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Campervan hire Cagliari

Once an important military base for the Roman Empire, Cagliari today is a peaceful capital whose only armament is history, a well-developed marina, and stunning stretches of coastline waiting to be explored.

 

You probably already know Sardinia is an authentic paradise, with sandy beaches bathed in an emerald-hued sea, promenades caressed by the warm sunlight, and historic monuments and natural wonders scattered about, waiting to be found. As the capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is no different––meaning its good. Besides serving as the economic hub of the island, it’s also the centre of its tourist activities. To cope with that, it has an outstanding Marina surrounded by shops, restaurants, cafes and bars with long and appealing promenades. Historic buildings dot Cagliari’s hills and interesting museums give you a glance of the island’s history, while the local markets and squares teem with a day-to-day kind of island life that hasn’t changed much throughout the ages. Adding to the island vibe, Cagliari boasts the kind of beaches that’ll have you feeling like you’re dreaming. Hey, wake up! It’s time to hire a campervan in Cagliari and explore the best of Sardinia’s capital.

 

Practical Information

Depot + Transfer

If you want to hire a campervan or motorhome in Cagliari, we’re right there for you. We’ll meet you at Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG), where you can pick up and drop off your RV – free of charge in regular hours, of course!

Parking in the city

Parking your campervan in Cagliari will be no problem. Except that parking is paid, of course. But if you want to save a bit, you can always park your campervan in your camping site and walk and/or use public transportations.

Camping grounds nearby

You’ll find plenty camping sites along Cagliari’s coastline. On the eastern side are Camping Pini e Mare, Villaggio Camping Spiaggia del Riso Villasimius Sardegna, and Camping Capo Ferrato. On the western coastline you’ll find Camping Flumendosa and Campeggio Cala d’Ostia.

 

About Cagliari

Cagliari is an important city for the Italian island of Sardinia, mainly for its port, that is a gateway to the north coast of Africa. And this port has some history, too, since it once was a military settlement for the Roman Empire, under the rule of Titus Manlius. But don’t let historic facts distract you from what Cagliari is today: the headquarters for all the island’s road trippers.

After you hire a campervan in Cagliari, why not take a stroll down the Marina? Have a few drinks, do some shopping and, of course, enjoy a great lunch while beautiful boats bob in the background. Then, walk around the old town to help digest the amazing food you just ate (seafood, we hope!) and discover the Bastione San Remy, an ornate structure that doesn’t only mark the centre of the old town, but is also the prime spot for contemplating views over the Mediterranean and Cagliari’s port. Get to know the Torre dell’Elefante, a building from the Middle Ages that was once a guard tower within the city’s defensive fortification network. From the tower, spot the other iconic buildings that complete Cagliari’s skyline, like Il Castello (that’s a castle, of course), the 13th-century Cagliari Cathedral with its frescoed ceilings, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Basilica Santuario di Bonaria, and the royal residence of Sardinia’s rulers for centuries, Palazzo Regio. Next, make a quick supply stop at Mercato di San Benedetto before heading over to Calamosca Beach, the perfect place to end your day with a sunset picnic. And as the sun, that almighty ball of orange, slowly sinks in the Mediterranean, what thought could possibly make you happier than you already are? That you still have a whole island to explore in your Indie van!

 

What to discover

Within the city

Mercato di San Benedetto

Eels, squids, mussels, a bunch of different types of fish, and an entire second floor dedicated to meat and veggies – all fresh and of great quality, available just for you (and for all the locals, of course)! And the best part is that you can also eat there: fried fish, for example, accompanied by the warm fresh bread available at the market’s local bakery. There’s nothing more local than doing this, so get here early and enjoy!

Poetto beach

What’s so special about this beach? Well, 8 km worth of gold-tan, sun-warmed sands is what! Poetto’s a beach so wide it’s almost never crowded (except in August)––and there’s more: alongside this relaxing beach with the Mediterranean by its side there are a bunch of restaurants, bars and cafes ready to entertain you all day and night long!

Sella del Diavolo (Saddle of the Devil)

Right next to Poetto Beach you’ll find this gorgeous rocky mountain. If you’re wondering why it’s a must, then that’s because you’ve never been here––and, luckily, that’s fixable! If the pleasant hike amidst nature with friends or family won’t make your day, the astonishing sea views that await you at the top surely will!

 

Nearby locations

Alghero

Sardinia may be an island, but it’s big enough for some serious road tripping. At 2 hours and 45 minutes from Cagliari you’ll find Alghero, a city on the northwest coast of this big island. Alghero is well known for its ancient walls built to defend a city worth protecting, with Catalan Gothic buildings like the Cattedrale di Santa Maria and its mighty bell tower, the 14th-century Chiesa di San Francisco Church, and the Palazzo Guillot. But the best about this town stretches well beyond the city walls: it’s a coast full of long white sand beaches, like Bombarde Beach, and prehistoric places like the megalithic Nuraghe Palmavera and Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju. So if you’re looking to hire a campervan in Alghero, get yours in Cagliari and hit the road to Alghero!

Cala Gonone

At under 3 hours from Cagliari, this little seaside town is a must to add to your road trip itinerary. Once a Nuragic settlement (find the remains on the outskirts of the village), the modern town was founded by a colony of fisherman from the island of Ponza in the 20th century. You’ll find plenty to do in Cala Gonone––but don’t think you’ll get busy, because this area is meant to take slow. Explore Cala Luna, a scenic beach with extraordinary caves (beware of the rocks); enjoy a hike in the mountains with the locals, little goats you’ll find on the way; get extreme by trying your hand at rock climbing; or wander around The Fig Tree’s Cave, full of beautiful stalactites. That said, hire a campervan in Cagliari to add a healthy dose of natural splendour to your itinerary.

Baunei

Want to hire a campervan in Baunei? We understand why. Get yours in Cagliari, hit the road and arrive in Baunei in 3 hours. What can we say about this small mountain village, when the real reason for visiting are mountains with incredible views, good restaurants, ancient remains and astonishing beaches? Well, how about mentioning Monumento naturale Su Sterru, one of the deepest abysses in Europe with great trails for hiking and donkey watching? (Definitely go donkey watching). Or Castello di Medusa, a former military base used to spot and defend the territory from enemy attacks – now in ruins? And what about Le Piscine di Golgo, natural pools formed by rain? As it turns out, Baunei has plenty in store for your road trip!

 

Depot Contacts

Phone: +351308 809 080

Email: [email protected]

Address: Cagliari Elmas Airport - Via dei Trasvolatori, 09030 Elmas, Sardinia

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