The pretty port town has a laidback charm. A slow pace of life, great food and a rich history make it worth at least a couple of days’ exploration.
Its main square, Piazza Regina Margherita, and the cobbled streets of the old town around it is where the locals can be seen out in their finest garb for their nightly passeggiata (promenade) – and where the best cafes and pizzerias are found.
You probably didn’t know
Olbia’s name comes from the Greek word for Happy – it shares this with an ancient Greek settlement in the Ukraine (so don’t Google the wrong one by mistake).
James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) was filmed here.