Olbia ,on the west coast of the island, has always been the main port for arrival in Sardinia. The city has an antique origin, proved by numerous monuments in the historical center and environment. Founded by the Carthaginians, it has seen diverse succeeding dominations, from Romans to Spaniards. For this reason the cultural and historic heritage of Olbia is one of the most interesting of the island. We suggest some really imperative points of interest.
The church of San Simplicio, also called Basilica Minore, out of the 11th century is located in the city center. Completely realized in blocks of local granite, the church is a precious evidence of Romanic Sardinian style. Moreover, in Olbia , there is an archeological museum situated that collects relics of the area, among them rests of roman medieval ships.
It also doesn't lack on beaches that invite to relax. The beach facilities of Pittulongu, 7km from Olbia , is ideal for families because of the flat and sandy sea ground. A bit more in the north is the Golfo degli Aranci: 5 seashores with sand as fine and white as powder. The flat sea ground in addition to the bath installations make the zone perfect for families with children. On the contrary, in the south of Olbia the beach known as “Spalmatore di Terra” on Isola di Tavolara is accessible by ferry with departure in Porto S. Paolo. Get intoxicated by the strong perfume of juniper and rosemary or marvel the numerous sea lilies growing on the beach.