Olbia-Tempio Province

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Area: 24,090 km²
Population: 1.6 million
Density: 69/km²
Capital: Cagliari

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  • Carbonia-Iglesias
    • Buggerru
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      Domusnovas
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  • Medio Campidano
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      Ussaramanna
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  • Nuoro
    • Aritzo
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      Oliena
      Ollolai
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      Onanì
      Onifai
      Oniferi
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      Orgosolo
      Orosei
      Orotelli
      Ortueri
      Orune
      Osidda
      Ottana
      Ovodda
      Posada
      Sarule
      Silanus
      Sindia
      Siniscola
      Sorgono
      Teti
      Tiana
      Tonara
      Torpè

  • Ogliastra
    • Arzana
      Bari Sardo
      Baunei
      Cardedu
      Elini
      Gairo
      Girasole
      Ilbono
      Jerzu
      Lanusei
      Loceri
      Lotzorai
      Osini
      Perdasdefogu
      Seui
      Talana
      Tertenia
      Tortolì
      Triei
      Ulassai
      Urzulei
      Ussassai
      Villagrande Strisaili

  • Olbia-Tempio
    • Aggius
      Aglientu
      Alà dei Sardi
      Arzachena
      Badesi
      Berchidda
      Bortigiadas
      Buddusò
      Budoni
      Calangianus
      Golfo Aranci
      La Maddalena
      Loiri Porto San Paolo
      Luogosanto
      Luras
      Monti
      Olbia
      Oschiri
      Padru
      Palau
      San Teodoro
      Santa Teresa Gallura
      Sant'Antonio di Gallura
      Telti
      Tempio Pausania
      Trinità d'Agultu e Vignola

  • Oristano
    • Abbasanta
      Aidomaggiore
      Albagiara
      Ales
      Allai
      Arborea
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      Assolo
      Asuni
      Baradili
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      Flussio
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      Ghilarza
      Gonnoscodina
      Gonnosnò
      Gonnostramatza
      Laconi
      Magomadas
      Marrubiu
      Masullas
      Milis
      Modolo
      Mogorella
      Mogoro
      Montresta
      Morgongiori
      Narbolia
      Neoneli
      Norbello
      Nughedu Santa Vittoria
      Nurachi
      Nureci
      Ollastra
      Oristano
      Palmas Arborea
      Pau
      Paulilatino
      Pompu
      Riola Sardo
      Ruinas
      Sagama
      Samugheo
      San Nicolò d'Arcidano
      San Vero Milis
      Santa Giusta
      Santu Lussurgiu
      Scano di Montiferro
      Sedilo
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      Simala
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      Tadasuni
      Terralba
      Tinnura
      Tramatza
      Tresnuraghes
      Ulà Tirso
      Uras
      Usellus
      Villa Sant'Antonio
      Villa Verde
      Villanova Truschedu
      Villaurbana
      Zeddiani
      Zerfaliu

  • Sassari
    • Alghero
      Anela
      Ardara
      Banari
      Benetutti
      Bessude
      Bonnanaro
      Bono
      Bonorva
      Borutta
      Bottidda
      Bultei
      Bulzi
      Burgos
      Cargeghe
      Castelsardo
      Cheremule
      Chiaramonti
      Codrongianos
      Cossoine
      Erula
      Esporlatu
      Florinas
      Giave
      Illorai
      Ittireddu
      Ittiri
      Laerru
      Mara
      Martis
      Monteleone Rocca Doria
      Mores
      Muros
      Nughedu San Nicolò
      Nule
      Nulvi
      Olmedo
      Osilo
      Ossi
      Ozieri
      Padria
      Pattada
      Perfugas
      Ploaghe
      Porto Torres
      Pozzomaggiore
      Putifigari
      Romana
      Santa Maria Coghinas
      Sassari
      Sedini
      Semestene
      Sennori
      Siligo
      Sorso
      Stintino
      Tergu
      Thiesi
      Tissi
      Torralba
      Tula
      Uri
      Usini
      Valledoria
      Viddalba
      Villanova Monteleone

