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Visiting Cagliari Villasimius

Cagliari Villasimius is a historic coastal city and capital of the island of Sardinia in Italy. Situated within the Bay of Angels, the city is built on seven hills and is incredibly rich in heritage. Famous sites include the walled citadel of Castello, Cagliari Cathedral, the Torre dell'Elefante, the Bastione di Saint Remy, and the Palazzo Regio. The city has a lively beach, a variety of good markets and is a haven for pink flamingos.

Where to stay in Cagliari Villasimius

When selecting your Cagliari hotel, you have a number of areas to choose from both in and around the city. For instance, the area around Poetto beach has a lively nightlife, the marina quarter is great for restaurants and the picturesque historical centre is filled with fascinating architecture. Or you could choose to stay at a higher vantage point in the city, perhaps near the Bastione di Saint Remy terrace, which offers excellent views. For a truly tranquil spot, you could stay outside of Cagliari in the coastal village of Simius, a 22-mile journey away. Other options include the beautiful Mari Pintau beach and the Santa Margherita di Pula beach.

Accommodation choices in Cagliari Villasimius

There is a wealth of hotels in Cagliari, Sardinia to suit a variety of budgets and preferences. The 4 star T Hotel is a luxury choice near to the Cagliari Roman amphitheatre. Facilities include a pool, restaurant and business centre. The Sardegna Hotel, also 4 star, is near the airport and is a mid-price option. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge bar and free Wi-Fi. A budget choice is the cosy La Peonia Boutique B&B, which includes a free breakfast, Wi-Fi and a garden. Whichever Cagliari hotel you choose, you’re sure to enjoy your stay in this atmospheric city.

What to do during your stay in Cagliari Villasimius

Cagliari is a stunning coastal city filled with arcades, old churches, museums, galleries and traditional cafes. Poetta beach is a popular party hangout, while the marina quarter offers a wide variety of restaurants. Outdoor activities in the area include sailing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, hiking and cycling.

The city also has a number of breathtaking historical attractions, the most famous being the hilltop walled citadel of Castello, which dates back to medieval times. Attractions in the city’s historical quarter include the 13th century Cagliari Cathedral on Piazza Palazzo, and the Torre dell'Elefante medieval tower. Overlooking the city is the Bastione di Saint Remy, a classical-style terrace with an impressive limestone arch. The Citadel of Museums includes the National Archaeological Museum, which has a fascinating array of Roman artefacts, the Museum of Siamese Art, the National Gallery and the Wax Anatomical Museum. Other must-see attractions include the 2nd century Roman amphitheatre of Cagliari, the botanical gardens of the 400-year-old University of Cagliari, the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria, and Palazzo Regio, an ancient residence of the King of Sardinia.

Green spaces include Urpinu Hill, which has ducks, geese and peacocks, and the 14th century St Michael Castle, which is based on a hilltop on the outskirts of the city. There are also a number of markets, including Mercato San Benedetto, one of Italy’s largest covered area of stalls, and the charming Mercato di Santa Chiara, which has been going strong since 1955.

Nearby attractions include the 1920s sea harbour of Porto Flavia, based near Nebida, and Simius beach at the little village of Simius, which overlooks Porto Giunco bay and the lighthouse on Isola dei Cavoli. Simius is a popular snorkelling destination and the beach even includes a pink flamingo pond. Many flamingos can also be found at Molentargius – Saline Regional Park, a 1,600-hectare wetland with 230 bird species in total, including kingfishers and cormorants. Whether you’re looking for history, nightlife, dining or wonderful waterfront views, Cagliari Villasimius has much to offer you.

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