Tourism in southern Sardinia
Sardinia island is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, where it is the second island for the extension after Sicily. Sardinia is a very ancient island rich in history and legends and everywhere there are traces of human settlements dated from the Neolithic Age. The climate allows having a very long summer season, from April to November.
Sardinia is characterized by several geographical areas such as Campidano, Sulcis, Iglesiente, Barbagia, Baronie, Logudoro, Gallura and many others. This is the reason that led to developing a wide range of uses, traditions and local dialects.
Cagliari, Sardinia’s main town, is situated in the middle of the Golfo degli Angeli (Gulf of the Angels). The town has Phoenician-Punic origins and still conserves important Roman ruins such as the Amphitheatre, the Viper’s cave and Tigellio’s villa.
At the beginning of the last millennium, the town suffered the Spanish and Pisan dominations. Evidence of their influence can be found in the Pisan towers built in the 1300’s together with the city walls that mark the oldest part of the town, namely the Castello. In the Castello you’ll find the Cathedral, built in the same period as the towers.
Thanks to its port, over time Cagliari has been the meeting point of different cultures.
Cagliari is a town of many traditions and today is also an important point for sporting events such as the motor boating and the beach volleyball World Championship held in the Poetto beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia.
Santa Margherita di Pula is a seaside resort, popular for its large beaches of white fine sand and turquoise sea, located near a beautiful pine forest on the southern coast of Sardinia, around 40 km away from Cagliari.
Santa Margherita is a very small town in the immediate vicinities is Pula, a small town which is very well kept with pretty and colorful houses, restaurants and pizzerias. Pula hosts the suggestive archeological site of Nora with ruins dating back to the Punic times. In Nora is the church of S. Efisio, the Patron of Cagliari who is celebrated on the 1st of May with an extraordinary procession showing the Sardinian folklore.
In the surroundings of Santa Margherita di Pula is also possible to see the Nuraghe Santa Margherita, an extremely ancient ruin of the Nuragic period which dates back to the III millennium.