For a spectacular Sardinian escape, book flights to Cagliari and explore the Island’s stunning, sunny southern coast. Cagliari is a lovely city, and it’s really worth taking a wander around before you go in search of those idyllic white-sand strands around the south of the island. Sardinia is the perfect place to enjoy a truly blissful holiday – from the unspoilt coastline and clear waters to the incredible Mediterranean cuisine, everything about this beautiful Island seems as though it has been created purely for pleasure! Book flights to Cagliari today, and see what Sardinia has in store for you.
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Around the citadel the streets of the Marina and Stampace Districts are lined with fine 19th-century Italian buildings. The elegant Via Roma, running parallel with the sea, has plenty of shops while the tree-lined Largo Carlo Felice and Via Regina Margherita, are a pleasure to stroll along as you walk toward the Castello. The Castello District, with its Pisan and Aragonese heritage, is well worth the climb (lifts are available) from the Marina, if only to enjoy the expansive views of the Santa Gilla Lagoon and marshes to the west.
Bastione San Remy

The Bastion of Saint Remy was built in classical style, linking the three southern embankments of Santa Caterina, Zecca and Sperone, to join the Castle district with the lower districts Villanova and Marina. The terrace at the southern end of the Castello offers a magnificent view over the sea and marshes to the west.

​Address: Terrazza Umberto I
Porta dei Leoni

Check out this intriguing gate leading to the Castello with two Romanesque lions’ heads above the arch. The "Lion’s Gate" used to be the southern entrance to the castle district.

​Address: Via Giovanni Spano
Roman Amphitheatre

The Anfiteatro Romano was hewn out of limestone rock in the II century AD, and is today an important remnant from the Roman dominion in Sardinia. With an active imagination, you can see yourself being part of this era.

​Address: Viale S.Ignazio da Laconi​Phone: +39 070 65 29 56​Website: www.anfiteatroromano.it​Opening hours: Apl-Oct, 09.30–13.30 weekdays, Sundays 09.30-13-30 & 15.30-17.30 (closed Mondays) Nov-Feb, 09.30–13.30 (closed Mondays)
San Saturnino

Basilica di San Saturnino is one of the oldest Christian churches on the island and dedicated to the patron saint of the city. It is situated in Villanova.

​Address: Piazza San Cosimo
Torre dell’Elefante

The Pisan Tower of the Elephant is called such because it has an elephant statue on the wall. It guards the southern entrance of Su Casteddu and is the only medieval tower still standing.

​Address: Via Università
Nora

This is the site of the ancient city founded by the Phoenicians, although most of the ruins are Roman. According to legend, this city was founded by the son of mythological God Hermes and Eriteide. Nowadays Nora is an open-air museum and during summer time you can come here for a concert.

​Address: Nora, Pula​More info: S.W. of Cagliari and four km South of Pula
Cathedral of Santa Maria

The Cathedral of Santa Maria was constructed by the Pisans and restored during the 1930’s. Inside there are two pulpits sculpted by Guglielmo da Pisa and several other fascinating features like white marble lending a magical quality to the palce.

​Address: Piazza Palazzo 4
Orto Botanico

The botanic garden has over 500 species of tropical plants together with many Mediterranean varieties. There is also botanic museum if you would like to learn more about flora and fauna.

​Address: Viale Fra Ignazio 13​Phone: +39 070 675 35 22​Website: www.ccb-sardegna.it/hbk/hbk.htm
Island of San Pietro

Island of San Pietro (Isola di San Pietro) is located off the coast of Sulcis, in the southwest of Sardinia which makes it a perfect day trip from Cagliari. The island can be reached by ferry from Calasetta and takes about 30-40 minutes. But be aware the public transport can be a mess and you never know when the bus arrives, but, it will be worth the trouble. The island offers amazing surroundings and beautiful beaches around the attractive coast - some even call this island ”a piece of heaven".

​Address: Island of San Pietro
Spiaggia Mare Pintau

With only 20 minutes by car you can reach this amazing beach. The car ride itself will be an experience due to amazing roads with the most spectacular views ever. There are no restaurants and bars by the beach so you probably need to bring along some food and drinks. Also good to know, the beach is not sandy but a little rocky and can be difficult to reach when climbing down from the hills, however it will be worth it because the colour of the sea is astonishing.

