a picture of the skyline of cagliari in sardinia
The skyline of Cagliari, in South Sardinia.

Cagliari: a Gem on the Island of Sardinia

Charming, elegant, and rising from the sea like a wave of colorful facades, Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and a stunning city infused with ancient history, from the Neo Romanesque Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Castello and viewpoints overlooking a stunning seascape, to the peaceful Piazza Palazzo and the old fortifications of the Castello quarter.


a picture of the cagliari cathedral in cagliari sardinia
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Castello, Cagliari.

Cagliari is an awe inspiring city and the perfect place to explore on foot. A series of winding streets make their way through the Old Quarter which is akin to an old town rather than the Capital of a famous province, with quaint cafe’s serving rich coffee and beautiful churches providing the scenery. The Piazza Palazzo is symbolic of the warm atmosphere awaiting visitors in Cagliari, while the spectacular Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Castello is a majestic sight; a Cathedral which has changed in appearance through the centuries and was originally inspired on the famous Pisa Cathedral. Ancient fortifications accompany any walk through this romantic town and unrivalled views await at the top of the Bastione di San Remy, where the magnitude of this enormous port comes into perspective, and an endless blue ocean stretches before the horizon. Although there are many vantage points around the city, this particular terrace is one of of the most special places in Cagliari to drink in the scenery.


a picture of Bastione di Saint Remy in Cagliari south Sardinia
Bastione di Saint Remy, Cagliari, Sardinia.

Once the Capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia, the ancient history and culture of Cagliari is obvious at every turn, from the Roman Amphitheatre to the haunting ruins of Necropoli of Tuvixeddu, the striking Royal Palace, to the delightful architecture which intercepts each attraction; exploring the interior of Cagliari evokes images of horse drawn carts, primitive people and the charming atmosphere which lies beneath the exterior facades. Pisan, Aragonese, Catalan and Byzantine heritage can still be found amongst these enchanting streets and a modern elegance is now overflowing, making it one of the most enjoyable places for an extended stay. Cagliari is a delightful city with endless appeal, for it is here where you can find fine foods dominating the restaurant scene and quaint cafe’s on every corner. Local culture is colorful, yet unassuming, and the town is overflowing with fine architecture and many ancient remnants to explore. Stunning scenery awaits at numerous viewpoints and nearby beaches offer the perfect place to unwind in idyllic surroundings. Cagliari is a stunning destination and a memory which will long outlive your visit to this gem on the Island of Sardinia.

The Beaches

And then there are the beaches. Poetto is an eight kilometer stretch of white sands where locals relax during the day, and enjoy the entertainment by night. Few places in Europe can offer such a luxurious stretch of beach, where pristine blue waters form a backdrop for the many fine restaurants and bars along the waterfront. However, there are many more beaches within easy reach of the city and the Mari Pintau is an example of the numerous bays which offer fine, secluded beaches along the coast and endless opportunities to adventure.

Sardinian Beaches Near Cagliari

There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Cagliari. Just click on a link below to find out more!

Frutti d’Oro

  • Length: 280 meters.
  • Things to do: windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of the beach of frutti d'oro in la maddalena cagliari sardinia

From Cagliari, drive south-west for about 13 kilometers, and you’ll find the small beach of Frutti d’Oro (Spiaggia di Frutti d’Oro). This is one of the smallest beaches you’ll find in the vicinity of Cagliari. Frutti d’Oro is mostly visited by windsurfing enthousiasts,

Learn more about Frutti d’Oro, how to get there, and where to stay.

La Maddalena

  • Length: 1200 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, pedal boating.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture taken on la maddalena spiaggia in cagliari sardinia

15 kilometers south-west of Poetto beach, you’ll find La Maddalena beach (La Maddalena Spiaggia). The largest part of this beach lies in front of a village with the same name. It has a total length of nearly 1200 meters, and faces south-east, overlooking the Golfo degli Angeli – or the Bay of Angels. This beach is a favorite spot among kitesurfing enthousiasts, as wind conditions at this beach are exceptional from May to September.

Learn more about La Maddalena, how to get there, and where to stay.

Poetto Beach

  • Length: 8000 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of spiaggia del poetto di cagliari in south sardinia

Poetto Beach (Spiaggia del Poetto di Cagliari) is located in between Comune di Quartu Sant Elena and Comune di Cagliari, in south Sardinia. It is the main beach of Cagliari, the capital of the island of Sardinia. The beach has a length of 8 kilometers and faces south-east, offering views over the deep blue waters of the Golfo di Quartu. The beach is marked by beautiful views of the hills of the Sella del Diavolo to the south. Poetto beach is backed by two ponds: the Stagno di Molentargius and Stagno di Quartu where the well-known pink flamingos can be spotted. The beach has a full range of facilities: you’ll find kiosks, bars with beach beds, restaurants, discos, plenty of water sports facilities, a marina, and a fair. Poetto is one of the windiest spots on the island. For this reason it is a one of the best beaches of South Sardinia for kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing enthusiasts.

Learn more about Poetto Beach, how to get there, and where to stay.