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Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia, an Italian island, in between Italy and Spain. It is located along the south coast of the island and the city itself has about 160,000 inhabitants, the larger urban area around half a million. Although part of the city is relatively modern with many newly built hotels, the old part of the city (called castello, meaning castle) is much more beautiful, with views of the Mediterranean Sea as well.




Torre delle Stelle

Torre delle Stelle lies on a hill surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, on Cagliari Gulf. It is 30 kilometres from Cagliari along the coastal road to Villasimius, on the southeast coast of Sardinia. Part of Maracalagonis and Sinnai municipalities, Torre delle Stelle is an unique place to relax and enjoy the nature and the sea. The two local beaches, Genn'e Mari and Cann'e Sisa, are two nice white sandy beaches with crystal and shallow water.



Sights and Activities


Castello is an old district surrounded by a fortified structure. It was build on a high hill for defense purpose. It was founded by Pisans in 13th century. Later it was expanded by Aragonese, Spanish, and Piedmontese. Since it has been constructed, Castello was a location of Sardinian authorities. It stayed this way up to today. If you are looking for souvenirs from your holidays this is the place to go. There is a lot of small shops in Castello. You can easily find here some nice art and antiques done by local artists. The most of buildings in this area come from baroque and neoclassical architecture periods.


South from Castello is the Marina district, which is the port area of Cagliari. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in this part of the city. Restaurants vary from small fast-foods to and expensive places serving luxurious dishes. Everyone can find here something for their taste and pocket. Since the port is located here, Marina was always a trading district of Cagliari, so it is also worth to visit it for shopping if You are looking to buy some local goods.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Cathedral
  • The palace of the Provincial Government
  • Sardinian Archaeological Museum
  • Basilica di San Saturnino
  • Chiesa della Purissima - a church from the 16th century.
  • The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria

Molentargius Regional Park and the Salt-pans

The Molentargius Regional Park and the Salt-pans consist of the arid plain of Is Arenas, the fresh water basins and ponds of Perdalonga and Bellarosa Minore, the saltwater basins of Bellarosa Maggiore and Quartu pond. It is possible to make some intersting escursions by boat and admire the many species of birds such as the Pink Flamingo.




Cagliari has a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry and sunny summers but mild and wetter winters, though during recent years drought has become a bigger problem. Temperatures in summer (June - September) are generally around 30 °C to 32 °C degrees Celsius during the day and still warm at night, with 20 °C on average but sometimes hardly dropping below 25 °C. During heat waves, temperatures here can rise to 40 °C or even a bit more. Winters from December to February are mild with daytime temperatures of around 14 °C to 16 °C and nights still well above 5 °C on average. This is also the time when most of the rain falls though occasionally summers can have a few rainshowers as well.

Avg Max14.2 °C14.7 °C16.1 °C18.4 °C22.3 °C26.6 °C29.6 °C29.8 °C26.9 °C22.8 °C18.2 °C15.1 °C
Avg Min5.7 °C6.2 °C7.2 °C9.1 °C12.3 °C16.1 °C18.6 °C19.1 °C17 °C13.7 °C9.5 °C6.8 °C
Rainfall45.8 mm57.1 mm44.1 mm37.1 mm23.9 mm9.2 mm3.2 mm8.5 mm30.6 mm55.6 mm56 mm55.3 mm
Rain Days7.



Getting There

By Plane

Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG) offers a growing number of flights throughout Europe, especially with lowcost airlines. Ryanair has flights to/from Basel, Brescia, Bristol, Brussels-Charleroi, Edinburgh, Genoa, Girona, Frankfurt-Hahn, Karlsruhe, Madrid, Manchester, Marseille, Milan/Bergamo-Orio al Serio, Paris-Beauvais, Pescara, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Seville, Trieste, Valencia, Venice-Treviso and Weeze (near Düsseldorf). Meridiana has quite a few domestic flights and flights to Paris as well. Other airlines go to Geneva, Munich, Zürich and Oslo, among a few other places.

By Train

Trains go to Iglesias and Carbonia, Olbia and Golfo Aranci and to Sassari and Porto Torres.

By Car

Highways lead to Sassari - Porto Torres (SS131/E35) and Olbia (SS131).

By Bus

ARST has buses to many destinations throughout Sardinia, including Oristano, Nuoro, Sassari, Iglesias and further away.

By Boat





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Keep Connected


Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.


Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.


Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 39.2149029
  • Longitude: 9.1094988

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