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The city of Olbia was intensively occupied in the pre-historic period. From the 8th Century BC, the current site of the city was inhabited by Phoenicians and Greeks. With the foundation of the city, in the 4th Century BC came the beginning of the most important period in the history of the city and its port.
There are numerous interesting archaeological sites: the Riu Mulinu nuraghe (Cabu Abbas), the 'tomb of the Giants' of Su Monte de S'Abe, the nuraghic Sacred Well of Sa Testa, the Punic wall between via Torino and via Acquedotto, Castello di Pedres and that of Sa Paulazza, the Roman acqueduct, the Roman farm at S'Imbalconadu on the road for Padru. There are also 19th Century buildings like the Simpliciana library and the comune building, monumental churches like the Basilica minore of San Simplicio from the 11th Century and San Paolo, erected in the 18th Century. Also worth a visit is the multi-functional Faust Noce park, a vast green area in the heart of the city where the natural charm of Gallura has been recreated with granite, fountains, little lakes and waterfalls.
... easy to reach but...
Coming from the sea, the view of Olbia, surrounded by inspiring hills, is characterised by the imposing and majestic presence of the island of Tavolara, which today is in the centre of the protected marine area of the same name.There is also the old Roman name of "Hermaea" in homage to the god of comerce and sailors. At the centre of the splendid gulf, characterised by the typical mussel cultivation and the tens of shipyards for pleasure yachting, is found the functioning complex that is the modern maritime station of Isola Bianca, by now one of the most important passenger gateways in Italy. Arriving by plane, one descends into the very modern Costa Smeralda airport, with connections for all the major Italian cities and many European capitals.
...most of all, sea and sand, but....
The coastal territory of Olbia, unknown to many, extends for several hundred kilometres, alternating between beaches and cliffs of incomparable beauty. There is the Area Marina Protetta in which stands, at fully 500m in height, the mass of Tavolara; the beaches of Pittulongu, Bados, Marinella, lo Squalo and Mare Rocce, characterised by fine white sands and crystalline water; then, to the South, the beaches of Saline, Costa Romantica, Poltu Casu and Porto Istana.
We could continue, but we shall stop here, sufficient to say that Porto Rotondo, one of the most famous destinations for the global jet set, also belongs to our community.
... all the fun of shopping
Yes, for those exploring its charms for the first time, there is the pleasure of discovering it in all its colours, while for those who had always known it simply as a port or airport to pass through, the chance to re-discover it al again, no, to live it. Olbia is, in fact, an interesting city of history and culture, fun, fashion and shopping. Monuments, museums and archaeological sites, therefore, but also the sea and beaches of extraordinary beauty withhotels, discos and restaurants which are famous and renowned at international levels. The culinary specialities are tied principally to the sea, among which we may name Zuppa di cozze and arselle, stuffed mussels and mussels al "raganata", sea fruit in all kinds of sauces and many, many varieties of fish. Among the wines, special mention must be given to Vermentino di Gallura, a perfect accompaniment to fish. In the central streets of the city, , such as Corso Umberto, one can find clothes and shoe shops carryng the most famous brands, elegant jewellery and original craft shops, not forgetting famous restaurants, typical hotels and trattorias. This continues into via Regina Elena, with its host of businesses and crafts; in Piazza Regina Margherita, on the other hand, one can drop into bars, locales and cafes for ccktails and........listen to music, sometimes live. Last, but not least, viale A. Moro with all possible choices forclothes, furnishings, DIY, supermarkets, that is to say, everything you could possibly desire.
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