Cagliari is the capital of the Italian island of Sardinia. Filled with stunning architecture (including the 13th century Cathedral and the hilltop Castello) and situated on a breathtaking coastline, it is a great choice for a beautiful and peaceful Italian get away. Thanks to the fact that RyanAir and EasyJet both now fly direct to Cagliari Elmas Airport from a range of European cities including London, it can be a very affordable one too.
Things to do in Cagliari
Sailing Center Marina Piccola – boat trip with Mourizio
Without a doubt this was the highlight of our trip, it was absolutely wonderful! Mourizio is a lovely man: nice, friendly and knowledgable. He told us all about the history of Cagliari and Sardinia, and sailed us around the most beautiful places which are only accessible by boat. It was €90 for both of us for four hours (we had the boat to ourselves) and it was just incredible. We even dropped anchor and went swimming and snorkelling in a bay where the water was so clear you could make out the sand patterns at the bottom even though it was 7 meters deep. I cannot recommend this highly enough!
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Where to eat in Cagliari
Sa Domu Sarda, Via Sassari 51 – we had a really lovely meal here, with one vegetarian main and one meat main. It was nice to have a good vegetarian choice in a traditional place, and the stuffed pasta I had was delicious. The service was excellent, our waiter was very kind and helped us book a taxi at the end of our meal.
Next Food and Lounge, Viale Regina Margherita 14 – we both had pizzas here which were absolutely delicious and well priced. There is an extensive drinks menu including a great range of cocktails, and the service was very good. To top it all off if you sit outside there is a lovely view down to the marina. Would definitely recommend coming here – when you are done go to the gelato store on the corner and take a stroll along the marina.
Where to stay in Cagliari
We spent our time in an absolutely incredible apartment up on the top of the hill in the old town. There was an huge roof terrace with genuinely breathtaking views – including of the sunset – and the apartment itself was lovely. Be warned though, it is up a few flights of stairs and there is no lift – this place is not for you if you are very unfit or have mobility issues. Also do not make the mistake we made and walk up the hill from the train station in the midday sun – get a bus or a cab.
Getting to and getting around Cagliari
Cheap flights with EasyJet and RyanAir from across Europe. Once you’re at the airport you can get a (pretty expensive) taxi or just jump on the train for 1.30 euro each. Get your ticket from the Trenitalia vending machines in the arrivals area of the airport, follow the signs for Elmas Aeroporto (it’s a five to ten minute walk) and get the next train heading into the city. They only come once every twenty minutes but once you are on it’s just seven minutes to the centre.
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