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 of Villanova and Marina. The terrace at the southern end of the Castello offers a magnificent view over the sea and marshes to the west.
Catello District is the most ancient part of the city. Perched on a hill at almost 100 metres above sea level, the Pisans built it in the XIII century, fortified it and made it their centre of power. Since then until the end of the Second World War, Castello has been the heart of administration and the house of Sardinian aristocracy. Its ramparts encloses the best-known attractions of Cagliari, but even a simple walk in this area will transport you to its fascinating past.
If you are a morning person, take the chance to walk in the fresh air of the early day among the stalls of San Benedetto Market to discover all the raw gems of Sardinian gastronomy, from both land and sea, with an entire floor dedicated solely to the catch of the day. This market, surrounded by shops and cafès, is also a good place to have breakfast or a short break while immersing yourself in the everyday life of the city.
Torre dell’Elefante (the Elephant Tower) and Torre di San Pancrazio (St Pancrace Tower) date back to the early 1300. They are unique stone constructions, with their internal side completely open toward the courtyard enclosed in the ramparts. The view from the top of these towers is a sight to behold.
Tuvixeddu is a punic necropolis occupying an entire hill. Inside, it houses hundreds of graves carved into rock over many centuries. There is no other place like this in the world, and not even Carthage can boast a similar treasure. Nowadays it is possible to visit the sight only during particular occasions, such as the "Monumenti Aperty" day (a day during which you can freely visit all monuments of the city).
This striking beach is located 20 min by car from Cagliari, and the trip alone offers astounding views. This is one of the bays that remains outside of easy tourist access, so get ready to hike steep cliffs to reach the water. The beach is mostly rocky and there are no cafès or restaurants on the boardwalk, but the water is transparent and nature as untouched as it gets.
One of the gems enclosed inside Castello's ramparts is the Citadel of Museums. In the former headquarters of the Royal Arsenal, you will discover the most important artistic treasures of the city among the collections of the Archaeological Museum and of the National Art Gallery, which tell the whole history of the islands. The Citadel also includes the Siamese Art Museum, the Wax Statue Collection and an observation deck.
Housed inside the public gardens of Cagliary, this limestone building contains works of prominent artists from Sardinia and Italy as a whole. The collection is continuously enriched with new acquisitions, and the high-tech equipment of the gallery has made it possible to create a specialized route for blind guests (SeSaMoNet).
Villanova is one of the four ancient districts of the city dating back to the 12th century. It is located at the foot of the hill next to the Castello district. The entire area offers a lovely walk among typical houses, Aragonese churches and ancient workshops, but also a few elegant boutiques nestled in the recently renewed streets of the area.
Poetto Beach is a beautiful 6 km beach only a 10-minute drive away from the city centre. White sand and crystal clear blue water makes it a popular place to relax; along the boardwalk, you'll find plenty of restaurants and bars where you can finish your day at the beach on a high note.
This ancient portal, built in 1535, is the southern access to Castello. The door derives its name from the two lion head sculptures on the upper corners of the passage. It is a fascinating glimpse into ancient Cagliari, but also the perfect starting point for your tour of Castello.
The Roman Amphitheatre was carved into limestone during the 2nd century BC. Nowadays, it is an important Roman find and one of the best-maintained in Italy. Let yourself be astounded by this architectural masterpiece and embark on a travel through time, watching the masterful the performances that take place here during the warm seasons.
This Early Christian complex dating back to the 5th century is another incredible piece of historical evidence. It includes the Byzantine-Roman church (known also as Church of St. Cosma and Damian) and the Christian necropolis, in which burials even more ancient than the church itself have been discovered.
The Archaeological Site of Nora is located in the south-western part of the Gulf of Cagliari, and was one of the main centres of the settlement during the Phoenician times. After several years of oblivion, Nora was unearthed during the 50s, and opened again to the public shortly after being examined by researchers.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria was constructed by the Pisans and restored during the 1930s. Walking along its naves, you will admire the amazing marble elements, which give the building an enchanting aura, as well as the two astonishing pulpits sculpted by Guglielmo da Pisa.
St Peter Island is located off the Coast of Sulcis Iglesiente. Despite its location a bit far from Cagliari, if you have time enough, do not miss the chance to visit this heavenly place, whose landscapes include stunning coastlines and beautiful terrain. It is perfect for both beach lovers and sport or trekking enthusiasts.
