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7 days on a superyacht in Sardinia

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Cagliari, Sardinia
Day 4

Cagliari

Cagliari, in the south of the island, has been Sardinia’s capital since at least Roman times and still its biggest town. It’s ugly in parts and sprawling but the ‘old town’ known as Il Castello is a charming hilly labyrinth of sandy-coloured medieval buildings in various states of disrepair. This port city was founded in the seventh century BC by the Phoenicians.

There’s no better way to see Cagliari than from the sailor’s vantage point, by approaching the city from the sea. Between the modern harbour and castle lies Cagliari’s marina in the old harbour district. The town has an archaeology museum that houses a Nuraghic collection – Nuraghi are the 4,000-year-old stone defensive structures unique to the island.

Eight thousand Nuraghi can be found throughout the island and are all that remain of the original 30,000. The main shopping street, Via Roma, is replete with cool, shaded arcades; more shopping can be found on Via Manu.

Picture courtesy of Sean Pavone/Shutterstock.com

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