Holidays in
Olbia

Totally traditional Sardinia

If powder-white beaches lapped by cobalt sea, pretty piazzas and a picturesque marina sound like heaven, then look no further than Olbia. Less crowded than other resorts in Sardinia, not only is the port city of Olbia utterly charming, but it’s also a great springboard to explore the rest of the island.

Olbia holidays often start in the historic town centre, where elegant cream and yellow buildings topped with red roofs sit near a sprinkling of sun-drenched town squares and great local restaurants. All set against herb-covered green hills that roll into the distance.

Once you’re ready for adventure, head to the marina and board a boat to tour the coastline, or make for the hills and hike to see some impressive castle ruins. As well as its local unspoiled beaches – with soft sands and water as warm as the Caribbean – holidays to Olbia offer a special glimpse into authentic Sardinia.

Your Olbia questions, answered

Yes. As well as offering the time-poor a conveniently easy trip from the airport, staying here gives you access to a good mix of wonderful beaches and interesting sights.

Olbia is a fantastically affordable choice for visitors, with good-value hotels and restaurants, especially when compared to some of Sardinia’s more glitzy resorts along the coast.

Wandering around Olbia’s historic centre is charming in itself and has several interesting sights to take in, including a small archaeological museum and two frescoed churches.

Best things to do in Olbia

Have a go at sea-kayaking

Take a paddling trip along the coastline to explore local coves and caves. You can also spot sea birds, bottlenose dolphins and turtles as you go.

Discover Cala Girgolu

Backed by pink granite rocks and fringed by juniper and pine trees, Cala Girgolu is a beautiful arc of beach, with views over to the islands of Tavolara and Rosso.

Step back in time

The dramatic ruins of Castello di Pedres are close to Olbia, an 800-year-old medieval fortress which sits atop a hillock in the middle of wild countryside.