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Olbia is a buzzing mid-size city set on the shimmering sun-washed Esmeralda Coast in northeastern Sardinia. The city is a haven for architecture appreciators, boasting a fine range of medieval relics. Shoppers, meanwhile, will find plenty of stellar fashion boutiques to splurge at, and nightlife lovers will enjoy the beachside bars and seafood restaurants. But the coast is Olbia’s real draw, glowing with vast golden stretches of unblemished and uncrowded sands.

Things to see

Wake up to Olbia’s bright azure sky, and begin your day by visiting the city’s top heritage landmarks. Stop by the Basilica of San Simplicio, a Romanesque marvel that dates back to the 11th century, although records show the area has been a site of worship since Roman times. Marvel at the sheer white stone facade, its smooth-marble window columns, and Spanish-style bell tower. After, visit the Church of St Paul Apostle for a taste of 19th century Sardinian architecture. While the vibrant modern wall murals inside are a marvellous sight, the exterior dome - decorated with multi-coloured zigzag tiles - is the church’s top centrepiece. As the afternoon rolls around, soak up some honey-like Sardinian sun at Olbia’s beaches. Sunbathers, swimmers, and families alike can head to Porto Istana Beach for wide white sands and shallow crystal-clear waters, or the similarly idyllic Spiaggia Pittulongu Beach.

Hotels in Costa Esmeralda - Olbia - Eastern Sardinia

If you’re looking for some relaxing mid-range accommodation at an affordable price, then stay in one of the 3-star hotels in Olbia. These traditional hotels provide spacious air-conditioned rooms with refined, understated decor and free WiFi. You’ll also enjoy fresh complimentary breakfasts - a perfect way to start your day - and handy free parking. For a taste of grand Olbia luxury, stay in one of the 4-star hotels, which boast fine in-house restaurants that serve up regional Sardinian cuisine. Some even offer sunny rooftop terraces, and sublime full-service spas.

Where to stay

Stay in central Olbia and experience the local city vibe. The main street, Corso Umberto, sings with friendly and welcoming independent cafes, restaurants, and bars, before leading down to the sparkling blue waters of Olbia’s port. As well as the architectural marvels, Olbia’s centre offers fascinating heritage museums, lush green parks, and a sensational shopping scene. This area also celebrates a bouncing nightlife, so if you’re travelling with little ones and would prefer a quieter area, stay north of the centre. For a resort-style atmosphere with instant access to one of the Esmeralda Coast’s most beautiful beaches, stay in Pittulongu, northeast of central Olbia.

How to get to Costa Esmeralda - Olbia - Eastern Sardinia

The Olbia Costa Esmeralda Airport is based just 4 kilometres south of the city centre, and serves flights from many top European destinations, like London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona. Most of these flights, however, are seasonal, so if you’re travelling out of season, you’ll need to connect at Milan, Rome, or Dusseldorf, which are served year-round. If you’re coming from Italy, you can always catch a ferry across the aquamarine Tyrrhenian Sea from Rome, Genova, and Naples to Olbia’s port. Once there, get around the central areas on foot or by taxi. To reach the beaches and to explore the surrounding villages, it’s handy to have your own rental car.

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