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Take a trip to Cagliari, Sardinia’s cultural and artistic capital city.
The town is full of traditional piazzas with bars and restaurants. Try the famous mouth-watering dish, Porceddu; delicately roasted suckling pig. Or indulge in some fresh barbequed fish, such as sea bass or some red mullet.
If you wish to pick up some souvenirs, there are numerous shops in the port area, or alternatively you can head to La Rinascente, the city’s main department store, with a variety of boutiques mixed with big name shops.
Cagliari was originally a thriving Carthaginian town called Karalis before becoming the Roman capital of Sardinia. There is thousands of years’ worth of history to explore, from archaeological remains and beautiful ancient churches to artefact-packed museums.
If you’re after luxurious white sand and clear blue seas head to Baia Chia beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe
More than 100 historic sites of Cagliari, including churches, important buildings, ancient caves and museums, can be visited free of charge during the Monumenti Aperti event on 10-11 May. A true highlight, not to be missed. monumentiaperti.com
The old salt fields of Cagliari have become a huge nature reserve in the middle of the city. The Parco del Molentargius hosts flamingos and many more species that can be observed from the various jogging trails and bicycle paths (Via la Palma).
How about having one of the world's best beaches all for yourself? Head out to Costa Rei, an hour east of Cagliari, in November or December and enjoy a stroll along the superb 7km-stretch of fine sand and turquoise waters without anyone around. cagliariturismo.it