Are you up for a thrilling water activity? There are plenty of places where surfing and windsurfing can be practised in Sardinia, one of them being Poetto in Cagliari, although the area of Oristano is considered the real surfers' paradise with perfect waves. The Windsurfing Club in Cagliari provides a range of courses.
Sardinia is the ideal place to practice diving and snorkelling thanks to its crystal clear sea along 1849 kilometres of coastline. Here you can enjoy unspoilt seabeds populated with marine animals and plants. There are plenty of authorized diving centres to choose from. One of them is Morgan Diving, which also provides excursions for the whole family to the protected Marine Park of Villasimius with the chance to snorkel.
Arguably the most renowned restaurant in Cagliari, it is housed in one of the ancient buildings of the city dating back to 1270. Inside, you will find several rooms where you can enjoy a typical Sardinian dinner in a refined atmosphere. Discover traditional recipes reinvented in creative ways.
This restaurant is among the most famous on the island. In this eatery, run by the chef Deidda, you can eat delicious traditional dishes thought through down to the last detail. Specialities of the house are tagliatelle with mussels, scorpion fish with cherry tomatoes and eel with pecorino cheese.
Enjoy the specialities of the house made with fresh grilled fish, overlooking the sunset over the beautiful Poetto beach. If fish is not to your thing, you can also try some excellent meat dishes on the menu, or even one of La Marinella's pizzas. Live music is just a complement to the flawless atmosphere.
This family-run tavern-style restaurant, offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy the very traditional local fish specialities. The pizza is of course an irreplaceable part of the menu. It is recommended to book in advance, since this eatery is often busy both at lunch and dinner.
In Cagliari's Old Town, more precisely in the eastern part of Castello, you will find the pizzeria Al Solito Posto. As the name (which means "the usual place") suggests, it is the ideal place to meet friends in an easy-going environment, enjoying a good pizza or some typical Sardinian dishes.
Lillicu is a Cagliari institution whose history goes back to 1938. Despite its age, this eatery never lost the typical atmosphere of an authentic trattoria with its informal attitude. Fresh fish is used for the delightful traditional dishes served here; the menu changes daily depending on the catch of each particular day.
Art of Sushi offers a chance to get to know the philosophy of the East by trying Japan's famous sushi. The sushi menu is healthy and varied, and it includes some of the best traditional flavors. In addition, the sushi masters make sure it satisfies everyone’s whim, no matter what sort of flavours they prefer.
Martinelli's started off as a neighbourhood pizzeria, and has transformed into one of the favorite places for both locals and tourists. Visitors can enjoy many specialties prepared in Italian style. The best dishes of the restaurant are soups, salads, spaghetti and meat dishes.
Old Wild West welcomes you to an authentic Western American atmosphere where you can taste well-selected, traditional American flavors. Hamburgers, Argentine beefsteaks, Mexican wraps, salads, toast, hot dogs and fries are all included. Let’s not forget the dessert. The apple pie and the brownies are irresistibly delicious.
Birdi is a restaurant for all who prefer to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The restaurant is the right place to get your daily dose of vitamins at any time of day, by trying the variety of fruit and vegetable options, soups and smoothies. The uniquely delicious and original salty muffins are totally worth it.
Located just 5 kilometers away from Cagliari, Wiener Haus offers selected German and Austrian specialties prepared with quality products and lots of passion, expressed in the impressively served and delicious food. The restaurant welcomes its clients with a pleasant and unpretentious atmosphere, and it is a good place to meet friends and try the impeccable taste of the German beer.
Caffè Barcellona is a very good choice for starting your day with a delicious breakfast and cup of coffee. The cafe offers all-day snacks like croissants, risotto, and lasagna, and you can drop by to have lunch or an afternoon creamy cappuccino. The outdoor seating is a great option if you want to loosen up.
Rafè coffee & shop has been operating for just one year and it is already a local favourite. The cafe has a wide drink selection, and if you think that you are coming just for a cup of coffee then you have to think again. Browsing through the menu you will find many delicious pastries, sandwiches and gourmet food which will tempt you.
Le Plus Bon is a bakery, but not a normal bakery. It boasts a rich history, characterized by its mission to create new and high-quality products and at the same time keep the authentic recipes from the past. Try the freshly baked pastries and the delicious sandwiches, which are just irresistible.
