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Is Olbia worth a visit?

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Is Olbia worth a visit?

There seems to be little info about this city on the net, is it because it is not worth a visit? I was not planning to visit it, but my as my airline suddenly moved the departure from morning to evening, I have to do something with the time. Or are there any other interesting places to visit within a short drive from the airport (we visit in April so I guess swimming is not an option...)

Sardinia, Italy
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11. Re: Is Olbia worth a visit?

A particular problem to be aware of is that currently Olbia town's name is also used as part of it's province name thus if you do a Google image search for 'Olbia' you can get a very misleading selection!

'tis a similar scenario when one searches Arzachena, a whole array of wonderful beaches pop up on Google images - those booking hotels in Arzachena town will be in for a surprise... :)

Olbia, Italy
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12. Re: Is Olbia worth a visit?

Dear Friends,

since "De gustibus non est disputandum" Olbia may not be the top destination of your dreams, but we would still recommend you a few highlits that can help make your stay in Olbia a little better than boring... :-)

www.olbiaturismo.it/lang1/Monuments.html

www.olbiaturismo.it/lang1/Urban_area.html

http://www.olbiaturismo.it/lang1/Locales.html

www.olbiaturismo.it/lang1/Nightlife.html

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Olbia is a 2000 years town that lives 365 days, with tourist services, an interesting nighlife and a commercial port with an impressive cruise ships traffic and an international airport connected to main European destinations.

Besides this, at just 7 km from downtown Olbia there are some of the most beautiful beaches of the North Eastern coast, see "Porto Istana" or "Sa Rena Bianca" for yourself and let us know.

olbiaturismo.it/lang1/Sea_and_beaches.html

Active tourism is a reality here and if you are a sportsman you can go sailing, canoeing, trekking, winsfurfing, kitesurfing, diving, mountainbiking, riding on the beaches, etc.

Porto Rotondo, the world renown seaside resort is part of Olbia municipality, if you like a little glamour and jetset nights.

Before driving away to other places, give us a little chance to show you the real Olbia and its people...

Send us an email anytime for more info, updates and suggestions.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Arrivederci :-)

Ufficio Turismo - Olbia Tourism Board

info@olbiaturismo.it

Brighton
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reviews: 13
13. Re: Is Olbia worth a visit?

We have just been in Olbia for a wedding and were very disappointed at the lack of things to do. The highlight was eating at one of the restaurants which specialises in pizza - in English it translates as the leopard, but cannot remember the Italian name. It has a lovely courtyard garden. The people of Olbia are very friendly, but there are no easily accessible beaches and very few shops, museums or interesting cultural things to visit (or if there are, we didn't find them!).

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Luzern, Switzerland
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15. Re: Is Olbia worth a visit?

I just came back from Sardinia with my campervan after arriving in Olbia by ferry from Genoa. Before going, I emailed the above Olbia Tourist Board about campings local to Olbia and was very happy to get a very comprehensive reply from them.

We went from ferry port straight to Pittulongu beach about 10kms away for a morning cappuchino on the powder white sands there. It was a marvellous start to the holiday :) We also looked at Camping Cugana just north of Olbia, but it closes at the end of September. We ended up touring the amazing Costa Smeralda round past Porto Cuervo, to Palau (mussels recommeded) and on to a camping on Isola Gabbiani which in October, is a kite-surf mecca. Not so good if you are wanting to quietly cook bacon sandwiches and a cup of tea though as the wind is VERY STRONG!!! Awesome for sailing and windsurfing, but we were wanting snorkelling, so we packed up and went back to the East coast below Olbia.

We found tens of flamigoes feeding in an estuary less than 30kms from Olbia on the way. WoW. Awesome!!! San Teodoro seemed like a place with a little more life than most on this stretch of coast. Orosei further south is also a great little town about 85kms from Olbia, with an amazing long deserted beach down by the marina. Just past here is Cala Gonone where you can go diving, fishing, visit the caves or rent a 40hp boat for the day (bring your sunscreen) and visit amazing beaches only accessible by boat. If you are slave to your satnav, you will be led to drive down the old road to CG, which is "interesting" to say the least....The easy route down is via Dorgali ;)

So, Yes, Olbia is a bit "St.Malo" in that it is a commercial port and looks a bit like that...... but it does have some gems within it's bounds and many gems within an hours drive. I will be going back for 3 weeks next year for sure :)

Cheers!

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