Cagliari walking tour and surroundings

Half day - 4 HRS – Bus + Guide

Cagliari is the administrative capital of Sardinia, the seat of the council and regional

government and also the main port and commercial and industrial centre of the island. It is a modern town that has nevertheless been able to preserve its historical roots. The Pisans, Aragonese and Spaniards gave the town its walls, ramparts and fine buildings, and a certain atmosphere can still be felt today in the wrought iron balconies in the old districts of Stampace, Marina and Villanova. We’ll start the walking tour by the quarter of “Castello”, entering in the old doors of the town we’ll pass in front of the National Archaeological Museum, which houses collections concerning the early Sardinian civilization – Nuragica.

Along with the bronze figures, arms and other items produced by the early inhabitants of Sardinia, the museum also contains exhibits recalling the other two civilizations that had a profound influence: Phoenician - Carthaginesian and Roman. The beautiful medieval tower of St. Pancrazio welcome us inside the walls and after few minutes we’ll arrive to the cathedral, consecrated to Saint Mary, dates back to the Romanesque period, to which the bell tower belongs. Next, we’ll visit some narrow streets of the old city and we’ll finish our trip to the beautiful bastion of Saint Remy. Reboarding our minibus, we’ll continue along the sandy beach of Poetto, stretching more than ten kilometers (six miles). On its south western limit is the characteristic rocky formation known as “Sella del Diavolo” (Devil’s Saddle). The salt pools in the area are an extraordinary scarlet color during the period of maximum water evaporation and in the winter they attract a large number of birds – particularly pink flamingos. Reentering the city, we’ll have photo-stop in Monte Urpinu; One of Cagliari’s main attractions is its panoramic position in amongst natural surroundings.

To the south lies the great Golfo Degli Angeli – “Gulf of the Angels”, while the lagoons of Santa Gilla and Molentargius now appear to be almost enclosed by the urban network of the town, with its wide suburban belt flights of flamingos, ducks and herons; another stop will at the Basilica of Bonaria, which stands against the old church in Aragonese Gothic style. From here, we can admire a complete view over the Gulf of Cagliari. May be will have some free time for your shopping in the famous via Manno.