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Olbia-Tempio Province, Sardinia
Bay of Santa Reparata - Photo: Kiban
To the north, the province of Olbia Tempio faces the narrow stretch of water which separates Sardinia from Corsica (Bonifacio Strait), the Tyrrhenian Sea to the east, the province of Sassari to the west and Nuoro to the south. Olbia Tempio is a newly established province which was formed in 2001 when the regional law doubled the number of provinces from four to eight.
Olbia-Tempio-Province
Province of Olbia Tempio, Sardinia

The landscape in this province is varied with spectacular coastlines, mountains, hills, oak forests, plains, cultivated fields and desert areas. Part of the historic Gallura territory is in the province of Olbio Tempio and here you can see amazing granite rocks which have been formed into unusual natural sculptures by the wind and the rain.


Valle della Luna - Photo: Stahlkocher

The town of Olbia has some interesting architecture such as the Basilica of San Simplicio which was built in the llth and 12th century purely from granite. A short distance from Olbia there is the village of Pittulongu where you can find the 8th-6th century BC Sa Testa sacred well. Olbia is the administative capital of the region, together with Tempio Pausania which is located on a granite plateau 40 kilometers inland from Olbia. Tempio Pausania is famous for therapeutic properties of the oligo-mineral waters of the Rinaggiu Springs.


Basilica of San Simplicio, Olbia - Photo: Lupo

Inland, the whole of the province of Olbia Tempio is perfect for archeology enthusiasts with remains all over the area of pre-nuragic, nuragic, Punic, Roman and medieval civilizations. There are also many scattered rural settlements (stazzi) which were established during the 17th and 18th centuries by shepherds and their families. These stazzi were inhabited and flourishing until quite recently, until the tourism became big business in the area, when they were gradually abandoned as the owners moved into apartments in the developing towns and cities.

While the interior of Olbia Tempio is pretty and intersting, it is totally overshadowed by the beauty of the coastline and the subsequent tourist industry that has grown up around it. The coastline around this province is one of the most breathtaking in Italy and is a playground for the rich and famous in the summer months. During July and August, super yachts from around the world arrive here to berth in one of the many extremely expensive, totally exclusive marinas.


The Maddalena Archipelago - Photo: Stahlkocher

The coastline includes the beautiful Maddalena archipelago which is a group of granite islands, La Maddalena (the largest island), Santo Stefano, Spargi, Caprera, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria. The islands are now a geo-marine national park and the natural flora and fauna of the area are very well protected. The tourist industry started in 1962 when Prince Aga Khan noticed the outstanding natural beauty of the coastal area and set up a consortium for high budget tourism. This paradise holiday destination, known as the Costa Smeralda(which is 55 km long and covers over 30 sq.km), is now one of the most exclusive in the whole world.


Tavolara - Photo: Milolaj Kirschke

In the Bay of Olbia there is a large limestone island called Tavolara which is totally unspoiled thanks to it being a marine protected area and having a building ban imposed by the council. Although the interior of the province is charming, undoubtedly the coast gets most of the attention. From Olbia, northward to the tip of the island, past the luxurious village of Porto Rotondo and the Bay of Cignana, the visitor arrives at the legendary Costa Smeralda, whose name refers to the colour of the sea by the green-turquoise shades.


Porto Cervo - Photo: Stahlkocher

The heart of the Costa Smeralda is Porto Cervo, nestled in a secluded cove and home of great tourist accommodations, a well-equipped marina with space for over 700 boats. The village revolves around the 'piazzetta' and the Stella Maris church. There are many beaches worth visiting: Cala di Volpe, Poltu Quatu, Baja Sardinia, Cannigione, the magnificent Capriccioli and Liscia Ruia beaches. Going north, past Porto Rafael, a sophisticated tourist village set in a small bay, one drives through Palau, one of the most popular destinations with the famous capo d'Orso rock, to arrive in S. Teresa di Gallura, the closest place to Corsica with the unique white limestone of the Bonifacio Coast.


