Cagliari’s beaches and history closer to home this summer

Malta is now connected to the second-largest Mediterranean island; Sardinia, through a direct flight to its capital. The first flight from Cagliari landed at Malta International Airport on the first weekend in May, bringing with it yet another destination to the airport’s exciting summer schedule.

This service will be offered by Air Malta every Wednesday and Sunday throughout the season, making it an excellent option for those who prefer short getaways. The early-morning flight is just over an hour long and lands at Cagliari Elmas Airport, which is four miles away from the centre and well connected to other cities in Sardinia.

Cagliari is synonymous with beaches, the most popular of which is Poetto. A stretch of seven kilometres of white sands, azure waters, and the Devil’s Saddle headland guarding the shore, together make Poetto Beach one of the most idyllic spots in Cagliari. Legend has it that Lucifer once attempted to take over this tiny paradise, only to be knocked off his horse by a host of angels and have his saddle turn into rock. Too bad for Lucifer, good news for the many tourists who flock to this beach every summer.

Those who prefer history over legend will be pleased to know that Cagliari has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, with sites such as the Domus de Janas, Roman ruins, museums, and the district of Castello promising to treat buffs to their fair share of holiday history.

Two medieval towers – Torre dell’Elefante and Torre di San Pancrazio – rise up from the historical quarters to watch over Cagliari. Many are in agreement that the spectacular views of the city enjoyed from these towers, make the exercise involved in getting to the top well worth the effort. And since the Sardinian cuisine will probably have you asking for seconds of everything you sample, you’ll probably have to go up and down these towers a couple of times to ensure you don’t gain unwanted holiday weight.