Càgliari Travel Guide

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Càgliari Things to Do

  • Visit the twilight Castello

    Castello is where you can drink, enjoy architecture, feel romantic and feel dreamy and pleasant with a wonderful soft breeze. Without Castello, Cagliari is .....

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  • Palazzo Regio

    Very near cathedral, is an ancient res idence of the representative of the king during the time of the Aragonese and Spanish. Today it is a centre of Prefetture of Cagliari district. It is open to the public. I took a photo of the Council room.

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  • Lively Area.

    At the end of Largo Carlo Felice a wide street is Piazza Yenne, this is a very lively area day or night.It is a starting point for the City Tour Bus, and where the land rises up to the castle area.

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  • Bastion Saint Remy

    The two-flight staircase was under repair, so i used the council run lift nearby.The council run lifts around the Castle area, i saw a least 3.

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  • Elephant Tower.

    The Elephant Tower is up in the castle area. From Piazza Yenne go up a slope, which then changes to flight of steps,at the foot of the steps is a council run electric lift. As you approach the tower look up and you will see the small elephant. Go through the tower gateway and look back you will see the open tower with the stairs up to the top.

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  • Enjoy walking the streets

    It is just really enjoyable and relaxing to walk around the old streets of Cagliari and enjoy the wonderful architecture. I'm not talking about the grand and important buildings (which are wonderful) but the everyday homes and squares of the city.Once you get away from the rather chaotic harbour area you can explore the Marina, Stampace and...

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Càgliari Restaurants

  • Such a pleasant bar/restaurant

    Its located on way to the top of Castello. It has a huge terrace where you order drink and enjoy the fantastic Cagliari town. There is also a restaurant serve local food - pasta, pizza, etc. It a really pleasant and restful place - you should not miss it! local fish food and pizza

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  • Great Food at a Great Price

    Jannas is a hidden pleasure. There are no outdoor tables and no big sign, but once you enter there is a good homely feel to the place and the staff are very friendly and helpful.We shared the Mussel Soup to start - which was excellent, followed by the sea bream which was sooo tasty. An excellent Tiramisu to follow finished the meal off to a...

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  • A coffe with charme

    This is one of the oldest coffehouses in Cagliari: traditionally opened by Helvetians in early XXth century, it keeps its ancient allure for every elegant or informal occasions.Recently it has been awarded by Gambero Rosso Enogastronomy Magazine and Slow Food for its food and service excellence. Hot chocolate with cream and homemade pastries.

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Càgliari Nightlife

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    by pierpaolo Written Aug 25, 2002

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    It's better to ask the persons who live in Cagliari, the nice people chenges pub or disco very quickly(???) it as always a mode.... More known bars are:IL MONASTEROVARADEROLINEA NOTTURNA

    Dress Code: Very often u can dress casual

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Càgliari Transportation

  • City Tour by bus

    A one hour tour, with headphone commentary in multilingual. Buy the ticket on board at 10 euro. Seats for 34. Very good tour,calls at 10 sites.There is also a toy train , Trenino Cagliariitano.

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  • Ferrovie dello Stato

    We only used the train once, when we did not have a direct bus connection returning from Barumini to Cagliari. We took the bus to Sanluri Stato and from there caught the train back to Cagliari. The train was on time, quite comfortable, too, so we did not have any complaints!One thing I remember from previous trainrides in Italy: make sure to...

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  • Orange buses

    The best way to get around the city is the orange city buses. They are surprisingly often on time. Most lines start from Piazza Matteotti, i.e. outside the train station. For the beach take lines PF or PQ. For a sightseeing tour through the city, preferrably choose line nr. 1. Tickets can be bought in any tobacco shop. Look for the 'T' sign!Going...

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Càgliari Shopping

  • Buy or not to buy, that is the question

    many interesting jewels, watches buy anything you can afford - maybe a nice ring or watch that is a good question -please watch inside your wallet!

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  • Almost what you want is there!

    It is a bit expensive department store but you will find attractive things to busy - clothes, bags, perfume, jewel, gifts, etc. bags, wallet, perfume, jewel as much as you want and have

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  • Alimentari

    Since we did not eat out every night, we did do some food and drink shopping in the nearby little shops! These "Alimentari" have everything from mineral water to wine to beer to bread to canned food to fruit to salami to olives to cheese - you might understand what I mean! Especially with the fresh cheese or ham/salami it is nice to buy in a small...

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Càgliari Local Customs

  • Drink

    The local Sardinian brew is Ichnusa and a tasty drink, bottle or draft. It is 4.7% vol. I found i had to ask for Ichnusa , if i just asked for a beer i was offered an international brand, which proberly cost more.

