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How to Spend 3 Days in Cagliari

How to Spend 3 Days in Cagliari

Cagliari is Sardinia’s most important port city, with a striking historic center and an ideal location along the southern coast for exploring the island’s highlights by land or sea. Here are a few ways to enjoy both inland treasures and gorgeous coastline over three days, from neolithic ruins to pristine natural reserves.

Day 1: The Historic Port City

Cagliari has been Sardinia’s most important port city for centuries, and its old town is testimony to its long and captivating history. Explore highlights, such as the medieval Castello citadel and the ornate Cathedral of Santa Maria and Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria, with a guided walking tour, or zip through the city streets on wheels in a Fiat 500 automobile, on a tuk-tuk, or Segway. 

After exploring Cagliari’s historic quarter, head outside the city to the coast and admire the resident flamingos and other wildlife at the serene Molentargius wetlands, or stake out a deck chair on Poetto beach to watch locals sunbathe and frolic in the waves. For a delicious end to your day, try a hands-on cooking class and learn how to prepare classic island dishes, or sit down for dinner with a local family to enjoy traditional recipes prepared in their home kitchen.

Day 2: Island Highlights by Land

Sardinia’s singular culture remains different from mainland Italy, and each individual city and town on this island also is distinct from its neighbors. Take a closer look at this patchwork of histories, languages, and cuisines on a day trip to the medieval port city of Alghero and the Riviera del Corallo on Sardinia’s opposite coast, or by joining an excursion to the tiny inland villages in the Barbagia Mountains to spend the day with a local family. 

Archaeology enthusiasts can head to the town of Barumini to visit the center and nearby Su Nuraxi archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from the Bronze Age. Gourmands can opt for a Sardinian food and wine tour that stops at wineries in the countryside surrounding Cagliari to imbibe in the best local labels and sample traditional delicacies like artisan cheeses and cured meats.

Day 3: Coastal Beauty

You’ve explored Sardinia’s inland heart, so today skirt its spectacular coastline. Adventure lovers can hop in a 4x4 to take on the most rugged and isolated stretches of coast as part of a guided day trip; alternatively, join a more sedate guided excursion to the island’s best beaches via air-conditioned minivan. 

For sports enthusiasts who want to get away from the beach crowds, an active day of hiking and kayaking along the coast near Cagliari is ideal. And, if you just want to relax, set sail on a hop-on-hop-off mini-cruise on the Gulf of Orosei, stopping to swim or explore the coast at your leisure.

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Barumini and Marmilla Half-day Tour from Cagliari

Barumini and Marmilla Half-day Tour from Cagliari

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Go back in time to the Bronze Age on this tour from Cagliari to Barumini, where you visit the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Su Nuraxi archaeological site, built by the Nuragic civilization. Located in the Marmilla region of Sardinia, the site is known for its central tower and surrounding village. Also visit Giara, a protected area home to wild horses. Enjoy round-trip transportation from your hotel for a hassle-free experience.
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  • 4 hours
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$96.43
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Cagliari Segway Tour

Cagliari Segway Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of Cagliari the alternative way on a 2.5-hour guided Segway tour of the Sardinian capital. After selecting either a morning or afternoon departure time, glide past prominent landmarks like the hilltop citadel of Castello and the grand Cagliari Cathedral. Listen to insightful audio commentary as you explore the quaint cobbled streets and stop regularly for excellent photo opportunities. Revitalize with a refreshing drink on a Castello terrace that affords sweeping vistas of Cagliari’s picturesque sprawl.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$71.12
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Kayak Tour at Devil's Saddle in Cagliari

Kayak Tour at Devil's Saddle in Cagliari

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Get a taste of Cagliari’s wild beauty when you go for a half-day excursion along the Devil’s Saddle: a strip of land that juts into the Gulf of Angels. Known for its crystal-clear water, scenic reefs, and rocky coastline, the area is best explored up close. On this intimate tour, you can kayak, hike, and—on hot days—even snorkel. The flexible itinerary lets you customize the journey to your own preferences.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Sardinia Beaches Day Trip from Cagliari

Sardinia Beaches Day Trip from Cagliari

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Enjoy travelling towards the east and have a pleasant time along the Villasimius coastline in Sardinia on this 6-hour tour. We are going to visit two beaches: one of Villasimius and one of Solanas. Appreciate the beach for the fine white sand and transparent water. Brace yourself for a wonderful and mesmerizing experience. Transport by air-conditioned vehicle is included with pickup from a centrally-located meeting point or your hotel if requested at time of booking.
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  • 6 hours
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Tuk Tuk tour in the centre of Cagliari 4 districts and flamingo spotting

Tuk Tuk tour in the centre of Cagliari 4 districts and flamingo spotting

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Bus and walking tours are a great way to get orientated but can turn into monotonous affairs. This tuk-tuk tour of Cagliari offers travelers more original excitement and some practical advantages: it quickly covers a lot of ground, offers the chance for more interaction with your guide, and tends to be less expensive than walking tours. You’ll visit four of the city’s historic neighborhoods and spot flamingos in a nature park.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Mountains And Beaches 4x4

Private Mountains And Beaches 4x4

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Sardinia’s spectacular but rugged countryside can be hard to explore without the right vehicle. With this private 4x4 tour that takes you from mountain peaks to the seaside, venture off-road both inland and along the coast at your own pace. Enjoy mountaintop views, observe pink flamingos in the lowland marshes, and relax and snorkel at the Tuerredda and Su Giudeu beaches with your driver and guide.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Cagliari: Alghero full day Tour Experience

Cagliari: Alghero full day Tour Experience

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Visit Alghero on a day trip from Cagliari and discover the best of the medieval town and nearby Riviera del Corallo. Loved for its bustling harbor and its tangle of honey-colored streets in the centro storico, Alghero is packed with things to see and your guide will showcase its best bits. In the afternoon, you’ll visit nearby Capo Caccia where rugged coastal views await, and the Neptune’s Caves, which are accessible by boat or cliff steps.
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  • 12 hours
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Dining experience at a local's home in Cagliari with show cooking

Dining experience at a local's home in Cagliari with show cooking

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Get out of the touristy restaurants and into a local’s home on this intimate experience with an Italian “cesarina.” Help prepare traditional dishes as you learn the secrets of Cagliari cooking. Enjoy a four-course meal with wines, dessert, and espresso. Leave with a fully belly plus some schwag: an apron and shopping bag are yours to keep.  
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$102.46
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Full-Day-Small Group - The Family Experience: lifestyle and local traditions

Full-Day-Small Group - The Family Experience: lifestyle and local traditions

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Get more out of your time on the island of Sardinia with this 10-hour guided experience with a local family outside Cagliari. Learn about the Sardinian people and their traditions. Sample some of the region's specialty foods.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Cagliari: Full-Day Mini Cruise at Gulf of Orosei

Cagliari: Full-Day Mini Cruise at Gulf of Orosei

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Visit the Gulf of Orosei, Sardinia’s northeastern paradise, on a day-long excursion from Cagliari. After a minibus ride from the city, you’ll switch transport to a boat to enjoy a hop-on hop-off cruise around the coast. Bask on beaches such as Cala Mariolu, and even arrange to visit the Sea Oxen Grottoes, if you wish.
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  • 15 to 16 hours
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$457.95
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Cagliari Walking Tour

Cagliari Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of the Sardinian town of Cagliari with this 3-hour walking tour. See the most atmospheric parts of the city, including viewpoints and historic monuments.
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  • 3 hours
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$143.44
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