Sardinia’s largest city (with a little over 150,000 people) and its capital for centuries, Cagliari on the island’s south coast offers a mix of recreation and exploration options. The five-mile-long Poetto Beach is among the best city beaches on the Mediterranean, and together with the adjacent Marina Piccola, satisfies all manner of sun and sea pursuits. Seekers of culture will love Cagliari’s old district, Castello, where 13th-century towers still guard the medieval city walls. Tripadvisor
Caffe degli Spiriti on the Bastione San Remy
‘Sella del Diavolo’ (‘The Saddle of the Devil’) in the distance. Poetto beach on the other side.
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy 2010
Images © Evelina Simkute