​Address: Spiaggia Mare Pintau​Website: www.qspiagge.it
Archaelogical Museum

This great museum is located in a former arsenal (Regio Arsenale) and contains many high quality objects and artifacts from Sardinia's past. On display are archaeological finds dating as far back as the Pre-Nuragic era (6000BC) and the Nuragic period. In the same complex you will also find the National Art Museum and a museum of Oriental Art.

​Address: Piazza Arsenale 1, 09100 Cagliari​Phone: +39 070 60 51 81​Website: www.archeocaor.beniculturali.it
Poetto Beach

Poetto Beach is a beautiful 6 km beach only 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre. The white sandy beach and the crystal clear blue water makes it a popular place to relax. If you are hungry or thirsty, do not worry, there are restaurants and bars around the area.

​Address: Lungomare Poetto, Cagliari
Spa and Wellness

Sardinia is the Island of wellness and here you can unwind and relax in one of the many spa resorts. You decided whether you need a thermal bath or a relaxing massage. In hotel Antiche Terme di Sardara you will find treatments like peeling, Turkish bath, deep cleansing facial and relaxing anti-stress massages.

​Address: Santa Mari Acquas​Website: www.termedisardara.it
Diving and Snorkeling

Sardinia is the ideal place to practice diving and snorkelling due to the crystal clear sea and the 1849 kilometres of coastline. Here you can still enjoy breathtaking unspoilt nature under the water with sea-beds rich in relicts and fish. There are plenty of authorized diving centres to choose from. One of them is Morgan Diving that also provides excursions for the whole family to the protected Marine Park of Villasimius with the opportunity of snorkelling.

​Address: Porto Turistico Marina di Capitana, 09045 Quartu S. Elena - Calgliari​Phone: +39 070 80 50 59​Website: www.morgandiving.com
Surfing and Windsurfing

Are you up for a thrilling sea activity? There are plenty of places where surfing and windsurfing can be practised in Sardinia; one of them is in Poetto in Cagliari, although the area of Oristano is considered the paradise for waves. The Windsurfing Club in Cagliari provides a range of courses.

​Address: Viale Marina Piccola​Phone: +39 070 37 26 94​Website: www.windsurfingclubcagliari.org
Despite the fact that Sardinia is surrounded by the sea, the best known dish is porceddu - roasted suckling pig. This does not mean that seafood is not popular. Around the coast, especially, barbecued fish such as striped bream, sea bass, red mullet and grey mullet are enjoyed. Sardinians are very proud of their culinary traditions, so don’t look for typical Italian or International food – appreciate the unique flavours of island cuisine and, in particular, look for the delicious bread varieties such as su cifraxu and cheeses such as pecorino sarda.
Convento San Giuseppe

Arguably the best restaurant in Cagliari, this ancient building dating back to 1270, offers the diner the choice of several dining halls in which to sample the excellent fare.

​Address: Via Paracelso snc, Prolungamento via Parigi​Phone: +39 070 50 33 43​Website: www.conventosangiuseppe.com
Corsaro

This family-run restaurant is among the most famous restaurants on the island, offering traditional dishes with great attention to detail. Specialities: tagliatelle with mussels, scorpion fish with cherry tomatoes and eel with pecorino cheese.

​Address: 28 Viale Regina Margherita, 09100 Cagliari ​Phone: +39 070 66 43 18​Website: www.dalcorsaro.com
La Marinella

Enjoy the speciality of the house, grilled fish, overlooking the beautiful beach at Poetto. If fish is not to your taste then excellent meat dishes or even pizza may fit the bill.

​Address: V. Golfo di Quartu 47​Phone: +39 070 81 01 26​Website: www.ristorantepizzerialamarinella.com
Restaurant Quattro Mori

This family-run, tavern style restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy the very special local fish specialities. It is worth booking ahead as the restaurant is often very busy both at lunchtime and in the evening.

​Address: Via Angioy 93, 09100 Cagliari​Phone: +39 070 65 02 69
Al Solito Posto

Al Solo Posto in the old centre to the east of the Castello is a pizzeria which also serves typical Sardinian dishes.

​Address: 2 Piazza, San Giacomo​Phone: +39 070 66 62 82​Website: www.alsolitoposto.eu
Lillicu

This small one-roomed trattoria is located in the heart of the Marina district. It boasts a menu that reflects the seasons.

