Cagliari, renowned as Italy’s greenest city, is located in the heart of the Mediterranean, in a panoramic position in the so-called “Gulf of the Angels” (Golfo degli Angeli) between the long beaches of Poetto and the coastal lagoon known as the “Pool of Cagliari” (Stagno di Cagliari). The city benefits from a mild climate for most of the year.
Strolling around the vicinity of the Hotel, in the streets of the oldest part of town, you will come to Piazza Yenne, one of the city’s main entertainment hubs, which is always buzzing, at all hours of the day and night. You can also admire the city from above, thanks to the Bastione Saint Remy, a stunning monumental structure that leads us into the Castello district. This part of the city, with its stone houses and narrow alleyways, retains numerous traces of the mediaeval period, as well as the Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria. As you proceed, you will reach the promenade of Buon Cammino and the Roman Amphitheatre, which serves as the venue for important events and concerts during the summer. Also nearby is the Botanical Garden, where you can marvel at around 2000 species of plants, all of which flourish in the warm climate of southern Sardinia.
As we move away from the centre of town, we come to Poetto beach, which is a favourite haunt of locals all year round, with its great views of the sea and striking kiosks offering food and drink. There is also the opportunity to hire a sun lounger and parasols.
A short distance away you will find the Santa Gilla Lagoon, a site of international importance in terms of its natural history. This wetland extends across 15,000 hectares and plays host to a plethora of different species of flora and fauna, including pink flamingos and another 70 species of exceptionally rare birds. These birds can also be admired in the nearby Parco del Molentargius, which once hosted the salt works that are today no longer active.
In next-to-no-time you can also reach the acclaimed beaches of Villasimius, if you head towards the eastern coast, or the marvellous Chia coastal tract, if you had towards the western side.
Moreover, enjoying your time in the city could not be easier, with its many museums, cinemas, literary cafés, parks, tourist buses, exhibition spaces, tours and excursions, amongst a long list of other attractions.
If you would like to receive more information on what this part of Sardinia has to offer, or to study the tourists trails and download informative material, please visit the www.cagliariturismo.it site.