Despite its reputation of serving mainly as a north-eastern port and airport town for passers-by on and off the Italian island of Sardinia, Olbia has a lot to sell to its travelers. With an incredibly long and rich history, cheap but tasty restaurants, and fascinating museums scattered around, it's really quite a jewel of Sardinia worth a visit. This tiny area of Sardinia saw several years of back and forth control before it eventually returned to its original Greek name, Olbia, and its re-christening of the Italian fascists, to make it what it is today; a beautiful and wealthy town is much to give. Whether you have a few hours or choose to spend a day or two in Olbia, there's plenty to see, do, and discover while you're there.
Olbia is conveniently reachable by plane via Olbia Airport (OLB) or ferry. Of course, you can make your way across the city using public transport. But, if you want to visit Olbia in a more structured, relaxed and convenient way, you need to consider using our charter bus services. Coach Charter Europe has been active in the company of tour busses for more than 40 years. As a family-owned bus company, our mission is to provide outstanding charter bus rental services customized to your itinerary needs.
If you decide to travel with your group, then chartered bus by Coach Charter Europe is your best option to travel in Olbia. The bus company by Coach Charter Europe reminds group directors to plan their time between visits carefully to manage itinerary points, and still have time for other activities.
We welcome you to our top 10 recommendations for your next trip to Olbia:
1. Basilica di San Simplicio
The Basilica of San Simplico is the famous Basilica of Olbia. Constructed in the 11th century on the outskirts of the town on a small hill, the Basilica of San Simplicio is a magnificent landmark of the city. It has been used since the Carthaginian times as a cemetery field. The Palaeo-Christian church near the Basilica was built near the Roman temple in 594 and 611.
2. Corso Umberto
Corso Umberto is a charming cobblestone street in Olbia, which passes through the main Piazza Regina Margherita in the old part of the city. Here you will find some of the most exciting things to see in Olbia. Strolling along this street, you will find a large number of restaurants with outdoor seating areas that serve the most exquisite sardine delicacies. As you would imagine, these are the ideal spot to enjoy something to eat while watching the world go outside. At the end of the Corso Umberto, the road turns to the right and leads to the Cagliari.
3. Church of St. Paul Apostle
The Apostle St. Paul's Church was built in the middle of the 15th century. It is situated in the historic center of the city, near the old decumanus. There was worship of the pagan deities Melkart Hercules around this church on the basis of excavations and finds in this area. The oratory of the confraternity of the Holy Cross was destroyed in the 40s, but was later revived in the 90s. The dome of this church is very elegant, covered with colorful ceramic tiles. The entire wooden pulpit inside the church is very impressive. There is a great workmanship of an unknown Sardinian craftsman in sandals and silver halo work around Assunta inside the shrine. To get there you can rent a bus with driver in our bus company.
4. Tomba dei Giganti Su Monte 'e S'Abe
The Tomba dei Giganti Su Monte'e S'Abe, also known as the Tomb of the Giants of Su Monte e S'Abe, is another fascinating thing to see in Olbia. In fact, these tombs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, scattered all over the island. So far, more than eight hundred tombs are believed to have been found. Much like the giant tombs in nearby Gallura, the Tomba dei Giganti Su Monte'e S'Abe was constructed in two major stages of construction. There is a stone cairn on the top of the chambers, while others have cup-shaped entrances similar to those of the ancient tombs in Ireland. The Tomba dei Giganti Su Monte'e S'Abe also consists of two different shapes. Slab forms are uncut slabs buried at the end and stacked side by side, while the central slabs are unmodified, apart from the entrance, which is cut from the base. Either way, these beautiful examples are some of the most enchanting sights and stuff to do in Olbia. Hire a coach with driver in our bus company and enjoy 15 minutes drive.
5. National Archaeology Museum
The National Archeological Museum is designed by the renowned architect Vanni Macciocoo. It is located near Isola Bianca and the historic center of 'Isolotto di Peddone.' The exclusive grand central patio is a distinctive characteristic of this museum. There were Roman ships and a lot of functional places, a library, an auditorium and a congress center were discovered because of this. The Vandals sinking ship event is reproduced on the upper floor with advanced technology.
6. La Lanterna
Our chartered bus recommends you should enjoy dinner here once you are in Olbia. La Lanterna Restaurant is a great gourmet spot for fish and meat lovers, but pizza is their specialty. It is located near the Gulf of Aranci Sea. It has a wide variety of fresh fish choices as well as grilled specialties. Their range of wines is very massive. La Lanterna is the perfect location for people who enjoy the elegant and quiet surroundings. There are a lot of options for sitting in the restaurant. There is a veranda and a seating area near the sea, as well as a garden. Besides pizza, the restaurant is also renowned for its fish, sardine cuisine, pecorino and grilled beef.
7. Parco Fausto Noce
Situated in the heart of the city and spanning 18 hectares, Parco Fausto Noce is the perfect place to slowly but steadily stretch your legs while enjoying time away from the busy city. Available by public transport and with four entrances, the park is packed full of Mediterranean flowers, tree-lined paths and picnic spots. Elegant fountains and beautiful waterfalls are situated in the park, providing welcome relief from the summer heat as well as the cool breeze that makes its way from the nearby sea. Take a slow but steady walk along the wide paths that weave here and there and stumble across the amphitheater that hosts many concerts and events throughout the year. Let your little ones blow a little steam in the children's playground. Sit on one of the benches overlooking the park while your kids enjoy climbing ropes, swinging on the monkey bars and using all their energy.
8. Museo Archeologico
It is a wonderful museum near the port. There is local history in the form of artifacts such as Roman amulets and pottery, to find Nuraghic. Roman vessels have also been found nearby. The museum is situated on the small island of Peddone, near the harbor, and is a critical part of the urban harbor network. The museum is also near to the port, which draws a significant number of tourists from Sardinia. This museum is the perfect place to visit and take a look at the ancient past of Olbia.
9. Tavolara Island
Tavolara Island is a gigantic mountain located in the Gulf of Olbia. The highest point of the island of Tavolara is Punta Cannone. From here you can see Monte Limbara, Monte Nieddu, Montalbo, Bonifacio and Corsica. Hiking can be easily performed on Tavolara Island. For the easiest hike, the trail starts at the beach of Spalmatore Di Terra, in the western part of the island. The trails then take you to Punta La Mandria, through the valley called Mouth of the Cannon, which allows hikers to enjoy the breathtaking views of the area. After that, hikers will ascend a ridge of white limestone cliffs to the top of the island, Punta Cannone. From here you can enjoy the breathtaking views, next to the Madonna statue, 'La Madonnina di Tavolara.
10. Caffe Cosimino
Enjoy late night party at Caffe Cosimino. Olbia has a number of options for cafés and restaurants. One of the best coffee shops in town is Caffe Cosimino. Located in Piazza Margherita 3, Caffe Cosimino provides outdoor seating in the heart of the city. It's the best spot for morning coffee and croissants. When you're going to party late into the night, this is also a perfect spot to enjoy beer and cocktails. Caffe Cosimino provides a wide variety of continental foods, including cookies, jellies and super tasty coffee. There are several hotels, shopping centers and restaurants in the area.
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