Cagliari Airport is approximately 5 miles northwest of Cagliari, the capital of the island of Sardinia. It is actually in a town called Elmas and the airport is known as Cagliari Elmas Airport. As Sardinia is a very busy holiday place, the airport copes with over three million visitors every year. Currently there are two runways at the airport and its terminal was upgraded in 2003. Facilities include banks, restaurants, cafés and even a business centre with an exclusive lounge. It takes a little under 15-minutes to get from the airport to Cagliari city centre. There are direct flights to the airport from over 30 different cities so there should be no problem getting an airfare to Cagliari.
The bus service operates from the airport to city centre and provides regular buses every half an hour. From the city centre you can get trains to various holiday locations around the island. There are taxi ranks just outside the terminal and although they are more expensive than the buses, you can take them 24 hours a day. If you prefer to hire a car there are several companies offering this service and you can either pre-book or visit the counters at the airport. All this means that visitors on flights to Cagliari have ample transportation options available.
Cagliari is a historic city and as such, there is much to see, especially in the old part of the city, which is known as the Castello district. This is small enough to visit on foot. The cathedral, which was restored in the 1930s, is definitely worth visiting. However, most people visit Sardinia because of its famous white sandy beaches. The principal beach in Cagliari is called the ‘Poetto' and stretches for almost 5 miles along the coastline. So visitors after their Cagliari flights can soon enjoy this beautiful seaside location.
Much of its cuisine is similar to the Italian mainland. Sardinia also has quite a few of its own specialties. Sardinian fish dishes are particularly popular, as is a suckling pig dish, which is roasted with Myrtle leaves. The Ristorante Ammentos is a popular restaurant with both tourists and locals: featuring excellent antipasti, cold meats and cheese and pasta dishes such as Trofie alla Gorgonzola.
For shopping, Cagliari city is the best place in Sardinia. There are lots of smart shops and boutiques and in the narrow streets you can find many antique and handicraft shops. Cagliari also has a good collection of bars and clubs to spend your nights at. In the summer many young people and tourists congregate in the Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle II, where there are many clubs. A trendy place to go to is the Emerson on the Poetto beach strip. This restaurant and bar has good food for lunch and dinner, and great cocktails and wine late into the night. After you have left this beautiful island you'll be thinking of booking cheap flights to Cagliari in the near future.