SAINT MICHAEL CASTLE
Is Mirrionis district
Saint Michael Castle is a fortification dating back to the Giudicato period, it’s surrounded by a large park and you can admire a panorama that goes from the Campidano plain to the Poetto beach and the devil’s saddle. The castle was built on the ruins of a church dating back to the early Middle Ages, after the arrival and conquest of the city by the Aragonese people. It was home to the noble Carroz family and was used as a hospital during the devastating plague of the mid-1600s.
Since 2001 it is open to visitors and events, conferences, art and photographic exhibitions are often organized in the large rooms. If you decide to visit it at sunset, you will be enriched with an unforgettable show, you will see a sky full of sunset colors and flocks of flamingos moving from one pond to another. There is also a restaurant offering delicious Sardinian cuisine.
How to get to the castle:
You can get to the castle with line 5/11 of the local public transport CTM (San Michele Park terminal). If you use your car, you can get to the top and leave it in the parking lot.
Opening time: from Tue to Sun, from 9 am to 5 pm. Mondey closed.
Tickets: full ticket € 5, reduced ticket € 3, free for children up to 7 years and people with disabilities
Useful contacts: phone +(39) 070-6402115 ; +(39) 346-6673657 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN SATURNINO CHURCH
San Cosimo square, Villanova district
San Saturnino is the patron saint of Cagliari and this church, together with the nearby necropolis, is the oldest paleo-Christian monument on the island and one of the most important archaeological complexes in the entire Mediterranean area. The guided tour can make a difference in understanding the history of this church, which still remains one of the most spiritual places in the city.
Opening time: mon, thu, fri, sat from 9 am to 13 pm
Phone: +(39) 070-659869
THE FANTASTIC GARDEN
S.S. 130dir, San Sperate (CA), direction Decimomannu
Fiorenzo Pilia was 60 when he started using recycled materials, such as plastic and polystyrene, to make his artistic creations. It was 1993 and outside the village of San Sperate, within his 4,000 square meter orchard, he began to shape many aspects of human life, starting from birth within the womb. Then there are turtles and roosters, planes, bridges and towers, in a riot of different shapes and colors.
Opening time: open every day from 8.30 am to 17 pm
Phone: +(39) 339-6677867
PARK OF THE SEVEN BROTHERS
This is one of the largest and most fascinating parks in Sardinia and includes the territory of 9 countries: Quartu Sant’Elena, Quartucciu, Maracalagonis, Burcei, Sinnai, Villasalto, Villasimius, Castiadas e San Vito. If you are a nature lover you cannot miss a day looking for deer, mouflons, rabbits, martens, wild cats, surrounded by oaks, holm oaks, junipers and then myrtle, arbutus and heather plants. In the hilly parts you can also risk seeing the majestic flight of the golden eagle, a peregrine falcon or a Sardinian goshawk, a species native to Sardinia.
And then rock formations of various shapes and canyons, such as Baccu Anigiulus, the rivers that cross it, the caves, the botanical gardens, the hiking trails suitable for everyone and the evocative arch of the Angel with its high pink granite walls: from here you can look towards the Castiadas valley, the Colostrai pond and the Campidano of Cagliari. Throughout the area there are archaeological ruins, such as the Asoru nuraghe, with a central tower 7 meters high, the Neolithic settlements and the ruins of a convent.
Opening time of the internal botanical garden: summer: every day from 7 am to 6 pm; winter: every day from 7 am to 6 pm
Phone: +(39) 070-831038
Address: Viale C. Colombo
Until 1985 salt was extracted, now it’s the most important area in the Mediterranean basin where pink flamingos live, which chose it not only to live there all year round, but also to nest. In this exceptional area animal and plant species explode in all their beauty, fresh and salt water mirrors alternate with each other to form a unique ecosystem where variegated species of marsh and water birds coexist, such as the heron or martin fisherman. The park can be independently visited on foot and by bicycle, but also with the accompaniment of a guide, in order to discover even the most hidden corners. You can also choose an exciting boat excursion.
So you just have to equip yourself with a camera and maybe even with binoculars and set off to discover this corner of paradise.
Park opening hours: every day from March 1st to October 15th from 6.30 am to 9 pm; every day from 16 October to 28 February from 7 am to 6 pm
Infopoint opening hours: from Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm
Phone: +(39) 070/37919201 / +(39) 070379191 E-mail email@example.com