Archaeological site of Olbia

Founded by the Greeks around 325 BC, the fortified city of Olbia, which means "the blessed", was a sea stop. Many Greek and Roman remains have been uncovered: baths, shops and houses.

Description

Located on a slight promontory by the sea, Olbia is the only witness, preserved in the entirety of its plan, a network of colonies-fortresses greek, founded by Marseille from the IVth century. BC.

Citizens of Marseille, the first Olbians were soldiers-settlers, fishermen, farmers and had as main mission to secure the maritime trade.

The excavated remains allow visitors to understand the urban evolution of an ancient city over 1000 years. There are fortifications, streets equipped with sewers and sidewalks, collective wells, blocks of houses, shops, baths, shrines, etc.

The remains of a medieval abbey, Saint-Pierre de l'Almanarre, have also been discovered on the site.

Open seasonally from April to October / all year round by appointment for groups (minimum 10 people).

Classification/labels

  • Historic patrimony
  • Ruins and remains
  • Archeological site

Spoken languages

  • French

Tours

Languages of the visit

  • English
  • French

Individual

  • Time of individual visit 60 Hours (average)
  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request

Groups

  • Time of visit 90 Hours (average)
  • Unguided group tours on request
  • Guided group tours on request

Cultural activities

  • Archeological digs
  • History

Comfort / services

  • Car park
  • Pets welcome
  • Educational visits
  • Themed tour
  • Guided tours

Means of payment

  • Bank/credit card
  • Cheque
  • Cash

Opening

From 01/04 to 31/05
Opening hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.
Closed exceptionally on May 1st.

From 01/06 to 31/08
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2.30 pm and 6 pm. On Saturday and Sunday between 2.30 pm and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on 17/06, 25/07, 26/07, 27/07 and 28/07.

From 01/09 to 31/10
Opening hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9.30 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.