La Piccola is a lovely coffee shop in the historical center of Cagliari. You can sit outdoors or enjoy the cute white interior. The coffee shop offers a variety of meals, and you can choose among salads, pastries and delicious desserts which will satisfy each and every expectation you might have.
Nero Nero puts its main emphasis on cakes, offering a huge variety of them. Tiramisu, cheesecake and muffins are just a few of the treats prepared with exceptional professionalism. And in order for the American experience to be complete, burgers and salads are also included.
As the name suggests, this is one of the most ancient cafés of the city. Located right next to St Remy Bastion, Antico Caffè was founded in 1838 by a Genovese immigrant to Sardinia. Since its beginnings, it was a meeting point for the elites and intellectuals of the city. Besides the royal breakfast and coffees, it serves both lunch and dinner.
Visit Caffè Librarium Nostrum and enjoy your drink watching a long and romantic sunset over Saint Gilla Lagoon and the ancient hamlet of Stampace. This bar is well-visited from the morning until late at night, but it is its aperi-dinner that deserves a special mention.
To the joy of all vegetarians and vegans, Cafè Etnico offers dishes that cater to a clientele of plant-based eaters. From breakfast to after-dinner during the weekend, this café has whatever you can hope for, and if you would like to enjoy the sun while sipping your drink, sit on its outdoor terrace.
A vaulted ceiling and an old-time charm make a visit to this traditional-style cafe with a romantic atmosphere a must. Cafè Svizzero is well-frequented by the locals, which says a great deal when it comes to local eateries. Try one of their refreshing fruit smoothies or even just a plain coffee.
You will easily locate the busy Il Merlo Parlante among the alleys crossing Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Thanks to its friendly and professional staff and wide range of craft beers, this pub is an ideal place for a drink with friends, and, perhaps, a snack - it offers more than 50 different kinds of sandwiches and hamburgers.
If you happen to be by Poetto Beach, visit Twist Bar and enjoy a refreshment overlooking the sea. They serve a selection of exquisite dishes both for lunch and dinner. The club hosts frequent live concerts, and when night falls, make sure you have the right drink in your hand.
If you are willing to spend a nice evening in a classy place, visit Vinvoglio. Located among the tiny streets of Castello, this cosy bar will welcome you in a hall animated by jazz music. Choose your favourite wine from the assorted wine list and enjoy it in the amazing atmosphere.
This is a good old-fashioned pub with its own brewery, and the first one of its kind in the whole of Sardinia. Here you can truly enjoy good beer, unfiltered and unpasteurized, served strictly on tap. If you are hungry, do not worry, there is a menu offering tasty dishes.
American Bar Biffi is a place where the old and the modern are intertwined to create one romantic ambiance which is highly liked by all its visitors. The cocktails are top notch and contain only fresh ingredients. Take your glass and sip your fine drink in the outdoor patio under the stars.
Glam Club Cafè is a club which could quickly turn into your favorite after just one visit. Theme nights are organized and the pleasant atmosphere combined with the refreshing drinks will make you relax. Surprise and delight your friends by inviting them to Glam Club Cafè to celebrate a private party.
Cronta Enoteca Wine Bar offers the typical wine bar variety of quality and well-selected international wines. With its warm and friendly atmosphere the bar is a great choice for meetings, events, or just a place to enjoy a glass of wine and wonderful food for every taste.
Al Andalus is for everyone who is out for quality drinks and a lot of fun. The place is something in between a bar and an eatery, and it emphasizes Spanish flavors. Tapas have a special place on the menu, but you can also taste many delicacies, like Pata Negra ham and drinks. Get a sangria, enjoy the flamenco and rumba rhythms and socialize.
Looking for a place to relax after work, party with friends, or just have a drink? Sphera Locura Extraordinary Chupito is your place. The menu is filled with over 200 cocktails, so if you feel doubtful about which one best suits you, ask the bartender for a recommendation. The cocktail bar usually becomes quite crowded, so if you decide to make a gathering with a big company, you better make a reservation in advance.
Crudo Piazza Yenne is a lovely little bar which offers its clients varied, classic cocktails in a welcoming and informal atmosphere. The place is suitable for an after work drink in a bar setting. The friendly staff will take care of all your needs, and if you are planning a private party, you can definitely rely on them.
The Old Square has the ability to gather people, and it does so 365 days of the year. The Irish pub is proud of its wide collection of drinks, and there is a reason for that. Beer, liquor, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey and many other beverages are included in the menu. There is also a variety of food options, like steak, hamburgers and fish.
