Its name means ‘happy’, and that’s how you’ll feel when the lively town of Olbia is the first to welcome you to the treasures of Sardinia: the second you step off the plane or boat, the rapturous fragrance of Mediterranean scrub will revive your senses and make you feel brand new. And that’s just the start of what you’re going to experience on this extraordinary island: the harsh and magical landscape with its wind-sculpted red rocks, the charm of ancient herdsmen traditions, the luxurious lifestyle of the Costa Smeralda jet-set, not to mention emerald green crystalline waters like you won’t find anywhere else in Europe.
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Enjoying the Sea of Sardinia also means water sports: sailing, windsurfing, surfing and even the recently established kite surfing are hugely popular here. Since 1999, the practice of kite surfing has experienced exponential growth along the windy beaches of Sardinia. In fact, an essential element of this sport is wind, so thanks to the constant currents of wind that blow along the island’s entire coastal perimeter, water sports can be practiced any time of the year. It’s no coincidence that Sardinia has been called ‘the Hawaii of the Mediterranean’ by a world-renowned surf guide.
As one of the main seaports and airports in Sardinia, the city of Olbia is often mentioned as a gateway to the world-renowned Emerald Coast. Overlooking a splendid gulf replete with luxury yachts and mussel cultivations, the little town of Olbia is an interesting place to visit, with its monuments and historic architecture. Following Viale Vittorio Emanuele, visitors can admire several Liberty-style buildings such as the City Hall, visit the Pisan-Romanesque Church of San Simplicio, discover the ruins of the Roman cisterns near the town centre, or head to Via Acquedotto and Via Torino to catch glimpses of the ancient remains of the Carthaginian walls.
Within Europe, one thing’s for sure: you won’t be able to find any sea like the Sea of Sardinia. The postcard perfection of its crystal clear, emerald-green waters kissing sparkling-white fine-sand shores is what keeps attracting visitors from all over the world to enjoy some of the most spectacular beaches in the Mediterranean. Just 10 km south of Olbia, you have Lido del Sole, Murta Maria, Li Cuncheddi and the heavenly Porto Istana, to name just a few. If you head east instead, from Olbia towards Golfo Aranci, you can drive and drink in the views of the enticing shore of Pittulongu to find several extraordinary resorts such as La Playa, Il Pelikano and Bados.