​Address: Via Sardegna 78, 09124 Cagliari​Phone: +39 070 65 29 70​Website: www.lillicu.com
Pappa e Citti

In the local dialect, "pappa e citti" means "eat and shut up." Here you can enjoy good pizzas and drink wonderful Sardinian beer for a very affordable price.

​Address: 66 Viale Trieste​Phone: +39 070 66 57 70
Ristorante Basilio

Ristorante Basilio was founded in 1950 and is a family-run business. With welcoming staff, pleasant atmosphere and tasty local cuisine it can only turn into a great dining experience. On the menu you will find dishes like sea bream with seafood and soup of mussels and clams.

​Address: Via Sebastiano Satta No 112/A​Phone: +39 070 48 03 30​Website: www.ristorantebasiliocagliari.com
El Sabor Argentino

Discover the flavors from Argentina at this typical South American restaurant where you can spend a very pleasant evening with good food and music. The restaurant is decorated in a typical South American style with warm colors, wooden tables and chairs. This is where you can enjoy really tasty and genuine Argentinian meat for a reasonable price.

​Address: Via Pola, 16/a, 09100 Cagliari ​Phone: +39 070 65 26 00​Website: www.elsaborargentino.it
Mi Asian Restaurant

Mi Asian Restaurant serves fusion cuisine using only fresh ingredients and high quality produce. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere casually elegant. This is an ideal place to explore the oriental flavor.

​Address: Viale Bonaria, 22, 09125 Cagliari​Phone: +39 070 68 03 54​Website: www.miasianrestaurant.it
PerBacco

PerBacco is a small and cosy restaurant tucked away on a side street around the corner from the church of Saint Efisio. The menu is prepared personally by the owner Chef Sabrina Silvi and she offers the possibility to enjoy the flavours of land and sea.

​Address: Via Santa Restituta 72, 09124 Cagliari​Phone: +39 070 65 16 67​Website: www.enoperbacco.it
Punjabi

Punjabi is a great Indian restaurant with authentic Indian food. Here you can eat dishes like chicken korma, chicken mango, lamb tawa masala (lamb chops cooked in the oven with special sauce). At this restaurant you can expect a excellent service and tasty food for a reasonable price.

​Address: Via rossini 65​Phone: +39 070 31 10 887 ​Website: www.punjabi.it
Capitolo Due

Capitolo Due is the first restaurant that serves a mix of different cuisine from all over the world. Here you can relish Thai, Mexican, Indian and Japanese food. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with brick walls and vaulted ceilings.

​Address: Vittorio Emanuele, 199​Phone: +39 070 45 10 719​Website: www.capitolodue.com
Ristorante Antica Cagliari

The restaurant is ideally located in a picturesque narrow street in the Marina area. This restaurant serves delicious dishes of fish and meat, typical of Mediterranean cuisine and Sardinian tradition. Try the mussel soup or the traditional pasta with clams or with lobster.

​Address: Via Sardegna 49, 09100 Cagliari​Phone: +39 070 73 40 198​Website: www.anticacagliari.it
Da Cesare

This elegant restaurant is situated inside Caesar's Hotel and offers impeccable service and excellent food in a relaxing environment. On the menu you will find Italian cuisine with many typical Sardinian dishes. All dishes are well prepared and beautifully presented.

​Address: Via Darwin, 2, 09126 Cagliari​Phone: +39 070 34 07 50​Website: www.caesarshotel.eu
When in Italy - take the chance to try some new types of caffè! How about: Caffè con Panna - an espresso with fresh whipped cream Caffè Shakerato - coffee shaken with sugar and ice Marocchino – an espresso with cacao and milk foam
Caffè Librarium Nostrum

Enjoy your drink while drinking in the view over the lagoon of the Santa Gilla Marsh and the old Stampace District. Occasionally there is also live music.

​Address: Via Santa Croce, 33​Phone: +39 070 65 09 43​Website: www.caffelibarium.com
Caffè Mediterraneo

Caffè Mediterraneo is famed for its coffee and pastries, very popular with the locals and just across the road from the Santuario I Bonaria.

​Address: Viale Armando Diaz 157, 09125 Cagliar​Phone: +39 070 30 20 16​Website: www.caffemediterraneo.com
Antico Caffè

An old coffee shop located just below the Bastione San Remy. It offers great cappuccino and pastries in a pleasant atmosphere. This is a good place for people watching.

