olbia area

from Golfo Aranci to San Teodoro

Tours and Main Attractions

TAVOLARA ISLAND

Tavolara, l'isola che c'è - SanTeodoro.it
When in 1848 Carlo Alberto, king of Piedont and Sardinia, went to the island to hunt the mytical goats with golden fangs (occurrence caused by the kind of grass eaten by the animals), so in love with the island he named the only habitant Paolo Bertolini king of Tavolara with an official letter. Today the beautiful island of Tavolara, situated near the north-eastern coasts of Sardinia, not far from the famous Costa Smeralda, together with the islands of Molara, Proratora, Ruja and farther Molarotto are the main features of an amazing marine area rich in Mediterranean colors. With a series of inlets, beaches, bays, and promontories, the protected area extends from Capo Ceraso to Capo Coda Cavallo. Its naturalistic features and enchanting landscape, as well as its historical events, make it one of the most interesting sites of the Mediterranean. The coastal stretch is characterized by small and isolated bays alternating with very long falcate beaches, among high rocky promontories. The beach bars with their characteristic white and rose-colored sands, face a crystal-like sea shading from turquoise to indigo to blue. Paradise for divers, the area offewrs as well interisting historical and trekking itineraries. There are two main docking options close to Tavolara island: Marina di Costa Corallina and Marina di Puntaldia.


ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Olbia con le navi romane
On the islet Peddone, a few steps from the old port, the archaeological museum of Olbia, the main town of Gallura, exhibits a complete overview of the civilizations developed in Sardinia. 
To symbolize its position on the sea and the role played by the port city in history, the museum has the shape of a ship moored with circular windows and suspended walkways. The exhibition, dedicated to port and city, traces the Phoenician, Greek, Punic, Roman, medieval, modern and contemporary eras. The museum itinerary is divided into two floors.


ROMAN AQUEDUCT

Acquedotto Romano | L'acquedotto di Olbia, monumento del per… | Flickr

The aqueduct of Olbia was built by the Romans between the I and II centuries. a.C., to collect water coming from the springs of Mount Cabu Abbas. In Sa Rughittula the aqueduct acquires larger dimensions, with a large settling basin dug completely into the stone with a barrel vault and provided with six holes for ventilation. On the sides of the cistern there are two other smaller tanks and a water inlet and outlet shaft. On the arches you can still see the water transport canals.


CASTLE OF PEDRES 

La Gallura e suoi castelli medievali - Costa Smeralda

This medieval fortress was built in the 13th century, when the Giudicato of Gallura was under the rule of the Visconti of Pisa. The stronghold was also used in the following centuries, thanks to its remarkable strategic position, and then was abandoned after the 15th century. Originally there were four towers and a more complex structure than the current remains suggest. The majestic main tower is the only one that we can still admire today.


GIANT'S TOMBS IN SU MONT'E S'ABE

Su Mont'e s'Abe | SardegnaTurismo - Sito ufficiale del turismo della  Regione Sardegna

In front of the castle of Pedres, near the town of Olbia, a halo of mystery surrounds a place of nuragic burials. In the tomb of Giganti de su mont'e s'Abe (or s'Ape), unlike the thousands of prehistoric burials of its kind, the deceased were buried collectively. In the funeral hall were officiated the sacred rites related to the deceased but here, compared to what happened elsewhere, were not found in the sacred well funeral documents that accompanied the deceased until conjunction with
the deity.


SACRED WELL SA TESTA

Pozzo Sacro Sa Testa – Mediateca di Nurnet

It was unearthed in the 1930s, during the search for a water source. It is not by chance that the sacred well sa Testa was chosen by the nuragic civilization that inhabited the territory of Gallura to honor the gods of the water. Today it is a great attraction for lovers of archaeology and, in particular, of the nuragic culture. The ancient sanctuary, dating from the 15th to the 13th century BC, stands at the exit from the town of Olbia and has a structure of less than eighteen meters long, made of granite, trachyte and shale, cut into carefully worked blocks.


SAINT PAUL'S CHURCH

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Dating back to the eighteenth century, the Church of San Paolo is somewhat the heart of the historic center of Olbia: its dome made with mosaic majolica of various colors, captures attention from afar. The church built on the ancient ruins on which stood the Punic and Roman temple today is one of the most visited places in Olbia. The body, the bell tower, the dome and the chapels make the church take the form of a cross.


NURAGHE CABU ABBAS

Nuraghe Riu Mulinu - Hello Olbia

This Nuraghe is located a few kilometres from Olbia and dates back to the 1440 B.C. The outstanding thing about this Nauraghic monument is its position. The Nuraghe was built on top of a hill which dominates the Golfo of Olbia and offers an ample view of the whole area. The position was of great strategic importance because from it was presumably possible to keep the entire area under control and check for enemy incursions.Historians still disagree as to the real use of Nuraghe in general and also as
to why they were built in the way they were, so we cannot exclude that perhaps the Nuraghe were used for entirely different aims.The archaeological excavations which were carried out in 1939 brought to light objects pertaining to the Nauraghic, Punic and Roman manufacture which were probably offerings to the gods and would seem to testify the worshipping of natural water springs that spans much farther than the Nuragic era.


OLBIA SHOPPING & CITY TOUR

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Transfer to the centre of Olbia. The guide will show you the most important monuments of the city: The Romanic Church of San Simplicio entirely in granite, encircled by a square in which canbe noted various military Roman stones, and the Church of San Paolo, dating back to the middleof the 18th century, characterized by a rectangular body and three peaks which lend the buildingsomething of the appearance of a cross. After this visit, we will have free time for walking, shopping and lunch in Corso Umberto, the main street of the city centre.


PORTO ROMANO LOCAL MARKET

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Market Porto Romano is in the heart of Olbia, right next to Corso Umberto I, the main street of the historic center, convenient for parking of Via Nanni thanks to the entry of Via Porto Romano. Every Tuesday morning from April to September with time 8: 00-13: 00 offers local products, gastronomic specialties, crafts, artists, music and entertainment.


WINE TASTING

Tenute Olbios

Tenute Olbios is a wine-growing and wine-producing company where the attention for little things reigns and that alone can lead to great results. The building is an ancient industrial fold in Gallura, entirely renewed in the past years, highlighting the original structure and the construction peculiarity. The technical area is equipped with up-to-date italian machinery and is divided in different operative areas.  This mix of ancient and modern, tradition and innovation distinguishes and gives character to our cellar and our wine-making production.


BASILICA DI SAN SIMPLICIO

La Basilica di San Simplicio - Ospitalità del Conte Hotel and SPA

This Basilica represents the most important and ancient religious monument of north eastern Sardinia and is the oldest proof available that can testify to the spreading of Christianity on the island. It was built between the end of the XI century and the beginning of the XII century on a site which had previously seen a roman basilica and a small early Christian church dated 594 and 611.The basilica is dedicated to the memory of San Simplicio, bishop of the city and martyr to the emperor Diocleziano.