This is the favourite beach of the inhabitants of Olbia, about eight kilometres from the town, on the road that leads to Golfo Aranci. Famous also as Puntale Lungo, La Playa di Pittulongu is a splendid and extensive ‘half-moon’ of very fine, white sand with a few stretches of small shells, especially near the water's edge, set between Punta Muriscinu and Punta Filiu. The water is shallow, with a sloping seabed, and it is perfect for families with children. On the sandy shore, there are beach establishments that offer you all the most useful services: facilities that can be accessed by the disabled, ample parking and beach equipment, pedalo and boat rentals. There are characteristic bars and restaurants with a view of the impressive island of Tavolara, overlooking the beach, highly frequented by windsurfing, diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.
La Playa is the first and most highly frequented beach in the Lido di Pittulongu. Next to it, there is the beach of Lo Squalo (Shark), separated by a small rocky strip of land. Further on, you will find Il Pellicano (Pelican), an expanse of sand very similar to La Playa but much smaller and with little rocks that emerge. Further ahead, still on foot, you will reach Mare e Rocce, with its fine, light sand. Further north, on the border, there is Bados, a vast sandy shore with soft grey-ochre coloured sand.
The coast of Olbia also includes other long stretches. To the north, in the direction of the Costa Smeralda, there are numerous ‘pearls’ with white sand (or little pebbles) and the crystal clear sea at La Marinella, at Porto Rotondo, at Marina di Cugnana and at Portisco, among which Sa Rena Bianca. To the south, along scenic state road no. 125, in the direction of San Teodoro, you will find, in sequence, the beaches with yellow-ochre coloured sand of Lido del Sole, Le Saline, Bunthe and Li Cuncheddi, the four splendid coves of Porto Istana, which are part of the protected area of Capo Coda Cavallo, and lastly Punta Corallina, on the border of Loiri Porto San Paolo.