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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.


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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.

Cagliari Hotels - Where to Stay

Boutique Hotel Villa Fanny

  • A 4 star Boutique Hotel in Cagliari, 3.8 kilometers from the center of town (about 2.36 miles.)
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Couples will love Hotel Villa Fanny, a four-star boutique hotel in Cagliari, south Sardinia.

The Boutique Hotel Villa Fanny is a four-star hotel in Cagliari, just a short distance from the beautiful Poetto beach and the city center. Furthermore, you will also find the National Archaeological Museum, and Bastione di Saint Remy nearby while Cagliari University ensures the population in this particular part of the city is notably young. Hotel Villa Fanny offers many amenities and facilities for guests to enjoy and the villa hosts several events throughout the year, including concerts, live music, readings and other small events. After spending a day of exploring the city, the hotel tearoom is an excellent place for guests to unwind and outside, there is also a spacious garden with comfortable seating area which has impressive views. Featuring a total of eighteen guest rooms, Hotel Villa Fanny is quite small in size, but there is excellent attention to detail regarding the interior. For example, each room is spacious, elegant and airy but some rooms have a decorative fireplace for a warm and comfortable stay during the winter. Aside from a flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi, the rooms are also equipped with a spacious private bathroom consisting of a walk-in shower, hair dryer, towel heater and complimentary toiletries. For a more pleasurable stay, guests can book one of the luxurious suites that are in the form of split-level apartments.

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Sardegna Hotel

  • A 4 star Hotel in Cagliari, 4 kilometers from the center of town (about 2.49 miles.)
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Room service at the Sardegna Hotel in Cagliari, south Sardinia.

The Sardegna Hotel is a four-star hotel in Cagliari which features a contemporary design and a particularly luxurious interior. Located just a few minutes’ drive from the Old Town of Cagliari, the Sardegna Hotel is also a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area. Sardegna Hotel is also popular for business clientele as there are various conference halls which can host parties, meetings, and other events. You can choose from three different accommodations at Sardegna Hotel. In this sense, the Classic rooms are fitted with luxurious carpets, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, private bathroom, air conditioning and a mini bar. On the other hand, the Superior and Suite rooms are more spacious and luxurious. These are also available in double and single modes, but in every instance, the rooms have large windows which open up to a pleasant view. And then there are the suites which are designed with luxurious amenities and furnishings in mind such as Artemide lighting and Frau Armchairs. Meanwhile, the modern lounge bar that’s furnished with the finest antique furniture serves refreshing drinks. La Scala is the in-house restaurant, and this Michelin star restaurant is often praised for serving some of the finest Sardinian cuisines along with several classic International dishes. Aside from the gourmet menu, there are also a la carte, light lunches, and a wine menu with a long list of sublime wine. Lastly, Sardegna Hotel will organize evening events on occasion, and these are some of the most exclusive dining opportunities which never fail to delight guests.

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Hotel Flora

  • A 4 star Hotel in Cagliari, 2.6 kilometers from the center of town (about 1.62 miles.)
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The remarkable interior designs at Hotel Flora, a four-star hotel near the harbor in Cagliari, south Sardinia.

Hotel Flora is located in the city center of the historic district of Castello, but impressively, it is also just a few minutes walk from the harbor and the train station. You can reach most of the major attractions in just a few minutes, and such a strategic location ensures this is one of the most popular hotels in Cagliari.
Featuring elegance and charm, Hotel Flora is ideal for both leisure and business travelers. However, while the hotel is known as a great venue for meetings and conventions, it is just as popular for food. In this regard, the hotel restaurant serves a wide variety of delectable dishes, not to mention an extravagant buffet breakfast every morning. That being said, the restaurant offers such an enticing a la carte menu that even the locals are known to favor Hotel Flora for their evening meals. As for the rooms, Hotel Flora is furnished to perfection. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom, free toiletries, slippers and a hairdryer. Furthermore, you will find a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. However, the bright and appealing design of these rooms is what really makes the Classic, Double, Deluxe, Junior Suite and Suite so popular. For those without a strict budget, some of these suites also include a terrace with scintillating views. When it comes to fine food, central location, style and general value; there are few hotels in Cagliari which manage the same balance as Hotel Flora.

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T Hotel

  • A 4 star Hotel in Cagliari, 1 kilometers from the center of town (about 0.62 miles.)
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Modern designs at the T Hotel, a four-star hotel in Cagliari, Sardinia.

T Hotel is a very modern hotel in Cagliari, located in the center of the city and within a short drive of the popular Poetto beach. The Lyric Theatre is next to the property while Cagliari Cathedral is within walking distance. As you might expect from hotels in Cagliari, the hotel is equipped with modern amenities, but there is also a gym and a wellness center with steam baths, hydrotherapy pool, and showers. Conference rooms are available to book for meetings and other events which make it popular for business clientele, but overall, this is a reliable choice for just about any occasion or budget. Impressively, the hotel also has a bar and several restaurants which include the T Bar, T Bistrot, and T Restaurant. Serving the most delicious Sardinian cuisines, the menu at each of these restaurants consists of a wide range of dishes, including gluten-free and vegetarian menus. However, the meals are prepared by some of the most prominent chefs in Sardinia and consist of only the finest local produce. As for the sleeping quarters, the rooms are spacious and bright. Decorated with stylish and modern furnishings, each room has a spacious bathroom, desk, and several amenities. You can also choose from a wide range of rooms including the Classic, Deluxe, Junior Suite and Executive Suite. For families or anyone traveling with kids, the spacious Deluxe Family room comes with two twin beds and two extra single beds. Furthermore, T Hotel is one of those hotels in Cagliari that takes part in the “Allergy-Free Hotels,” a project aimed at providing hotel guests with an opportunity to book a dust-free room.

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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.
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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,

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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.

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Poetto Beach

  • Length: 8000 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
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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.

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