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Cruises to Olbia

Olbia (Photo:Alessandro Zappalorto/Shutterstock)

About Olbia

The city of Olbia is the gateway to Costa Smeralda -- the Emerald Coast -- of Sardinia, the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. (Only Sicily is larger.) Located about 150 miles southwest of Italy's mainland harbor town of Civitavecchia, this port town has two distinct faces. It's a quaint and easy-to-navigate town with museums, historical churches dating from the 11th century and the lovely Corso Umberto thoroughfare that's lined with boutiques, gelato shops, restaurants and cafes. But in the summer months, Olbia is also a quintessential beach town with beautiful stretches of white sand that are ideal for lounging. Watersports are popular here, too, and rentals -- boats, sea kayaks, windsurfers -- are available for those that prefer a more active day in Sardinia.

Because the port is a busy one -- complete with ferry service -- it does not allow cruise passengers to walk through the active dock area. Instead, you'll hop on a complimentary shuttle bus that takes you a mile or so down the road to Piazzale Benedetto Brin. Here, you can easily walk to visit the Museo Archeologico di Olbia (which outlines the history of the historic old town) and Museo del Mare (a maritime museum) -- both are right next to the bus drop-off. You can stroll Corso Umberto to enjoy a cappuccino at an outdoor cafe or visit some of the historic churches in town, including San Simplicio and San Paolo.

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Leaving:Monaco
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Sep 8, 2023
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Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Oct 6, 2023
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Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jun 11, 2023
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Leaving:Malaga
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Leaving:Alicante
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Aug 25, 2023
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Leaving:Malaga
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jun 14, 2023
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Aug 21, 2023
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jul 23, 2022
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jul 11, 2024
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
May 21, 2023
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Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Leaving:Olbia
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Why go to Olbia?

Pros:

Olbia offers the best of many worlds with its history and museums, lovely beaches and shopping and dining venues

Cons:

This is a busy, working cargo port, so you won't be able to walk from your ship into town -- you'll have to catch a shuttle

Bottom Line:

This port town has a bit of everything you could ask for from a seaside Italian destination

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The official currency is the euro. You can find banks and ATMs on Corso Umberto. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language?

Italian is the official language but many locals -- especially those working in the shops and restaurants that line Corso Umberto -- understand English.


Olbia Cruise Reviews
Shuttle bus into town where there are lots of shops and cafes. We had visited before so decided to take the HoHo bus from the port. This cost 10 euros and was good value as it took us round the town and out to the peRead More
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dronnygirl
spent the whole day at the beach got a cab to the beach amazing place to see in italy and really enjoy the people Read More
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richard005
We loved Olbia. We chartered a boat for the day that took us all around the area for 4 hours and then dropped us right off at a beautiful beach club. We ate dinner in town that night and really enjoyed ourselvesRead More
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Ratner1
Olbia is a very small town, get the free shuttle bus from the port and then the public bus number 40 (5 euros buy the ticket at Tourism Board near the Town Council-Municipio) to Pittolongu beach, 7 kms from Olbia. PrRead More
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