Tours and Main Attractions

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This Basilica represents the most important and ancient religious monument of north eastern Sardinia and is the oldest proof available that can testify to the spreading of Christianity on the island. It was built between the end of the XI century and the beginning of the XII century on a site which had previously seen a roman basilica and a small early Christian church dated 594 and 611.The basilica is dedicated to the memory of San Simplicio, bishop of the city and martyr to the emperor Diocleziano.

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The Tombe dei Giganti of Su Monte e S’Abe is situated near the Olbia – Costa Smeralda airport and is considered one of the largest being 28m in length and 6m in width.
It was built during two specific periods of time: the first dates back to the Ancient Bronze Age (1800 B.C. – 1600 B.C.) and the second to the Middle Bronze Age (1600 B.C. – 1300 B.C.). A few of the ceramic fragments found there would however indicate that the tomb was also used during other eras. Unfortunately, of the central stele there remains but a portion of the base intact.

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This Nuraghe is located a few kilometres from Olbia and dates back to the 1440 B.C.
The outstanding thing about this Nauraghic monument is its position. The Nuraghe was built on top of a hill which dominates the Golfo of Olbia and offers an ample view of the whole area. The position was of great strategic importance because from it was presumably possible to keep the entire area under control and check for enemy incursions.
Historians still disagree as to the real use of Nuraghe in general and also as to why they were built in the way they were, so we cannot exclude that perhaps the Nuraghe were used for entirely different aims.The archaeological excavations which were carried out in 1939 brought to light objects pertaining to the Nauraghic, Punic and Roman manufacture which were probably offerings to the gods and would seem to testify the worshipping of natural water springs that spans much farther than the Nuragic era.

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This site is situated a few kilometres from the industrial port of Olbia and presumably dates back to the Final Bronze Age (1200 – 900 B.C.), though the temple was used right up until the Roman age, as can be ascertained by the many objects that were found during the first excavations which began in 1938.
It is no wonder, in fact, that in an arid and dry land such as Sardinia natural water springs were revered as places of worship even though historians, to this day, express totally different opinions as to the actual use made of these sacred springs.
The sacred spring of Sa Testa is one of the largest in Sardinia, and is 17,50m in length. It is made entirely out of granite blocks, the well consists of a round courtyard, a room which connects the courtyard and the well (called the Vestibolo), and the well itself which can be reached by a set of 17 steps.

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An excursion along the trails of the Forest Rangers, up to the Casteddu lookout (742 mters) from which one can see the Costa Smeralda, the gulf of Olbia, the center of Sardinia, the island of Tavolara, the archipelago of La Maddalena and, in good weather, even Corsica. In Springtime it is possible to pick up cherries and in Autumn the very sweet berries of "corbezzolo", a local tree.  

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Transfer to the centre of Olbia. The guide will show you the most important monuments of the

city: The Romanic Church of San Simplicio entirely in granite, encircled by a square in which can

be noted various military Roman stones, and the Church of San Paolo, dating back to the middle

of the 18th century, characterized by a rectangular body and three peaks which lend the building

something of the appearance of a cross. After this visit, we will have free time for walking, 

shopping and lunch in Corso Umberto, the main street of the city centre.

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When in 1848 Carlo Alberto, king of Piedont and Sardinia, went to the island to hunt the mytical goats with golden fangs (occurrence caused by the kind of grass eaten by the animals), so in love with the island he named the only habitant Paolo Bertolini ‘ king of Tavolara with an official letter. Today the beautiful island of Tavolara, situated near the north-eastern coasts of Sardinia, not far from the famous Costa Smeralda, together with the islands of Molara, Proratora, Ruja and farther Molarotto are the main features of an amazing marine area rich in Mediterranean colors. With a series of inlets, beaches, bays, and promontories, the protected area extends from Capo Ceraso to Capo Coda Cavallo. Its naturalistic features and enchanting landscape, as well as its historical events, make it one of the most interesting sites of the Mediterranean.  The coastal stretch is characterized by small and isolated bays alternating with very long falcate beaches, among high rocky promontories. The beach bars with their characteristic white and rose-colored sands, face a crystal-like sea shading from turquoise to indigo to blue. Paradise for divers, the area offewrs as well interisting historical and trekking itineraries.

There are two main docking options close to Tavolara island:

Marina di Costa Corallina

Marina di Puntaldia