Bflat offers an inspiring atmosphere in a good location which will perfectly suit your party. The club organizes events with popular jazz and blues performers. The varied program, which includes many spectacular shows, and the wide range of original drinks will make your stay unforgettable.
This stylish shop combines ancient Sardinian handicraft traditions with a modern atmosphere. You can choose among the creations of many local artists and artisans, from any field of work: tailoring, jewellery, painting, and more. Take your time to choose what you prefer, and let the skilled staff guide you through this fascinating shop-gallery.
Donne Concept Store is associated with modern and cool clothes. All the offers in the store are aimed at women who want to feel comfortable and fashionable every day of the year. Find stylish, elegant and high quality blouses, dresses, shoes, accessories, perfumes and more.
At Stile Alpino you can find all the necessary equipment and sports goods for trekking, mountaineering and climbing. The rich range of backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, hiking shoes, telescopic sticks, tourist clothes, snowshoes, front lighting and alpine inventory can help get you completely prepared for your next hike.
Santa Chiara is the oldest market in the city, and the ideal place to look for something typical to eat, enjoying the stunning view of the city just outside. On the stalls you will find the best local produce and specialities, everything fresh and genuine, according to the finest Sardinian tradition.
Zia Peppina is a small artisan workshop which strives to keep traditional sweet production alive. Production is still carried out manually, with use of excellent quality raw materials. Here you will find all the typical Sardinian desserts, such as pabasine di sapa, gueffus and seadas.
The unique cultural mix of Sardinia is perfectly mirrored in its cuisine, and what could be a better souvenir from your holiday than local specialities. Sapori di Sardegna offers all the best local produce, from wines to cheeses to handmade pasta and bread. If you are not in a rush, you can also sit in the comfy room and taste-test products before you decide what to buy.
Take home one of the finest local products of Sardinia: a bottle of good wine. To choose among the best, visit this beautiful winery, which displays a vast selection of local, national and international brands, as well as some traditional delicacies to accompany the divine nectar.
If you are looking for locally grown fresh products, this place won't disappoint you. It is one of the biggest markets of its kind in Europe, located in a two-level structure of about 8,000 square metres. Try the daily fresh seafood and the handmade delicacies of the region.
This tiny shop is dedicated to Saridinian traditional handicrafts. Even the name is a reference to one of the main traditional Sardinian crafts: weaving. It seems more like an art gallery than a simple shop, and it is not a coincidence, since the Sardinian handicrafts sold here are real works of art.
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Cagliari-Elmas Airport is located 6 km north-west of the city. The easiest way to reach it is via train from Cagliari with the "Elmas Aeroporto" line. Trains work from 5am to 9pm and run every 20 minutes. The trip takes around 7 minutes and the stop is only 5 minutes from the terminal. Tickets are available at the station and on the Trenitalia website (www.trenitalia.com). It is also possible to get to the airport by bus. The bus leaves from Piazza Matteotti every hour, and the trip lasts around 15 minutes. Inside the airport you will find two bus stations: one near the arrivals hall functioning from 8.40am until 11.30pm, and the other next to departures functioning from 5.20am to 10.30pm. Normally buses leave every 30 minutes and the tickets are available at the newsstand in the airport.
Public transport in Cagliari is run by CTM Company. Bus tickets can be bought at any newsstand and tobacconist before boarding the bus, and you will need to validate the ticket once on board. You can also purchase tickets through an app on your mobile device. Passes and cards for more than one trip are available in every CTM point or newsstand in the city.
In Cagliari taxis wait for the customers queuing at the airport, in Piazza Matteotti and outside the train station; but you can also stop one of them in the street if you see one by simply waving your hand. It is strongly recommended to use only official taxis. The main taxi companies are: Cooperativa Radio Taxis, Quattro Mori Tel: +39 070 400 101 Radio Taxi Rosso Blu, Cagliari Tel: +39 070 6655 Taxi Amico, Quartu Sant'Elena Tel: +39 070 826 060
Normally in Italy pharmacies are open every day, with a lunch break. One shop per area covers the shift during the weekend and by night (by rotation). You can discover which one is open on a notice outside any pharmacy or on the website www.ordinefarmacisticagliari.it/ita/farmacie-in-turno-provincia-di-cagliari. Pharmacies are recognisable thanks to a flashing green cross sign.