This morning we left first to get diesel. Between our anchorage and the marina of Cagliari, there was only one small marina with a diesel station so we went there: Marina di Perd’e Sali (www.marinadicapitana.it). A very good but also a very bad idea: good because we really needed diesel now and it was open, but very bad because the price we had to pay was euro 1.85 per liter! Be careful entering this small marina. KEEP RIGHT, as close as possible to the petrol station which you see as soon as you enter the marina. The draft is only 1 meter, so be careful. Anyway, we had no choice and we took enough petrol to get us to Sicily, hoping we could sail as much as possible! We continued our (motor) sail to Cagliari. Distance is about 18 miles. When we continued we saw 2 Saba’s motoring in the direction of Cagliari as well. Wondering where they would go. It started raining and the weather was greyish. Not really the kind of weather you think of when you are in Sardinia! But apparently, it’s winter in Sardinia too. So we wearing sweaters and coats! Not really used to that …
When entering the Port of Cagliari you see America’s Cup Prada premises on your left hand. On the left side of these buildings, there is a big marina called Marina di Cagliari (www.marinadicagliari.com). This marina is situated in the center of the city. According to the pilots, not a cheap marina. When you keep right from the buildings of Prada you find Marina del Sole. This marina is on short walking distance from the city center (15 mins). We decided to go there as we only would stay for 1 night. When we arrived the Marinero was not there and we just took the first and easiest berth we found and moored the boat. Than the Marinero came and it was no problem to leave the boat there. Not a very posh marina. A kind of tent as “clubhouse” and sort of small supermarket. But more than ok for 1 night! We went out to town to have some food and discovered that 2 FP Saba’s we saw sailing this morning were moored in the town marina. These were charter boats and on their way to Croatia. They would continue tomorrow as well. Apparently, the price in winter is not much higher than in the marina we were. So good to know! We walked around town, did some shopping for the last 2/3 days to Sicily. We had dinner on board and went to bed early. Tomorrow we would continue early morning as the weather window looked good to go. We did not have time to visit any cultural sites but there are many to visit!
Very difficult to pronounce when you don’t know … but you pronounce it as he capital of the island of Sardinia, an autonomous region of Italy. Cagliari’s Sardinian name Casteddu literally means castle. The town has about 155,000 inhabitants. Cagliari is the 26th largest city in Italy and the largest city on the island of Sardinia. Cagliari was the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia from 1324 to 1848. Then Turin became the formal capital of the kingdom. Today the city is a regional cultural, educational, political and artistic center, known for its diverse Art Nouveau architecture and several monuments. It is also Sardinia’s economic and industrial hub, having one of the biggest ports in the Mediterranean Sea, an international airport, and the 106th highest income level in Italy (among 8,092 comuni), comparable to that of several northern Italian cities.
Cagliari is an ancient city with a long history and has seen several civilizations. Its natural resources have always been its sheltered harbor. The fortified hill of Castel di Castro, the modern Casteddu. Salt from its lagoons, and, from the hinterland, the wheat from the Campidano plain. And silver and other ores from the Iglesiente mines. So all in all Cagliari has a lot to offer.