Cagliari & Around
Cagliari is a city of a thousand faces which preserves the charm of its history. The city lies on the Golfo degli Angeli, surrounded by protected natural areas and breathtaking landscapes, archaeological treasures, amazing white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
Discover all the must-see attractions
Castello. The fortified medieval quarter, built in a hill, is the symbol and heart of the city of Cagliari. It represents the pulsating heart and memory of the town with its sturdy walls, it’s still overlooked by two Pisan towers.
St Pancras Tower (Torre di San Pancrazio). The tower was built in 1305 on the highest peak of what is now known as Castello.
Elephant Tower (Torre dell'Elefante). This mighty tower was built by architect Giovanni Capula in 1307 on the Castello hill, facing the sea.
Cathedral of Saint Mary (Cattedrale di Santa Maria). The church of St Mary became the city's cathedral in the 13th century.
National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale). The museum is housed within the old walls of the Royal Arsenal (Regio Arsenale).
Saint Remy Rampart and its Indoor Promenade. The rampart was built as a viewpoint in the nineteenth century on the ruins of the ancient city walls to embellish the landscape. It was made with a neoclassic style, with a spectacular façade and a semicircular flight of steps, on the Zecca and Sperone Spanish ramparts.
Basilica of our Lady of Bonaria. Religious complex consisting of a small Catalan Gothic church dating back to the 14th century (the Sanctuary) then the Basilica was built around the 18th century in a Neoclassical style. The complex is surrounded by a small but pleasant park, with nice views over the port.
St. Saturn’s Basilica. The Basilica is probably the most ancient example of Romanesque architecture in Cagliari. A 6th century document mentions the site for the first time. It had probably already built in the place where young Saturno had been martyred in 304AD.
EXMA’. A multi-functional space which regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, screening of movies, theatre and living music shows. It is definitely worth paying a visit after seeing the Basilica of St Saturno, which is only a few minute walk away.
City Gallery of Modern Art. The City Gallery of Modern Art is hosted in a fine Neo-Classical building. The Museum displays its works on two floors and holds, as a permanent exhibition, the Ingrao Collection, with 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures by Italian artists.
National Gallery (Pinacoteca Nazionale). Piazza Palazzo. A contemporary building hosts the National Gallery. In its three floors, part of the old Spanish and Savoy city walls have been integrated with the rooms where the pictures are on display.
St Eulalia’s Church, archaeological site and Treasure Museum. The Parish church of St Eulalia was built by the Aragonese towards the end of 14th century and named after the patron saint of Barcelona. The building was severely damaged during WWII bombings. Restoration works have brought back the inside to its Aragonese-Gothic style.
Anfiteatro Romano. The most important building in Sardinia dating back to the Roman Empire (II century a.C.).
Botanical Gardens and Herbarium. The Botanical Garden of the University of Cagliari: a scientific museum between archaeology, history and biodiversity. With its archaeological patrimony ,perfectly integrated with the collections of plant varieties is the only one in its kind. The Botanical Garden was born in 1866 in order to pursue the climate adaption of subtropical species, and it was integrated with the historical garden.
San Benedetto Market (Mercato di San Benedetto). A surge of colours and sounds. It’s one of the biggest fresh produce markets in Europe. It is a two level structure of about 8,000 square meters. The fish-seafood department is located on the ground floor (a must see).
Villa Muscas. The Centre of Farming Traditions.
Molentargius Park (Parco Naturale Molentargius). Home to Flamingos and other species of residential and migratory birds.
Poetto beach (Spiaggia del Poetto). It is the longest beach in Sardinia and the main coastal resort for the cagliaritani.
I.S.O.L.A. Sardinian artisan crafts. A large showroom with its exclusive collection of artisan crafts and souvenirs of both traditional Sardinian production and new styles, an extensive selection of ceramics, jewellery, baskets, texitiles and home furnishing.
La Peonia is an ideal base for exploring the archaeological sites of:
- “The Necropolis of Tuvixeddu” the largest Punic necropolis in the Mediterranean basin.
- “Nora ruins”, a former Punic/Roman town in Pula.
- “Su Nuraxi”, a Nuragic complex in Barumini, a Unesco World Heritage.
- “Giants of Mont’e Prama”, ancient stone sculptures,(Nuragic Civilization), in Cabras
Amazing white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, either on the eastern or western side of Cagliari such as:
Mari Pintau, Porto Sa Ruxi, Porto Giunco, Villasimius, Punta Molentis , Cala Sinzias and Costa Rei. Santa Margherita Pula, Chia, Su Giudeu, Cala Cipolla, Tuerredda, Cala Zafferano and Portopino.
Golf in south Sardinia:
- “Is Molas Golf Club” (18 hole track, par 72. m.6383 and 9 hole track, par 36, m 3155)
- “Tanka Golf Club” (18 hole track, par 70 m.5418)
Both are among the largest in Sardinia as well as most technical and spectacular courses in the Mediterranean, hosting numerous renowed tournaments, including four Italians Open.
If you wish to extend your stay outside of Cagliari, we would be happy to help in arranging your accommodations in one of the many other attractive locations throughout Sardinia such as Ogliastra, Barbagia, Costa Smeralda, Gallura, Alghero and Peninsula of Sinis.
Some other ideas to consider during your visit to the area include, a guided tour through a noted winery and private cooking lessons.