Located in the splendid Gulf of Angels, capital of the province and the region, Cagliari is the hub of nightlife and attracts thousands of people every day, thanks to its many faces: archeology, history, customs, nature and food and wine specialties which await those who visit. More than just seeing it, Cagliari should be experienced, immersing yourself in the narrow and winding streets of the historic centre, which owe their structure to Pisans, Catalans and Aragonese. From Cagliari you can easily travel to discover the coast of Southern Sardinia, with its crystal clear beaches, unspoilt natural landscapes and the typical flavours of the island .
The first itinerary will take you to discover the “many faces” of Cagliari. Like many towns that boast thousands of years of history, the City of Angels presents many traces of history. Thanks to various organisations active in tourism and speleology, the underground paths can be used to immerse yourself in the heart of the city. Leave the surface and find yourself trampling the roads built and travelled on by the Ancient Romans.
A visit to the Archaeological Museum and the National Art Gallery, located on the Castello hill, is not to be missed. Occupying several floors, the Pinacoteca offers a spectacular journey through imposing altarpieces, as well as another glimpse of the ancient Roman city of Karalis (the Roman name for Cagliari).
Leaving Piazza Arsenale and going down via Badas (called «S’Avanzada» by the locals), you come to the Public Gardens. Inside you find the Municipal Art Gallery, where the Ingrao Collection is permanently on display. Absolutely not to be missed are the works of Francesco Ciusa, as well as precious pieces that tell the story of art between the late nineteenth and the middle of the last century.
In the heart of the Stampace district is the «Saint Efisio prison» and the small church named after the patron saint. On May 1st, the day of the festival dedicated to the saint, thousands of Sardinians from all over the island parade in procession. Tradition has it that the saint was invoked by the citizens in 1656, when «Efis» (as he was affectionately called) chased away the plague that had weighed so heavily on the city.
Cagliari is art, it is history, but it is also sea, crystalline and iridescent. Stand Up Paddle (SUP) is the perfect activity to discover the coast, from Calamosca to the Poetto beach. There is an active nightlife on this promenade too, in the beach bars and the Arena Village, the heart of musical events and concerts.
Moving a little away from the Poetto, you find yourself in front of the Molentargius Natural Park. Restored in recent decades, the park is a real oasis of peace and tranquility, including areas with games for the little ones and the chance to do bird watching. Indeed, the Molentargius area is closely linked to flamingos which, every year, nest in the protected area of the park.
Along the coast road 125, amidst breathtaking views and turquoise sea, you reach the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara, one of the most south-eastern offshoots of the island. Absolutely not to miss are the boat excursions, where you can dive into a Caribbean-like sea.
Near Capo Carbonara there are enchanting beaches, visited daily by tourists and residents. Two above all to mention are the splendid and suggestive beach of Porto Giunco, enclosed between the pond of Notteri and the Tyrrhenian Sea, and Simius beach, located in the municipality of Villasimius.
Going north, we advise you to visit the coasts of Sarrabus, a real mine of surprises. For lovers of history and diving, a visit to the wreck of Antefisse, a boat from the 1st century AD, is not to be missed. The sea facing Costa Rei, a little further north, offers unique scenarios for both diving and snorkeling in the rich marine ecosystem. Finally, don’t miss out on an excursion to Capo Ferrato, also known for the historical finds on its seabed.
The splendour and beauty will guide you to discover Pula, a small jewel on the southwest coast, as well as nearby Nora, a well-maintained archaeological site with fantastic white beaches.
Going along SS 130, also called Iglesiente, you cross the Sulcis region until you come to Cala Domestica, a wonderful hidden beach on the east coast, known for its depths and intense sea currents. Cala Domestica is sheltered and is truly a perfect place for a day to remember.
Do you love waves? Buggerru is the ideal destination for surfers. Thanks to the sea currents and its location, Buggerru offers ideal conditions for surf-lovers and attracts enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.
The Sulcis region, located in the south-east of the island, is rich in history and is quite unique.
A land known since pre-Roman times for its mines, Sulcis offers wonderful locations, such as the mines of Monteponi. Known and exploited since ancient times, the mines were used until the last century. They had a great impact and deserve to be visited, thanks also to the excellent guides and an exciting itinerary.
