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Why Visit Cagliari?

Cagliari is the historic capital of Sardinia. Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea, well-known for its summer holidays with breath taking turquoise seas and golden sandy beaches, but the capital Cagliari is a perfect city break destination. It is an ancient city steeped in history just waiting to be explored!

Cagliari is a beautiful place to visit, full of unique rich culture, remarkable architecture and monuments. It is impossible to say who founded Cagliari, as due to its favourable coastline it was an entry point for many. A must see in Cagliari is the Castello, a historic neighbourhood still enclosed by ancient walls. Walking up the cobbled steps and narrow streets is like walking back in time.

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Cagliari is the perfect city break destination for those interested in history, although if you visit in the summertime it is also possible to enjoy the beach and crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea.

Ryanair offer flights from Dublin to Cagliari twice a week during the summer months, with a flight time of approximately 3 hours. If you are looking to travel during the other months of the year Ryanair offer connecting flights through other major Italian cities.

To learn more about things to do in Cagliari, the best time to go and local info see here.

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Things to do in Cagliari


  • Climb the steps to Bastione San Remy and look out across the city.
  • Visit ancient artefacts in the National Archaeological Museum.
  • If visiting in the summer, be sure to visit the Poetto beach for a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Sit down at the Marina and watch the boats go by while enjoying some traditional Sardinian cuisine.


The nightlife in Cagliari is very relaxed. The main bars and clubs can be found around the marina and in the Castello district. If you are looking for a relaxing cocktail beside the sea head to the beach bars at Poetto Beach.

Dining Out  

Sardinia may be an Italian island but when visiting here you can forget about Italian food, as the Sardinians are very proud of their traditional Sardinian cuisine. The best-known local dish is porceddu – roast suckling pork. As Cagliari is surrounded by the sea, fresh seafood is also a very big part of their local cuisine.


As previously mentioned Poetto Beach is located right in the city of Cagliari, offering tourists a nice place to lay and relax in the Sardinian sunshine. If you want to escape the city for a couple of hours you can take an arranged tour to see the best beaches Sardinia has on offer.

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Best Time to Go 

Cagliari has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, sunny summers. This makes it the perfect city break destination all year around. If you want to escape the summer heat and the crowds, a good time to visit would be in the Spring with average temperatures of 18 °C.

Local Info


Euro is the currency used in Cagliari.

Time Zone 

Cagliari is 1 hour ahead of Ireland. They are in the time zone GMT+1.

Getting around 

Cagliari can be easily explored by foot but there is also a metro, public bus service and many open top buses offering sightseeing tours.