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  • Balconies

    Balconies are something that has always fascinated me when travelling in Italy - and here in Cagliari I had the best time looking at different ways to use and decorate balconies! Here, the balconies are usually very small, but have space enough to load them with flowers and laundry and satelite bowls and and and - and even if nothing else survives,...

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  • Espresso means quickly!

    In the cafés/bars you will usually see the locals have their espresso or cappucchino while standing at the bar - this is the way to do it! For a "quick" drink at the bar you pay less than if you have the same drink while sitting at one of the tables. One example: in 2007 a cappucchino cost 90 cents to 1 € when having it at the bar and around 1,30 €...

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Càgliari Warnings and Dangers

  • Mistral

    The Mistral is a strong wind that you will experience mainly in winter and early spring in Southern France and Sardinia! And boy, that Mistral sure can blow!!! When we decided to go to the beach it was an especially windy day, so the fine sand was blown in our faces and walking was a little strenuous!Back in Cagliari I was even hit by some sort of...

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  • Parking problem

    If you decide to come to Cagliari by car you will find that parking your car is a real problem - especially in the old part of town! Okay, there are parking lots, but even those are full most of the time. What are the options? Public transportation is one or taking chances and renting a tiny car - like my all time favourite Fiat 500!

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  • Narrow streets

    In the Marina and Castello districts of Cagliari the streets are so narrow that it is difficult both for car drivers and pedestrians to pass by eachother! I found walking there a little annoying at times, but on the other hand I would not have wanted to be a driver either.....

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Càgliari What to Pack

  • by Mongrelguts Written Aug 25, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Travel light if going in summer

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Resort wear, but try not look too touristy because then you will stick out like dogs balls

    Miscellaneous: My biggest regret was not taking a snorkel. Although there is no coral life here the water is absolutely crystal clear off the coast of Sardinia. Head out of Cagliari to see this though becuase every major city has its pollution.

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Càgliari Off The Beaten Path

  • San Giorgio War Hospital in the caves

    In 1941 Italy was in the middle of World Second War. Italian Red Cross was present as medical help on entire national area (likewise on colonies and on african, balcanic and russian battlefields), creating military hospitals and other sort of ad-hoc structures, when possible. San Giorgio Military Hospital was one of those extemporary structures,...

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  • Hidden beach

    If you're tired of the crowd on Poetto, here's a tip for some private sunbathing, pic-nic or whatever you're looking for. It's a bit of an effort to get here, but well worth it. Starting from Marina Piccola, if you walk across the Sella del Diavolo you will find a fantastic small beach on the otherside. Wear good shoes for the walk!

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  • Go to Villasimius Beach

    Go to Villasimius beach, it's where all the Italians go. Buses leave from Piazza Matteotti in Cagliari and the journey takes about an hour. The road is winding and follows the crystal clear waters of the south Sardinian coast (costa Rei). What a beach. Definately head there if you are in southern Sardinia.

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Càgliari Sports & Outdoors

  • Climbing 10 min from city centre

    There are some beautiful rocks just outside the city in the area called Cala Fighera. The views are stunning. There are several routes to climb. I had one of my nicest days on those rocks.

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  • il maresciallo - calasetta- isola di...

    located 90 km from cagliari, one more beautiful righthander wave.near spiaggia grande at calasettavery good surf conditions with sw and w swells. better unwindy or light nw breeze

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  • surf brake west coast

    located 60 km from cagliari , Goruneddu is one of the best surf brakes in Sardinia.it takes nw to sw swells and it works well when it's no windy and the swell is dropping down.on the SP to Portovesme right side. good shoes to go down and come back up......

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Càgliari Favorites

  • Helpful links

    When preparing a trip to Cagliari, the following links might be helpful:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cagliari- Commune CAGLIARI.it- italytravelescape.com- discoveritalia.com /Cagliari- myareaguide.com / Cagliari- http://www.sardi.it/cagliari- www.sardinien.com (in German)- a 58 page description of the tourist attractions/PDF

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  • Suggested walks

    There are 4 suggested walks through Cagliari and each single one will not take more than two hours! You will be able to find signs both showing you where you are right now plus giving you some information (in Italian and English) about the sight.There are walks through all four quarters of the old city of Cagliari:- Castello - Villanova- Stampace-...

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  • Churches

    There are numerous churches in Cagliari, some of them dating back as far as the 15th century. It is always worth visiting them both from the outside and the inside.Here is a list of churches in Cagliari with a short description of each one.Please note: we found that quite a few churches were closed whenever we wanted to visit, so you better check...

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