With just barely 20,000 inhabitants in 1960 and more than 50,000 today, the town of Olbia experienced exponential growth with the development of tourism in the north-east of Sardinia. The only reason visitors come here is for the airport and port. Because honestly, there is really not much to see in the capital of Gallura. The town centre consists of its main street, Corso Umberto, and a few adjoining ones. History buffs will probably head for the archaeology museum in the port (the entrance is free), as well as the Basilica of San Simplicio and the Church of San Paolo, which are both worth having a look at. Others will go for a stroll along the marina or even right up to the ferry terminal to admire the calm water in the gulf and the splendid island of Tavolara in the distance. The most interesting thing about Olbia is its exceptional location, at the far end of a bay surrounded by beautiful beaches.
Staying close to Olbia means being able to easily visit the north of Sardinia. The Costa Smeralda is very close, Palau and La Maddalena are less than an hour away, and so are Santa Teresa, Tempio Pausania and Gallura. There are so many things to see!
The impressive National Archaeological Museum is a new building in the port of Olbia that looks like a convention centre. History buffs will be quite happy here. The key pieces of the museum are the wrecks of Roman ships found when a tunnel was being built under the city centre. There is no entrance fee and it might be a pleasant way to finish off a walk in the city.
Olbia is a city that lives to the rhythm of its inhabitants. Beware of the traffic jams during rush hour!
Olbia is the urban centre of the north-east of the island. Its road network of tunnels and ramps can be quite confusing and most importantly, try to avoid going around in circles in the town centre. We would suggest that you go directly to the port to park your car and then walk to wherever you're going (there is a charge for parking in high season).
Even though the town of Olbia is a little disappointing when it comes to restaurants, you can find a wide variety of them on the coast. In some of the restaurants, the main speciality is lobster and shellfish. It is simply fabulous!
You can find absolutely everything in Olbia. Even though the town is a bit unglamorous, it is still very practical for its supermarkets, where you can fill up on local products before leaving. All those in the south of the city, on the airport side, have a 'Sardinia' aisle, where you can find pecorino, wine, coppa, bottarga, etc.
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