Cagliari

Cagliari embodies Sardinia’s lust for life in all its facets. With its winding alleys, grand architecture and idyllic location skirted by the sea, the island’s capital city is easy to fall in love with. Whether you want to shop til you drop or relax on Poetto beach, Cagliari is one of the most beautiful spots in Sardinia.

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Cagliari – Sardinia’s lively capital by the sea

Cagliari embodies Sardinia’s lust for life in all its facets. With its winding alleys, grand architecture and idyllic location skirted by the sea, the island’s capital city is easy to fall in love with. Whether you want to shop til you drop or relax on Poetto beach, Cagliari is one of the most beautiful spots in Sardinia.A climb to its imposing fort reveals breathtaking views of the old town with its subtly morbid charm and many of the city’s impressive buildings – the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Elephant Tower and the Tower of San Pancrazio punctuate the landscape of subtropical gardens and mysterious alleyways. In culinary terms, the city packs a punch, too. From the simple trattoria to gourmet restaurants, fans of Sardinian and Italian cuisine will certainly get their money’s worth here. A wander through the legendary Mercato di San Benedetto fish market is the perfect way to experience the ‘real’ Cagliari. And for a relaxed end to an unforgettable day in Cagliari, take a stroll along Poetto beach, stopping to enjoy an authentic aperitivo in one of the many charming bars.


Around Cagliari: Idyllic bays and devilish cliffs

Nearby beaches

- Poetto
- Quartu Sant’Elena
- Cala Fighera
- Cala Mosca

Breathtaking views: Sella del Diavolo

At the end of Poetto beach stands the legendary, mighty cape of Sella del Diavolo. Legend has it that this was where the devil fought a group of angels led by Archangel Gabriel. You can follow a trail up the imposing mountain from Calamosca, just ten minutes from Cagliari.


A protected marine paradise: Capo Carbonara

Not only a must-see for fans of snorkelling and diving! With its crystal-clear water and a truly unique underwater world, the Capo Carbonara Marine Reserve is guaranteed to impress. It is just over one hour’s drive from Cagliari, making it the perfect destination for a relaxed day trip.

Location and surroundings

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