Cagliari, also known as Casteddu (castle) in Sardinian, lies in the southern part of Sardinia, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A car hire in Cagliari is the best way to explore this Italian city, spread around the hill of Castello. Benefit from Auto Europe's local expertise and explore the stunning scenery of this place, including white-sand beaches, hilltops and a picturesque and colourful harbour that makes for the perfect post card photo.
Il Castello, a citadel standing on the top of Cagliari's most iconic mount, is a culture-rich conglomerate of domes, towers and a small palace. Inside the fortifications, a series of narrow alleys and stone pavements lead to the cathedral, university and museums, as well as several boutiques and cafes.
History enthusiasts will be entertained while visiting Cagliari's institutions and medieval landmarks. We recommend visiting the Santuario & Basilica di Nostra Signora di Bonaria, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the remarkable Torre dell'Elefante. Due to a consistent investment in culture, arts, and preservation of local history, the city is also enriched by a plethora of galleries, libraries and theatres.
Those looking to connect with nature can drive to the magnificent Poetto beach, and admire the Grecian blue water, sunbathe, or even rent a canoe. Another excellent option is going for a hike up the Monti Urpinu Park - with a rewarding panoramic view of Cagliari. The public gardens, planted in the 19th century, present visitors with an unforgettable promenade of flowers and lilac Jacarandas.
Cagliari is the city of the sun, but it is at night that the Old centre bursts into a lively atmosphere, where you can find shops, restaurants, bars and cafes illuminated by the amber street lights. The fantastic surroundings of this region are worth exploring too. With your car rental, it's easy to venture into the Italian island of Sardinia and enjoy the soothing scenery of small villages and charming coastal cities.
Most roads in Sardinia have been improved over the last two decades. Therefore, taking your car hire from Cagliari to other cities nearby will be easy, not only due to the reformed motorways, but also due to the stunning scenery drivers will come across. Like any other major city, Cagliari traffic gets heavier during rush hours. To reach Olbia in approximately three hours, simply take E25/SS131. The SS195 Sulcitana will take you to Pula, a little over 213 miles away, as well as the ruins of the ancient city of Nora. Keep in mind that the steering wheel is located on the left side of the car and the traffic laws are similar to those in the rest of the European Union. For tips on driving in Italy, please visit our information guide.
The centre of Cagliari is pedestrian-friendly, and therefore not easily accessible by car. It's advised to park your car hire outside these areas. From there, tourists reach the main attraction on foot, as they are concentrated in the city centre. Drivers will find car parks near the Military Base, the Marina and the Cathedral. Additionally, two other car parks are located close to Monte Urpinu Park, offering 572 and 804 places, respectively. Tariffs vary from €0.50 (£0.44) to €1.00 (£0.88) per hour, with subsequent hours costing at least €1.00. The paid parking zones operate between 09.00-13.00 and 16.00- 20.00.
Cagliari is a verdant place, located in the south of Sardinia, embraced by the Tyrrhenian Sea. Blessed with a Mediterranean climate, the climate is mild, with brief winters and long springs. The temperatures vary from 12°C in January to 24°C around July. However, at the height of summer, temperatures can rise to 35°C, with more sunlight exposure. At this time of the year, tourists and locals take advantage of the clear blue skies and inviting ocean waters, as well as the scarce rainy days. The city is also home to beautiful flower gardens full of Jacarandas, clear water beaches and several hill tops formed by the ocean over centuries ago.
Cagliari is serviced by the Elmas - Mario Mameli International Airport, located a little more than four miles away from the city centre.
Elmas - Mario Mameli International Airport (CAG)
Address: Via dei Trasvolatori, 09030 Elmas CA, Italy
Website: Cagliari Airport
Telephone: +39 070 211211
The city is serviced by the port of Cagliari, situated downtown. The port offers daily ferry trips to Napoli, Palermo and other Mainland destinations.
Cagliari Public Transportation (CTM) operates the local transportation network, consisting of bus and metro lines. A single fare ticket costs €1,20 (£1.06) from a vending machine, or €1,70 (£1.50) if acquired on board. It´s also possible to purchase tickets, or biglietti, from tobacco shops and newsstands. Another option available is the 12-jorney pass, costing €12 (£8.81). The timetable and itinerary information are available on their official website. Moreover, the city counts with a light rail, the "Metrocagliari", servicing mostly locals and university students. These tickets are not compatible with the CTM pass.
Cagliari has a modest fleet of taxis, available in a few stands or by advanced booking. Bikes and scooters are popular means of transportation. Nonetheless, the main touristic attractions are concentrated in a very pedestrian-friendly area.