The Surroundings

The Hotel Essenza is strategically located to combine a seaside and city holiday. In fact, you will be just a few steps away from the historic centre of Olbia and a few minutes from the wonderful beaches of the Gulf of Olbia and the Costa Smeralda. You can then set off on an excursion to the island of Tavolara or discover the archaeological sites nearby.


This is the town that will welcome you to Gallura and will be your gateway to an exciting trip to north-eastern Sardinia.

You can take a stroll through Olbia’s historic centre, and visit the Basilica of San Simplicio and the necropolis museum. The Baroque Church of San Paolo is also worth a visit, to admire the majolica tiles of its dome.

Pittulongu beach, also known as La Playa, is the townspeople’s favourite beach but it is not the only one. You can also take a swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lo Squalo, Il Pellicano, Mare e Rocce, all the way to Bados.

Costa Smeralda

It takes its name from the colour of the sea but is also known worldwide for its nightlife, the little squares with exclusive brand name shops for late-night shopping and renowned resorts such as Cala di Volpe or Liscia di Vacca.

On arrival you are greeted by two granite rocks, characteristic of the whole area, and your gaze will wander among the white buildings perfectly set in the typical Mediterranean scrub. The Stella Maris Church, designed by Michele Busiri Vici, is well worth a visit.

Romazzino, Pitrizza, and Liscia Ruja will also fascinate you, and if you look at the horizon, you will be able to see the island of Cappuccini, the island of Mortorio and other little strips of land.


Tavolara is nothing more than a mountain of limestone and granite rising 560 metres out of the sea. This islet is actually the cornerstone of the Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo Protected Marine Area, which stretches 76 kilometres from Loiri Porto San Paolo to San Teodoro.

The Tavolara Marine Area is characterised by crystal-clear sea, coves and inlets rich in Mediterranean maquis, but also by the red porphyry islets (Molara and Molarotto), Isola Piana and other tiny strips of land that we recommend you explore by boat or snorkelling.

In July, we recommend the International Film Festival (‘Una notte in Italia’), which takes place in an exclusive and evocative setting.

Archaeological sites

Around Olbia you can find numerous sites where you can spend a day dedicated to the history of the area: nuraghi, tombs of the giants and sacred wells. The Tomb of the Giants of Su Monte e S’Ape is worth a visit. It stands a short distance from the Casteddu nuraghe and the Castle of Pedres.

The Riu Molinu nuraghe is also fascinating for its wide view and breathtaking panorama because it stands right on the summit of the Su Casteddu hill.

Arriving at the Pozzo Sacro di Sa Testa (Sacred Well of Sa Testa), on the other hand, you will be faced with a large circular courtyard connected to an atrium. A staircase of 17 steps leads to the well’s chamber.

You must not miss the Necropolis of San Simplicio, Olbia’s main museum.