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The Italian island of Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, offers European cruise passengers docked in the capital city of Cagliari shore excursions that highlight the island’s history and beauty. On your cruise to Cagliari, see architecture from eras past, and experience the island’s beautiful coastline, beaches, and rugged, mountainous interior.
Discover the island’s history, beauty, and charm on Cagliari shore excursions to the 3,000-year-old city of Nora, buried until its discovery in an excavation in 1952. Walk among the ruins of ancient thermal baths, the homes of noblemen, artisan workshops, an amphitheater that accommodated 1,000 people, and the remains of mosaics crafted eons ago. Nora is set on a promontory above the Capo di Pula overlooking the sea. Stop for refreshments and shopping in the village of Pula, one of the most charming villages on the island.
On your Mediterranean cruise, journey farther back in time on an excursion to the Neolithic Village of Su Nuraxi near Barumini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the main monument, a central tower surrounded by a turreted bastion, and marvel at the sight of a world thousands of years old that to this day is shrouded in mystery. Walk the labyrinthine village with living and meeting huts and narrow lanes.
When visiting Cagliari, Sardinia, shore excursions can take you to up the mountains or down to the beach. Hop into a rugged 4x4 off-road vehicle for an outdoor adventure that takes you through the Sardinian wilderness and past Santa Giulia Ponds to Mount Arcosu, a protected sanctuary for Sardinian deer, then hike along the reserve’s trails through oak forests and wetlands. A trip to Poetto Beach, the longest beach in Italy, is just the ticket for sunning, swimming, and gazing at the beautiful blue sea.
See the capital city’s most important sites on guided Cagliari shore excursions that show off the city’s impressive historical monuments, including the Citadel, the Cathedral of Santa Marta, San Pancrazio Tower, and the 12th century Cathedral of Santa Maria del Castello. See the amphitheater and auditorium carved out of stone. Hear stories of the city’s importance as a commercial port and industrial center. Drive past the lagoons of Santa Gila and Molentagus, marveling at the sight of pink flamingos, white herons, ducks, and cormorants.