Miss Earring and I decided to come to Sardinia four days before our sailing trip to do some sightseeing and enjoy Italian sun. Many travel guides treat Cagliari as a hub point of getting in and out of the island. We gave it a chance and were nicely surprised.
Cagliari is situated in the middle of the wide Gulf of Angels. Nestled between two hills, San Michele and Monte Urpinu. It is known under a well deserved nickname ‘the city of the sun’. With marvelous and extremely popular Poetto Beach being a cherry on top of the cake. Pristine white sand, azure water and a very characteristic rock called Sella Del Diavolo. The Devil’s Saddle attract sun lovers by day and party lovers by night. We spent two days on the beach just reading and sipping negroni in our sun beds.
Beside crystal clear waters and really beautiful beaches, Cagliari offers historical heritage and serves as a culture centre of the island.
Theatre, opera performances, concerts and exhibitions are run around town all year long. Capital city of Sardinia is a thriving, lively city with cosmopolitan feel. Via Roma vibrant with shops, cafes and aperitivo bars perfect for watching sun going down on the marina.
The city is like an open book. Base on museums, monuments and architecture with different cultural influences. It is easy to observe that Romans, Catalan, Aragones, Pisans, Genoan, and Piedmontese have left their marks on this ancient city.
Medieval Castello District with a labyrinth of steep and narrow granite paved streets is a perfect place so wander around. So narrow that a passing car literally force you to step to someone house – luckily everyone leave their doors wide open.
Visit Cathedral, a real Pisane – Romanesque gem. Have a coffee in the cafe on the one of bastioned walls to admire amazing view of Cagliari over an espresso. Walls and two towers built from limestone. Jacarandas which I personally find the most beautiful trees on the world. Mentality of people makes our sightseeing really memorable experience.
Great restaurants, open air clubs and bars kept Miss Earring and myself busy and in good mood. While the best is yet to come. Sailing trip start to begin!