Day Trips in Olbia

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Olbia is one of the towns associated with the tourist area of Costa Smeralda, and there are many sights within Olbia to keep a traveler occupied as well as several possibilities for interesting day trips for travelers wishing to spread a wider net over the surrounding area.


Only 10 kilometers from Olbia, Tavolara is a scenic sea spot for travelers desiring a day of outdoor activities.

The clear waters are particularly popular for scuba diving due to notable underwater coral and a variety of fish. There are also many hiking possibilities among interesting flora and fauna.

Tavolara is also the location of the Italian film festival and a vintage car rally.


Like Olbia, Arzachena is also very near the popular Costa Smeralda tourist area, but Arzachena also offers attractions of its own.

It is only 25 kilometers from Olbia, and it contains many intriguing historical points of interest, including the Grave of Gigante and the Neolothic necropolis of Li Muriand.

Also, between the months of April and October, polo matches can regularly be seen at nearby Gershan.

Porto Cervo

Another nearby village, Porto Cervo, was designed by the respected architect Luigi Vietti, and the marina is characterized by a variety of shops and an impressively active shipyard.

Porto Cervo is near the exclusive Yacht Club Costa Smerald. The Sardinia Cup sailing regatta is held annually each September, and galas are regularly held for boating enthusiasts.


Accessible by rail or road, the ancient town of Nuoro is famous for being picturesquely located on the slopes of Mount Ortobene.

It is also possible to explore Mount Ortebene. At the top of the mountain is the bronze statue of Christ the Redeemer by Vincenzo Jerace, and at the foot of the mountain is the archeological area that includes the Domus de Janas tombs.


A commune of France, Ajaccio is the capital of the region of Corsica. It is a long, but pleasant day trip from Olbia. The ferry ride between the 2 locations takes about 3 1/2 hours, but it can be a beautiful and relaxing journey.

Ajaccio itself is noted for its cathedral and the Genoese towers, but its most notable historical sight is the house in which Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769.

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