Capo Testa - Photo: pjt5

Other remarkable features of the area around S. Teresa di Gallura are Capo Testa, a massive granite promontory connected with the mainland by a narrow isthmus, the bay of Tindari with the coral-red rocks, Isola Rossa and Valle della Luna, a deserted land characterized by the presence of granite rocks carved by natural erosion into animal-like shapes.

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Sardinia Information
Location of Sardinia
Area: 24,090 km²
Population: 1.6 million
Density: 69/km²
Capital: Cagliari

Find a hotel in Sardinia
Provinces
Comunes
  • Cagliari
    • Armungia
      Assemini
      Ballao
      Barrali
      Burcei
      Cagliari
      Capoterra
      Castiadas
      Decimomannu
      Decimoputzu
      Dolianova
      Domus De Maria
      Donori
      Elmas
      Escalaplano
      Escolca
      Esterzili
      Gergei
      Gesico
      Goni
      Guamaggiore
      Guasila
      Isili
      Mandas
      Maracalagonis
      Monastir
      Monserrato
      Muravera
      Nuragus
      Nurallao
      Nuraminis
      Nurri
      Orroli
      Ortacesus
      Pimentel
      Pula
      Quartu Sant'Elena
      Quartucciu
      Sadali
      Samatzai
      San Basilio
      San Nicolò Gerrei
      San Sperate
      San Vito
      Sant'Andrea Frius
      Sarroch
      Selargius
      Selegas
      Senorbì
      Serdiana
      Serri
      Sestu
      Settimo San Pietro
      Seulo
      Siliqua
      Silius
      Sinnai
      Siurgus Donigala
      Soleminis
      Suelli
      Teulada
      Ussana
      Uta
      Vallermosa
      Villa San Pietro
      Villanova Tulo
      Villaputzu
      Villasalto
      Villasimius
      Villasor
      Villaspeciosa

  • Carbonia-Iglesias
    • Buggerru
      Calasetta
      Carbonia
      Carloforte
      Domusnovas
      Fluminimaggiore
      Giba
      Gonnesa
      Iglesias
      Masainas
      Musei
      Narcao
      Nuxis
      Perdaxius
      Piscinas
      Portoscuso
      San Giovanni Suergiu
      Santadi
      Sant'Anna Arresi
      Sant'Antioco
      Tratalias
      Villamassargia
      Villaperuccio

  • Medio Campidano
    • Arbus
      Barumini
      Collinas
      Furtei
      Genuri
      Gesturi
      Gonnosfanadiga
      Guspini
      Las Plassas
      Lunamatrona
      Pabillonis
      Pauli Arbarei
      Samassi
      San Gavino Monreale
      Sanluri
      Sardara
      Segariu
      Serramanna
      Serrenti
      Setzu
      Siddi
      Tuili
      Turri
      Ussaramanna
      Villacidro
      Villamar
      Villanovaforru
      Villanovafranca

  • Nuoro
    • Aritzo
      Atzara
      Austis
      Belvì
      Birori
      Bitti
      Bolotana
      Borore
      Bortigali
      Desulo
      Dorgali
      Dualchi
      Fonni
      Gadoni
      Galtellì
      Gavoi
      Irgoli
      Lei
      Loculi
      Lodè
      Lodine
      Lula
      Macomer
      Mamoiada
      Meana Sardo
      Noragugume
      Nuoro
      Oliena
      Ollolai
      Olzai
      Onanì
      Onifai
      Oniferi
      Orani
      Orgosolo
      Orosei
      Orotelli
      Ortueri
      Orune
      Osidda
      Ottana
      Ovodda
      Posada
      Sarule
      Silanus
      Sindia
      Siniscola
      Sorgono
      Teti
      Tiana
      Tonara
      Torpè

