Olbia and its surroundings
The city of Olbia faces among more than 20 islets in the Gulf and is protected by Mount Limbara. The natural beauty of these unspoiled places is a rare thing. Uninhabited and paradisiacal islands on one side, granite rocks rich in Mediterranean scrub on the other. The town is the main transit point for getting around Sardinia’s north. Modern and ancient at the same time, it will know how to offer you an unforgettable stay.
Its mild climate, even during the winter months, makes it an ideal year-round destination for those wishing to get to know Gallura and all of central northern Sardinia.
City of Olbia
What to visit:
- Archaeological Museum of Olbia: a journey from prehistory to the nineteenth century, crossing the Phoenician, Greek, Punic and Roman eras alternated in north-eastern Sardinia, in a rich collection of Sardinian historical and archaeological finds and documentation.
- Church of San Simplicio: the most artistic, important and ancient religious monument in Gallura, a symbolic place for the Olbia citizens who celebrate the patron saint of the city every year in May.
- Alleys of Olbia: after a day at the beach, get lost in the ancient alleys of Olbia and find yourself sitting at a coffee sipping a cool drink, enjoying the sea breeze.
La Maddalena Archipelago
A magical place between Sardinia and Corsica
In the stretch of sea between Sardinia and Corsica known as Bocche di Bonifacio, lies a galaxy of islands and islets enveloped by the turquoise sea: one of the world’s most striking landscapes that is under protection for its naturalistic special value.
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The 'Great Patriarch' of Luras
Considered to be among the oldest trees in the world at 4,000 years old, the ‘Great Patriarch’ is located near Lake Liscia, where it reaches the impressive height of 14 metres with 18 circumferential measurements.
In 1991, this centuries-old olive tree was declared a Natural Monument by a Ministerial Decree that includes all 20 secular species in the Sardinian territory.
The valley of the moon
Peace and tranquillity in a primeval landscape
There is a surreal place in Sardinia, with primordial beauty and stillness in time, a ‘lunar’ landscape, lonely and wild, pervaded by the scent of helichrysum, juniper and myrtle, with majestic boulders that wind and sea have smoothed and shaped into original and unusual sculpture-like forms.
Cala Grande, renamed ‘Valley of the Moon,’ is a valley that slopes down to the sea, nestled between two granite ridges, where marvelous coves appear with turquoise waters that contrast the golden colors of the rocks and the green of the Mediterranean maquis
Beaches of Olbia
Paradise on your doorstep
- Pittulongu: the beach is characterised by a long sandy shore with fine, compact, light-coloured sand, devoid of beached posidonia. The sea is truly enchanting with beautiful crystal-clear waters, a shallow, sandy seabed and changing colours that vary between emerald green, turquoise and azure. The surrounding landscape is very impressive, with a splendid view of the island of Tavolara and the Mediterranean maquis surrounding the area.
- Porto Istana: a gem on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, a marvel of soft sand and breathtaking colours that represents the northern limit of the Capo Coda Cavallo marine protected area.
- Cala Sassari: a wide inlet in north-eastern Sardinia, protected by two promontories, holds one of the pearls of Golfo Aranci, thrilling with its colours and landscape.
- Cala Brandinchi: the brightest pearl, one of the most famous beaches in Gallura, in north-eastern Sardinia, opposite the Tavolara marine protected area.