Arranging your car hire online prior to the actual trip appeals for a handful of reasons
- It saves time at at the car hire counter (although you won't believe that if you've been part of the endless queues at Alamo in Miami)
- The full online booking is done at your own computer rather than at the arrival airport where you are likely to be accompanied by a tired partner and a small herd of tired and emotional youngsters
- It ensures that you get the model of car that you request
- The fully inclusive price will not be increased
Start planning your visit to Cagliari by booking car hire using two of Britain's leading car rental companies. We offer online bookings providing cheap car hire at Cagliari airport. Both of our car hire suppliers employ specialist telephone support specialists on hand for any extra questions that may come up before or after hiring a car.
Clicking on the link below will enable you to obtain car rental quotes from our suppliers for cheap car rental at Cagliari airport. The airport is 6 km from the city of Cagliari.
Charismatic Cagliari, when visitors arrive to partake of the Sardinia experience, it is Cagliari that greets them. New experiences in distant places do not come more warm and welcoming than an embrace from Sardinia’s hostess.
Cagliari is found nestling in the south of Sardinia in an area called Angle’s Gulf. The city essentially stretches across the seven hills of Bonaria, Monte Urpinu, Castello, Monte Claro, San Michele, Sant’Elia and Tuvixeddu. A bird watcher’s paradise! Sardinia’s capital city is surrounded by the Santa Gilla, Molentargius and Quartu salt lakes that have become areas of natural distinction.
With a claim to fame that it has one of the Mediterranean’s longest beaches, Cagliari has something to offer a variety of people with all kinds of holidaying needs. Lovers of all that is natural will revel in the reserves and bird sanctuaries here that are second to none. In addition to its unspoilt lagoons, Cagliari is packed with historical monuments, architecture and impressive museums. They say there is something for everyone in Sardinia’s favourite ancient city.
Cagliari is strange and wonderful, at least that was what DH Lawrence wrote. Whether this was founded on the fact that the city has an extensive and varied cultural history and that its location and appearance can’t help but be appealing, we can only surmise. With a chequered history, Cagliari wears well the scars of its brushes with a long line of societies and peoples. The Carthaginians and the Phoenicians utilized the city and the Romans, Byzantines, Vandals occupied at one time or other and to top it all, Cagliari once belonged to Austria where as it now belongs to Italy. All in all, Cagliari has been a popular city during its existence with remnants of its multi cultural entanglements around you at every turn. As you wander the streets of this “strange and wonderful” place, you can be guaranteed a wide range of monuments, idiosyncratic districts and incredible architecture which relates primarily to a particular time in its journey.
For your ease of navigation, Cagliari splits nicely into characteristic regions;- the Castello; the Marina; the Villanova and Stampace districts.
A great place to begin your assault of the city is to begin at its heart, the distinguished Castello region. Providing the city’s early forbidding fortification, the Castello’s stone, white medieval towers mark its perimeters and stands today in remarkably well preserved condition. An impressive spot to wander, the Castello is punctuated with Spanish influence streets from the Porta Leoni amid the city’s ancient attractions. Here you will particularly enjoy Santa Croce and Bastioni di S Remy. The views from some of these attractions as well as those atop the immense Castello are guaranteed to blow you away! The Castello houses the unforgettable Tuvixeddu and Pula necropolises exhibits of the National Archeological Museum and local contemporary art exhibitions at the National Gallery
The arts are taken very seriously in the city with a place for many types and schools of art. Choose between the Siamese (coins, porcelains from 11th to 19th century Asia), the Anatomical Wax (19th century models by the Florentine Susini), the Piloni (tapestries and rugs woven in Cagliari), and print (20th century etchings by Sardinian artists) galleries.
Traditional arts and crafts are experiencing a well deserved revival. The ISOLA or Sardinian Institute for the Organization of Handicraft Work gallery in Santa Croce is the place to visit to enjoy watching local craft worker genius in progress.
Thankfully, on the way up or down from the Castello are a number of pretty patios where shaded cafes sit, allowing you to recharge your batteries in pleasant surroundings.
While in Castello, don’t miss out on the nineteenth century buildings that make up the stylish shopping street of the Largo Carlo Felice as well as the nearby Piazza Yenne which never fails to draw a crowd!
The Marina is also very popular with visitors and locals alike. Once a Roman Camp, the Marina has blossomed into a intriguing mesh of cafes and restaurants amid its labyrinthe-like roads and pedestrianized via Garibaldi.
Within the alleys that take you down to the port, you can’t fail but notice the beautiful baroque churches of Santa Rosalia and S. Antonio Abate, the Gothic Catalan San Sepulcro and the Sant’Agostino representing Renaissance architecture. Religious architecture at its best and all within close proximity of one another...a church lover’s idyll!
The third district in Cagliari’s city centre is that of Villanova. Travel northwards from the Castello and in no time you will find yourself enjoying the charms of the region, namely its gardens, its easy location to the beautiful beach party haven of Poetto and the city’s Modern Art Gallery. The new districts in the Villanova side of the city centre outskirts were engineered post World War Two and offers picturesque settings at every turn.
Stampace famed for its ancient Roman amphitheatre also offers delightful botanical gardens and Phoenician subterranean chambers.
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Cagliari Elmas Airport
is situated six kilometres from the city centre.
If travelling by car, take the via del Trasvolatori exit to the airport which is situated off the S130 dual carriageway.
The airport offers an easy connection service from the Piazza Matteotti stop in the city centre. The journey can take fifteen minutes depending on road conditions and costs 0.77 Euros. These services are available 24 hours a day.
Taxis are situated outside the terminal for your ease of travel and costs 10 Euros to travel into the city centre.