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NOTICE FROM THE COUNCILLOR FOR TOURISM MR. MARCO VARGIU
Tourism in Olbia and Sardinia
The storms of 18 /11/2013 has meant that these days the City of Olbia was associated with disasters and catastrophes. Actually, many families, too many of our fellow citizens have suffered serious damage and considerable losses.
However, the machine of the aid was set in motion immediately, solidarity is quite amazing, the commitment of citizens and rescue forces is extremely powerful.
In spite of this disaster, it is good to know the potential of our tourist resources, true lung of our economy, has not suffered any loss. And above all, for the tourists who want to stay in our city there are no inconveniences.
Some accommodation facilities have, of course, been damaged, but it is a very small percentage. Almost all of the 8,000 beds are available for booking.
The travel infrastructures are fully functional: the Airport Costa Smeralda and the Porto Isola Bianca are 100% operative. Within the city circulation is without problems, and the suburban network is fastly recovering.
There are no potential health problems, there are no risks of infection. Hospitals and medical aid were reinforced up to highest levels of health surveillance. All the forces, all the authorities that are intervening in these days in our city represent for our visitors an extraordinary guarantee.
The tourism economy of our territory is a key factor for our well-being and for the Sardinian economy, we are perfectly aware of this.
This is also a great opportunity to say that a holiday in Olbia and in Sardinia is not only pleasant but also affordable for all budgets, we offer a large variety of accommodation facilities, food and restaurants, different air carriers and ferry companies which allow our customers to reach us and to stay at an affordable price.
Tourists who choose our town and Sardinia as a holiday destination, in addition to spending a unique holiday, will be able to help our economy and to improve the morale of our people.
Indeed, a special word of thanks goes to the accommodation resources, large and small hotels, B&B, agriturismo that are doing their best in these days to ease the burden the people in Olbia.
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 all 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 with hotels, discos and restaurants which are famous and renowned at international levels
Modern and luxury hotel chains, small hotels, bed & breakfast, resort hotels and residences, knowledgeably and finely furnished: many choices await you to fulfill your every need during your stay.
How to get here
Thanks to its strategic position, Olbia is easily reached both by sea and air.
In the following pages, one can find news and information on the principal means of transport, timetables and websites...
Olbia and its surroundings offer a huge range of possibilities for excursions by car or on foot, to areas of archaeological interest, natural paradises and, of course, bathing areas, thanks to the superb coastline.
Olbia is a city of great historical and, particularly, cultural interest. There are numerous fascinating sites of archaeological importance: the Riu Mulinu nuraghe (Cabu Abbas), the Tomb of the Giants of Su Monte de S'Abe...
The National Archaeological museum, designed by the architect Vanni Macciocco, is situated on the 'isolotto di Peddone', along the passenger street leading to the embarkation point at the Isola Bianca and the historical centre. It is characterized by a grand central patio in which there are some recently discovered Roman ....
Sea and beaches
Turquoise, emerald, azure and blue. These are the colours of the seas which lap against our coast; innumerable varieties of fish, molluscs and mussels which delight underwater explorers and sporting fishermen; an immense variety of marine flora of sparkling colours and uncontaminated nature; all this, together with white sandy beaches.....
Fausto Noce Park
It is the garden of the town, chosen by residents and tourists alike. Fausto Noce is sixteen hectares of green in the centre of the town and soon loved by those who live here and by who just passes through Olbia. There are four entrances and there is a bus stop (servizio Aspo) in via Gabriele D'Annunzio for those who wish to use public transport.
Porto Rotondo is best described as stunning! Home to about 800 locals, Porto Rotondo is one of the most popular destination on the East coast of Sardinia. Visitors come to experience culture, art, beauty, stillness, sailing, shopping and wilderness hiking. This area of Sardinia Island also boasts excellent beachcombing.
4 hours in the city
There are towns which all of a sudden show their hidden beauty, towns that you don't expect, towns that are unjustly labelled walking towns, towns that are victims of common beliefs and maybe Olbia "la felice" ("The Happy" in antique Greek) like Livorno and Civitavecchia fall into this category due to its geographical position.
The protected marine area of Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo has been developed along a section of coast which is among the most beautiful and inspiring in the Mediterranean. Not far from the Costa Smeralda, it extends for almost 15,000 hectares.
Another world, 18 km from Olbia by car. San Pantaleo, in certain respects, evokes a village in the Dolomites. Witness a panoramic view which resembles the Far West, at the three peaks of Sant'Andrea, Pelchia Manna and Pelchia Minori.
The South Coast of Olbia
Less crowded, more romantic, almost solitary heading to Lido del Sole, slowly invaded by the presence of Germans at Porto Istana, the coast along the road that lead south is very different
to the opposite side of the town. In fact it is longer. Perhaps, more uniform in the type of sand,
Certainly full of surprises and opportunities.
Shopping and lifestyle
These are the hottest new shopping places around the city. Located in opposite sides of Olbia: North and South, the shopping centres have grown with a mix of boutiques, galleries and restaurants. There also are the biggest large scale retail trade shops in the district. The areas started taking shape few years ago and have become a hub for businesses.
The beaches north of olbia
They are our pride and joy; they have the charm which makes a tourist decide not to just pass through Olbia but to stay here. Few towns offer free beaches for visitors and not necessarily the rich but also backpackers. The Aspo company of public transport, operates a frequent and efficient service from may to September to all the beaches around Olbia.