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.
Main City Rome
Surface 376.10 km²
Historically, the island of Sardegna is radically different and quite mysterious compared to Italy as a whole. Many of the most interesting monuments here are archaeological finds dating back to 2000 BC and called Nuraghe, fort-like constructions made of granite blocks, with long walls and towers, which seem to always blend perfectly into the mountainous contours and surrounding verdant wild nature. One of the best preserved is Nuraghe Riu Mulinu, perched on the hilltop of Cabu Abbas, just a few minutes north of Olbia. This is a magical place for whoever wants to spend a special and timeless day.
Olbia’s surroundings are especially interesting, as the archaeological remains bear witness to the presence of ancient civilizations on the island. Among the ruins from the Neolithic age, some of the most important are the Cabu Abbas nuraghic complexes (known as Riu Mulinu), the Tomb of Giants of Su Monte and S’Ape, mysterious megalithic constructions dating back as far as 1800 to 1100 BC, the nearby Castle of Pedres, a hilltop fortress from 200 BC that dominates Olbia Bay, and the Holy Well of Sa Testa (800-600 BC), just 5 km outside Olbia, easily accessible from the panoramic road to Golfo Aranci.
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.