11 days in Province of Cagliari, Province of Oristano & Province of Carbonia-Iglesias Itinerary

11 days in Province of Cagliari, Province of Oristano & Province of Carbonia-Iglesias Itinerary

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Cagliari — 3 nights

The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Venture out of the city with trips to Area Archeologica di Nora (in Pula) and Spiaggia di Tuerredda (in Teulada). Spend the 19th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Poetto, make a trip to Bastione di Saint Remy, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Urpinu, and ride a horse along Ranch Paky Barroso.

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London, UK to Cagliari is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cagliari is 1 hour. Traveling from London in April, expect Cagliari to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Laconi.
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Laconi — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll around Parco Aymerich, then get a dose of the wild on Associazione Culturale De Lacon - Visite Guidate, and then don't miss a visit to Chiesa Di Sant Ambrogio E Sant Ignazio.

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You can drive from Cagliari to Laconi in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Laconi can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Bosa.
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Bosa — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale dell'Immacolata Concezione, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Bosa, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Barbarighinu and then delve into the distant past at Pozzo e Villaggio Nuragico S. Cristina.

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Traveling by car from Laconi to Bosa takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Iglesias.
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Iglesias — 3 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Iglesias: Fluminimaggiore (Grotte di Su Mannau & Su Zurfuru Mine) and Museo Archeologico Comunale "Ferruccio Barreca" (in Sant'Antioco). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Isolotto Faraglione del Pan di Zucchero, delve into the distant past at Laveria Lamarmora, take some stellar pictures from Porto Flavia, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Carbone.

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Traveling by car from Bosa to Iglesias takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Iglesias are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Villasimius.
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Villasimius — 1 night

On the 26th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Porto Giunco and then kick back and relax at Cala Pira.

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Traveling by car from Iglesias to Villasimius takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Villasimius can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Province of Cagliari travel guide

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Cagliari is an Italian municipality and the capital of the island of Sardinia, an autonomous region of Italy. Cagliari's Sardinian name Casteddu literally means castle. It has about 150,000 inhabitants, while its metropolitan city (including Cagliari and 16 other nearby municipalities) has more than 431,000 inhabitants. According to Eurostat, the population of the Functional urban area, the commuting zone of Cagliari, rises to 476,974. Cagliari is the 26th largest city in Italy and the largest city on the island of Sardinia.An ancient city with a long history, Cagliari has seen the rule of several civilisations. Under the buildings of the modern city there is a continuous stratification attesting to human settlement over the course of some five thousand years, from the Neolithic to today. Historical sites include the prehistoric Domus de Janas, very damaged by cave activity, a large Carthaginian era necropolis, a Roman era amphitheatre, a Byzantine basilica, three Pisan-era towers and a strong system of fortification that made the town the core of Spanish Habsburg imperial power in the western Mediterranean Sea. Its natural resources have always been its sheltered harbour, the often powerfully fortified hill of Castel di Castro, the modern Casteddu, the salt from its lagoons, and, from the hinterland, wheat from the Campidano plain and silver and other ores from the Iglesiente mines.


Province of Oristano travel guide

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Oristano is an Italian city and comune, and capital of the Province of Oristano in the central-western part of the island of Sardinia. It is located on the northern part of the Campidano plain. It was established as the provincial capital on 16 July 1974., the city had 32,165 inhabitants.The economy of Oristano is based mainly on services, agriculture, tourism and small industries.HistoryOristano was previously known by the Byzantines as Aristanis, and founded close to the ancient Phoenician settlement of Othoca . It acquired importance in 1070, when, as a result of the frequent Saracen attacks, Archbishop Torcotorio made it the seat of the bishopric, which was previously in the nearby coastal town of Tharros. It also became the capital of the giudicato of Arborea. Consequently, fortifications were designed, but the building thereof went on until judge Mariano II rose to power.In medieval times Oristano vied for power over the whole island of Sardinia, and therefore waged wars against the other Sardinian kingdoms which culminated in the attempt to conquer the whole island during the reign of Mariano IV and that of his son Hugh III and his daughter Eleanor . The giudicato of Arborea held out to be the last Sardinian kingdom to cease to exist in 1420, about 10 years after the battle of Sanluri. It was transformed in Marchesato by the Aragonese and conquered, following a revolt by the last marquess Leonardo Alagon, by the Catalan troops of the Kingdom of Aragon, in 1478 after the battle of Macomer.


Province of Carbonia-Iglesias travel guide

The province of Carbonia-Iglesias is a province in the autonomous region of Sardinia, Italy. It includes the historical area of Sulcis-Iglesiente. It is the smallest province of Sardinia and is bordered by the provinces of Cagliari and Medio Campidano.As of 2015, it has a population of 127,857 inhabitants over an area of 1499.71km2, giving it a population density of 85.25 people per square kilometre. The provincial president is Salvatore Cherchi. It has two provincial capitals, Carbonia and Iglesias, with populations of 29,007 and 27,332 as of 2015, respectively.HistoryColonies in the province were established by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians in the 9th or 8th centuries BC. Its mining industry developed during the nineteenth century due to its barium, copper, lead, silver and zinc deposits, but this industry fell into decline after World War II. It was formed in 2001 by a Sardinian regional law and became functional in 2005.On 6 May 2012 the regional referendums of Sardinia took place regarding the abolition of certain provinces and a variety of other matters. The suggestion of reforming or abolishing certain provinces in Sardinia was approved by the Regional Council of Sardinia on 24 May 2012. Due to this, the province of Carbonia-Iglesias was ordered to form a new administrative body or be abolished on 1 March 2013, but this expiry date for constitutional changes was extended to 1 July 2013. It has not been abolished as a regional law regarding it has not yet been created.