If you are planning a beach holiday on Sardinia's famous Costa Smeralda, Olbia Airport is the ideal gateway to this beautiful area. Olbia itself is a picturesque small town and a good place to start a trip to the North-East coast. The easiest way to get around Sardinia is to hire a car. The most convenient way to hire your car is to book it in advance so you can pick it up at the airport.
Arriving in Olbia, Sardinia
Olbia's town centre is just a ten-minute drive away from the international airport. Olbia has a pretty old town with cobblestone streets and historical architecture, including the Basilica di San Simplicio: a medieval church with 13th century frescos . The old town is filled with great restaurants, and as anywhere in Sardinia, the food is fantastic.
Around Olbia: Costa Smeralda
Costa Smeralda is a 10-kilometre-long stretch of Sardinia's coastline. It is the most luxurious part of Sardinia and popular with celebrities from around the world. The Emerald Coast is known for its beautiful beaches, luxury hotels, five-star spas and excellent restaurants and nightlife. The best beaches in the area include Capriccioli, Spiaggia del Principe and Liscia Ruja. The only town on the Emerald Coast is Porto Cervo, where there are some good opportunities for shopping.
There are stunning islands in the Maddalena archipelago, just off the Emerald Coast. There are quiet islands with few inhabitants, and boat trips are organized for sightseeing around the islands.Ferries leave from Palau, a ferry port located 40 km from Olbia. The ferry crossing takes just 20 minutes. making the archipelago a good daytrip destination.
The countryside around Costa Smeralda is as stunning as the beaches, and a rental car makes daytrips easy and convenient. Many tourists in Sardinia never see the beautiful interior of the island. If you are staying on the Emerald Coast, it is highly recommended to get away from the beach for half a day, and drive to discover the rural side of Sardinia.
Tips for Car Rental
Sardinia is a small island, and a rental car is the best way to get around. Rent.it can arrange your car rental, so that your car will be waiting for you at the airport in Olbia. The booking has to be made in advance. Rent.it arranges car rentals with all the major rental companies, helping you to find the best deals and to enjoy a stress-free trip to Sardinia.