Sightseeing In Olbia

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Sightseeing In Olbia, Italy

Olbia (IPA: (olbja) or locally (olbja); Sardinian name: Terranoa, Gallurese: Tarranoa), is a town and comune of 56,231 inhabitants (2010) in northeastern Sardinia (Italy), in the Gallura sub-region and Olbia-Tempio (OT) province. Called Olbia in the Roman age, Civita in the Middle Ages (Giudicati period) and Terranova Pausania before the 1940s, Olbia was again the official name of the town after the period of Fascism.

Olbia is the landing place for the tourist coming to visit Sardinia as the town posses a small airport and a big port where passenger ferries from the Italian mainland arrive.

The coast around the town is the main attraction for the tourists and it has better the facilities than the other nearby towns.

Below are the attractions / places to visit in Olbia:

Nuraghe: All over Sardinia you will find the Nuraghe, the trunctuated cone towers shaped like beehives that were built by the Bonnanaro Culture between 1800 – 1500 B.C. Well worth seeing are the Nuraghe Su Nuraxi (near Barumini) and the Nuraghe Palmavera (near Alghero).

Tomba dei Giganti (Giants' grave): Giant's grave is the name given to a megalithic gallery grave, which consists of more than 100 single graves that are sealed by a huge monolith. Now those graves are empty and the giant graves (which are normally easily accessible as there are no fences or wardens) are used as stables or shelters. Well worth seeing is Tomba dei Giganti S'Ena e Tomes.

Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia (Basilica of the Holy Trinity of Saccargia): Visitors travelling to Sassari cannot just pass by the Roman-Pisan Basilica Santissima Trinità di Saccargia. It is constructed entirely of local stone, namely black basalt and white limestone, and belongs to the most important Roman-Pisan style buildings on Sardinia.

Gola di Su Gorroppu: Surrounded by dense woods and olive groves you will find one of the most impressing canyons in Europe. The Gola di Su Gorroppu with its steep rock walls descending up to 400 metres is also called the Gran Canyon of Europe. It is no doubt one of the most impressive natural beauties of the Gennargentu mountain range.

Grottos: Sardinia is more or less covered by a system of grottos. The most impressing and beautiful ones are: Is Zuddas (Santadi), Su Marmuri (Ulassai), Su Mannau (Fluminimaggiore), Nettuno (Alghero) and del Fico (Baunei), Ispinigoli (Dorgali).

The most beautiful places

La Maddalena: The lovely seaport in the Archipelago de La Maddalena offers you an idyllic Old Town with lavishly renovated palazzi, a genuine palm promenade and a busy market hall.

Porto Cervo: is the main centre of Costa Smeralda. In the big harbour you can see lots of beautiful yachts which
cruise the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists should also visit the Stella Maris, a small church which houses a precious painting.

Tthe most beautiful beaches

Costa Smeralda: The Emerald Coast is a coastal area in the north of Sardinia offering you turquoise blue water and enchanting little beaches.

Spiaggia di Marinella: Long-stretched beach of very fine sand at Golfo di Marinella near Porto Rotondo and Punta Marana. The water here is crystal clear.

Costa Capo Comino: The coast south of “La Caletta” is characterised by pink granite rocks and pine forests representing wild and untouched nature. Shortly before you reach the Cape you will find a beach with very white sand surrounded by sand dunes.

Spiaggia di Berchidd: North of the village Orosei there is a large sandy beach called Berchidda. Next to this beach there are many smaller beaches which are surrounded by rock formations offering tourists lots of privacy.

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