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Olbia is a city on the North coast of Sardinia, known for its beautiful bay, beaches, and distinct Sardinian culture. A vital city to the Roman empire as a port, you can still see the many ruins that they left behind. Over the years Olbia has been ruled by many different empires so you will discover an interesting mix of history when you visit.
When in Olbia, be sure to visit the Basilica of San Simplico, a 12th century Romanesque church that has been fully preserved and is still in use today. While you’re in the area, why not take a tour of the San Simplico Necropolis Temple. If you’d like to continue finding out about the history of Olbia, take a trip up to ‘the giant tomb’, a prehistoric burial ground that has been standing for over 4 thousand years.
The rich history of Olbia makes it a great destination for couples looking for a city break with lots to discover. However, Olbia’s beautiful nearby beaches also make it a perfect location for couples and families who want a relaxing sun holiday.
Unfortunately there are no direct flights to Olbia from Ireland, but there are many connecting flights available.
To learn more about things to do in Olbia, the best time to go and local info see here.
There are many bars in Olbia where tourists can enjoy a drink in the evening.
There is no shortage of dining choices with many restaurants to choose from in Olbia, all of which serve a tasty selection of food to enjoy, including Sardinian, Italian and International cuisine.
Families with kids will love a day trip to Aquadream waterpark which has a range of slides and attractions to enjoy.
Although Olbia is not a beach resort town, there are many beaches near the city. We recommend a visit to Pittulongu beach, a picture-perfect beach only 20 minutes away from Olbia.
There are over 100 boutique stores in Olbia’s old town offering a wide variety of products.
Every year during the month of May thousands flock to Olbia for the exciting San Simplico festival. The most anticipated event of this festival is the ‘Palio Della Stella’, a horse riding competition where riders must complete a track while trying to hit hanging stars with spears. During this festival there are plenty of performances, parties and festivities for tourists to enjoy.
The best time to visit Olbia is during the summer months when temperatures average in the high twenties, making it the perfect time to take a sun holiday. The festival of San Simplico is another reason to visit during May, with a great atmosphere and plenty of festivities on offer.
Euro is the currency used in Olbia.
Italy is an hour ahead of Ireland (GMT +1).
If you would like to explore the entire island of Sardinia, we would recommend car rental.