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Cagliari - Villasimius - Southern Sardinia
Travel Guide

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The island’s south is remarkable for its mountains, tranquil beaches and enigmatic ancient ruins, as well as a courtly city.

Broaden your horizons, venturing to southern Sardinia and the capital city, Cagliari. The southern landscapes surrounding Cagliari are sparse. You might have long, white beaches to yourself.

Cagliari is an elegant city with narrow alleys in the old part, wide streets in the new area and a majestic waterfront. Arrive here by sea for the wonderful experience of seeing its streets and piazzas shimmering in the sun as you approach. The focal point is the tremendous rocky citadel, Il Castello, which towers over the skyline. Cagliari has numerous attractions but doesn’t have the touristy sheen of other ancient cities in this part of the world. Ferry services leave from the ports. Shipwrecks in the deep waters off the coast beckon intrepid divers.

The city is surrounded by salty marsh areas. Beyond this, the region is rugged and hilly. Iglesias is a site with immense importance as the center of a historic mining region. Mining has been a vital part of Sardinia’s story, beginning around 8,000 years ago in mysterious rocky hills like these. It’s a silent area now, but you’ll find the industrial history still resonates.

Villasimius is a small settlement near the sea east of Cagliari where you can get lost in the dreamy sunshine and wide blue horizon. Nearby Cala Sinzias is another charming sandy beach on a pristine lagoon, seemingly isolated from the rest of the world.

Away from the townships, find the hushed Sarrabus hinterland. Climb ancient mountains and explore caves in the Domusnovas region at the base of Monte Marganai. Visit the UNESCO-listed Su Nuraxi di Barumini, a window into the very distant past. These offer excellent examples of nuraghe, mysterious megalithic edifices that rise out of the ancient landscape. Nuraghe are particular to Sardinia, remnants of the Bronze-Age Nuragic civilization.

Sardinia’s south offers an authentic experience of this extraordinary part of Italy. Rent a car to explore the Cagliari region at your own pace or use the available public transit services.

Hotel Residence Ulivi e Palme
Hotel Residence Ulivi e Palme
3 out of 5
Via Bembo 25, Cagliari, CA
The price is £51 per night from 22 May to 22 May
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Lirico Theatre and 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from Port of Cagliari. San Benedetto Market and ...
3.9/5Good! (191 reviews)
"Just outside main part of town but easily accessible by bus which ran frequently even on weekends. Staff were lovely and helpful."

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2019

Hotel Residence Ulivi e Palme
T Hotel
T Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Dei Giudicati n.66, Cagliari, CA
The price is £77 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in the heart of Cagliari, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Parco della Musica and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Port of Cagliari. San Benedetto Market and Lirico ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (746 reviews)
"Perfect city hotel, very good restaurant and bar, always stay here. Public areas very plush for Sardinia, great for business or holiday travellers."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

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Hotel Villa Fanny
Hotel Villa Fanny
4 out of 5
Via San Giovanni Bosco, 8, Cagliari
The price is £112 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in the heart of Cagliari, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cagliari Botanical Garden and Massimo Theatre. Roman Amphitheatre of Cagliari ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (186 reviews)
"The Hotel Villa Fanny would be great at any time, but in these most unusual of times, it provided a very reassuring oasis during our stay in Cagliari. It's conveniently located, on a relatively quiet street and within fairly easy walking distance to one of the main restaurant areas. All the staff ..."

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Hotel Villa Fanny
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Residenze al Castello
Residenze al Castello
Via Alberto Lamarmora, 118, Cagliari, CA
The price is £60 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated in Cagliari, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Church of Purissima and Port of Cagliari. The Royal Palace and Cagliari Cathedral ...
4.3/5Excellent! (54 reviews)
Ideal location in the old town
"Before arriving in Cagliari for the first time we were unsure which area to stay in. We are so glad we booked to stay in the old part of town. It was the ideal location and the apartments were very generous and exactly what we needed for a nice stay."

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2018

Residenze al Castello
The Good Place
The Good Place
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II n.28, Cagliari, Provincia di Cagliari
The price is £93 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in the heart of Cagliari, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Yenne and Port of Cagliari. Church of San Michele and Church of Sant'Agostino ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"This place was perfect and what I loved about it the most aside from the location was the jacuzzi☺️"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

The Good Place
Ginepro - In the Heart of Cagliari
Ginepro - In the Heart of Cagliari
Cagliari, Sardinia
Situated in Cagliari, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Restituta Crypt and Port of Cagliari. Church of Sant'Efisio and Church of San ...
Ginepro - In the Heart of Cagliari
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