Set at the foot of the breathtaking Mount Corrasi, Oliena is a pretty tangle of whitewashed streets and olive groves. Having recently been awarded the prestigious Orange Flag award, a title that recognises its historic and cultural importance, Oliena presents visitors with a tapestry of historical intrigue and traditional rural charm.
The Maddelana district of the town is the most appealing section, offering an intricate maze of twisting alleyways and tranquil courtyards, all painted in a cool white. Spending time getting lost in the picturesque streets is part of the fun, and you might just stumble upon one of the town’s local cafes or restaurants where you can stop for a welcome refreshment.
Oliena is also rich in folklore and traditional Italian culture, having originated from a Nuragic settlement. Today, wine is one of the town’s main exports, with the Nepente variety being praised by connoisseurs. Cuisine is generally rustic, with dishes often flavoured with the local Sardinian pecorino cheese.
If you want to explore further afield, you will find lots to see and do within just a short drive or hike. Cooling off is easy thanks to the Sorgenti Su Gologone spring – a beautiful, naturally fed spring with incredibly clear water and a parkland setting, plus there are also several caves close to the town that are open for exploration. The nearby city of Nuoro boasts plenty more attractions, including numerous museums.
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The closest airport to the resorts in North Sardinia is Olbia (OLB). Direct flights to Olbia are available from Bristol, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester and London Luton and take approximately 2 hours.
When to go
Sardinia is a summer destination, with the season generally running from May to early October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August and this is when the towns and beaches are at their busiest. However, Sardinia also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too. May, June and September are ideal months to visit for those wanting to avoid the busiest crowds and still enjoy warm weather.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
On guided tours/excursions it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation the driver and guide at the end of the tour.
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