The beautiful city of Cagliari was the main commercial hub of Sardinia during Roman times. It has retained this status to this very day, thanks to the busy harbour and airport. Despite its size, the city centre manages to be both cosy and compact, made up of a maze of lanes which lead you all the way up to the hill with the tall citadel. Our tour of this harbour city starts by the quay, where the tree-lined arcades of the beautiful Via Roma run. At its end is the large Piazza Mattaotti square, with its spectacular town hall, the Palazzo Comunale and its two towers. From the port, the street Viale Regina Marghareta leads you to the very attractive Castello district, surrounded by massive walls. You will find the renowned citadel, the Bastione San Remy in this district. A view of the city harbour and the surrounding lagoons opens out for you at the top. It is also definitely worth visiting the two massive early 14th century Pisan defence towers of Torre San Pancrazio and Torre dell' Elefante. Each with wonderful views of the surrounding area. Anyone with even a passing interest in the culture and history of Sardinia, absolutely must visit the Archaeological Museum on Piazza dell' Arsenale. You will discover Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman jewellery as well as other finds, along with an extremely rare collection of bronze Nuraghe statues. Then, there is the Museum of Anatomical Wax Figures, or the carefully compiled Museum of Asian Culture. Nearer the piazza, you will be impressed by the magnificent Roman amphitheatre dating back to the 2nd century AD, where you can still see intact rows of seats and underground passages with pits for the animals. Ladies in the crew will certainly appreciate the nearby botanical gardens. You get there via Ignazio da Laconi. On arrival you will find more than 500 species of Mediterranean tropical flora and you will be able to cool off pleasantly in the shimmering afternoon heat.
A panoramic view of the town of Cagliari and marina
Portus Karalis Marina
This is located near the city centre in the inner harbour. It provides 140 berths with mooring and great shelter. As recently as 2015, no showers had been reported there. There is space for mega yachts in the NW harbour basin.
Marina del Sole
About a 1.5 km from the centre, are two marinas, east of the yacht club. The cheaper is Marina del Sole, a friendly, some may say slightly chaotic family marina. It offers 220 berths and 30 berths for visitors. An employee in a dinghy will assist you when sailing in. Marina del Sole is a popular place to stay the winter and for sailors who live on their boats.
Marina di Sant' Elmo
This offers one pontoon between Marina del Sole and Marina di Bonaria. It is somewhat more expensive than the first but is run very efficiently. Both marinas have sail makers and fitters. 300 berths with 30 berths for visitors, all with moorings. Marina employees will help you with anchoring. The marina offers excellent shelter from all directions.