It took the locals some centuries to finally settle on ‘Olbia’ as the name for their town.
This corner of fabulously cosmopolitan North-Eastern Sardinia can boast influences from France, Spain and the Middle East. So perhaps it’s no wonder that Italian-style cuisine and friendly Mediterranean charm await ever-increasing numbers of visitors from the UK.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||2 hours 50|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun, City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 20.3°C
Get out of town and thoroughly unplug in the laid-back resorts and beautiful sandy coves of the Costa Smeralda – the Emerald Coast.
Must eat at:
Gallura has a fine reputation for great local dishes with a deliciously creative twist. Chef Rita D’Enza has been keeping a watchful eye over the kitchen for decades.
Must be there for:
The chic resort of Porto Cervo, on the Costa Smeralda, plays host to some of Italy’s most upmarket sport every April and May when the Polo Gold Cup comes to town. Expect horsey types with Italian accents.
- If you’ve hired a car, take the road between Alghero and Bosa, for truly spectacular scenery to rival the best coastline on the Med.
- Spend a day on one of the world’s first branded beaches. The Fiat Playa at Porto Rotondo, every July and August, has a chilled vibe and all mod cons including a resident DJ.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Italy.
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