Porto San Paolo

a picture of Spiaggia Porto Taverna, near Porto San Paolo, northeast Sardinia, Italy.
The beautiful beach of Porto Taverna, near Porto San Paolo, northeast Sardinia, Italy.

About Porto San Paolo

Located amidst the beautiful coastline of northeast Sardinia, and a short distance southeast of Olbia, you will find the charming seaside village called Porto San Paolo. Before the beginning of 20th century, the coast of Gallura was a strong-hold for smugglers, yet nowadays, this idyllic town is a very popular destination for holidays. The strategic location of Porto San Paolo allows for easy access to spectacular nature and rolling landscapes which are highly popular with tourists and locals alike while the beaches of Porto Istana and Spiaggia Porto Taverna are also right on the doorstep of the village itself. Surrounded by enticingly crystal clear water and fine, white sands, the region is set up nicely for tourism as evidenced in the many inflatable boats, sun loungers, and umbrellas available for rent. Yes, Porto San Paolo is ideally situated to explore the rest of this part of Sardinia and graced with a spectacular wilderness with an endless variety of activities including horseback riding, mountain biking, and even golf. Peaceful and charming, the village is home to notoriously friendly locals, and it is also situated close to the magnificent islands named Isola Tavolara, Isola Molara, and Isola Piana. As part of the Area Marina Protetta di Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo, this is, in fact, a protected marine park and the thriving diversity of flora and fauna is a testament to this endeavor and the general success of tourism in this part of Sardinia.

Things to Do in Porto San Paolo

Diving in Porto San Paolo

Visitors will rarely run out of exciting things to do in Porto San Paolo. Take scuba diving for example, for the Area Marina Protetta di Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo is one of the most incredible dive sites anywhere near Sardinia. It includes Ceraso all’ Isola Ruia, south of Capo Coda Cavallo, as well as the island of Isola Molara and Isola Molarotto. The Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Reserve branches into three zones with the first being dedicated to scientific research and only open to guided tours for environmental conservation. Zone “B” is open for fishing, and diving centers that specifically use air apparatus while the last zone allows free scuba diving and swimming, although technically this region is still regulated and under protection. Numerous diving schools are available in the area including the Porto San Pablo Diving Center. As you might expect, diving in this area is as much an education on the culture and traditions of Sardinia, as it is a beautiful encounter with colorful marine life and underwater scenery. Some of the many highlights of diving in Porto San Pablo include Teddja Liscia on Isola Tavolara, Cala Cicale on Isola Tavolara, the Fico and Elefantino banks near Isola Molara, and the Windjammer, Omega, and Crisso shipwrecks.

Porto San Paolo Hotels - Where to Stay

Hotel Ollastu

  • A 4 star Hotel in Porto San Paolo with 40 rooms, 0 kilometers from the center of town (about 0 miles.)

Hotel Ollastu is located on four hectares in the midst of some stunning scenery and landscapes next to the promontory of Costa Corallina. One of the highlights of the hotel is the architecture and earth-like elements, which blend seamlessly amongst the natural attractions. In this sense, a sublime mix of light colors also adorns the interior of the hotel while the old culture of Gallura can still be seen in the megalithic pillars and wooden arches outside. Featuring a modern artistic style, pure comfort, and warm ambiance, Hotel Ollastu is known for its contemporary style but just as famous for the old-fashioned feel which is most often complimented by impressed visitors. Add all of this together, and you are guaranteed a memorable experience in the charming village of Porto San Paolo. Hotel Ollastu features restaurants, bars, a parking area, a lounge with television, and free Wi-Fi, the hotel is more than equipped to satisfy even the highest expectations. The central common area is followed by a reception hall, breakfast room, TV room, indoor bar, outdoor bar, two dining rooms, conference room, and two fantastic swimming pools with Jacuzzi. And then there are the majestic and panoramic garden, gazebos, solarium, and outdoor areas which can be used for entertaining activities. The rooms are also distinct from each other, and the style of the building itself is very typical of the Gallura, but it also offers the most modern comfort. Even the cuisine is top of the line, and from the hotel, it is also possible to explore the neighboring islands.

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Villa Bianca

  • A 4 star Villa in Porto San Paolo with 5 rooms, 0 kilometers from the center of town (about 0 miles.)

