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Cagliari: Underground City & Optional Old Town Walking Tour

1. Cagliari: Underground City & Optional Old Town Walking Tour

Discover the secrets that lie beneath the sunny streets of Cagliari on a guided tour of the city’s underground. Enhance your experience with an optional walk through the Old Town, and choose from private and shared group options. Meet your guide to begin your tour of the caves, crypts, and tunnels under the city. Wander through a private gallery beneath a school that was used as a bomb shelter during World War II. See arcades lit by soft candlelight and listen to your guide’s expert commentary. Select the option including a guided walking tour of the Old Town to extend your experience. Stroll through the city’s streets and admire the highlights of the historic center with your guide.

Cagliari: Walking Tour of the Old City

2. Cagliari: Walking Tour of the Old City

Discover the beautiful Cagliari on this unforgettable walking tour of the Old City. Cagliari is an ancient city with a long history. Its origins date back to the Phoenician Karalis, developed on a settlement traced back to the third millennium BCE. During Roman times, it became the capital of the island and in the Middle Ages, it was the seat of different foreign dominations, evidence of which is still visible throughout the city today. Enjoy this walk through the narrow streets of the old district of Castello to discover the beauties of the city. Among Medieval Towers, Bastions, the Royal Palace, and the Cathedral, you will discover the history of this amazing fortress facing the sea. The panoramic points of the Castello will offer unforgettable views of the city and of the sea, of the Molentargius’ Park, and the Devil’s Saddle in all their beauty.

Cagliari 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

3. Cagliari 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

Glide through the history of Cagliari, Sardinia’s bustling capital, on an easy 2.5-hour tour by self-balancing Segway. Following a brief training session to get you up to speed on how to handle the easy-to-operate vehicles, your guide will lead you down ancient streets and through lovely parks, while a fascinating history unfolds via the complimentary audio guide with earphone set. Much more fun than a walking tour, and more eco-friendly than driving, the Segway tour visits major attractions such as the Roman Amphitheatre on the hill of Buoncammino, where gladiatorial combats and executions were once held. Pass the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria, and marvel at the Romanesque and Gothic façades concealing precious objects of great religious significance. Admire the monumental Bastion of San Remy, built by the Spanish between 1897 and 1903. And continue to Elephant Tower, the second highest medieval tower of Cagliari, characterized by a small elephant sculpture that symbolizes the impregnability of the city. Other highlights include the Royal Palace, and Porta Cristina, allowing access from the western side of the city to the district of Castello. Enjoy the exotic plants and palm trees of the Public Gardens, and go to the highest point of Cagliari at the Tower of San Pancrazio, where you will be rewarded with superb views of the Gulf of Cagliari at the city’s medieval defence point.

From Cagliari: Full-Day Villasimius Beaches Tour

4. From Cagliari: Full-Day Villasimius Beaches Tour

We will leave from the center of Cagliari to head towards the coast road that will take us to Villasimius. Along the way, we will see the famous Devil's Saddle and pink flamingos in the Molentargius Lagoon. Continuing, we will be able to admire breathtaking views and take unique photos. We will visit two completely different beaches. You will be able to swim in the crystal clear waters, snorkel and meet the fish of the protected marine area. You can walk on the soft sand or among the white granite rocks, surrounded by the Mediterranean scrub. We return to Cagliari at 3 pm after a relaxing excursion to the eastern beaches of Sardinia.

Wine Tour Sardinia

5. Wine Tour Sardinia

Join an unforgettable excursion to discover the wine and wineries of Cagliari, two important elements of the Sardinian identity since the first centuries of its history. The role of the ancient plant is deep-rooted in the culture of this land thanks to the wide range of grape varieties: Cannonau, Bovale, Carignano, Monica, Nuragus, Vermentino, Nasco, Vernaccia, Moscato, and Malvasia, to name a few. This tour will allow you to live a first-hand experience immersed in the vineyards and the wineries of the area, where you will learn the peculiarities of the Sardinian wine grapes. The tour includes a visit to a traditional winery: surrounded by sweet hills and rural landscapes, you will discover the different production stages, the kinds of the grapes, the land and the people who dedicate their time to the grape growing with great passion. The visit to the winery is only the first step. Next, taste local wines! You will be captivated by a friendly atmosphere and will taste 3 excellent wines paired with local food products.

Cagliari: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

6. Cagliari: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

Live a memorable day while having fun and enjoying nature on a quad adventure under the guidance of an expert tour-escort. Cross pristine beaches and dirt paths, and admire breathtaking views onboard your quad. Upon arrival, you'll be given full instruction on handling the quad and all safety equipment will be provided. First, take a short trip to establish your confidence and then go on an amazing journey. Enjoy an authentic, exciting, and dynamic off-road experience on the powerful quads for 2 or 3 hours, depending on the option you choose. Drive through nature's twists and turns, among the vegetation and rocks modeled by time, and discover rare species and unique itineraries. Your local guide is happy to make the tour as personal as possible. He will assist you with his expertise and share interesting anecdotes for you before returning you back to the base camp.

