Olbia

Olbia

This municipality, also called ‘Happy Town’ by Greeks, has a population of 60.000 inhabitants and it overlooks to the fascinating gulf of the same name enclosed by two islands, Tavolara and Molara. It is popular all over the world for its airport which opens the doors of the very close Costa Smeralda.

It offers to its visitors the opportunity to admire many interesting archaeological sites: the ‘Nuraghe Riu Mulinu’, located in the ‘Su Casteddu’ hill, from where is possible to enjoy a breathtaking view of Olbia and its gulf; the ‘Su Monte de S’Aba’ Tomb of Giants; the sacred well of ‘Sa Testa’; the ‘S’Imbalconadu’ baths, aqueduct and farm, dating back to the roman period; the ‘Cabu Abbas’ fortified sanctuary; the sacred well located in the courtyard of the so-named ‘Portico’ within the city boundaries. Other archaeological attractions can be discovered within the archaeological museum. Another compulsory step for history lovers is the ‘San Simplicio Basilica’, dating back to the mid-eleventh century. Under the ‘Basilica’, it is possible to visit tombs, funerary equipments, building structures that spread over 1700 years.

‘San Simplicio’, as the patron of the city, is celebrated on 15th of May with a solemn procession, musical shows and the traditional festival of mussels from the Gulf of Olbia. Other destinations of great interest are the well equipped and uncontaminated beaches in the north and south of the town, which offer sun and crystal-clear waters. Moreover, for enthusiasts, there is the possibility to practice diving in order to admire the underwater flora and fauna. Finally, the river park of Padrongianus, rising from the shores of the river of the same name, offers guided excursions with mountain bikes and canoes along the river.