Romantic Costa Smeralda - Olbia - Eastern Sardinia awaits: its beaches, windsurfing, rock climbing, and more!

Experience the full spectrum of Eastern Sardinia, known for extravagant resorts and natural wonders. See Mediterranean opulence with some of Europe’s most expensive real estate. Costa Smeralda is a resort town founded by a prince who convinced several millionaires to buy the land from local farmers in the 1960s. The area’s popular activities include vintage car rallies, polo games, regattas and film festivals. It has emerged as a favorite spot for sailing, with expensive yachts roaming the shimmering, aquamarine waters and enormous cruise ships moored near the beach.

Venture away from the glamour to find smaller, less ritzy but equally charming locales. Olbia in the northeast is a small Sardinian city with a historic town center and a modern archaeological museum. Arzachena, a short drive away, has a stunning lagoon and long beach framed by thick forest. View its canals winding between narrow stone streets and stone houses seemingly unchanged by time.

This stretch of coast is dotted with heavenly beaches. Visit the cozy, emerald bay of Porto Istanato splash around. Pittulongu is actually a seaside area made up of four small beaches: La Playa, Squalo, Pellicano and Mare e Rocce. These are only 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the Olbia town center. From Santa Teresa Gallura on the northern tip of the island, you may be able to see Corsica.

Head inland from the coast to find the real Sardinia unchanged from ancient times. Discover vestiges of the prehistoric civilizations that once roamed its hills and shores. One fascinating example is the peculiarly Sardinian necropolis at Li Muri. Find burial sites dating from Neolithic times throughout the island.

It’s best to drive between the towns and beaches in Eastern Sardinia. Then get out and explore on foot. Stay at a luxury hotel or use campsites along the coast for a more rugged experience.

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Beaches, Romantic and Relaxing

Top Hotels in Costa Smeralda - Olbia - Eastern Sardinia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Sporting Hotel Tanca Manna
4 out of 5
Loc Tanca Manna - Fraz Di Cannigione, Arzachena, OT
3.6/5Good! (32 reviews)

"very close to costa smerelda beachs.very clean hotel."…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

Sporting Hotel Tanca Manna
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Jazz Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Degli Astronauti, 2, Olbia, OT
$72
per night
Oct 9 - Oct 10
4.6/5Exceptional! (650 reviews)

"Nice modern and clean hotel a short walk from the airport."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Jazz Hotel
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Resort Grande Baia
4 out of 5
Localita Montepetrosu SS 125, Comune San Teodoro, San Teodoro, OT
$59
per night
Oct 7 - Oct 8
3.8/5Good! (210 reviews)

"It’s paradise. You feel that you are disconnected from everything yet you are only 10 min away by car from the beautiful town of San Teodoro. Perfect resort to relax with the family."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Resort Grande Baia

Popular things to do in Costa Smeralda - Olbia - Eastern Sardinia

Basilica of San Simplicio
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Basilica of San Simplicio

See one of Sardinia’s most significant medieval monuments, home to beautiful works of art and Olbia’s biggest annual festival.

Port of Olbia
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Port of Olbia

Start your journey in Sardinia by exploring this busy transportation hub and the charming town that surrounds it.

Pittulongu Beach
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Pittulongu Beach

Spend a day at this beautiful beach, a perfect introduction to Sardinia’s characteristic white sands and blue waters.

Capriccioli Beach
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Capriccioli Beach

One of Sardinia’s many glorious beaches is a great place to enjoy snorkeling, safe swimming in clear water and spectacular views of nearby islands.

La Marinella Beach
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La Marinella Beach

Ideal for family-friendly activities and watersports, this picturesque white-sand beach is also the gateway to some of Sardinia’s most exciting nightlife.

Le Saline Beach
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Le Saline Beach

Go for a jog or learn to kitesurf on this long, quiet beach, known for its strong winds and glinting waters.

Top activities in Costa Smeralda - Olbia - Eastern Sardinia

Family Experience - Barbagia Day Tour
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Family Experience - Barbagia Day Tour

$165

Venture into the heart of Sardinia for a guided tour through the island's mountainous interior. Discover ancient traditions, get a firsthand look at the local lifestyle, and try some great food to experience the region's unique culture.

Market tour,lunch/dinner at a Cesarina's home in S.Teresa G.
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Market tour,lunch/dinner at a Cesarina's home in S.Teresa G.

$162

Tour the vibrant local market and immerse yourself in aprivate lunch or dinner in a local home with a certified home cook. Enjoy an exclusive cooking demo and taste local recipes with wines included. Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks.

Dining at a Cesarina's home in Santa Teresa di Gallura
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Dining at a Cesarina's home in Santa Teresa di Gallura

$95

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a Cesarina's home, enjoy an exclusive show cooking and taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Cooking class at a Cesarina's home - Santa Teresa di Gallura
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Cooking class at a Cesarina's home - Santa Teresa di Gallura

$162

Private cooking class in a local home with a certified home cook. Learn local recipes and taste everything you've made with wines included. Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks.

Market,Cook&dine at a Cesarina's home in S.Teresa di Gallura
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Market,Cook&dine at a Cesarina's home in S.Teresa di Gallura

$240

Tour thevibrant local market and immerse yourself in aprivate cooking class in a local home with a certified home cook. Learn local recipes andtaste everything you've made with wines included. Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks.

Orgosolo & Mamoiada Full-Day Tour from Cagliari
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Orgosolo & Mamoiada Full-Day Tour from Cagliari

$165

Embrace Sardinian lifestyle as you take a cultural journey through 2 of the most popular villages. Visit a museum dedicated to carnival masks, taste a flavorful red wine in a local wine cellar, and feast on an authentic meal—while your guide shares knowledge of Orgosolo and Marnoiada with you.