Welcome to Olbia
Often ignored in the mad dash to the Costa Smeralda, Olbia has more to offer than first meets the eye. Look beyond its industrial outskirts and you’ll find a fetching city with a centro storico (historic centre) crammed with boutiques, wine bars and cafe-rimmed piazzas. Olbia is a refreshingly authentic and affordable alternative to the purpose-built resorts stretching to the north and south. Located in a beautiful bay, the port, rail and air connections make it a lively city, but the beaches, the activity and commercial center also make it a thriving place that is lived in and enjoyed by its residents as well as tourists. The heart of Olbia is Piazza Regina Margherita, with its palaces and sidewalk cafes to enjoy along with Piazza Matteotti, enjoyed by the city's hip set. Corso Umberto is the main shopping street, lined with boutiques and stores, restaurants and cafes. Besides the area's beautiful beaches, there are plenty of sports to enjoy here, including horse riding, biking and hiking in the nearby hills, 4-wheel tours, and water sports like diving, sea kayaking and boating. There are boats that will take you to unspoiled islands of the Marine Protected Area or cruise along the rocky coastline.