Discovering Cagliari, the city of sun
Cagliari is Sardinia’s main and most populous city, located in the middle of the Golfo degli Angeli which embraces the south-east coast of the island. Cagliari is a perfect ecosystem suspended between sky, earth and water offering everything you could want from a vacation: history, art, seashores, parks, shopping and great food.
Cagliari is a city completely steeped in a Mediterranean atmosphere thanks to its history and a sea that will remind you remote paradises.
The city’s history goes back thousands of years, from prehistoric times to the reign of the Savoy. Built on seven hills that identify different city districts, Castello is the originary nucleus which is the highest point of the city overlooking the surrounding area. Other hills are Tuvu Mannu, Tuvixeddu, Monte Claro, Monte Urpinu, Bonaria, San Michele. Each of them offers highlights of history, greenery and great views.
The city can be praised for its artistic beauty: you can stroll along Via Roma romantic arcades overlooking the harbour, walk through picturesque historical districts with sea views, elegant shopping streets and panoramic terraces, enjoy a drink at sunset from the Bastione of Saint Rémy or from the Bastione di Santa Croce in the Castello district.
Don’t forget to visit the nearby Anfiteatro, one of Sardinia’s most important Roman ruins. Just outside of the city centre you can stopover in other district attractions such as the Castle of San Michele and Tuvixeddu, the Mediterranean’s largest Phoenician-Punic necropolis (VI-III century BCE).
In Cagliari, there are so many natural attractions: the Cagliari lagoon (Santa Gilla), the Molentargius-Saline park, and of course the sea.
Molentargius is a natural reserve unique all over Europe, and perfect habitat for many plants and animals species. Among our tours, you can find the Eco Safari tour which will show you all the details of this beautiful ecosystem. You will see and photograph the pink flamingos nesting, standing in the salty water or taking flight. The location of these old saltworks is also excellent to enjoy a fiery sunset.
You cannot miss a dive into the blue waters of the great Poetto beach to fall in love with this exotic city. The Poetto is an 8 km long soft sandy beach, graced with palm trees with a walking trail and cycling path on its side. The kiosk-bars along the beach are lively and delightful at any time including night when the city reveals its more glamorous side.
Don’t miss the chance to experience an even more scenic city watching Cagliari from the sea. You can take excursions to Sella del Diavolo and Cala Fighera from Su Siccu, the small harbour close to the city centre. We offer tours for those who prefer a dive in the water or just an aperitivo relishing the sunset. We have also longer tours to Mari Pintau beach: its name means 'painted sea', just a perfect brand for a spectacular beach with smooth stones washed by the thousand shades of emerald-blue that contrast with the green of the surrounding hills. This daily excursion offers a panoramic view of many stunning kilometres of coast.
Do not miss to enjoy the unique local food experience: a tasty "fregola" with clams, fish soups, delicious pasta dish made with sea urchins, suckling piglet served on a bed of fragrant myrtle. Be sure you will accompany these aromas with superb wines such as the white Vermentino, and the red Cannonau and bitter herb distillates such as myrtle to close your meal. The Marina district, close to the harbour, is full of typical trattorie, and you can find very cosy restaurants with a view also in Castello, along the Poetto beach, in Calamosca and Sant'Elia.