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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.

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Best Hotels in Olbia

  • Hotel Panorama Olbia, Sardinia 80 rooms from £65

    Families  -  Family suites sleep up to four and the rooms can either be divided into two separate spaces or kept open-plan
    Beach nearby  -  Close to some of the most beautiful coves and beaches on the North East coast
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly positioned just minutes from the city centre and the Poetto beach
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the city to visit the castle, the Roman Amphitheater (from the 2nd century) and the Basilica of San Saturnino
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    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. See More

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  • Hotel Sporting Olbia (Porto Rotondo) 47 rooms from £85

    Value chic  -  With doubles starting from £85 this property offers incredible value for such luxury
    Beach Life  -  With its own private beach and just walking distance from Porto Rotondo
    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.
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    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! See More

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  • Albero Capovolto Olbia 5 rooms from £100

    Honeymoons  -  Beautifully decorated rooms, romantic hideaway atmosphere and white sandy beaches close by. Wonderful for romantics.
    Wine tasting  -  Set right on the Vermentino Wine Route, a great spot for wine connoisseurs
    Beach nearby  -  Lots of picturesque beaches within a 20min drive
    Local markets  -  In charming nearby town of San Pantaleo
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    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. See More

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  • Ollastu Olbia 54 rooms from £121

    Beach Life  -  The Costa Corallina and of the Marine Park of Tavolara and Molara have a selection of beautiful white sand beaches
    Active Holiday  -  Explore Tavolara and the islands of the marine park by boat, bike or foot
    Traditional  -  Elegant interiors feature terracotta tiled floors and beamed ceilings
    Diving  -  guided visits to the protected area of Tavolara and Molara (sea park in front of the hotel) can be arranged
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    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. See More

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  • Cala Cuncheddi Olbia 79 rooms from £200

    Spa breaks  -  The Soha Medi-Spa uses herbs from the surrounding landscape to soothe away any aches and pains
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly placed as a jump off point to explore the surrounding islands by boat
    Contemporary  -  Chic modern interiors let the landscape do the talking!
    Beach nearby  -  Just steps from a beautiful stretch of beach
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    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. See More

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