With Roman ruins, elegant palazzo’s and tree-lined boulevards, the Italian city of Cagliari is a beachside town with a rich past. Cagliari has been influenced by numerous cultures, from Spanish to Sardinian, which has left behind exotic cuisine and architecture.
Things to do in Cagliari
Poetto Beach, located a 10-minute bus ride from the city centre, is one of Cagliari’s best beaches. The eight kilometres of soft sand turns into a party scene during the summer months, where young revellers enjoy cocktails and ocean views from lively bars.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria is a 14th-century cathedral located in the medieval quarter of Castello. The Pisa-style building is a grand structure from the outside, with its interior featuring ornate decor and a secret crypt underneath the altar.
History enthusiasts can head to the National Archeological Museum, which houses findings from the pre-Nuragic age right through to the Byzantine period. Collections of pre historic bronze statues, italic ceramics and Byzantine jewels make up the exhibits, while private guided tours are available to learn about the history of the area.
Cagliari Marina is a busy harbour area lined with luxury yachts home to the rich and famous. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Osteria Da Serafino to dine on homemade Italian pasta and fresh seafood.
Getting around Cagliari
Cagliari Elmas Airport is a 15-minute drive away and you can also arrive by ferry from mainland Italy. Once in Cagliari, make use of taxis, explore on foot and take boats out of the harbour to see the surrounding coastline.