What to see in Olbia: 8 places to discover this beautiful city of Gallura

Olbia what to see

History, art, culture, nature, and relaxation: what is your ideal vacation? Beyond what your intentions are, there is a destination that can satisfy all your desires. You just have to book a ferry and, above all, to know what to see in Olbia. That is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Sardinia.


1. Centro storico

In the old town centre, you can admire some of the most characteristic aspects of the city:

  • The orthogonal streets;
  • The ancient Medieval walls;
  • The church of San Paolo Apostolo;
  • The Punic walls;
  • The basilica of San Simplicio.


2. Museo archeologico comunale

The Municipal Archaeological Museum is a modern structure, designed to show the Olbia archaeological finds, from the Neolithic to the Judicial Age, with 24 wrecks of Roman and medieval ships. The building stands on the island of Peddone.


3. Nuraghi

In the Olbia area, about fifty Nuragic settlements have been found. Of these, the most important are two:

  • The pozzo sacro di Sa Testa, located inside a granite complex;
  • The Nuragic fortress of Riu Mulinu, built on the top of a hill.


4. Tomba dei giganti

It’s the giants’ tomb of Su Monte de s’Ape, another important find of the Nuragic civilization, a tomb  that was built with imposing blocks of granite.


5. Parco Fausto Noce

This is the main park of the city. Located in the centre of Olbia, in the Parco Fausto Noce, eighteen hectares, here you can rest, take walks or practice sports.


6. Acquedotto romano

Olbia was an important town during the Roman Era. As demonstrates (among others) the Roman aqueduct, whose remains are located in Sa Rughittula. It is one of the two Roman monuments that can be visited in northeastern Sardinia (the other is the Roman farm in S’Imbalconadu).


7. Castello di Pedres

Built in the 18th century by the Visconti family, Pedres castle is located near Su Monte de s’Ape, and today there are only ruins and the characteristic tower.


8. Spiagge

Finally, talking about what to see in Olbia, we have to mention its beaches: Pittulongu, Porto Istana, Marinella, Bados, Sa rena bianca, punta Corallina and punta Volpe, just to name a few, are simply unmissable, especially of the holiday will be in summer.


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