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Nestled on the southern coast of Sardinia, Cagliari is a great spot to spend a few days. As well as its atmospheric medieval centre constructed from white limestone, it boasts piazzas lined with restaurants and taverns, museums, beautiful churches and archaeological remains. While there, you can also relax on the city's beach and check out the birdlife that thrives in the nearby salt marshes. In addition, Cagliari is a mecca for food lovers. Its best-known dish is suckling pig, but barbecued fish and local cheeses such as pecorino sarda are popular too. You could combine your holiday to Cagliari with a trip to another Italian destination, such as Rome or Turin.
Direct flights to Cagliari Airport from the UK take around two hours 45 minutes. To make the five kilometre journey from the hub into the city centre, you can take a taxi or a bus. However, if you would like greater independence while on your vacation, why not check out the cheap car hire on offer?
Cagliari itself is easy to get around. Inexpensive buses run through the city and surrounding area, as well as to local beaches. You can also make use of local taxis.
To make the most out of the Sardinian sunshine head to the six kilometre stretch of sand known as Poetto Beach. During the summer months, this area has a real holiday atmosphere and you can spend your euros in the various restaurants, bars, funfairs and discos that line the beach. For something a little more spiritual, check out the pilgrim site at Bonaria hill. People travel from all around the world to pray at the Nostra Signora di Bonaria and neighbouring basilica - a truly peaceful retreat.
After a day's exploration, why not relax with a meal at the Convento San Giuseppe? It enjoys a reputation as one of the best restaurants in town.
Late spring and early autumn may be the best times to visit Cagliari. In August, temperatures soar and Italian tourists flock to Sardinia for their annual summer breaks.