Cagliari: 2 Hour Bike Tour in the Flamingos Oasis

7. Cagliari: 2 Hour Bike Tour in the Flamingos Oasis

Depart from the Marina of Cagliari to see the Basilica of Bonaria with its amazing staircase. Pass through the new bike path that runs along the sea and river until the football stadium of Cagliari. See urban art under the bridges of the river that characterize the area. Arrive at the Natural Park of Molentargius and soak in the history of the remains of the old city of salt, which for centuries influenced the economy of the area.  Dive into a nature trail to see the beautiful flamingos and discover the old salt ponds of Cagliari. The park is an exceptional area due to the presence of fresh and saltwater basins that host plants and animals of rare beauty. The tour includes a coffè break to enjoy the sea and the pretty harbor. 

Cagliari: Quad Adventure Shore Excursion

8. Cagliari: Quad Adventure Shore Excursion

Start with a pickup from the Port of Cagliari. Drive off and enjoy an off-road adventure on your quad, travel up into the Sardinian mountains with spectacular views on the way to the forest. On arrival, receive full instructions on handling the quad and all safety equipment.  This tour is organized for 2 people per quad. If 2 people want to drive a quad each, then you should book for 3 people. First, you start with a short trip to establish your confidence. Then off you go for a 3-hour journey through the beaches, hills, and forests. Your local guide will be keen to make the tour as personal as possible. He will assist you with his expertise and recall interesting anecdotes for you before you will be taken back to your cruise.

Cagliari: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

9. Cagliari: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Start your biking tour of the city from the Marina district and its maze of lanes. Cycle past the ornate town hall building and down Via Roma, taking you down the newly built bike path on the magnificent seafront through to the famous white Church of Bonaria. From here, you'll reach the distinctive district of Villanova, stretching out at the foot of the Castello district. Discover the beautiful marble steps of the Bastione di Saint Remy, truly Cagliari’s best known landmark. These tours are designed for small groups of 8 persons maximum in order to provide you with the a safe and professional experience. You'll be accompanied the whole way through by an expert guide so that you can make the most of your time in Cagliari!

Cagliari: Southwest Chia and Teulada Group Boat Tour

10. Cagliari: Southwest Chia and Teulada Group Boat Tour

Visit the hidden inlets of Chia and Teulada on the beautiful southern coast of Sardinia on this tour aboard an inflatable boat. Explore the coves and beaches that were twice named the most beautiful in Italy. Traveling from the beach at Chia to Teuada, make several stops in between and enjoy different itineraries depending on the weather. Dive into the shimmering, crystal-clear blue color of the waters of Chia. Marvel at the peach-colored sand that complements the stunning water and the lush green juniper trees are scattered among the dunes. With a little luck, see dolphins doing their magnificent dance, observe colonies of seagulls, cormorants, flamingos, colorful fish, and sea turtles laying their eggs in the most secluded beaches. One of the coves you’ll visit is Cala Cipolla (depending on the itinerary). From here, admire the lighthouse of Capo Spartivento. This cove offers one of the best places to snorkel in South Sardinia. Sail to Cape Teulada and Cala Zafferano to get perfect views of the natural landscapes (this is a military zone, and you can only swim around the boat). Throughout your experience at Chia and Teulada, hear the stories, history, and tales of the area from your guide and enjoy a personalized experience. Standard itinerary departing from Chia (with normal sea and wind conditions):• Caletta del morto• Campana• Su Giudeu• Cala Cipolla• Capo Spartivento• Perdalonga• Tuerredda• Capo Malfatano• Piscinnì• Isola Rossa• Porto Scudo• Cala Zafferano

Frequently asked questions about Cagliari

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get Around Cagliari?

    There is a variety of public transportation to choose from in Cagliari. You can choose between buses and trains if you prefer not to drive. Otherwise, you may rent a car. We recommend a small car as streets are narrow. Some may even want to bike around the city, but beware that traffic can be intense and there are not always bike lanes.

  • Where to Stay in Cagliari?

    The Marina district is an excellent neighborhood to find lodging. This neighborhood was once inhabited by fishermen and offers visitors the chance to stroll around tiny streets full of local flavor and smells. Plus, you're as close as can be to the docks.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Cagliari is between June and September. The city is alive year round, but temperatures are most pleasant in the summer. Be forewarned that it is heavy tourist season for Italy so prices may be higher in the warm months than you'd find in winter.

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What people are saying about Cagliari

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 548 reviews

Excellent guided tour by Andrea. He has shown himself to be an excellent connoisseur of the city, he takes you to the most unknown and mysterious corners showing a curious side of Cagliari. The visit starts from an old quarry reused in the Second World War near the botanical garden, to follow the crypt of sant'anna and to complete the basement of the church of sant'eulalia. One word: "FANTASTIC"

Our guide Marcella was a joy to be with, she clearly loves being a guide and this is reflected in her work. She was excellent in answering all our questions, her knowledge was superb. We would strongly recommend Marcella.

It was an amazing experience. I not only learned a lot but also have an amazing afternoon with the organizer that was very welcoming and took the time to explain everything carefully.

This was such an amazing tour! So much to see and our tour guide was so incredibly insightful. I would go again!!

Very interesting tour, lots of information but always kept relevant.