Known to be Italy’s ‘greenest city’, the 2,000 year old urban centre of Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean. With little smog and a multitude of parks and gardens to discover, its nickname is well deserved. This fresh and salt-scented city is perfectly located between the deep blue sea and fertile plains of the interior; lending this cityscape the famous Sardinian 6 month summer.
Being a major port in the region, Cagliari is the entry point for many hopping on a ferry in the hopes of discovering the citrus groves, pine forested mountains and pastoral meadows of Sardinia.
However the city itself has plenty to excite and entertain visitors of all ages and outlooks. From the authentic heritage of its ruins, museums and churches to cobblestoned piazzas and cafes where dedicating time to sampling all the fresh seafood and Sardinian cuisine is almost compulsory.
With many beautiful boutiques along narrow, winding walkways – a trip to Cagliari is a romantic step back in time and a true glimpse of ancient Italy in all its splendour.
Holiday in Cagliari
This historically robust town, steeped in ruins, museums and cathedrals flaunting its Phoenician, Roman, Vandal and Byzantine legacies; this old, colourful, hot, beautiful, bright city of baking sun, terraced walkways and rented scooters is best explored slowly. Wander along narrow lanes; take a Vespa ride to the Botanical Gardens or the Roman amphitheatre or any of the Carthaginian relics speckled around town. Bask in its history and the knowledge that people have been treading the same paths beneath your feet since before the Bronze Age. From the open air museum of Nora to Torre dell’Elefante, the only medieval tower left standing.
When you would like to stretch out in more relaxing surroundings, either head to one of Europe’s most impressive cemeteries, Monumental Cemetery of Bonaria, or one of the city’s many parks and gardens such as the Regional Park of Molentargius or Monte Claro Park (and its hedge maze). If you prefer water sports and sun bathing then head to the pristine blue waters and fine white sands of Poette. This 8km stretch of beach is one of the longest in Europe, so you are sure to find a measure of quiet even on the busiest and hottest of summer days.
Venturing beyond the town’s borders, the surrounding area is teeming with exquisite lagoons, mountain parks, wildlife reserves and bird sanctuaries in salty marshes sure to excite and delight any lover of nature.
Renting holiday accommodation in Cagliari
Cagliari, being relatively unblemished by modern high-rise hotels and still possessing its Sardinian charm, is best experienced while staying in your own holiday rental apartment. This allows a more authentic, custom-made experience and a chance to truly participate in the lifestyle of Sardinia’s centre of arts, culture, education and politics. And there is nothing more authentically Italian than visiting a fresh food market and returning to your very own kitchen to prepare a delicious meal of freshly caught fish or locally reared meat.