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Basic information

  • Area: 376.10 km² (145.2 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: 0789
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 56,231
  • Language: Italian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Olbia – Overview

The sheltered port city of Olbia is nestled on the sun drenched, north eastern coast of Sardinia. Welcoming thousands of pleasure seekers each year, this seductive Italian island is famed for its alluring blend of powdery white sands and lapping turquoise seas that are often regarded as the crown jewels of the Mediterranean. Serving as the gateway from which visitors can explore some of the best loved corners of Sardinia; Olbia has long been a stopping off point for the rich, famous and achingly glamorous.

For history buffs the city doesn’t disappoint, as one of Sardinia’s oldest, the streets are filled with a fascinating collection of Roman ruins, churches and captivating cathedrals. But the real thrills are found beyond the city where the more adventurous can discover a landscape lined with rustic villages, breathtaking countryside and long stretches of beautiful beaches.

The city’s picturesque piazzas are lined with an eclectic collection of cafes and aromatic eateries, which are a great spot to sample mouth watering local cuisine. Here weary travellers can pull up a chair and tuck into a traditional Sardinian spread of freshly baked breads, plump olives and creamy cheeses all washed down with a crisp glass of fine Italian wine.

With its constant summertime crowds, Olbia boasts a range of accommodation options to suit all wallets, from family run guesthouses to chic boutique hotels. Visitors can easily find all the conveniences needed for a smooth stay including tourist information, car rental companies and exchange booths.