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Cala Cipola beach in Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari is the capital of the island of Sardinia. It was established by the Phoenicians in the 7th century and is still one of the biggest ports in the Mediterranean. The city is rich in culture and architecture and surrounded by beautiful beaches and is the 'greenest' city in Italy, making it a great holiday destination.

On a visit to Cagliari car hire is a must. There are so many places to visit, such as the beaches of Poetto, Chia, Pula and Villasimius, as well as the Gulf of Angels, which sits below the old part of the city, the Castello. Take a drive out to the town of Muravera for some shopping and go bird watching on the lagoons to see the flamingos, or drive up to the Costa Rai reserve to see other rare birds. Sedilo and Teulada, which is the possible site of Ancient Rome's city of Bitia, are also worth a visit and hiring a car is the best way to get to them.

Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG) is the island's international airport and a perfect place to arrange car hire in Cagliari, allowing you to go wherever you want at your own convenience.

Take a stroll through the walled city, which has many of the original walls intact and visit the Roman Amphitheatre, which stages open-air concerts during the summer. The Viper's Cave is a Roman monument where Atilia Pomptilla prayed to the gods and which is named after the crossed snakes carved over the entrance. It dates back to the 1st century BC.

Batione Saint Remy in Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and varied island of Sardinia and having a rental car can really help you get about on your own schedule easily.

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