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Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) (Casteddu, the castle, in the Sardinian language) is the capital of Sardinia, the third largest island in the Mediterranean. It is a bustling port and industrial town of 170,000 inhabitants, albeit the old town is quite agreeable with its old unpretentious streets and excellent museum.

The harbour of Cagliari offers a number of berthing options for yachts in a total of five marina operations in the harbour itself and a further three in the gulf of Cagliari within a twelve mile radius. It is a good base for visiting the exceptional Archaeological Museum of Cagliari or hiring a car or scooter for a visit to Su Nuraxi, the atmospheric plateau of the Giari di Gesturi or the Nuraghic sacred site of Santa Vittoria.


1990 - Oristano to Arbatax including Golfo di Cagliari
M9 - South Sardegna
53130 - East Coast of Sardegna
53262 - Cagliari
53268 - Approaches to Cagliari


See Italy.


See Mediterranean.




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Warning: While the approaches to Cagliari are straightforward there can be violent winds in the Gulf of Cagliari.


Cagliari is a port of entry/exit to Italy.

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There are five berthing possibilities in the harbour: the Marina di Bonaria (run by the Italian Lega Navale); the Marina del Sole (preferred by most yachts); the Marina di Sant’ Elmo (which has an associated yard); Port Karalis (more suited to larger yachts), and Motomar Sarda (for large yachts up to 35m).

Further away from Cagliari but within a twelve mile radius are the Marina di Capitana 12 miles to the east in the suburb of Capitana, the Marina Piccola Piccola Poetto at Poetto four miles SE of Cagliari and Marina Perd ‘E’ Sali at Sarroch about 11 miles south of Cagliari.

Cagliari Harbour

Marina del sole

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Berth icon Marina del sole [[Cagliari#Marina del sole|Marina del sole]]

The Marina del Sole is the most suitable marina for all but the largest yachts. Situated due east of the harbour entrance, it offers 220 berths for yachts up to 30m. Depths in the marina are 7.5 to 9 m. Water and electricity at all berths. Fuel station. Yachts up to 40 tonnes can be hauled out if required.

VHF channel 13
Telephone: +39 (0)70 308730
E-mail: [email protected]

Marina di Bonaria (Su Siccu)

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Berth icon Marina di Bonaria (Su Siccu) [[Cagliari#Marina di Bonaria (Su Siccu)|Marina di Bonaria (Su Siccu)]]

On the Siccu dock in Cagliari harbour, the Marina di Bonaria is due east of the entrance and immediately north of the Marina del Sole. It is run by the Italian Lega Navale and its 300 berths are reserved for members. Maximum length 30m. Depths 5 - 10 m. Visiting yachts can sometimes be found a berth if available.

Telephone: Italian Naval League +39 (0)70 300240.

Marina di Sant' Elmo

Marina di Sant' Elmo/wiki/Cagliari#Marina_di_Sant.27_Elmo
Berth icon Marina di Sant' Elmo [[Cagliari#Marina di Sant' Elmo|Marina di Sant' Elmo]]

This is a new marina situated within the port of Cagliari at the root of the eastern breakwater. It consists of four floating pontoons and a quay with a total of 200 berths. Maximum length 36 m. Water and electricity at all berths. Depths range from 1.5 to 9 m. The marina is adjacent to a large boatyard of 12.600 square metres which can lift boats up to 30 tonnes and undertake most repairs. There are plans to complete a Club House with toilets, showers, dressing rooms, laundry, bar and restaurant. The club house is also planned to offer 12 guest-rooms and a luxury suite.

VHF channel 74
Telephone: +39 (0)70 344169
E-mail: [email protected]

Port Karalis

Port Karalis/wiki/Cagliari#Port_Karalis
Berth icon Port Karalis [[Cagliari#Port Karalis|Port Karalis]]

The marina of Portus Karalis is located in the inner harbour of Cagliari and offers berthing for larger yachts and super yachts between 18 and 45 meters. Number of berths 140. Maximum length 90 m. Depths from 4 m to 10 m. Water and electricity available.

