Destination guide

Take a walk back to the seventh century from an Olbia villa

Olbia is one of the best places in Italy for a quiet retreat in Sardinia villa rentals. This historic area has an array of unique sites that date back as far as the 7th century, such as the Fausto Noce Park, the remains of a Roman forum and aqueduct and the Castle of Pedres. You could also spend time lounging on the beaches and enjoying the water with family. With so much to see and do, Olbia is a great spot for Sardinia villas.

Things to do

Olbia's own draws

Shake the sand from your pockets and swap the sun umbrellas for a guide book once you're done on the Costa Smeralda, because Olbia touts its own worthy attractions. The Museo archeologico di Olbia is the perfect place to begin. Situated near the port, it looks back to times when Phoenician seafarers occupied the town, or when Romans built villas here, or when the Aragonese kings raised it to greatness in later years. Then there's the 11th-century Basilica of San Simplicio, with its frescoes and statues. You can also find other ancient ruins lurking outside Arzachena, some 20 miles north.


Olbia – which way's the beach?

Whether you've gone for an Olbia holiday rental with front-row seats over the sloshing Mediterranean Sea or a cosy apartment in the heart of the port town itself, you're going to want to hit the beaches. The Costa Smeralda is a coveted collection of wiggling coves and inlets that extends to the north. It's home to uber-famous Grande Pevero and the dune-backed Spiaggia di Liscia Ruja, lovely Spiaggia del Principe and the crystal-clear waters of Romazzino. Sunbathing, snorkelling, swimming and simply gazing at the glorious views from your car window should be plenty to be getting on with.


Olbia is beach territory

Because Olbia holiday rentals are prized for their proximity to the travel-brochure-filling Costa Smeralda, it should hardly come as a surprise that they are in most demand during Sardinia's warmer months. The summer starts in earnest in June and lasts all the way to the end of August, bringing temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, along with plenty of sun. Alternative times to visit and still be able to sun yourself on the sands include spring, in May, and autumn, in September.

Natural features

Olbia is where the blinding beaches begin

Olbia sits snugly in a wide inlet on the north-east coast of Sardinia. Behind it rises a series of mountains of glimmering sandstone and scrub, slowly fading to low hills as they reach the shores. And, talking of shores, it's where the land meets the sea that Olbia really comes into its own. Cue the incredible Costa Smeralda, which runs for a full 12 miles up along the edge of Arzachena. There, white-sand beaches and waters so clear they look like crystal are the name of the game.

How to get there

Transport to and around Olbia

Fly into Olbia (OLB-Costa Smeralda), the closest airport, located 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from the city centre.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Olbia Station or Olbia Marittima Banche Porto Station to see more of the city.

How many holiday rentals are available around Olbia?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,556 holiday lettings around Olbia. From 639 villas to 893 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Olbia? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Olbia. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Porto Istana Beach: 3,565 holiday lettings
  • Port of Olbia: 3,515 holiday lettings
  • Portisco Marina: 3,208 holiday lettings
  • Olbia Marittima Banche Porto Station: 3,537 holiday lettings
  • Bados Beach: 3,511 holiday lettings

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Can I rent Villas in Olbia?

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  • Houses: 893 self catering accommodations
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  • Chalets: 10 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Olbia?

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