Cagliari

The city of the sun

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Welcome to Cagliari

A perfect weather all year around, a stunning coastline within walking distance from the center, history and traditions. If this is not enough to decide to visit Cagliari, add to the strong points list, a delicious cuisine, a welcoming atmosphere and locals and many things to do and see in the city and in the surrounding area.

According to many, Cagliari is a unique place where you can visit ancient sites, monuments, churches and palaces built by Phoenicians, Romans, Pisans, Spanish as well as Piedmont population. In addition to the points of interest where discover the historical events of the city, one of the strengths of Cagliari is the lifestyle... so, do not miss the chance to walk along the narrow streets of the historical and cultural heart of Cagliari, to drink a coffee seated at the tables of its central squares, to go out and enjoy live music in the several pubs of the city.

Visiting Cagliari offers a 360° travel experience, from the sea to the old town, from the culture to the nightlife… just a weekend is enough to fall in love with the capital of the Mediterranean.

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  • Things to do
  • Things to see
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Information about the city of Cagliari

Airport

Cagliari-Elmas Airport is the main, biggest and busiest airport in Sardinia. It is located in the little town of Elmas at only 6 km from the city centre. Recently enlarge and refurbished, it is well connected to several Italian and European destinations so mostly used for both domestic and European flights. Short distances and efficient bus service make Cagliari airport easily and quickly accessible from and to the city centre (Piazza Matteotti).

How to get around

Once you reach the historical centre, the best ways to move around are on foot with a walking along its narrow streets. A tour by bike can be pleasant but just in some area because Cagliari was built on seven hills. Being a city characterized by a sunny weather, it would be a great idea also rent a Vespa to reach the beach or to going out at night.  The public transportation service - buses and train – has improved during the last years, but taking a bus may complicate and delay your scheduled travel program.

Tourist Information

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The best way to move around Cagliari

Cagliari would not be the same without...
- The Saint Remy rampart
- The historical districts
- The Poetto Beach and the Devil's Saddle
- The Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria

Not-to-be-missed in Cagliari
- The sunset from Bastione Santa Croce
- The feast of Saint Efisio
- The Market of San Benedetto

Museums in Cagliari
- The Citadel of Museums
- The Vice Royal Palace
- The Municipal Gallery

When travel to Cagliari

Above all, if you are a sea-lover, summer in Sardinia is amazing! It is the Sardinia high season so the beaches are often overcrowded and it also can affect the cost of your stay… furthermore it is the best time to visit Cagliari for both the nightlife and the long sunny days.
If you prefer having the beach all for yourself and a quieter atmosphere without giving up to warm days, you should visit Cagliari in May and September.

Tipical food in Cagliari

Cagliari, as many Sardinian coastal cities, boasts a delicious cuisine based to both fish and meat recipes. This is why among the list of what to do in Cagliari, a special place must be dedicated to its typical cuisine: burrida (dogfish cooked in white vinegar) and octopus with potatoes, fregola (a type of dry semolina pasta) with  sausage or spaghetti with clams, spit-roasted suckling pig or mixed fried fish. Typical desserts of Cagliari are the seadas or pardulas, both made with cheese or different types of desserts made with almonds.

About Cagliari

Something that maybe you didn't know about Cagliari...

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The Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria is the largest church in Sardinia built when a crate arrived mysteriously from the sea at the foot of the hill of Bonaria. On the crave, the Mercedarian Friars found a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child with a lighted candle in her right hand.

- Cagliari has its twin towers: the Tower of San Pancrazio and the Elephant Tower built in the fourteenth century to safeguarded the city and that still stand on the skyline of the city.

- The market of San Benedetto is the largest indoor civil market in Italy and one of the largest in Europe (8000 sqm).

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