Cagliari, Italy cruise holidays
Visually stunning, Sardinia's capital and main cruise port Cagliari can trace its history back thousands of years to Roman times and features many museums, historic churches and ancient artefacts. Most of the city's impressive attractions can be seen just by walking through the walled Castello area with its winding alleyways and open piazzas. Yellow, ochre and terracotta buildings abound, and there are plenty of great seafood restaurants or the square at Corso Vittorio Emanuele II for lively bars and ice-cream shops.
Do not miss the 2nd Century Roman amphitheatre and the colourful botanical gardens featuring 500 different plants. There is a lively covered market every weekday and Saturdays just north of the Castello and you will be spoilt for choice with restaurants in the marina area, with fish and seafood a speciality. There are numerous bars, pizzerias, and ice cream stalls along the seafront. While, for pure relaxation, search out the superb sandy beaches in Poetto, just 15 minutes from the city.
Sardinia’s finest archaeological museum has exhibits dating back thousands of years, including the Sardinian ‘stone army’ (500 years older than China’s Terracotta Army). Sunbathers should head for nearby Poetto beach, while nature-lovers will flock to Molentargius regional park. The shallow lagoon – part of the former National Salt Works – is a stop-off point for thousands of migratory and local birds, including the island’s famous pink flamingos. At peak times it is said that up to 40,000 flamingos will be in residence.