  • Ogliastra
    • Arzana
      Bari Sardo
      Baunei
      Cardedu
      Elini
      Gairo
      Girasole
      Ilbono
      Jerzu
      Lanusei
      Loceri
      Lotzorai
      Osini
      Perdasdefogu
      Seui
      Talana
      Tertenia
      Tortolì
      Triei
      Ulassai
      Urzulei
      Ussassai
      Villagrande Strisaili

  • Olbia-Tempio
    • Aggius
      Aglientu
      Alà dei Sardi
      Arzachena
      Badesi
      Berchidda
      Bortigiadas
      Buddusò
      Budoni
      Calangianus
      Golfo Aranci
      La Maddalena
      Loiri Porto San Paolo
      Luogosanto
      Luras
      Monti
      Olbia
      Oschiri
      Padru
      Palau
      San Teodoro
      Santa Teresa Gallura
      Sant'Antonio di Gallura
      Telti
      Tempio Pausania
      Trinità d'Agultu e Vignola

  • Oristano
    • Abbasanta
      Aidomaggiore
      Albagiara
      Ales
      Allai
      Arborea
      Ardauli
      Assolo
      Asuni
      Baradili
      Baratili San Pietro
      Baressa
      Bauladu
      Bidonì
      Bonarcado
      Boroneddu
      Bosa
      Busachi
      Cabras
      Cuglieri
      Curcuris
      Flussio
      Fordongianus
      Genoni
      Ghilarza
      Gonnoscodina
      Gonnosnò
      Gonnostramatza
      Laconi
      Magomadas
      Marrubiu
      Masullas
      Milis
      Modolo
      Mogorella
      Mogoro
      Montresta
      Morgongiori
      Narbolia
      Neoneli
      Norbello
      Nughedu Santa Vittoria
      Nurachi
      Nureci
      Ollastra
      Oristano
      Palmas Arborea
      Pau
      Paulilatino
      Pompu
      Riola Sardo
      Ruinas
      Sagama
      Samugheo
      San Nicolò d'Arcidano
      San Vero Milis
      Santa Giusta
      Santu Lussurgiu
      Scano di Montiferro
      Sedilo
      Seneghe
      Senis
      Sennariolo
      Siamaggiore
      Siamanna
      Siapiccia
      Simala
      Simaxis
      Sini
      Siris
      Soddì
      Solarussa
      Sorradile
      Suni
      Tadasuni
      Terralba
      Tinnura
      Tramatza
      Tresnuraghes
      Ulà Tirso
      Uras
      Usellus
      Villa Sant'Antonio
      Villa Verde
      Villanova Truschedu
      Villaurbana
      Zeddiani
      Zerfaliu

  • Sassari
    • Alghero
      Anela
      Ardara
      Banari
      Benetutti
      Bessude
      Bonnanaro
      Bono
      Bonorva
      Borutta
      Bottidda
      Bultei
      Bulzi
      Burgos
      Cargeghe
      Castelsardo
      Cheremule
      Chiaramonti
      Codrongianos
      Cossoine
      Erula
      Esporlatu
      Florinas
      Giave
      Illorai
      Ittireddu
      Ittiri
      Laerru
      Mara
      Martis
      Monteleone Rocca Doria
      Mores
      Muros
      Nughedu San Nicolò
      Nule
      Nulvi
      Olmedo
      Osilo
      Ossi
      Ozieri
      Padria
      Pattada
      Perfugas
      Ploaghe
      Porto Torres
      Pozzomaggiore
      Putifigari
      Romana
      Santa Maria Coghinas
      Sassari
      Sedini
      Semestene
      Sennori
      Siligo
      Sorso
      Stintino
      Tergu
      Thiesi
      Tissi
      Torralba
      Tula
      Uri
      Usini
      Valledoria
      Viddalba
      Villanova Monteleone

Sardinia Flag
Sardinia Airports
Sardinia National Parks
Archipelago of La Maddalena National Park
Asinara National Park
Gennargentu National Park
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