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About Cagliari

The Italian municipality of Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia. A car hire at Cagliari Airport will take you through the pages of long history preserved since the Neolithic era. Cagliari comprises rich history and has some cherished archaeological treasures preserved from the Neolithic times. Therefore, it serves as the most favorite spot for tourists interested in the history and architecture. Not only has Cagliari seen various civilizations, it has some of the oldest historical buildings and castles. In fact, the world Cagliari itself means “Castle”. The city serves as regional educational, cultural, artistic, and political center. It is best known for several monuments and the Art Nouveau architecture. Car hire in Cagliari will allow you to explore this cultural, historic hub, and industrial hub; it has one of the biggest ports in Mediterranean Sea.

Basic info and car hire in Cagliari

Location: Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

Population: 154,460

Official language: Sardinian (Sardu)

Currency: Euro (EUR).

Weather: The hottest month in Cagliari is July with a maximum temperature of 25 degree Celsius. The coldest month is January with 10 degree Celsius. Average precipitation of rain is 57mm with wettest month being February. In order to admire the beauty of Cagliari in the best manner, it is recommended that you travel in April or May. However, the number of people visiting Cagliari in this season is large, so you may schedule your trip according to your preferences.

Public holidays in Cagliari: Most people prefer to plan their visit to Cagliari in relation with holidays. If you wish to do the same, check the office holidays in Cagliari on this site about Italian holidays.

Internet coverage: There are few Wi-Fi hotspots in some places in Cagliari. Most cafes, restaurants, hotels, and bars provide free Wi-Fi to their customers.

Road conditions: Driving in Cagliari is mostly stress-free where local drivers are courteous and fairly friendly. The occasional exposure to flocks of sheep are there, but not a major problem. In order to explore the island in the best way possible, use the provincial roads marked on maps as P or SP.

Driving in Cagliari

Being the hub of Sardinia in terms of culture, education, history, and industry, Cagliari is one of the finest and well-maintained cities in Italy. Hence, driving is quite easy in Cagliari, making car hire in Cagliari even easier. The roads do not have major flaws, however, you may come across some potholes which are not a big deal. The locals in Cagliari are cooperative and courteous while driving.

  • Age limits: The age limits for driving may vary but generally it doesn’t exceed 21. A car hire agencies may charge young driver’s fee if your age is under 25.
  • International Driving Permit: A valid international driving licence is required to drive in Cagliari. In case of driving license of non-Europe countries, a licence in Italian is necessary. Agreement with your car hire may also be required.
  • Additional papers: A proof for third party liability insurance cover and the vehicle-registration certificate, in case of your personal vehicle), is also needed to drive in Cagliari.
  • Additional requirements: No licence is required for scooters under 50cc. A credit card may also be required by some car hire agencies.
  • Children in the car: Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to sit in the front seat. They can be allowed to sit in the front seat with a suitable child restraint system.
  • Driving side of the road: Right Hand Side
  • Lights: The traffic lights in Cagliari are same as standard international traffic lights and those in Europe.
  • General speed limits: A limit of 110km/h is on the highways, 90km/h on secondary highways, and 50km/h in built-up areas.
  • Parking suggestions: It is recommended that you park your rented car in your hotel parking.

What to see in Cagliari

Our favourite spots

A view from the Park of Monte Urpinu

Monte Urpinu

The top of Monte Urpinu gives the best and picturesque views of Cagliari. You can access the park through Leo Pietro and walk till you reach the top of the hill. Not only would you be able to see various animals on your way to the top, the top of the mountain will present spectacular views of salt flats and the entire city that has beautifully constructed buildings.

Check for several parking options near Monte Urpinu 

A view of the stairs on the Basilica di Bonaria in Cagliari

Santuario e Basilica di Bonaria

It is a temple which is no less than a masterpiece of history and architecture altogether. A small garden is attached to the building, so you can take some fresh air and have a nice walk. The church is beautiful both from the inside as well as outside.

You can park your rented car using any of the options available

Hotels in Cagliari


For those on business tours or in search of a luxury accommodation at a reasonable price, the THotel serves as the best option.

Hotel Regina Margherita

Close to the main shopping area, lying in the middle of Cagliari, Regina Margherita is regarded as a luxury in the heart of Cagliari.

Hotel Nautilus

Hotel Nautilus lies close to the Poetto beach, the kind of place that is the most in-demand. It gives the unmatched views of waves dancing in the ocean, and the easiest access to the beach at reasonable rates.

Hotel La Rocca

If you are the kind of person who would not compromise quality, La Rocca provides the accommodation of your choice. The ultimate luxury and the best location with a 5-star atmosphere will warrant an unforgettable vacation for you.

Drive your rental car around Cagliari

Cagliari is a place that makes it possible for you to spend days and even weeks without getting bored. The historical importance of the region will take you beyond Cagliari through well equipped areas and well-constructed roads. At a distance of few miles from the center of teh city, you can visit Poetto, which is a beautiful, peaceful beach. In simple words, car hire in Cagliari will allow you to schedule your trips at your convenience and to travel to places that are not easily accessible with local transport.

Where to eat, drink and party in Cagliari


If you are looking for a restaurant, a lounge bar, or a place for your events, Emerson has it all in a single place. The best food and drinks at Emerson will ensure a pleasant experience in a lively and comfortable environment for you.



Mood Lounge Bar and Restaurant has the best breakfast, drinks, and dinner that you would love. The range of drinks available at Mood will transform your Mood into a pleasant or a romantic one, depending on your choice.


Old Square

Fast food and a bar or a pub is what makes the perfect combination emerge as Old Square. The lively environment in this pub will allow you to mix in the crowd while dancing, and having your drink. The place offers nice lunch and a good club atmosphere.



Cucina provides a rather distinct kind of atmosphere, services, and products which are surely loveable. It’s a modern European Restaurant which provides delicious food and premium yet distinct wine. Have your meal at Cucina if you wish to experience European cuisine in the midst of Italian culture.


Major events and festivals in Cagliari

Feast of Sant’Efisio

1st May

The event connects with the outrage from the past which led to loss of many lives, and it is hence a combination of faith, ancient traditions, and culture.

The event takes place on the 1st of May.


March, April

The event of Easter is marked with several proceedings in which the Sardinian’s inheritance is recalled. The rituals are performed and the Incontru is enacted.

The event happens mostly at the end of March and the start of April.



A combination of several events all across the island of Cagliari take place in the carnival period. It involves various festivals as well, one of whom is Sa Sartigla where a theatrical joust is re-enacted.

Carnival in Cagliari comes during the second week of February.

Il Girotonno

22nd - 25th June

On the offshore isle of the west coast in Sardinia, the Girotonno festival celebrates tuna catch. The event lasts for 4 days which involves eating, busking, drinking, and dancing. The best part of this event is the fresh tuna fish that is prepared in two days.

Girotonno festival happens from June 22 to June 25.

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