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Guide to Olbia

A colourful historic centre and gateway to the Costa Smeralda

While the dazzling resort towns of the Costa Smeralda may get more attention, there is something authentically Italian and cool about Olbia with its boutiques, wine bars and cafe-rimmed piazzas.

Most visitors to Sardinia will know Olbia as a starting off point for exploring the Costa Smeralda destinations on a Mediterranean yacht charter

But there is also plenty to see and do in the city alone, in particular its main landmark, the archaeological museum. Set on its own little island, the museum will give you an insight into Olbia’s Greek foundations, later clashes between Carthaginians and Romans and the city’s maritime history - including remnants of a cargo ship pulled from the harbour 2000 years ago.

Once you head inland and explore the back streets of Olbia, you’ll find gems like the beautiful basilica of San Simplicio and other Pisan-style churches that sprung up during the 11th and 12th centuries. The busiest hub of the town is the colourful Corso Umberto where the streets are full of shops leading up to the beautiful waterfront. Further on, the laid-back Piazza Margherita is charming with its old stone buildings and perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll before going back to your luxury charter yacht for sundowners on deck.

If you’re looking for sandy white beaches, the northern coast of Sardinia and the nearby Maddalena islands offer an abundance of sandy stretches so Olbia is a fantastic base to discover your favourite one. The best way to do this is by chartering a luxury yacht with an experienced Captain who can help you explore the best kept secrets of the coast.

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Reasons to Visit

Discover Olbia’s fascinating history in the archaeological museum
Take a trip to see the prehistoric monuments of Arzachena
Enjoy the buzz and shops of Corso Umberto

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