a very nice pool. Great for groups.

For a Beach Break

  • The Hotel Sporting is just moments from Porto Rotondo, but it’s got its own private beaches and coves. There are 47 light, airy rooms and suites, many with private balconies and sea views. Plus there’s a gourmet restaurant, tennis courts and a pool and gym.
  • Cala Cuncheddi is an elegant hotel right on the beach, and the Mediterranean, with 79 rooms and tranquil surrounds and decor. There’s a choice of restaurant and a spa with a hydromassage pool, plus an outdoor infinity pool.

For Families

  • Just to the south of Olbia, Ollastu is an expansive resort complex with its own private beach and wonderful ocean views. There are 54 rooms and suites set amongst idyllic natural surrounds, plus landscaped gardens and pool, indoor and outdoor bars and plenty of activities for kids.

For an Apartment or Villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Olbia Airport is about four kilometres from the centre of Olbia on the Costa Smeralda, Olbia also has a ship and ferry terminal just a short bus or taxi ride from the centre of town. Sardinia has two other airports: Alghero Airport and Cagliari Airport, which might be useful to know if you can’t find a direct flight from your local airport.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in Olbia - we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Sardinia’s Mediterranean climate means long, warm summers and short, mild winters, with most of the rain sandwiched between. It is known for being windy. And in some regions humid. in fact, for a small island, Sardinia has a number of microclimates. But generally speaking most of Sardinia is a pleasant destination almost year round. From the start of spring it starts to get pretty sunny, with between six and nine hours of sunshine a day, thought of course summer is the most popular time to visit, when the water is warm, and temperatures are in the mid-twenties. The temperature averages 18°C in October, so if you prefer a quieter holiday then September/ October is a good time to visit.

Still not sure which to book?

Best Hotels in Olbia

  • Cala Cuncheddi 79 rooms from £202


    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.

    Spa  -  With indoor hydromassage pool featuring chromatherapay
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor infinity pool overlooking the sea
    Great walks  -  Get to know Sardinia on foot
    Diving  -  Tavolara Diving Cente
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  • Albero Capovolto 5 rooms from £101


    A quiet B&B in a peaceful garden with new swimming pool. Very relaxed atmosphere with outdoor seating areas and cool indoor lounge. Bedrooms have air conditioning and all have en suite bathroom. An ideal getaway for a group or those looking to do their own thing. Plenty of beautiful beaches nearby.

    Local markets  -  In charming nearby town of San Pantaleo
    Cycling  -  Bicycles available for hire.
    Sights nearby  -  Nuraghic settlements nearby.
    Other Activities  -  White sandy beaches nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Hotel Panorama 80 rooms from £65

    Olbia, Sardinia

    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.

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Roof terrace
    Spa  -  Only offered on an exclusive use basis
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  • Hotel Sporting 47 rooms from £85

    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!

    Private Hot Tub  -  Book the suite for your private terrace with outdoor hot tub
    Sailing  -  Head out on a sunset cruise embarking from Porto Rotondo.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • Ollastu 54 rooms from £123


    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.

    Diving  -  guided visits to the protected area of Tavolara and Molara (sea park in front of the hotel) can be arranged
    Sailing  -  There is a sailing school close by
    On the beach  -  Private sandy beach
    Sights nearby  -  8km south of Olbia
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