Top things to do

Top Choice Church in Cagliari

Santuario & Basilica di Nostra Signora di Bonaria

Crowning the Bonaria hill, around 1km southeast of Via Roma, this religious complex is a hugely popular pilgrimage site. Devotees come from all over the world to visit the 14th-century Gothic church sanctuary and pr…
Top Choice Museum in Cagliari

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Of the four museums at the Cittadella dei Musei, this is the undoubted star. Sardinia’s premier archaeological museum showcases artefacts spanning thousands of years of history, from the early Neolithic, through the…
Top Choice Cathedral in Cagliari

Cattedrale di Santa Maria

Cagliari’s graceful 13th-century cathedral stands proudly on Piazza Palazzo. Except for the square-based bell tower, little remains of the original Gothic structure: the clean Pisan-Romanesque facade is a 20th-centu…
Top Choice Area in Cagliari

Il Castello

This hilltop citadel is Cagliari’s most iconic image, its domes, towers and palazzi, once home to the city’s aristocracy, rising above the sturdy ramparts built by the Pisans and Aragonese. Inside the battlements, t…
Top Choice Mountain in The Sarrabus

Monte dei Sette Fratelli

Clad in thick forest, the mountain massif known as the Monte dei Sette Fratelli dominates the remote Sarrabus area. Its granite peaks and woodlands bristle with cork and holm oak, juniper, oleander and myrtle, offer…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Villasimius & Capo Carbonara

Capo Carbonara

If you embark on just one excursion from Villasimius, make it the 15-minute drive south to Capo Carbonara, a protected marine park. The promontory dips spectacularly into the crystal-clear waters of the Med. Besides…
Top Choice Beach in Cagliari

Poetto Beach

An easy bus ride from the centre, Cagliari's fabulous Poetto beach extends for 7km beyond the green Promontorio di Sant'Elia, nicknamed the Sella del Diavola (Devil's Saddle). In summer much of the city's youth deca…
Top Choice Food in Cagliari

Durke

In Sardinian, durke means ‘sweet’, and they don’t come sweeter than this delightful old-fashioned store. Its dolci (sweets) are all made according to age-old recipes, often with nothing more than sugar, egg whites a…
Top Choice Bar in Cagliari

Caffè Libarium Nostrum

Offering some of the best views in town, this modish Castello bar has panoramic seating on top of the city’s medieval ramparts. If the weather’s being difficult, make for the brick-lined interior and order yourself …
Top Choice Beach in Villasimius & Capo Carbonara

Cala Giunco

The pick of Villasimius' spiagge (beaches), Cala Giunco is a vision of beach perfection: a long strip of silky white sand sandwiched between tropical azure waters and a silvery lagoon, the Stagno Notteri, where pink…