If you happen to be in Cagliari and you forgot to buy a guide book, then here are 5 outdoor spots it's worth seeing in the city!
1. Poetto beach
Whether you go to Cagliari in summer or in winter, you need to go to "Su Poettu" (as we call it in Sardinian!!!). This is the main beach in Cagliari, and being about 8 km long, half of it is actually territory of Quartu S. Elena. Along Su Poettu there are many bars, services companies and facilities, which are open throughout the year. Here locals go all year long. In winter usually during the day to have lunch, a coffee, watch football maches and have a chat with friends enjoying the sun and the beautiful view. In summer all day long; during the day to get tanned, swim and chill out, and at nigh it becomes a nightlife hot spot, with clubs, cocktail bars and restaurants.
2. Bastione St. Remy
Address: Costituzione Sq.
The Bastione is an old fortification built between the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. It's located in the old part of the city, and being pretty hight you can admire from it all the city and the harbour. The view is really beautiful from here. On the first floor there is an indoor zone, where usually exibitions are held. On the top floors there is the outdoor zone, where you can find some cafeterias, or you can just sit down on the benches, have a walk, and enjoy the view. A great place to take pictures of the city with an amazing view on the sea!
3. Yenne Sq.
Address: at the end of Largo Carlo Felice coming from Roma St.
This is one of the main squares of the city, located in the very center of the city. This spot is very busy being at the intersection of four of the main streets of the city. There are many bars, restaurants and cafeterias which put tables and chairs outside, so you can enjoy a hot chocolate or a good espresso sitting in the square itself. Although it is populated all year long, it is in summer that it becomes a nightlife hot spot, and it gets very busy with locals and tourists. Here you can sit down and observe the city, or taste one of the best ice-creams of the city!
4. Marina Piccola
Address: beginning of Lungomare Poetto
This is a small touristic harbour located at the beginning of Poetto beach on Cagliari's side, right underneath the spectacular hill called "Sella del Diavolo". As all the places, it gets way busier in summer, when people go there to take a walk, have a drink, and buy some local products at the many stands. I suggest to go there early in the morning and enjoy the sound of the sea and the boats.
5. Roman Theatre
Address: Sant'Ignazio da Laconi St.
Also Cagliari has its small Colosseum. This is an amazing architectural old construction in the rocks, built in the 2nd century A.D. n the past it was a place for fights, while nowadays it hosts concerts, plays and other kind of cultural events. I reccomend to attent at least one of them!
Written and contributed by Zimo