Italian commune in Sardinia

Olbia (Sardinian: Terranòa; Gallurese: Tarranòa) is the major city of the Gallura sub-region in northeastern Sardinia.

Understand edit

Piazza Regina Margherita next to the Corso Umberto I

Olbia is the 4th largest settlement (by population) on the island. Since 2016 the whole Gallura sub-region including Olbia is a part of the province of Sassari. Visitors mostly use Olbia as a transit point where they arrive by plane or ferry and depart via public transport or car to see the rest of Sardinia, especially the renowned Costa Smeralda.

Tourist information edit

1 Ufficio Informazioni turistiche, Via Dante/Corso Umberto I (at the corner with Molo Brin), +39 39 0789 52206, . Apr-Sep 09:00-20:00; Oct-Mar M-F 09:00-13:00.

Get in edit

Leaving Olbia by sea
View towards the port of Olbia

By plane edit

1 Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda (OLB  IATA) (at the south edge of Olbia), +39 0789 563 444, .    

  • Left luggage service. 09:00-22:00. Inquire at the airport's Information Desk. Daily fee per piece €10 (€6 up to 2 hr), over 80x60x20cm €12 (€8 up to 2 hr).
  • Urban bus lines 2, 10 connect the airport with Olbia centre (from 06:00 approx. every hour). Tickets are sold at the airport's Information Desk.
  • A number of bus companies provide direct connections from the airport to various destinations in Sardinia: Sassari, Nuoro, Cagliari, Santa Teresa Gallura, Palau, Arzachena, Porto Rotondo, Costa Smeralda, San Teodoro, Budoni, Orosei, Cala Gonone, Alghero, Castelsardo. Tickets for ARST buses could also be bought at the ticket vending machine.

By boat edit

There are two ports close to Olbia.

Land connections from the Golfo Aranci:

  • By train: 4 Stazione di Golfo Aranci The station is next to the Port of the Golfo Aranci. It is 23 km north-east from Olbia.
  • By bus: a seasonal service by ARST.
Railway station

By train edit

5 Stazione di Olbia, Via Giacomo Pala, 10, + 39 0789 22456. The main station in the city connects it with Sassari, Cagliari and to the ferry terminal at the Golfo Aranci.    

By bus edit

6 Stazione ARST. Regional buses connect the city with areas of interest across the province, as well as to Cagliari. The "station" is a merely a series of marked bus stops which follows the urban bus stop. The 2 ARST ticket vending machine is at the Corso Umberto I further east at the location of the old bus station.

Get around edit

Map of Olbia

By bus edit

ASPO. Provides urban bus services in Olbia. Check the map of the bus lines in the city and their schedules for more details. Single 90-min €1, single 90-min on board €1.50, day pass €2.80. Tickets sold at news stalls, tabacchi, caffés, etc..

  • InfoPoint ASPO, Via Indonesia, 9 (quite out of the centre), +39 0789 52206, . M-F 09:00-13:00, and W F also at 16:00-19:00.

By car edit

Much of the city center is a contiguous limited traffic zone (ZTL) composed of zones A, B and C (map and hours). Most vehicles are prohibited from accessing the main part of zone C at any time. If you're driving, avoid entering the ZTL, otherwise you will receive a fine, even in a rental car.

See edit

Basilica di San Simplicio
Chiesa di San Paolo
  • 1 Basilica di San Simplicio, Via San Simplicio. 07:30-13:00, 15:30-20:00. This austere Romanesque basilica minore was built in 11-12th centuries. It is considered as one of the most important monuments in the Gallura region.    
  • 2 Chiesa di San Paolo, Via Cagliari. Built in the middle of the 18th century. It has a characteristic tiled polychrome dome added in 1939.    
  • 3 Palazzo Colonna (Palazzo comunale). A villa in a Liberty style was designed by architect Bruno Cipelli for Colonna family. It now hosts the Town Hall.
  • 4 Villa Clorinda (Collegio di San Vincenzo), Via de Filippi. A Lyberty villa in pseudo-Gothic style by the same architect. It's a private property, which belongs to a religious college. Still reportedly visitors are able to pass the gates and see the building from outside.
  • 5 Teatro Michelucci. An open-air theatre designed by the famous Italian architect Giovanni Michelucci.

Archeological sites edit

  • 6 Pozzo sacro di Sa Testa (by bus line 4 to Pozzo sacro stop). The remains of a Nuragic temple built around a sacred well.    
  • 7 Acquedotto romano. Some very modest traces of the Roman aqueduct and the cisterns.
  • 8 Cabu Abbas (Riu Mulinu). Some remains of nuraghe.    
  • 9 Castello di Pedres (6 km from Olbia). Remains of the 13th-century castle.    
  • 10 Tomba di giganti di Su Monte 'e S'Abe (next to the Castello di Pedres). One of the so-called tombs of giants, a Nuragic tomb on the South of Olbia. This one is considered to be one of the largest ones and better preserved in Sardinia.    

Do edit

Piazza "coperta" del Mercato
  • 1 Museo Archeologico (at the Peddona islet at the old port), +39 0789 28290. Tu-Su 09:00-14:00, 17:00-21:00. The recovered remains of ancient shipwrecks are of particular interest. Free admission.
  • 2 Parco "Fausto Noce". It's a nice and the largest urban park in Sardinia. Some say though that at times it looks rather deserted, so you may not feel quite safe yourself there then.

Buy edit

Olbia has the only mall and the only McDonalds for hundreds of miles – for many people there that is a good thing.

Eat edit

An invitation for a drink

Budget edit

  • 1 Trattoria da Leo e Lina, Via Sarcidano, 7, +39 3346667784. Great family-run restaurant with friendly service and typical Sardinian dishes. With plentiful helpings.
  • 2 Zaza Doner Kebab, Piazza Regina Margherita. Turkish restaurant with many dishes such as Kebab, Falafel, Borek, desserts and vegan recipes.
  • 3 Pak Kashmir Doner kebab, Via Regina Elena, 64.
  • 4 Pizzeria Porto Romano, Via Porto Romano, 21.
  • 5 Al Ciclope, Via Dettori, 5.
  • 6 Pizzeria Del Corso, Corso Umberto I, 181.
  • 7 La Tigella, Via Goffredo Mameli, 1.

Mid-range edit

  • 8 Ristorante Terra e Mare da Anna, Via Antonelli, 8.
  • 9 Il Bistro', Piazza Brigata Sassari.
  • 10 La Sosta, Via Talenti, 41.
  • 11 Red Lion Irish Pub steak house, Via Capotesta, 35.
  • 12 Kyoo sushi restaurant, Via S. Simplicio, 2. Menù alla carta

Splurge edit

  • 13 kelos restaurant, Via della Stampa, 11.
  • 14 Il Mattacchione, Via Copenhagen, 82.

Drink edit

Sleep edit

  • Hotel Pellicano D'Oro (Hotel Pellicano D'Oro), Via Mare Adriatico 34 - Golfo Aranci, +39 0789 39094. 4-star beach hotel in front of the sea, with restaurant, panoramic terrace and swimming pool.". Room rates from €120.
  • Residence Sardegna Baia dei Delfini, Loc Porto Pollo Palau. Residence Sardinia at Porto Pollo Palau in front Maddalena island

Stay safe edit

You may encounter poor road conditions, with potholes and open drains. Also the skill of some drivers leaves something to be desired. For women, it's better not to walk alone late at night, just to avoid the possibility to meet drunk homeless people (who are usually harmless though).

Cope edit

Go next edit

  • Tempio Pausania — a former mountainous co-capital of the Gallura subregion.
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