Cagliari is the capital of the island of Sardinia in Italy and has become one of the most popular travel destinations in Sardinia.
While it’s a popular summer vacation destination, many don’t realize that it’s a great year-round destination. No matter when you visit, among the top list of attractions in Cagliari you will find plenty of outdoor spots.
And what could be nicer than enjoying fresh air? So here are five outdoor attractions in Cagliari, Sardinia!
5 outdoor attractions in Cagliari
If you happen to be in Cagliari and forgot to buy a guidebook, here are 5 must-see outdoor spots in the city! You can see this in the great outdoors in Cagliari!
1. Poetto Beach
Whether you go to Cagliari in summer or winter, you have to go to “Su Poettu” (as we call it in Sardinian !!!). This is Cagliari’s main beach, and at around 8 km in length, half of it is actually the Quartu S. Elena area.
There are many bars, service companies and establishments along Su Poettu that are open all year round. This is where the locals go all year round. In winter usually during the day for lunch, coffee, games and chatting with friends enjoying the sun and the beautiful view. All day in summer; During the day for sunbathing, swimming and chilling out, and at night it becomes a nightlife hotspot with clubs, cocktail bars and restaurants.
2. Bastione St. Remy
Address: Costituzione Sq.
The Bastione is an ancient fortress that was built between the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. It is located in the old town and is quite high so you can admire the whole city and the port. The view is really nice from here. There is an indoor zone on the first floor, where exhibitions are usually held. The top floors are the outdoor area where you can find some cafeterias, or you can just sit on the benches, go for a walk and enjoy the view. A great place to take photos of the city with a breathtaking view of the ocean!
3. Yenne Square
Address: at the end of Largo Carlo Felice from Roma St.
This is one of the main city squares which is located in the center of the city. This place is very busy as it is at the intersection of four of the city’s main streets. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and cafeterias that set up tables and chairs outside so that you can enjoy a hot chocolate or a good espresso in the square yourself. Although it is populated all year round, in the summer it becomes a nightlife hotspot and is very busy with locals and tourists. Here you can sit down and watch the city go, or try one of the best ice creams in town!
4. Marina Piccola
Address: Beginning of the Lungomare Poetto
This is a small tourist port located at the beginning of Poetto Beach on the Cagliari side, just below the spectacular Sella del Diavolo hill. As everywhere, it gets much busier in summer when people go for a walk, have a drink and buy local products from the many stalls. I suggest going there early in the morning and enjoying the sound of the sea and boats.
5. Roman theater
Address: Sant’Ignazio da Laconi St.
Cagliari also has its little coliseum. This is amazing architectural old construction in the rocks that on the 2nd I recommend visiting at least one of them!
5 must sees in Chia, Sardinia
Chia is located about 45 kilometers from the city of Cagliari and is home to beautiful white sand beaches and blue sea.
Here are our top things to do in Chia, Sardinia.
Chia is famous for its stunning clear water and warm sandy beaches which are ideal for sunbathing, walking, relaxing and enjoying the sights.
The beach of Porticciolo is located at the foot of the Chia Tower (see pictures) and is a natural crescent-shaped beach of the Hotel Torre Chia. Also nearby are Porto Campana Beach, famous for its golden dunes, and the perfect S’Abba Durci Beach. Beaches are the pride of Chia, and there are literally dozen of amazing beaches to choose from!
The Chia Tower stands proudly on the Chia coast and offers a unique view of the nearby beaches. This old stone watchtower once protected the village from pirate attacks and offers a charming and relaxing walk every day.
This second most southern point of Sardinia is home to the inimitable Faro di Capo Spartivento – a working lighthouse. On a clear day, you can see it from the east coast on Su Giudeu Beach. Visit the lighthouse for a breathtaking 360 degree panoramic view of Sardinia’s blue sea and don’t forget to visit the gardens too.
Whether you are a scratch golfer or a newbie, golfers of all stripes will love Chia’s offers! These include the nearby Molas golf course and the village’s own 18-hole pitch and putt. Some hotels in the area, such as Hotel Parco Torre Chia, also have exclusive offers for golfers, so don’t forget to plan in advance!
The colorful nearby town of Pula is home to the ancient archaeological ruins of Nora. These remains of the ancient Roman city include ancient temples, baths, and mosaics – a lovely visit for tourists and history buffs alike. Nearby is the Nora Lagoon, another beautiful attraction near Chia that is perfect for an afternoon stroll.