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Playing in Olbia, Sardinia
Playing in Olbia, Sardinia
GETTING TO SARDINIA
Your ship docks at the Isola Bianca Wharf in the town of Olbia, located on the northeast coast of Sardinia. The city center is approximately one mile from the dock. A free shuttle should be available to take you from the dock to the city, but expect long waits to board. You may find it faster to walk into town—you can get there in about 20 minutes. Taxis are also available at the dock. Disembarkation time is typically 8:00 am with an all-aboard time around 5:45 pm. The 10-night itinerary arrives in Sardinia on a Monday.
GETTING AROUND SARDINIA
Taxis are the quickest way to get around the region. Taxis can be found at the dock and at taxi stands scattered throughout the cities; you cannot hail taxis on the street. Ask to see the rate sheet and agree on the price before using the taxi. Expect to pay about €15–20 for a one-way taxi ride from the dock to the city center. If you’d like to arrange for a taxi in advance, visit http://www.olbiataxi.com. • Sardinia’s trains (Ferrovie dello Stato) are a bit slow, but they do connect the entire island. You can purchase tickets at automated ticket machines in the stations, which have instructions in English. • Car rentals are available in Sardinia, but without highways, travel along the narrow, winding roads is slow and we don’t recommend it for the limited time you’re in port. If you feel confident renting a car anyway, both Hertz and Europcar have agencies in Olbia.
SAFETY IN SARDINIA
Staying safe in Sardinia isn’t too difficult. Pickpockets are about in the major cities (including Olbia) and at the beaches and resorts along the Emerald Coast. Use our advice on safeguarding your valuables mentioned in other Mediterranean port sections. If you insist on driving a rental car, be very careful of other drivers, many of whom may put a greater emphasis on speed than skill.
SHOPPING IN SARDINIA
Shopping is particularly rewarding in Sardinia because their handicrafts continue to be made from ancient techniques that have been passed down through the generations virtually unchanged. Look for wood carvings, copper, iron, cork, pottery, and baskets. The best shopping district in Olbia is Via Umberto, which is within walking distance of the dock (see map). You’ll find a variety of different shops here. Note that it is acceptable (and sometimes expected) to bargain for lower prices. Most shops are open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and then from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
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