​Address: Piazza Costituzione 10/11, 09124 Cagliari​Phone: +39 070 65 82 06​Website: www.anticocaffe1855.it
Svizzero

A vaulted ceiling and old-world charm make visiting this traditional style café with a romantic atmosphere a must. This is a good place to have a breakfast.

​Address: Largo Carlo Felice 6-8​Phone: +39 070 65 37 84
Il Pancaffe

Enjoy the freshly baked bread or sip a cup of coffee in an elegant and comfortable setting in Il Pancaffe. This is a good way to start the day or to take a break between all the shopping and tourist attractions.

​Address: Via Gianturco 6 ​Phone: +39 070 30 72 60​Website: www.ilpancaffe.com
The majority of bars in Cagliari tend to be in the older districts near the port and the Castello. The atmosphere is very Latin and relaxed, especially in the arcades of Via Roma. As the capital city you would expect Cagliari to have the most lively nightclub scene on the island and it won’t disappoint you! Most of the clubs are in the Marina, Stampace and Castello Districts, and don’t miss Poetto Beach.
Il Merlo Parlante

Down an alley just off the Corso Vittorio Emanuelle, this is a busy birreria very popular with students and international visitors.

​Address: Via Portascalas 69, 09123 Cagliari​Phone: +39 070 65 39 81
Twist Bar

For something different, get out of the town centre and go to Poetto Beach. It’s great for getting away from the city’s heat and bustle.

​Address: 5a Fermata Lungomare Poetto​Phone: +39 348 274 92 36
Bossanova Wine Bar

A great selection of wine and cocktails are served up here with live music on Wednesday and a DJ on Saturday.

​Address: 309 Corso Vittorio Emanuele​Phone: +39 347 301 69 18
Il Birrificio Di Cagliari

This is a good old fashion pub with its own brewery and the first one of its kind in Sardinia. Here you can truly enjoy good beer, unfiltered and unpasteurized, served strictly on tap. If you are hungry, no not worry, there is a menu offering tasty and unique dishes.

​Address: Via Isaac Newton 24, 09131 Cagliari​Phone: +39 070 45 60 569​Website: www.ilbirrificiodicagliari.com
Orus Cafè

Orus Cafè is a two-story chic club where you can relax and chill out, however if you would like to dance, come over here on the weekends when the place turns into a disco. On Saturday nights it appeals more for the younger crowds while Friday nights is more for the mature clienteles. Here you can also enjoy live music and well-made cocktails.

​Address: Viale Trieste 35​Phone: +39 070 23 56 338​Website: www.oruscafe.it
Cagliari has excellent shopping opportunities mainly concentrated in the Marina District, and especially on the arcaded Via Roma, where you will find the main department store, La Rinascente, as well as a good variety of boutiques and everyday shops. Other main department stores, Upim on the Piazza Della Repubblica and Standa on Via Jenner Edward 2, are a couple of miles north of the centre. The French Hypermarket Auchan has invaded Cagliari and its two commercial centres, where you can buy just about anything, are located at Via San Simone, 60 - Località Santa Gilla and Via Dolianova, 35 ( www.auchan.it ). If you are shopping for souvenirs, or local handicrafts such as baskets and gold filigree jewellery, there are several shops catering for these needs in the port area or try the ISOLA shop at Via Bacaredda 176. For regional specialities, try the food sections of the supermarkets or visit the indoor market, Mercato Coperto di San Benedetto, on the ss125 in the direction of Quartu S.Elena. Sunday is a good day for markets with flea markets on the Bastione St.Remy, and also on Piazza Trento where Viale Trieste meets the corso Vittorio Emanuelle. Antique and curio markets on Piazza del Carmine, take place on the first Sunday of the month, and on Piazza Carlo Alberto on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. If used bargains don’t appeal to you, try the large market at St Elia Stadium, also on Sundays, where new goods at bargain prices can be found.
Cagliari Elmas Airport

Cagliari Elmas Airport is located 6km northwest of town. Coaches connect the airport with the bus station in Piazza Matteotti in the city centre and run approximately every hour. The journey takes about 15 minutes. Taxis from the airport to the city are about €10-15.

​Phone: +39 070 21 12 11​Website: www.sogaer.com
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