Olbia Cruises, Sardinia
- The National Archaeological Museum of Olbia is stocked with artefacts left behind by the Romans and the even older Nuraghic civilisation.
- Boat trips from Sardinia take in everything from the French island of Corsica to the peaceful Maddalena archipelago.
- Bike rides are reliably scenic in these parts, taking in charm-filled villages and china-white beaches along the way.
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Swapping one island for another you’ll make a beeline for little La Maddalena on this trip. You’ll pass some of Sardinia’s most dramatic scenery. Drive through charming villages like San Pantaleo. And catch the ferry from Palau to La Maddalena. The biggest of the La Maddalena archipelago, this dinky island has many claims to fame. Horatio Nelson took refuge here in 1804. Mussolini was imprisoned here for 20 days. And, more recently, Sylvester Stallone once spent his summer holiday here. As you’re driven around, you’ll soon see why this place gets the celebrity vote. On a good day, you’ll get a clear view of Corsica from up here. Not to mention the rocky coastline and neon blue sea that surround the island. The town itself is every inch the good-looking Italian. Huddled around a boat-filled harbour it’s all candy-coloured houses and narrow, winding roads. In Garibaldi Square, still known locally as Piazza Rossa – Red Square – because of its distinctive red paving, you have some free time to explore before heading back to the ship.
Glitz, glamour and old-world charm come in equal measures on this trip as you drive along Sardinia’s Emerald coast. Cue a tumble of pink granite. Sandy coves. And turquoise seas. Few stretches of the Mediterranean look as good as the Costa Smeralda, it’s a regular Italian Eden. You’ll pass pretty villages like San Pantaleo - a slice of old-school Sardinia that’s all crooked lanes and stone cottages, before coming to a stop in Porto Cervo. A millionaire’s playground, this is the coast’s chic capital where the in-crowd love to be seen. A guided tour of the town’s best bits is followed by some free time to tick a few must-dos off your list. Burn out your credit card in the designer shops. Sip a cappuccino in the piazza and watch the Gucci-clad glitterati glide by. Last but not least, you’ll pause to soak up the sensational views over Cala di Volpe Bay and Romazzino, before heading back to the ship.
This tour takes you into the hilly, village-speckled interior of Sardinia, where locals live a traditional way of life. From Olbia, we’ll wind our way past cork forests, vineyards, olive groves and farmland. Our first stop is Aggius, one of the oldest villages in the region. You'll viist the house-like ethnographic museum will uncover rooms filled with traditional costumes, hand-woven fabrics and carpentry displays. Afterwards, we’ll head for the ancient village of Tempio – but not before tracing Moon Valley, with its otherworldly, weather-carved rock formations. A walking tour of Tempio will lead you along its cobbled streets and past a Baroque-style cathedral. There’ll be a little free time to explore the artisan shops and Italian fashion boutiques, too. Alternatively, grab a handmade pasta lunch in a family-run trattoria. To catch mountain and valley views, wander up to the nearby viewpoint before heading back to the coach for the return journey to Olbia.