Cagliari is a city of many faces just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re mad about history or simply a fan of the great outdoors, Cagliari has got it covered.
Sardinia’s capital has been blessed by nature’s touch. From the 7km-stretch of golden sands at Poetta beach; to the rocky Sella del Diavolo jutting out proudly from the skyline; and the sea of pink feathers from the flamingos in the saltwater ponds and lagoons at the Regional Nature Park of Molentargius Saline, Cagliari is a true feast for the eyes.
While it has its fair share of nature’s beauties, the island has also bared the brunt of history too. Everyone from the Romans to the Byzantines, the Genovese and the Spanish have left their mark on the Mediterranean’s second largest island. It’s truly fascinating, considering the city began life as a Phoenician burial site. It’s a history lesson that will take you on a tour of the city, from the Punic Tuvixeddu necropolis, to the Roman amphitheatre, the Byzantine Basilica of San Saturnino, and the neoclassical 19th-century fortifications of Bastione di San Remy, with its stunning views of the city from the Umberto I terrace. In the narrow cobbled streets of the medieval Castello district, you’ll even find the Pisan-era towers Torre dell’Elefante and Torre di San Pancrazio too.
This, and Cagliari's more contemporary cultural corners can be explored too, such as Exma. This former slaughterhouse turned cultural centre hosts art exhibitions and concerts alike, bringing you back in touch with the modern day.