Olbia is ideally located just a few kilometers from some of Sardinia’s the most beautiful sights. The best way to get around is to rent a car at the airport. This makes it easier to travel independently and arrange trips at your own convenience. Quite a few of the beaches and other attractions are difficult to reach by public transport.
San Teodoro is located about half an hour south of Olbia by car. It is a small village in the Gallura area. With its villas and floral streets, it is a very pretty and welcoming village. Inhabited by around five thousand people during the winter months, it is transformed in summer as it welcomes tens of thousands of visitors. La Cinta is a must-see: it is a long stretch of white sand dunes surrounded by clear blue water. The beach is very popular with families, young people and nature lovers. San Teodoro is also a stopping point for pink flamingos during the migration season.
Golfo Aranci is one of the most famous resorts in northern Sardinia. It’s a must-do for anyone visiting this part of the island. The town is located just 11km from Olbia. Its name alludes to the large numbers of crabs living in the depths of the surrounding sea. Beyond the beaches, Capo Figari Natural Park is another popular tourist destination. This is an open-air museum with breathtaking views over the surrounding landscape and a great place to see marine treasures.
The Costa Smeralda grew out of the dream of Prince Karim Aga Khan, who fell in love with this part of Sardinia and decided to finance its development, establishing a series of hotels and restaurants. Sardinia’s best-known and most exclusive location is Porto Cervo. Directly in front of the port is the Piazzetta, famous for its clubs and boutiques. Despite the large numbers of tourists that visit every year, the Costa Smeralda remains breathtakingly unspoilt and rich in nature.
The Maddalena Archipelago
To the north east of Sardinia lie the unique islands of La Maddalena. This is an archipelago of several small islands, some of which are completely uninhabited and wild. The islands are: La Maddalena, Budelli, Caprera, Spargi, Santo Stefano, Budelli, Santa Maria, Razzoli. The largest and most densely-populated island is La Maddalena. The archipelago has numerous hidden coves and magical pink beaches. Guided tours of La Maddalena can be booked at Palau. Tours last a day and include all the islands of the archipelago. If you want to spend more time in this area, there are several ferries from Palau that take you directly to La Maddalena. From there, you are free to plan your own journeys.