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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.

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Cagliari: the Devil's Saddle Kayak Tour

2. Cagliari: the Devil's Saddle Kayak Tour

Start your kayaking excursion in Marina Piccola. Get into a comfortable kayak for easy access to the Devil's Saddle. Listen as your guide tells you about how the rocks in the area were formed. Feel at ease with a life jacket and waterproof bag as professional instructors show you the basics of kayak paddling. This excursion lasts about 3 hours and includes several stops to admire beautiful caves, cliffs and wildlife in the area.

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Cagliari Market Tour, Home Cooking Demo and Dinner

3. Cagliari Market Tour, Home Cooking Demo and Dinner

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Come back to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your host will share the secret of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. 

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Cagliari: Walking Tour of the Old City

4. 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.

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Cagliari: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

5. 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.

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From Cagliari: Full-Day Villasimius Beaches Tour

6. From Cagliari: Full-Day Villasimius Beaches Tour

Starting from the port of Cagliari, you’ll begin your excursion by driving along the pond of Molentargius, where you can see the characteristic pink flamingos and the Devil’s Saddle, a prominent rock formation overlooking the Poetto Beach. After this, you’ll drive along the island’s southern coast, with no shortage of wonderful landscapes to admire and plenty of opportunities to take pictures.   You’ll arrive at the beach of Compulongu, where you’ll have the chance to cool off with a dip into its crystal-clear waters and go snorkeling in this protected marine area. Then, enjoy lunch in the pine forest, either your own packed lunch or eat in a little self-service restaurant. After lunch, continue on to the famous Porto Giunco beach, where you can walk on its white sands and see the beautiful granite rocks. Your tour ends back in Cagliari.  

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Sardinia Cooking Class: Fresh Handmade Pasta

7. Sardinia Cooking Class: Fresh Handmade Pasta

Visit Sardinia's capital city, Sinna, a small town located near Cagliari where you can still see the typical Campidanese-style houses in its historical center.  In one of these houses, under the supervision of the skilful hands of a local woman, your host, you will learn how to make different types of local and national traditional pasta. Each pasta you make will be characterized with different colors and flavors: malloreddus (Sardinian gnocchi), culugiones (a special kind of ravioli) as well as ordinary ravioli and tagliatelle.  Later, cook pasta with your host and eat together, accompanying your meal with a lovely local wine.

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Cagliari: Half-Day Coasteering Experience

8. Cagliari: Half-Day Coasteering Experience

Clamber over rocks and walk the rocky coast of the Chia area on a unique coasteering adventure in Sardinia. Experience the coastline from a different perspective and get the chance to dive from high points into the refreshing Mediterranean Sea.   Start at Pinus Village Beach, where qualified instructors will provide you with all the necessary equipment. Walk through the Mediterranean scrub until you get to the best points to build a cableway and dive into the crystal clear waters of Chia. Benefit from an itinerary that is 100% safe for beginners.

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From Cagliari: West Beaches Tour

9. From Cagliari: West Beaches Tour

Depart Cagliari and journey alongside the wetlands of Santa Gilla to see the area's characteristic pink flamingos. Stop at Santa Margherita di Pula to experience its beautiful beach, and then travel on to the cove of Pinus Village to get a look at its lovely natural swimming pools. Continue to the beautiful resort of Chia to see the archaeological site of Bithia, founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC.  Return to Cagliari by 3:00 PM for the end of the tour services and your glorious day exploring the west coast of Sardinia.

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Cagliari: Full-Day Tour of Neptune's Grotto

10. Cagliari: Full-Day Tour of Neptune's Grotto

Following pick-up, head to the north of the island. The tour begins with in the natural room holding the clear waters of Lake Lamarmora, one of the largest saltwater lakes in Europe. Here, admire the 2-meter-tall stalagmite, the Baptismal Font, and the tall peaks that have formed vats to collect rainwater. Descend briefly to the Room of Ruins and the Majestic Reggia. Gaze at the impressive columns around this room, including a stalagmite called the Christmas Tree. Follow the lake to Pebble Beach before heading to the Smith Room where the Great Organ stands, which is the largest column in the grotto. After admiring the small columns that decorate the Lace Room, this tour comes to an end at the Music Gallery. Here, enjoy views from above the Reggia area and Lake Lamarmora.

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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 376 reviews

Great Cagliari Underground Tour. Pleasant temperature while it is very hot outside. Bring comfortable shoes as there will be some walking. There are three underground facilities to visit and a few outside. Our guide was Anna - she is a wonderful young girl with great vision and sense of humor. She explained everything to us thoroughly and patiently answered all our questions. We heartily recommend ❤️

The travel was very well organised, everything was on time, the guide Valerya wa really nice and competent- tells us a lot of very interesting facts about Sardinian history and attractions. Really recommend this bike tour.

Very nice experience to see some interesting things in Cagliari. Our guide Francesca was really nice and user friendly. Absolutely recommended.

Easy an practical in use. Professional, kind and correct guides. Worthwhile to get a quick and thorough overview of the city.

Laura was a great tour guide! We had a wonderful day.