The City of Cagliari (Italian) is called by many “The City of Sun.” With a mild and consistent climate, the town is alive 24 hours a day. Visitors will enjoy the wine-bars, pubs, and cafes offering live music and friendly company.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy the beautiful 8-kilometer long Poetto Beach. The beach is divided into sections, some of which are free and some with entry fees where you can rent umbrellas, chairs, and other conveniences like showers and toilets. The sand in these “club beaches” is cleaned every night.
The Port of Cagliari’s Castello Quarter is located on the city’s high ground. It was here that the Pisans fortified the hill in 1217, and visitors can see the surviving city walls and historic streets. This is the best-known quarter in the Port of Cagliari, and it offers important monuments and delightful craft and antiquarian shops as well as a fantastic view of the rest of the city.
The oldest quarter of Cagliari is Stampace. In use since the 11th Century, each street has its own church, and the street plan has not changed since the Middle Ages. Called the “Quarter of the Seven Churches,” Stampace holds the 17th Century baroque S. Michele church, remains of S. Giorgio church (damaged by bombing), and the church dedicated to S. Efisio, the patron saint of Stampace and all of Sardinia.
The Citadel of Museums, located in the old Royal Arsenal area, contains the Port of Cagliari’s most important museums. Here, visitors can find the Picture Gallery, the National Archaeological Museum, the Anatomic Waxworks Gallery, and the Siamese Art Museum.
The Marina Quarter has been important to the local economy since the Punic Age. The Romans called the quarter Bagnarla. Archaeological excavations have discovered a record of steady urban expansion in the quarter during Roman times. For centuries, the Marina Quarter has housed harbor workers, warehousemen, and craftsmen. Almost destroyed when the quarter’s walls collapsed in 1800, the Marina of today is full of shops and trattorias.
Villanova is one of the Port of Cagliari’s historic areas where the Pisans lived. The area is surrounded by ancient walls, and it was home to craftsmen and farmers (fields were near the area in those days). The neighborhood was crowded with an agricultural population during the Spanish age. Villanova is like a village within the Port of Cagliari.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Cagliari and Sardinia by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.