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Cagliari

 

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Passionate and generous, Italy inspires with its different faces. An emblematic country of culture, art and fine cuisine, it’s also a holiday destination par excellence for all those who are looking to relax under the sun, for those who are willing to remain active or culture enthusiasts. From the Adriatic to Calabria, passing by the Gulf of Sorrento, from Sicily to Sardinia, you can find the same passion for life everywhere. The famous Dolce Vita celebrates beauty and happiness!


Cagliari

 

Sardinia

 

Sardinia is appreciated for its unique coastlines which are among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean basin, and for its hilly and authentic hinterlands. Its rich cultural heritage bears witness to its age-old history and fascinates as much as its traditional cuisine. In the south, the coast around Cagliari dazzles with the azure blue of its crystal-clear sea and untouched nature. In the north, near the pleasant Olbia, a string of very beautiful beaches are interspersed with magnificent bays of sand and rock with turquoise waters.


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Olbia

Cagliari

Cagliari, the provincial and regional capital, is one of the most interesting and attractive towns in Sardinia. It holds unrivalled historical importance since its foundation dates back to at least 1,000 years before Rome. Its amphitheatre is just one of the many enduring traces of ancient times. The town offers an irresistible mix of quintessential Italian urban life and Sardinian traditions.

 

Castiadas

Renowned for its magnificent white and pink beaches, Castiadas is also known for its production of oranges and lemons as well as its wines, which are among the best in Sardinia. Distance to Cagliari airport : 65 km

Villasimius

Nora

Located on a narrow peninsula, this ancient city is partly submerged. There not many traces from the Phoenician founders in the 9th century BC. The best-known artefact of this period can be seen on the Nora Stele, where the name Sardinia is mentioned for the first time. The waves taht nowadays reach the ancient thermal baths take with them a part of this ancient heritage. Distance from Cagliari airport: 40 km.

 

Villasimius

The pleasant Villasimius, with its 2,400 inhabitants lies in the south-east of Sardinia, near Cala di Santa Catarina and the Fortezza Vecchia. Above-all, the place is appreciated for its beautiful coast, bordered by marvellous sandy beaches. Distance to Cagliari airport : 55 km.

Arbatax

Pula

Formely an agricultural town, Pula quickly turned into an attractive seaside destination. It boasts paradisiacal beaches bathed by translucent waters, but is also appreciated for its historic centre and traditional houses made of ladiri (mud bricks from the region) as well as for cultural events held in the Casa Frau, a 19th century palace. Distance to the Cagliari Airport : 38 km.

 

Budoni

The wonderful white sandy beach of Cala di Budoni made this place in the south of Olbia famous. This beach is the guarantee for a relaxing seaside holiday. In Budoni you will also find  some restaurants, cafés and shops. Distance to Olbia airport : approx. 35 km. 

Golfo Aranci

Cannigione

This former fishing village in the Gulf of Arzachena with a little sandy beach has become a beautiful seaside resort but has nevertheless retained its traditional charm. From the pretty marina lined-up with yachts, sailing boats and fishing craft, it is easy to reach the neighbouring island of La Maddalena. You will also find many restaurants, bars and shops here. Every week the Sardinian market of Cannigione takes place. Distance from Olbia airport: 30 km.

 

Golfo Aranci

This former fishing village is located on the Aranci gulf. The region is known for its beautiful beaches of fine sand and its emerald waters. Distance to Olbia airport: 20 km.

Porto Cervo

Porto Cervo

This exclusive holiday resort on the Costa Smeralda is set in a steep, fjord-like cove. It is well-known for its luxurious marina, and its many designer boutiques and cafés. Since Karim Aga Khan discovered the place in 1960, Porto Cervo has become the summer meeting place for the international jet set. Distance from Olbia airport: 30 km.

 

Orosei

A stay in Orosei will allow you to discover breathtaking landscapes dotted with limestone cliffs, coves and caves, each more magnificent than the last ! The Gulf of Orosei and the Gennargentu hills constitute a fabulous playground for hikers and nature activities. Distance from Olbia airport: 81 km

Santa Teresa Callura

Santa Teresa Gallura

This authentic region in the north of the island boasts fascinating landscapes and charming little bays suitable for swimming. It offers superb views of neighbouring Corsica and the white cliffs of Bonifacio. Distance to the Olbia airport: 55 km.

