Cagliari, Sardinia cruises

Cagliari is the capital of the Italian island of Sardinia. It is renowned for its high hills, stunning panoramic views of the Golfo degli Angeli, the Gulf of Angels, and its exciting shore excursions. Attracting thousands of visitors every year, Cagliari boasts historic architectural sites, inviting beaches, warm waters and a fantastic choice of restaurants. What's more, many of Cagliari’s attractions can be reached on foot, allowing you to explore at your own leisure.

Cagliari, Sardinia Port Guide.

Epitomizing everything that we have come to know and love about a Mediterranean pace of life, Cagliari offers sun-soaked charm, architectural wonders, and many things to see and do.

Whether you soak up the historic charm of the 13th-century Cagliari Cathedral, explore the historic center, or refuel at one of the area’s many cafes or restaurants, you’re sure to have a great time.

Cagliari has a busy commercial port on the west side of the peninsula, providing a gateway to this fantastic island. Accommodating a constant flow of cruise ships, you will quickly be greeted by Sardinia’s iconic old, pastel-hued buildings and breath-taking landscape.

Top landmarks and sights in Cagliari.

Cagliari is home to a whole host of top landmarks and sights, including historical buildings such as the Duomo and Bastione San Remy, as well as The Elephant Tower, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Palazzo Archivescovile, and the Palazzo Reggio. The Cathedral of Santa Maria is a 13th-century cathedral and one of the city’s main attractions. 

Cittadella dei Musei is also well worth a visit. Known as the museum quarter, it is packed with interesting structures housing different exhibits and displays.

Things to do in Cagliari.

Once you have finished exploring Cagliari’s many historical sights and landmarks, head down to the well-developed marina. Here you’ll find shops, restaurants and bars where you can relax, unwind and reflect on your cruise adventure.

Or, if you’re looking for a slower pace of life, you’ll find beautiful coastlines and picturesque parks. Poetto beach is just a 25-minute bus ride from Cagliari marina, and is the perfect spot to enjoy warm waters, stunning views, and water sports. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars nearby, where you can refuel during a busy day at the beach. And, if chic city living is more your thing, make sure you head to Quartiere Castello. Boasting pretty, narrow cobbled streets, open squares that are alive with activity and vibrant bars, restaurants and ice cream shops, this is the perfect destination to relax, unwind and watch the world go by.

Cagliari culture and history.

With a population of 154,000 and a colorful history, Cagliari is one of the main cities on the Italian island of Sardinia.

Today, there are still countless archaeological sites and treasures, some of which date back as far as the Neolithic period.

The oldest part of Cagliari is Castello with its breath-taking slopes rising steeply from the harbor. These hills provided protection for the island when the Genoese, Pisans, and Spanish tried to invade. Sardinia was also often raided by pirates from North Africa.

Many elements of Sardinia’s rich culture and history can still be observed today in Cagliari's people and traditions.

Eating and drinking in Cagliari.

Cagliari cruise port certainly isn’t short of great places to eat, drink and relax. In fact, the waterfront is considered to have some of the best choices of restaurants in Cagliari. From pasta and seafood to pizza and light bites, you’re sure to find an eatery that satisfies your taste buds.  Don’t forget that Sardinian wine is also highly regarded around the world.

So, whether you’re looking to indulge in freshly caught seafood or to satisfy your sweet tooth with a classic Sardinian dessert, you won’t be disappointed by the choice on offer. Of course, a visit to Cagliari isn’t complete without an ice cream from one of the many gelaterias.

Shopping in Cagliari.

Cagliari is located on the south coast of Sardinia and has a vibrant and bustling Marina area which is home to shops, restaurants and bars.

The Marina district and the arcade Via Roma are the ultimate spots to get your shopping fix. The main department store, La Rinascente, is located just a stone’s throw away from the Marina. Other popular malls in the area include Upim in Piazza Della Repubblica and Standa. A fantastic market, which is also held at St Elia Stadium every Sunday.

Make sure you visit the San Bendetto Market, where you will find plenty of fresh fish, vegetables and seafood.

Transport in Cagliari.

When it comes to getting around Cagliari, you will be pleased to hear that the dock isn’t far from the center of Cagliari. The vast majority of tourists get around the area using shuttle buses and taxis, however it’s also easy to get around on foot as there is minimal traffic and everything is close by.

Cagliari port facilities.

Cagliari is one of Sardinia’s most important ports. The fantastic harbor and port see huge cruise ships docking and unloading tourists daily. Cagliari is also a busy commercial port, offering a ferry connection to the mainland and Sicily.

Top tips for visiting Cagliari.

Cagliari has a typical Mediterranean climate and attracts visitors all year round. Enjoying dry hot summers and mild winters, the average annual temperature in summer is between 82°F and 87°F, dropping to a mild 42°F - 48°F during the winter months.

When you’re in the area you should never:

  • Refuse drinks or food offered by locals
  • Use a GPS navigator, as many areas are not mapped
  • Get too close to the sheep in the area; there are around 4 million and they are protected by sheepdogs!