VHF channel 9
Telephone: +39 (0)70 653535
E-mail: [email protected]

Motomar Sarda

Motomar Sarda/wiki/Cagliari#Motomar_Sarda
Berth icon Motomar Sarda [[Cagliari#Motomar Sarda|Motomar Sarda]]

This is a dock for large yachts at the NW corner of the harbour. It offers 108 berths, of which 30 are supposedly for yachts in transit. Maximum length 35m. Depths from 1.6m to 3.5 m. Water and electricity.

VHF channel 74
Telephone: +39 (0) 70 6051901
E-mail: [email protected]

Gulf Of Cagliari

Marina di Capitana

Marina di Capitana/wiki/Cagliari#Marina_di_Capitana
Berth icon Marina di Capitana [[Cagliari#Marina di Capitana|Marina di Capitana]]

Marina di Capitana is a modern marina located on the southeastern coast of the Gulf of Cagliari, 12 nM east of Cagliari harbour. Entry is from the west. Once inside, the port is divided into two basins, the outer one reserved for larger vessels while the inner one houses smaller boats. Visitors normally berth on the inside of the southern breakwater. The harbour office is on the central pier dividing the two basins. Total berths 450. Maximum length 27 m. Depths at quays 3 m. Water and electricity. Travel lift. Some mechanical and electrical repairs.

VHF channel 74 (0830 to 1930)
Telephone: +39 (0)70 805460
E-mail: [email protected]

Perd ‘E’ Sali

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Berth icon Perd ‘E’ Sali [[Cagliari#Perd ‘E’ Sali|Perd ‘E’ Sali]]

The marina of Perd ‘E’ Sali is situated in the town of Sarroch, about 11 nM south of Cagliari. The marina is protected by two breakwaters enclosing five long pontoons with 256 berths. Visitors are normally directed to the first pontoon to port inside the entrance. Depths on the outer pontoons are from 2.5 to 3 m, and on the inner ones as little as 1.5 m. The marina is therefore unsuitable for larger, deep draught yachts. Maximum length 18 m

VHF channel 74
Telephone: +39 (0)70 9253145
E-mail: [email protected]

Marina Piccola Poetto

Marina Piccola Poetto/wiki/Cagliari#Marina_Piccola_Poetto
Berth icon Marina Piccola Poetto [[Cagliari#Marina Piccola Poetto|Marina Piccola Poetto]]

Marina Piccola Poetto is situated 4 nM SE of Cagliari in the resort area of Poetto. Depths in the entrance are only 2.3 m and therefore entry would be dangerous in any significant swell. Inside the breakwaters are pontoons with berths for 350, including 35 for vessels in transit. Maximum length 18 m. Depths in the harbour range from 2.0 m to 2.7 m.

VHF channel 74
Telephone: +39 (0)70 6051940
E-mail: [email protected]


Warning: No anchoring is permitted in the harbour.


Anchorage icon Poetto [[Cagliari#Poetto|Poetto]]
The nearest convenient anchorage is off Poetto, just east of Marina Piccola, where local buses regularly run to/from downtown Cagliari. Poetto is the main beach of Cagliari and is very popular with locals. Good holding in sand. You can leave the dinghy in the marina, safely moored to the transit quay on the far right.


Water In the marinas
Electricity In the marinas
Toilets In the marinas
Showers In the marinas
Laundry There is a coin (not paper money, it just consumes it) operated laundromat in a narrow street parallel to the esplanade and 3 blocks inland.