 

Li Cuncheddi

The charming town of Li Cuncheddi is best known for its superb fine sand beach and its golden colour. Its clear waters are lined with shades of blue ranging from azure blue to emerald green. Families travelling with children mainly appreciate its shallow depth. Distance to Olbia airport: 11 km.

 

 

Badesi

Maracalagonis

This charming little village surrounded by hills has been inhabited since ancient times according to some remains found such as "nuraghes" and a necropolis. Do not miss the visit to the parish church of the Vergine degli Angeli. Distance to Cagliari Airport : 19 km.

 

Badesi

You will for sure be charmed by this small and picturesque fishing village. The natural beauty of the landscape and its rich biodiversity is attracting more and more nature lovers. In the distance you can see the beautiful island of L'Asinara and its natural park. Distance to Olbia airport : 82 km.

Costa Smeralda

Baja Sardinia

This popular seaside resort is located in the south of the Costa Smeralda in a rocky bay with a fine sand beach. The promenade stretches the length of the beach with its pretty piazzetta lined with restaurants and shops. Concerts are held here during the summer months, sometimes continuing until after midnight. Olbia airport is approx. 35 km away.

 

Arzachena

The municipal area of Arzachena includes approx. 80 km of coastline which makes up the gulf of the same name. Resting on a hill and overlooked to the east by an enormous granite rock, Arzachena is an excellent departure point from which to explore the Emerald Coast, particularly on board the ‘trenino verde’ (see below). Olbia airport is approx. 25 km away.


Must-do & Must-see – our suggestions

Must-do

  • Book an excursion or take a ferry from Port of Palau to discover the archipelago of La Maddalena, where the scenery seems straight from a picture postcard.
  • Set out to discover the Costa Smeralda, where billionaires come to show off their yachts and luxury vessels.
  • Rent a car and take on the winding roads through the scrub to discover authentic little villages! Atlernatively, walk on the white sand while listening to the soft lapping of waves. You will see that  heaven on earth really exists…
  • And to finish, don't forget to buy a little bottle of mirto into your suitcase to round off your meals perfectly.

 

Must-see

  • You cannot leave Sardinia until you have seen a Nuraghe! These towers of stone, whose origins date back to the bronze age, are spread throughout the island. The Su Nuraxi Nuraghe has even been listed as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
  • Cagliari, whose Sardinian name ‘Casteddu’, means castle, overlooks the salt marshes and contains several architectural marvels. Don’t miss out on a visit to the cathedral or the Bastion of Saint Remy.
  • Wander around the luxury boutiques of Porto Cervo. Who knows, you might bump into Sting or Harrison Ford…
  • Discover the culurgiones, traditional Sardinian ravioli which, depending on their shape, will tell you which region of Sardinia they come from. Then of course you won’t limit yourself to simply looking at them…

Excursions

Excursions will allow you to discover your destination from all perspectives. LuxairTours offers a range of selected tours that will allow you to discover unmissable places, paradisiacal beaches, typical dishes... LuxairTours organises a range of quality excursions for you

  • The visit will start with a walk along Poetto beach and Molentargius lagoon with its pink flamingos. Then visit Notre-Dame de Bonaria Basilica, from where you will go to Mount Urpinu.  In Cagliari itself, you will visit its Archaeological Museum, where you can view the most important discoveries in the history of Sardinia, belonging to the Nuragic civilisation, such as the mysterious Giants of Mont’e Prama. After the visit to the museum, walk through the Castello neighbourhood, the centre of the social, political, cultural, military and religious life of the city from its foundation up until the present day. Here you will find all the history of its monuments, towers and bastions and visit the cathedral of Santa Maria.

