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Olbia is the gateway to the pearly white beaches of Sardinia's northeast coast and the sparkling Costa Smeralda. This is where jet-setters, film stars and the ‘glitterati’ arrive to indulge in 'la dolce vita' Sardinian-style. With a Greek name meaning ‘happy’, Olbia used to be a little fishing village but has now grown to become Sardinia’s busiest ferry port, complete with an international airport and tons of tourist amenities. The countryside is cloaked in aromatic wild herbs, the macchia, and the surrounding sea glows in every hue of electric blue, in a little known and exclusive place waiting to be discovered.

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Basilica of St Simplicio
Via Salvatore Fera, Olbia

Olbia’s top sight is this medieval Pisan-Romanesque church, hewn out of Galluran granite. In the apse there are two 13th-century frescos, the left-hand one depicting San Simplicio, the patron saint of Olbia. The Festa di San Simplicio, Olbia’s biggest festival, is celebrated for three days in mid-May.

Pevero Golf Club
Località Cala di Volpe 20, Porto Cervo

If you want to play a game of golf in stunning surroundings you can visit Pevero Golf Club. The Golf Club is located north of Olbia and is claimed to be one of the most beautiful courses in Italy. Here you can find everything you need including a club house and recommended accommodations.

Ristorante Da Tonino Re di Tavolara
Isola Tavolara, Sardinia

Boasting a privileged location on Tavolara Island, Ristorante Re di Tavolara prepares absolutely wonderful seafood, grilled dishes and typical Sardinian cuisine, all served in style. The dining area is on a vast veranda right on the beach, offering unbeatable views.

La Taverna
Via Rossini 6, Palau

La Taverna is an atmospheric sea tavern in the centre of Palau, very close to the port. Set menus are available for fishy feasts of freshly-caught delicacies. It is an off-the-beaten-track family restaurant, so expect hearty portions and traditional home cooking.

Old Town
Old Town, Olbia

Olbia's Old Town (in Italian, "centro storico") offers a pleasant and memorable shopping experience, housing over 100 boutique shops in its historical buildings, open squares and narrow alleyways, also crowded with restaurants and cafes. Corso Umberto I can be a good starting point for a shopping trip in this area.

Porto Cervo
Porto Cervo, Sardinia

Glitzy Porto Cervo is a popular place to go shopping for high fashion and designer brands. Names include top international options like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Versace. You can also find shoes from Italian Tod's, and jewellery and watches from Bulgari, Cartier and Rolex, among others.

Airport Olbia Costa Smeralda
Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda, Olbia

Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smeralda (OLB) is located 5 kilometres southeast of Olbia. The airport buses (numbers 2 and 10) will take you to the city centre and depart approximately every 20-30 minutes. The last departure is at 11:40pm on bus number 10. Tickets are available on board or from the ticket machine in the terminal. The journey takes about 10 minutes. +39 0789 553 800 The taxi rank is open 24 hours and can be found in front of the arrivals terminal. +39 0789 227 18 / +39 0789 691 50 Renting a car at the airport is easy. You can find car rentals near the arrivals terminal. Contact one of the car rental companies at: +39 0789 693 89

Passport / Visa

Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

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