The Marina del Sole has a washing machine (use your own liquid detergent) with a 7kg capacity for 5 Euro / load (pay in Marina office)

  • There are bins around the harbor.
  • There appears to be a policy that all rubbish from the Portus Karlis and perhaps other marinas is incinerated.
  • In the streets there are many recycling bins including bins for all plastic.
Fuel a fuel pontoon on the western side of harbour
Bottled gas
Chandlers Nautica Store is a good and clean chandlery some distance to the east of the harbour
Repairs Marina di Sant' Elmo has the largest yard, capable of most repairs, though other marinas can undertake limited repairs.
  • Wifi is not often available in cafes.
  • There are a number of internet shops in Central Cagliari open for long hours including in via Sicilia and via Napoli.
  • Cagliari offers free internet. You need a Italian phone number to get the password. Connect to 'Free WiFi CA' which takes you to a website when you go to internet explorer Safari etc to log on and get a free password sent to an Italian phone number.
Mobile connectivity
Vehicle rentals There is one car rental agency operating out of the airport. Motorbike and sccoter hire at the harbour.


  • There are many stores
  • Few meters down the inner road parallel to the harbor towards N there is a good delicatessen
  • Buy the local Sardinian cheese & bread
  • It is claimed that the Mercato Di San Benedetto is the largest fresh produce market in Europe. Lots of fresh good quaility fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, cheese etc. This indoor market is located 1.4km NNE of the Portus Karalis marina on 'via Ottone Barcedda' street. Official address is Via Francesco Cocco Ortu, 50, 09128 Cagliari, Italy +39 070 403396. M-Sa 07:00-15:00.
  • ISA Supermarket is located 550 metres ENE of the Portus Karalis marina and has a good range of fruit, vegetables, bread etc. via Sonnino (Sidney Sonnnino) 65, 09100 Cagliari, hone 070 670 167.

Eating out

  • Many good restaurants and cafes in Central Cagliari.
  • Good food in the Dal Conte restaurant (try the sea bass in wine and olive oil).
  • Ristorante Fabio is also good for lunch (try the spaghetti bottarga with clams and dried fish roe, followed by sebadas, pecorino-filled pastry fried and smothered with honey).
  • There is an an outstanding restaurant specializing in Sardinian food (Sardi Tipico) about 60 km from Cagliari.


  • There are daily flights to Rome and ferries to the mainland.
  • Cagliari has an frequent bus and trolley bus network.


During prehistoric times Sardinia was populated by the Nuraghe. The most famous Nuraghe site is the complex of Su Nuraxi at Barumini in the province of Cagliari.

In antiquity Cagliari was a Phoenician colony known as Karalis. In 238 BC, after Carthage was defeated it became part of Rome. Later it was overrun by the Vandals and then became part of the Byzantine Empire. After numerous attacks by Moorish pirates it was abandoned for a period. In the 11th century the Pisan Republic conquered the region and re-built Cagliari. The fortifications that still surround the current district of Castello were built by the Pisans.

In the 14th century the Kingdom of Aragon conquered Cagliari after a battle against the Pisans and it became the administrative capital of the vice-kingdom of Sardinia, which later came under the rule of the Spanish empire. In the 18th century, after a brief rule of the Austrian Habsburgs, Cagliari and Sardinia came under the House of Savoy in 1720. From the 1870s Cagliari, and the rest of Sardinia, became part of Italy. The city was heavily damaged during WW II, being bombarded by the Allies.

Cagliari is a lively city and it is fun to sit at a café and watch the crowds go by. Within the city there are two places worth visiting: the Archeological Museum with many Nuraghi exhibits (including some wonderful bronze figurines), and the citadel and Casteddu from where there is a good view of the town. Further afield, it is worth hiring transport to visit the Nuraghic site of Su Nuraxi at Barumini, the scenic and ageless plateau of the Giari di Gesturi, with its lakes and wild horses, and the Nuraghic sacred site of Santa Vittoria. See for further information: Sardinia.

Café in the Esplanade
Interior of Su Nuraxi
Giara di Gesturi
Sacred way, Santa Vittoria



See Italy.


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Date of member's last visit to Cagliari and this page's details validated:

  • May 2003 --Atheneoflymington 13:42, 24 February 2010 (UTC)
  • October 2004 --Istioploos 09:39, 14 July 2008 (MDT)
  • March 2012 --Rr7 09:39, 24 March 2012 (MDT)

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