  • Departure for Nuoro, capital of the province of Barbagia. The town is the birthplace of several illustrious people known the world over, including the sculptor Francesco Ciusa and the winner of the Nobel prize for literature, Grazia Deledda. In Nuoro, visit to the little church of Solitudine, with the crypt of Grazia Deledda and Mount Ortobene with its marvellous bronze statue of Christ the Redeemer. After this panoramic stop, we head for Mamoiada. Visit to Mamoiada town centre and the museum of Mediterranean masks, where you can admire magnificent hand-made masks. The museum aims to create a link between the cultural world of the little town of Mamoiada, (internationally renowned for its traditional ‘Mamuthones’ and ‘Issohadores’ masks) and other Mediterranean regions which share a similar appearance. Visit to Orgosolo, known for the pacific uprising of Pratobello in June 1969 and for the magnificent mural paintings depicting daily life in Sardinia, the agro-pastoral culture, current issues and political protests. The best ones are concentrated on the main street.

  • Discover Porto Rotondo and its town centre with Piazza San Marco and the church of San Lorenzo. To Porto Cervo, a highly prestigious tourist centre and holiday destination of the international jet set. Visit to Porto Cervo’s Piazzetta and centre, a little maze of narrow streets with buildings in the quintessential style of the Costa Smeralda and its multitudes of exclusive boutiques from the world’s top couturiers. After the visit to Porto Cervo, we head to Baja Sardinia and its little square. Free time for lunch before returning by bus to the Belvedere. Photo stop to marvel at the view. On the way back, you will take the panoramic San Pantaleo road, where spectacular granite rocks give San Pantaleo a unique atmosphere.

  • The itinerary includes three stops on three different islands: La Maddalena, Spargi and Santa Maria. During the first stop in La Maddalena, free time to take advantage of the town centre on the island, shop or simply eat an ice cream in the many cafés. The second stop will be at Spargi, where everyone can choose their preferred spot for a swim or simply relax on the beach. After the swim, lunch on board with a menu of pasta in tomato sauce and bottled water. We continue to Budelli, also known as the ‘Pink Beach’ due to the incredible colours of the sand. Here we can admire this beautiful spot from the boat, as the beach has been classified as a nature reserve since 1991. We will sail through the ‘virgin’s mantle’, a stretch of sea between the islands of Santa Maria and Razzoli. The final stop for a swim will take place on the island of Santa Maria, where you can also take a little walk to the lighthouse.

  • Aboard a magnificent antique sailing boat: Two types of sailboat are available: 14 metres and 17 metres. The smaller boat can take up to 14 people, while the larger boat can take up to 16 people. Three stops are scheduled: Spargi, Budelli, La Maddalena. Departure for the wonderful island of Spargi, stop in a quiet spot for sunbathing and swimming in the crystal-clear waters. We will continue to Budelli, also known as the ‘Pink Beach’. From the boat you can admire this beach with its incredible coloured sand (classified as a nature reserve since 1991). We will sail through the ‘virgin’s mantle’, known as the Madonna’s mantle due to the different blue hues of the sea between the islands of Santa Maria and Razzoli. Lunch will be cooked and served on board, starters including local cheeses, charcuterie, olives, fresh pasta with seafood and local wines. Last stop: the main island of La Maddalena, free time for strolling around the historical centre before returning to the harbour. The itinerary may vary, but must remain within the boundaries of the La Maddalena Park. The crew is composed of a captain and a mate.

  • Brief visit to the church of Sant'Efisio, then a visit to the archaeological excavations of Nora and the Tower of Coltellazzo. The Punic and Roman town of Nora, founded as a Phoenician coastal settlement, was equipped with three port facilities permitting easy disembarkation in every season. The tower of Coltellazzo, also known as the tower of Sant'Efisio, is a coastal tower in the gulf of Cagliari, which rises on the cliff overlooking the ruins of the town of Nora, in the territory of the municipality of Pula. Remains from the Punic-Phoenician era include living quarters, archaic shrines, such as the temple dedicated to the goddess Tanit, a magnificent theatre, four thermal bath complexes and temples.

  • Visit to the Argiolas winery, where you will discover wine estates enveloped in the odour of must, visit to the barrel cellar, where the secrets of the production of several very popular Italian wines are kept. After the visit, you will taste their top four wines with local cheeses, charcuterie and ‘carasau’ bread. The visit to the winery can be enhanced with another gastronomic experience in the neighbouring village of Dolianova, where you can visit a local cheese producer and take part in the different phases of production before tasting a cheese.

For more information and bookings, please contact your LuxairTours guide on site.


Important information

 

- Tourist tax must be paid locally during your stay.

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