Sardinia's capital, Cagliari, is best admired from the ocean, with the exquisite facades of hilltop castles and domed ancient cathedrals coming into plain sight, set against a backdrop of azure waters and white sand. Although flying is probably not the best way to initially soak up the untouched beauty of Cagliari, the journey will take less than three hours from the UK. Booking a holiday to Cagliari will give you a deep insight into the Sardinian way of life. Islanders in this municipality are typically Italian and will welcome you with open arms.
A number of architectural highlights can be found around the capital city, where a medieval walled quarter stands high above the town itself. Even if you’re not really into history, a holiday in Cagliari is guaranteed to bring out the historian within. In addition to its time-worn appeal, this Sardinian city is drenched in sunshine for most of the year. Whether you intend on enjoying a lazy day at the beach, or an afternoon strolling along charming streets and feasting on Italian delicacies, this mesmerising metropolis has it all.
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Your guide to Cagliari holidays
One of Italy's most astonishing historical structures and archaeological sites is located in Cagliari – the Roman Amphitheatre of Cagliari. Visit this Roman monument or drive further down the coast to wander ancient Roman and pre-Roman ruins at the Area Archeologica di Nora. You’re sure to have learnt something new at the many museums around the urban paradise when on on holiday in Cagliari. Examples of the most frequently visited museums in the area include Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Cittadella dei Musei, and Galleria Comunale D'Arte Moderna.
Housed inside the 13th century Cagliari Cathedral are royal tombs. If the old facade doesn't amaze you, the 12th-century art concealed within its walls sure will. Churches, museums and Roman ruins aside, Cagliari inspires visitors with its unique culture, food, music, and beaches. Let's not forget about the public parks where flamingos roam freely, either.
Sardinia is described as ‘bellissima’, or beautiful, by many people and when you see the turquoise waters at the island’s beaches, you’ll understand why. The island's white-sand beaches are frequented by both locals and tourists. During your holiday in Cagliari, swim with the kids at Chia beach or paddle in the lagoon. For tranquility, pack a bag and head to Spiaggia di Piscinas, where the dunes rise up 60 metres. Natural rock formations, rocky coves and shallow waters are what makes Spiaggia Rena Bianca beach so special.
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