Olbia is one of the most beautiful cities of Sardinia and is worth a visit because Olbia manages to bring together all tourists who want to experience its territory and the island. For lovers of trekking or simple walks, Olbia offers beautiful trails and excursions, for lovers of archeology you can visit the various sites of nuraghi, for those who want to have fun you can take a ride, especially at night, among the various clubs that populate the promenade and the nightlife of the city and for lovers of the sea will not miss the coastline and breathtaking views immersed in the unique blue of Sardinia.
Things to do in Olbia
Castello di Pedres
A beautiful medieval castle, located on a small hill of 89 meters, on the basin of Olbia. Still today, you can admire the quadrilateral-shaped enclosure, with a second enclosure inside, where the tower and a house stand. This castle was probably built between 1296 and 1322 when the Aragonese and the Visconti fought for the city.
This castle, dating back to the early Middle Ages, is located on the island of Molara and was built at the behest of the Judges of Gallura, who wanted to protect Olbia from enemy incursions. The peculiarity of this castle is, without a shadow of a doubt, its position, literally overlooking the sea and without a defensive wall. From the towers of the castle, it was possible, in fact, to keep under control a wide strip of sea and prevent, therefore, the enemies from approaching. You can reach the castle by boat or raft, along a small climb, we recommend you to wear comfortable shoes if they are trekking even better.
Basilica of San Simplicio
This church is a classic example of Romanesque architecture and is considered by many to be the most important monument in Gallura. The basilica is located in the center of the city of Olbia; it is preceded by a square entirely formed by milestones, dating back to Roman times, while the building is made of granite. Historians agree that the Basilica was built in three stages; after 1050, the walls, the apse, and the pillars were erected, while one hundred years later, the side arches and the roof were built. Then the facade was built. Inside, the church is divided into three naves, divided by pillars and columns. Very particular is San Simplicio, dating back to the seventeenth century, which is located in the presbytery.
Church of St. Paul Apostle, Olbia
The construction of the Church of San Paolo dates back to 1700; the building recalls the shape of a cross and is formed by a rectangular plant with three chapels. Very particular is the bell tower, made of granite, and the dome of the church. The bell tower and the dome, in fact, being very high, have become, over time, a symbol of the city. To be admired inside the church are the wooden statues of St. Francis and the Sacred Heart, dating back to the 18th century. Very particular also the high altar, entirely in marble and the wooden pulpit. It is possible to admire scenes of the Via Crucis on all the walls, and inside the sacristy, visitors can still see a halo and some sandals of the Assumption.
Like that of all Sardinia, the territory of Olbia is rich in Nuraghi, which fascinate archaeologists and tourists. Let’s discover together what they are and their particularities. The Nuraghe Riu Molinu is located on the hill Su Casteddu. From there, you can admire the entire gulf of Olbia; its structure is circular, and inside it was found a bronze representing a female figure with an amphora in her hands. According to some historians, the Nuraghe Casteddu is located right on the plain of Olbia, with a defense tower and a tunnel, which according to some historians, was used for burials. To be admired is also the Tomb of the Giants intended for burial and entirely built-in granite, with a funeral chamber accessible from the corridor.
The Museum of Olbia offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of this town, starting from prehistoric times and arriving until 1800. The Museum is located on the island of Peddone, right in front of the harbor, and the building represents a ship moored in the harbor.
One of the reasons why Sardinia is known worldwide is its sea and its beaches, and the territory of Olbia and its surroundings has some of the most beautiful on the island. They all have one constant: the crystal clear color of the water, even if of different shades, from green to turquoise, from blue to blue, passing through the emerald from which the coast to the north, the Costa Smeralda, takes its name. A paradise to be enjoyed in the warmer seasons, but not only. Places extraordinary its for fans of diving and fishing, both for lovers of tanning. The beach of Pittulongu, which has a particular crescent shape, is probably the most sought-after in Olbia. But are superlative also those of Pellicano and Lo Squalo; going towards you meet the beaches of Lido del Sole, Porto Istana, and Li Cuncheddi. Even Porto Rotondo, an important reality of international tourism and main competitor of Porto Cervo, is part of the territory of Olbia. In 1997, the Marine Protected Area of Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo took place to protect and defend the territory and its sustainable use. In the 15 thousand hectares of sea and coastline under protection, you can admire numerous animal and plant species to be safeguarded, including the golden eagle. The bird of prey has found shelter in the majestic island of Tavolara, a narrow and high island that reaches 565 meters above sea level.