Villa Bianca is renowned for both of its location and spectacular design. Located just 700 meters from Porto San Paolo, this is a perfect accommodation for those yearning for freedom and fresh air. The villa exudes luxury and privacy while the five bedrooms ensure there is ample space for guests to enjoy. Villa Bianca is also very close to the Porto Istana, Isola di Tavolara, Cala Brandinchi Beach, and the Isola Bianca Harbor. On the other hand, Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport is also just nine kilometers from the villa while numerous markets and restaurants are located close to the villa, including a true local favorite, the Veliero. Villa Bianca consists of bedrooms with large double beds, which are both spacious and comfortable. The ceilings feature wood beams, and the living room opens out into a beautiful garden with fantastic views. There is also a huge infinity pool with whirlpools, and a hydrotherapy garden, as well as unrivaled views of the pristine Sardinian sea. The kitchen is surprisingly modern and offers convenience for intimate dining while the main veranda is also ideal for eating outdoors. Satellite television, dishwasher, washing machine, espresso coffee machine, and Wi-Fi internet connection are available and just to round off the experience, the bathrooms are exceptionally luxurious. Featuring a fitness center and many family amenities, the villa is well equipped for groups and families while there are also many activities to enjoy nearby such as snorkeling, horse riding, diving, and hiking. Amazingly, Villa Bianca welcomes guests of various languages including Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, and English. The villa's proximity to Porto San Paolo also makes it very easy for guests to enjoy the beautiful region nearby.

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Hotel Residence Porto San Paolo

  • A 3 star Hotel in Porto San Paolo with 30 rooms, 0 kilometers from the center of town (about 0 miles.)

The Residence Hotel is located in the peaceful village of Porto San Paolo which is just a few minutes away from Porto Taverna Beach and Porto Istana Beach. Interestingly, it is also very close to the National Archaeological Museum of Olbia, and Basilica of San Simplicio. In fact, this proximity to local attractions ensures the Residence Hotel is ideally located for things to do, just as much as panoramic views. Featuring a charming terrace with swimming pool and majestic views over the Mediterranean Sea, the Residence Hotel is the perfect haven for either a holiday or a quiet business trip in Sardinia. The apartments in the Residence Hotel are home to a bright and elegant design which blends seamlessly with the local area. The rooms also have either terraces or gardens, which allow guests to enjoy the summer breeze and warm sun, while Wi-Fi and cable internet are also on site should you feel isolated in this heavenly escape. Each room features air conditioning units, hair dryers, free toiletries, and infant beds while there is also a particularly luxurious bathroom with shower. Providing a smoke-free environment, the Residence Hotel Porto San Paolo is the epitome of cleanliness and friendliness, which is evident throughout the hotel. Guests receive access to Automated Teller Machines and other banking services which emphasize the convenience of a stay in this part of Sardinia and day tours are also easily organized in the reception. Aside from the multilingual staff, the front desk is available for 24 hours but make no mistake, this is truly a world class hotel with spectacular views, in one of the most idyllic destinations on the island of Sardinia.

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How To Get To Porto San Paolo

Flights from the UK

  • The nearest airport to Porto San Paolo is Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport.
  • Direct flights from all London airports to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport usually take about 2.5 hours.
  • Flights from London to Olbia are handled by airlines including British Airways, EasyJet, Meridiana.

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Driving From Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport to Porto San Paolo

To get to Porto San Paolo from Olbia, head southeast on the via Strada Statale 125 Orientale Sarda. It will be a 15 kilometer drive, which shouldn't take longer than 20 minutes.

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Sardinian Beaches Near Porto San Paolo

There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Porto San Paolo. Just click on a link below to find out more!

Spiaggia di Punta Don Diego

  • Length: 180 meters.
  • Things to do: scuba diving, snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of a warm sunset at the beach of punta don diego in north-east sardinia

Graced with lovely white sands, with sprinkles of sea grass in between, Spiaggia di Punta Don Diego is one of the most sought after beaches in Sardinia. There are even rock formations which capture the imagination of visitors and evoke images of genuine wonder in those who come to spend some time near Loiri Porto San Paolo. Located just a few minutes from San Teodoro in Olbia, the beach offers spectacular views of Isola Tavolara Island and is often referred to as the most pristine beach on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia. Spiaggia di Punta Don Diego branches into two beaches, with one facing north and another facing east. Both of them offer something unique but with the same crystal clear waters and luscious surroundings as each other. As with many beaches in this region, the sea is very shallow and sandy which makes it ideal for swimming and snorkeling while the local flora and fauna make this a natural encounter with unforgettable views.

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Spiaggia di Porto Taverna

  • Length: 730 meters.
  • Things to do: scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of Spiaggia Porto Taverna, near Porto San Paolo, northeast Sardinia, Italy.

Pristine turquoise ocean, breathtaking views, and endless coastline ensure Spiaggia di Porto Taverna is one of the most popular beaches in Northeastern Sardinia. It is located just a few kilometers from the town of San Teodoro in Olbia and renowned for being a clean beach with white powdered sands. Another highlight is the shallow and sandy seabed, which makes it an ideal location for young families, and activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing, and scuba diving. Several boat operators also provide the opportunity to explore some of the enchanting coves nearby, which are bordered with rocks and colorful vegetation. In these parts, an attractive iridescent color of emerald green and blue make this a stunning place to visit while the majestic views of Isola Tavolara dominate the scenery from the beach. There are also the picturesque bays of Isola Molara which never fail to delight visitors and not far from Spiaggia di Porto Taverna a mesmerizing pond is a home to some of the most interesting species of marine life.

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