Cagliari on the Golfo degli Angeli

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The charming capital of Sardinia, overlooking the southeast of the Mediterranean, Cagliari with its romantic, fiery sunsets, has a lot to offer its visitors as it offers centuries of history and art, sea and parks, comfort and an extensive traditional cuisine. Sports lovers have many options for all ages. It is rich in places of historical and artistic interest and has a lot to offer even in the cold season, with the comfort of a big city.

What you can see and do

A holiday cannot be called that without enjoying a bit of healthy relaxation on a white sand bathed by a crystal clear sea: Cagliari can offer you all of this. With a very long coastline, the Poetto Beach stretches from Cagliari to the municipality of Quartu Sant’Elena, the second largest urban beach in the world, the length of which is only behind that of Rio De Janeiro. The promontory Sella del Diavolo , easily accessible from Calamosca, surrounds it, as it was called, because according to legend it was Lucifer who was driven out of paradise and the profile of his saddle in shaped the rock.

The Calamosca beach lies between the Sella del Diavolo and the Capo Sant’Elia and is one of the main beaches of Cagliari. The bay is characterized by a low sea floor and natural protection from the winds of the cliffs, which means that the sea is almost always calm, making it a perfect beach for families with children. The Solanas beach is a paradise of golden sand, sapphire sea and untouched vegetation. It is one of the wildest and is loved by surfers and diving enthusiasts. It also offers the opportunity to rent boats and rafts to explore.

Further along the coast, east of Cagliari, you will reach the part of the island that is characterized by rugged coastlines, hidden bays and breathtaking views. The Turredda Beach is undoubtedly a mandatory stopover. It’s just great with its Caribbean sea and fine sand. From the beach you can swim to the small island from which this beach takes its name.

Within the province is the Molentargius Saline regional nature park, a rare example of an ecosystem that is found in densely populated areas. This is one of the most important areas in Europe for the exceptional number of birds that find refuge there. In certain seasons there are even more than 20,000 copies. Among them pink flamingos and herons.

You should definitely visit the district of the castle , which is located on a fortress with a view of the city and is rich in monuments of rare beauty. Next to the castle itself is the Bastione di Saint Remy , from the Middle Ages, the Towers of the Elephant and S. Pancrazio and the Cathedral of Santa Maria on the magnificent Piazza Palazzo, in which the Palazzo Regio is also located. Even outside the castle district, Cagliari is full of sights such as the Roman amphitheater and the Villa di Tigellio , the necropolis of Tuvixeddu, with hundreds of tombs from the 6th century BC and the first century AD Grotta della Vipera and the 5th to 6th centuries Basilica of San Saturnio, founded in the 19th century, a valuable document of the early medieval Cagliari.

There is no shortage of sports for young and old: the diversity of the surroundings makes it an ideal place for hiking or cycling, and the area around the Molentargius pond is a real paradise for lovers of photography and bird watching, there are many places where you can practice horse riding and windsurfing is widespread in the coastal region. Some tourist areas also have prominent facilities such as golf courses.

Events you shouldn’t miss

As in the rest of the island, events take place all year round, including the famous Sagra di S.Efisio , a large procession in traditional Sardinian costumes that takes place every May 1st. Cagliari attracts people from all over the island on.

In summer, the first Sunday in July, the summer festival in honor of the Madonna di Bonaria takes place with the ritual procession of the statue of the Madonna to the sea . In the afternoon, after Mass, thousands of believers leave the basilica and accompany the Madonna’s Simulacrum to the port. Here the statue is loaded onto a boat and with a procession of dozens of boats the procession at sea reaches the port of Su Siccu, where it is thrown in the water in front of the basilica with a suggestive ceremony. It is a memory of the seafarers who lost their lives during the war. After returning to the port, the faithful accompany the statue back to the basilica, the facade of which is illuminated during the day.

One of the experiences not to be missed is the tradition of freshly caught hedgehogs with bread and white wine that are sold along the Bonaria promenade from November to April on the coast of Quartu Sant’Elena. The Feast of Taste in Cagliari returns from June 7th to 9th and turns into a large outdoor restaurant for the occasion. The great event for food and wine offers many specialties from all over the island that are dedicated to food and table lovers. A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the thousand-year-old culinary tradition of Sardinia.

Like every city, Cagliari has its markets, which are as splendid and clean as those of San Benedetto at the foot of the Villanova district, which enchants tourists with fried fish and marble counters in the morning. Lively and popular, the market in Via Quirra in the Is Mirrionis district and finally on Sunday the open-air market Sant’Elia in the fishing district of Cagliari, where you can find yourself between freshly caught fish counters and roasted meat stalls and just two steps from the sea.

Discover our flavors

Cagliari is a coastal town and you can see it in the kitchen. Among the first courses we mention spaghetti with bottarga and artichokes, Malloreddus (Sardinian gnocchi) with sausage ragù, mazzamurru or stale bread soup and Sa Fregula, small pasta balls that are made by hand and roasted in the oven, and Culingiones. Between the dishes of the roasted earth of wild boar, lamb and porceddu. Among the desserts the Seadas!

Typical of the Cagliari region is the burrida, prepared with the sea catfish seasoned with walnuts, olives and mushrooms. Among the Cagliari specialties that have to do with the sea, we can find the mussels and mussels in Schiscionera (cooked in a pan with garlic, olive oil and parsley and sprinkled with breadcrumbs), the bottarga (mullet or mullet). Salted and seasoned, served in thin slices (seasoned with olive oil), Campidanese lobster (cooked and seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice) and su scabbecciu (fish preserved in oil, vinegar and garlic).

How to get there

The absolute best way to get to the city of Cagliari is by plane. You can land at Elmas International Airport , from where you can reach the city center with an efficient train. Within the airport is the “Elmas Airport” station, which takes you to the city center in just 6 minutes. The port of Cagliari is an important landing point for liner ships (from Genoa, Rome-Civitavecchia, Naples and Palermo) and cruise ships that sail in the Mediterranean are both the port and the train station near the streets of the city center.

To reach Cagliari by car, there is a network of main and state roads with different efficiency. The section closest to a motorway section is the SS 131, which takes you to the city of Cagliari. Very efficient public transportation is available for getting around in and around the city, including light rail, city and suburban buses and taxis.