Travel and Culture in Sardinia
Olbia (60.000 inhabitants) is one of the most dynamic towns in Sardinia. Since the time of the Giudicati (eleventh century B.C.), it has represented the capital town of Gallura, the north-eastern region of the island.
Olbia is a quiet town of fishermen and sailors, which developed thanks to the resources of its peaceful gulf. It has had a remarkable economic impulse in the last years: the development of commercial and industrial activities has rapidly changed its traditional image, but the old town centre has fortunately remained intact.
Olbia is one of the fundamental touristic places of Sardinia, not much for what the town itself can offer, but above all thanks to the countless possibilities that are present not far from the town and that can satisfy the most different tastes: Porto Rotondo, Porto Cervo and the Smeralda Coast are for who loves the "Dolce vita", the jet set and the élite tourism (with their breathtaking yachts and villas that overlook the picturesque small harbours), while the monuments built by the mythical Nuraghic civilization are for who is fond of archeology and is interested in history and culture.
Moreover, who loves nature can appreciate the beauty of the coast, with its breathtaking beaches and its multiform rocks and the richness of its protected sea parks. You can also find some enchanting excursion routes to the nearby hinterland, which has a rural and shepherd’s imprint, and you can see country churches and small ethnographic museums, the typical vegetation, the animals’ variety, and you can meet the local food-and-wine traditions. .
The national and international connections with Olbia are rather efficient: the Costa Smeralda Airport is 5 minutes from the centre and it connects Olbia with the whole peninsula (Meridiana, Alpi Eagles, etc.), with London (Meridiana, Easy Jet, etc.), with the whole Germany (Hapag Lloyd, Easy jet, etc.) and the rest of Europe (especially via Rome and Milan).
The most important harbour of Olbia is in the centre and it guarantees various and frequent connections with: Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno, Genova, (Tirrenia, Moby, Snav, etc.); another harbour, Golfo Aranci (15 Km from the centre), allows you to reach the peninsula by the Sardinia Ferries.
By Studitalia - School of Italian language and culture, Olbia