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Olbia Sardinia Italy Cruise Port
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The port of Olbia is divided in three parts:

The pier of Isola Bianca which, with its eight quays, is capable of unloading lots of passengers per day. It has a new cruise terminal station, inside of which are: a large waiting room, a restaurant and a bar, decentralized offices, various administrative bodies and medical services. The internal port which is mainly dedicated to small cruise ships and pleasure yachts and the port of Cocciani for transport of merchandise and ships.

The cruise ships dock at the Isola Bianca Pier. From there you can take a free shuttle service or walk to the city center. Less than 2 km.

Coming from the sea, the view of Olbia, surrounded by inspiring hills, is characterised by the imposing and majestic presence of the island of Tavolara, which today is in the center of the protected marine area of the same name. There is also the old Roman name of "Hermaea" in homage to the god of commerce and sailors. At the center of the splendid gulf, characterised by the typical mussel cultivation and the tens of shipyards for pleasure yachting, is found the functioning complex that is the modern maritime station of Isola Bianca.

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Sightseeing:

Olbia is the gateway to the Emerald Coast, one of Europe's most extravagant resorts. Olbia is a small town in Sardinia that has just a handful of tourist shops, bars and restaurants. There are traces of Phoenician and Roman tombs in here, and the Pisan Romanesque Church of San Simplicio is worth visiting. Just out of Olbia, is the resort of Porto Cervo in an area known as the Costa Smeralda. The Costa Smeralda is a well known playground for the rich and famous. Sardinia is an earthly paradise for people who love fine food, including fragrant bread fresh out of the oven, delectable skewered meats roasted over an open pit, spectacularly fresh seafood and countless varieties of Sardinian Pecorino cheese for example: Fiore Sardo.

Beaches nearby

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Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

Olbia is a city which offers many possibilities for getting around. Small enough to get about on foot or by bicycle, it has an excellent public bus service, both inside and outside the city.

You can try PittuLongu beach; it's about 15 min bus ride (#4 bus) from the port (or take a cab). Beach is excellent; water very clean and calm. Bring your ship's towels as sunbeds are very pricey.

For journeys outside the city, other than by train, there is a very popular bus station, at the rear of the train station, in Corso Umberto I. One can go practically anywhere.

Nearby Places:

Porto Rotondo, Porto Cervo and the Costa Smeralda, for lovers of fine living, cosmopolitan tourism and the company of the elite, with their sensational yachts and breathtaking villas, which look out onto inspiring ports and natural bays.

The surroundings are full of ruins of the Neolithic age, with important nuragic complexes, such as Cabu Abbas and the Holy Well of Sa Testa.

Beaches: about 10 kilometres from Olbia, along the state road 125 in Siniscola direction there are beaches of Lido del Sole, Le Saline, Murta Maria, Li Cuncheddi and Porto Istana. On the other side, towards Golfo Aranci, there are the beautiful beaches of la Playa, Pellicano and Bados.

Shopping and Food:

If you plan to walk around: stores close for siesta in midday.

Shop for wood carvings, honey, beautiful lace and carpets.

In the central streets of the city, such as Corso Umberto, one can find clothes and shoe shops carrying the most famous brands, elegant jewellery and original craft shops, not forgetting famous restaurants, typical hotels and trattorias. This continues into via Regina Elena, with its host of businesses and crafts; in Piazza Regina Margherita, on the other hand, one can drop into bars, locales and cafes for cocktails and........listen to music, sometimes live. Last, but not least, viale A. Moro with all possible choices for clothes, furnishings, DIY, supermarkets, that is to say, everything you could possibly desire.

Restaurants near the sea or in town serve the simple Sardinian mixture of fresh fish, local Vernaccia wine and the island's special wafer thin bread, pane carasau , first made for shepherds heading into the hills needing something that stayed fresh for days on end.

Ricci: these sea urchins adorn, and embellish with their eggs, some of the finest meals served in the best restaurants of Olbia; in the right season, they can also be appreciated raw, in some of the smaller restaurants among the sprawling back streets of the old town.

The other main flavour of the sea is without doubt bottarga, or mullet eggs. Bottarga functions primarily as a condiment, a taste that is at once sharp and most agreeable; it can be eaten alone, or with a little celery, in plentiful abundance or as antipasti, and is increasingly requested by those just beginning to discover Olbia.

The Sardinian pecorino cheese can be considered the king of cheeses and the symbol of Sardinia in the world. It has earnt numerous recognition for its quality, among which: in 1991, with decree President of the Council of the Ministers it was inserted in the rose of the Denomination cheeses of Origin and in 1996 received the mark D.O.P.

Currency:

Euro

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Communication:

Language: Sardu (Sardinian) and Italian.

There are many internet cafes, mostly around the main railway stations. Please make sure you can show your passport.

Emergency number: 112

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Most shops and businesses in Italy open from Monday to Saturday from around 8am until 1pm, and from about 4pm until 7pm, though many shops close on Saturday afternoons and Monday mornings, and in the south the day can begin and end an hour later. In the north some businesses work to a 9am-5pm day to facilitate international dealings. Traditionally, everything except bars and restaurants closes on Sunday, though most towns have a pasticceria open in the mornings, while in large cities and tourist areas, Sunday opening is becoming more common.

Holidays:
January 1 (New Year's Day)
January 6 (Epiphany)
Pasquetta (Easter Monday)
April 25 (Liberation Day)
May 1 (Labour Day)
August 15 ( Ferragosto ; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
November 1 ( Ognissanti ; All Souls Day)
December 8 ( Immaccolata ; Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
December 25 ( Natale ; Christmas)

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