Sant’Antioco, an islet connected to Sardinia by a carriage bridge, is a jewel. Calasetta, the most important centre, is a pleasant village, where you can taste pilau, an indigenous dish based on fregula and fish products from its coasts. From the port of Calasetta, take the ferry and you will land on the island of San Pietro at Carloforte, its most important centre on the island. It is a small village where you can hear Carlofortino, a linguistic lineage that owes much to the Genoese, who lived on the island for centuries. Among rugged landscapes and an extremely pleasant city centre, we invite you to discover cascà, Carloforte couscous, which has its roots on the island of Tabarca, off the Tunisian coast.
Sardinia, a thousand year-old island, inhabited for many ages and with a nuraghic civilization which left important traces of its passage.
Emotions are an integral part of the spectacular Barumini site, in the heart of Marmilla.
It is a real city complex built in the Nuragic age. Discovered by Giovanni Lilliu, a key figure in Sardinian Nuragic archeology, it offers a truly suggestive dive into the past.
Finally, to stay in close contact with nature, immerse yourself in the scents of flowers and tulips, and gaze at the shades of their petals at the botanical garden of Turri, in the village of the same name, where you can enjoy a truly unforgettable experience.
Speaking of roots: have you ever heard of the Giara horse? It is a native breed of horse, smaller than average and with light hair. Its habitat, protected by the Giara di Gesturi Park, is typical of the area, with a rich presence of Mediterranean scrub and medicinal plants.
Staying in the area, we invite you to discover Sanluri and its Castle, called Eleonora D’Arborea, a judge and a symbol of the island’s medieval autonomy. Owned by Counts Villa Santa, it is the only one of the 88 Sardinian medieval castles still habitable.
Sardinia, given its peculiarity and uniqueness, offers aromas and flavours of certified excellence. To discover the typical flavours, we recommend a visit to the Serdiana Oil Museum, where you can taste «green gold».
Still on the subject of excellent flavours, not far from the Oil Museum, stands the Argiolas winery, a wine-making centre of excellence on the island. A guided tour is not to be missed, to learn about (and taste) each phase of the transformation of the grape into a wonderful and full-bodied red wine.
A popular saying goes: «Pani, casu e binu a rasu», or «Bread, cheese and (a glass of) wine on the side». The Medio Campidano offers spectacular dairy products, thanks to ideal climatic conditions and an indigenous sheep breed. There are many dairies in the area, both in Serdiana itself and in nearby Dolianova, a town known for its homonymous winery.
One of the best known flavours, if not the best known flavour, of the island is myrtle liqueur, extracted from the macerated berries of the homonymous plant. We would like to introduce you to another typicality of the island.: Villacidro murgia, a yellow liqueur which has been produced since 1882 (in fact it was for this drink that the first license for the production of spirits was issued in Sardinia). With its characteristic yellow colour, Villacidro (inextricably linked to the small and pleasant town) owes its curious colour to saffron, “red gold”.
Since you are close to Villacidro, why not organise a picnic with Campidano delicacies and visit the Sa Spendula waterfall? Nature will embrace you, as you enjoy unspoilt landscapes and flavours which will take you back centuries, if not millennia.
La importancia de Alquilar un Coche en Cagliari
La mejor y más práctica forma de llegar a Cagliari, ya sea por vacaciones o por negocios, es sin duda en avión. Gracias a los numerosos vuelos operados por muchas compañías aéreas, incluidas las low cost, aterrizar en el aeropuerto internacional de Cagliari Elmas suele ser mucho más barato, además de más rápido que viajar en barco con coche. Nuestro consejo es viajar sin medios de transporte propios y alquilar un coche en Cagliari en el aeropuerto, donde las tarifas suelen ser más bajas que en el centro de la ciudad. Nuestro alquiler de coches ofrece varias ventajas inmejorables que incluyen, por ejemplo: tarifas transparentes, coches siempre nuevos, seguro mini kasko incluido, asistencia las 24 horas, reserva online gratuita y garantizada. De hecho, cuando confirmamos la reserva, además de no exigir ningún depósito, garantizamos la disponibilidad efectiva del coche a la llegada. ¡Parece obvio pero no lo es! De hecho, muchos viajeros suelen quedarse a pie debido a malentendidos, problemas burocráticos y overbooking. Además, en nuestras oficinas, la recogida del coche de alquiler es prácticamente inmediata, sin esperas, sin colas por kilómetros y horas esperando, los trámites para el alquiler de coches en Cagliari, como en nuestras sucursales de Alghero y Olbia, son muy rápidos, solo unos minutos. A menos que se acuerde lo contrario, también es posible pagar el alquiler del coche y la franquicia sin tarjeta de crédito. Para aprovechar nuestras mejores tarifas, te recomendamos reservar el automóvil con anticipación utilizando nuestro sistema de Reserva Gratuita.
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