It’s difficult to miss the island's capital when cruising in Sardinia. All the more so as it is situated at the end of the charming gulf of Cagliari, also known as the "Bay of Angels".
Cagliari is a city built in the hills. The historic district of Castello is thus situated on the heights. Within its walls, this citadel houses some of the most beautiful monuments of the city: the castle, the bastion of Saint-Remy (Bastione di Saint-Remy), the cathedral of Santa Maria and the imposing fortified towers of Saint Pancrazio and the Elephant (Torre San Pancrazio and Torre dell'Elefante).
Your exploration of Sardinian history continues at the National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale). Its rich collections retrace Sardinia's prehistoric and ancient past. You will find remains from the Nuraghic, Phoenician and Punic periods. And to put you a little more in the mood, don't miss, nearby, the 2nd century Roman amphitheatre. Unfortunately, the amphitheatre can only be visited by groups or during the summer during concerts and other events. If you are visiting out of season you will have to admire it through the gates!
There is still so much to do in Cagliari... But your sailboat charter in Sardinia has much more in store... With the Tyrrhenian Sea to the east and the Mediterranean to the west, this charter offers you endless possibilities.
During the summer season, Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) serves several European cities, including Dublin, London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, etc. A free shuttle bus connects the airport to the city centre (less than ten-minute journey time!). During the winter period, the airport operates a reduced schedule but is still well connected to EU hubs such as London and Paris and it operates an upgraded Italian service.
For non-EU nationals, visas are not generally required for stays of up to 90 days in Sardinia. Some nationalities may require a Schengen visa. Please consult your national government tourist advice before departure.
If you are planning a sailboat charter in Cagliari, then of course one thing is important for you: wind. Sardinia in general is an attractive sailing area for beginners and experts. It's perfect for a relaxing bay-to-bay cruise along its impressive coastline. You’ll find rocky cliffs interspersed with protected bays and fine sandy beaches. The coasts in the south of Sardinia around Cagliari are characterised by impressive dune landscapes. A wind blows into their sails from predominantly western or eastern directions. The Libeccio, which blows from west-southwest, ensures that there is almost never a calm wind and guarantees year-round sailing pleasure.
The best time for a sailing trip in Cagliari is in summer. During the summer months, the average temperature is around 30°C. But also in winter Cagliari is a popular destination. With a pleasant average temperature of 10°C there is nothing in the way of a sailing boat charter even in the colder months.
It’s not just in Cagliari’s fine-dining restaurants that you’ll get to try some of Italy’s most coveted cuisine. The many small restaurants in the historic centre will delight every palate with specialities from the sea and the land. Here are some of the main specialities of Cagliari's gastronomy…
Malloreddus – a typical Campidano pasta served with tomato coulis and fresh sausage, sprinkled with Sardinian pecorino cheese.
La fregola con le arselle – these are small balls of semolina dough, hand-made and produced in Sardinia, cooked with clams and sprinkled with bottarga.
Spaghetti ai ricci – these can be sampled only between autumn and spring, in one of the many kiosks on the Su Siccu promenade.
Fish with scabecciu – fish fried in garlic, tomato and vinegar sauce.
Porceddu – the most famous meat dish, spit-roasted.
Pizzetta sfoglia – a tasty snack served in all the bars of the city, a must-try during a quick lunch break!
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