- Sant’ Efisio
This is the most important celebration in Cagliari and commemorates the end of the plague in 1656. It features a four-day long religious procession and many festivities.
- Monumenti Aperti Cagliari
This event allows the general public to visit monuments and museums that are traditionally inaccessible to them.July
- Rosso Tango Art Festival Cagliari
Tango dancing couples compete on the Bastione di San Remy stage. There are also classes available.
- Sagra delle Pesche "The Peach Festival" San Sperate
Festival commemorating the village’s patron saint and agricultural roots.September
- Round Sardinia Race
A sailing competition which starts at the Port of Cagliari and goes around the entire island.
Cagliari in southern Sardinia is less commercialised than the north of the island but still boasts picture-perfect beaches, startlingly clear blue seas and rugged mountains. For those looking for more than the classic beach holiday however, Cagliari is also home to some exciting prehistoric sites. Start off in the old town, which has an impressive hilltop location, and meander through the alleys to discover the ancient delights and rich history that the capital has to offer. Must-sees are Il Castello (Cagliari’s medieval citadel), the grand Pisan Towers and battlements, the Cathedral di Santa Maria, the roman amphitheatre and the Citadelle dei Musei. Make sure to stop at Bastione di San Remy for stunning panoramic views of the city.
Head to the beautiful mountains and public forest of Sette Fratelli where more action awaits. There are numerous tracks and paths for trekking, horse-riding and off-road vehicles, allowing you to enjoy the lush woodland and rich wildlife – try to spot the majestic Sardinian deer! Check out the Parco Naturale Regionale Molentargius Saline to spot over 180 different species of birds, including pink flamingos.
For those seeking the sun-and-sea mix, Poetto Beach is a great spot to while away the day sunbathing. Water sports are also popular and you can hire canoes on the beach. As the sun goes down, enjoy the nightlife this beach has to offer and make sure to grab a cocktail at hilltop Caffè Librarium Nostrum.
Visit the Mercato Di San Benedetto for a glance into local life. It is the largest indoor civil market in Italy, boasting an impressive variety of seafood, fresh local meats, cheeses, fruit and vegetables.
You can also shop along Via Roma next to the harbour and make sure to try the region’s wines by booking a wine tasting and cookery class at Cantine Argiolas in Serdiana.
A must-do is also to dive into the stunning blue waters off the Capo Carbonara, which is the extreme south eastern point of Sardinia. The dazzling salt-white beaches here are often uncrowded – a rare find along the coastline of Sardinia!
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The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
In general, the climate on Sardinia is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild, however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.
There are some important rules of the road:
- Traffic drives on the RIGHT.
- At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
- You should always be carrying in the car your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- It is compulsory for the driver and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts, and seat belts must be worn in the back where they are fitted. Children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
- Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
- In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways. Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
- For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked "biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0, 05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
- In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying "Zona a traffico limitato".
- Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use.
- Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard.
- In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.