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Cagliari goes straight to the heart: a thousand-year history, a magnificent sea and endless attractions

History, art and culture combine perfectly with beautiful beaches, lagoon areas and green parks: Cagliari is the Sardinian jewel of a city captivating with its majestic architecture, winding alleys and privileged location directly overlooking the sea.

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Boy enjoys climbing in the ropes course adventure park

Pula adventure park

Sardinia: Pula adventure park, swinging through the trees a stone's throw from the sea Overlooking one of Sardinia's most enchanting coastlines, the Costa del Sud, amidst white sand dunes and turquoise sea, a few steps from the Pixinamanna state forest, is the Pula adventure park. Have fun testing yourself on adrenaline-fuelled courses suspended between flying platforms and zip lines, and when you've had your fill of adventure, treat yourself to a dip in the crystal-clear water: just a hundred metres away. Between crystal clear sea and wild hinterland The result of an environmental redevelopment project and immersed in a pine forest of maritime and domestic pines, Pula's adventure park covers an area of around 13,000 square metres, right up to a sand dune beach. After a day spent bounding in the trees like squirrels, hanging from ropes, zip lines, balancing between nets and catwalks, you can cool off in the crystal-clear Sardinian sea or continue your adventure exploring the wilder hinterland. Aerial challenges for young and old Thanks to its special anti-fall devices and safety equipment, which will allow you to move from tree to tree in extreme safety, the 7 aerial courses on offer – three dedicated to children and as many for adults, plus a zip-line course – are designed to correspond to different ages, levels of preparation and challenge. Starting with the baby course, suspended at a height of about 50 centimetres and dedicated to children under 110 centimetres, the height from the ground, the degree of difficulty and the number of obstacles gradually increase, accompanied by an adult. One after the other, the different courses add difficult passages, ladders that engage the hands and legs, thrilling zip lines that almost seem to dive into the sea, pulleys and a unique snowboarding experience. An open-air gym to develop team spirit Pula adventure park also organises immersive experiences in nature specialised in team building and designed especially for companies, with trails at a height of around 15 metres that stimulate psycho-motor activities and coordination and are intended to enhance team spirit and teamwork. By fostering healthy competition and mutual encouragement in the face of fears and unforeseen events, the adventure park trials are designed to increase trust in colleagues, foster communication, stimulate creativity, collaboration and strive for common goals. A unique professional and human experience, a new way of getting to know each other and finding oneself, with emotions guaranteed. Party time! Do you dream of making a proposal to leave everyone speechless? Would you like to organise a surprise party with a high level of excitement? Do you try to distract the bride and groom-to-be from their pre-wedding commitments? In the spectacular location of the Pula adventure park, all customised events are also under the banner of adventure and challenge: by reservation, the park's trails, benches and kiosk service are available for birthday parties, hen and stag parties, class outings or special days, always and everywhere unforgettable. Trip to Nora, the oldest town in Sardinia At sunset, after recovering from your excitement and exertion in the cool waters of the sea, stop off at Nora, overlooking Capo di Pula, one of the most important archaeological sites in Sardinia: an ancient city of Phoenician origin, one of the most important trading centres in the Mediterranean, conquered by the Romans in the 3rd century BC. The site contains ruins dating from different eras: Nuragic, Phoenician, Punic and finally Roman. In the reddish light of the sun setting over the sea, you can wander around the remains of the amphitheatre and the baths from the imperial era, then try to catch a glimpse of the outline of the submerged part of the city, now swallowed up by the depths of the sea, a true paradise for lovers of underwater archaeology.t
Amazing pink sand beach in Budelli Island, Maddalena Archipelago, Sardinia, Italy

Isola di Budelli

Budelli pink beach, a wonder in Sardinia Unique in the world for the unlikely colour of its sand, located in the far North of Sardinia, near the Strait of Bonifacio. The pink beach of the Island of Budelli alongside Razzoli, Santa Maria and the nearby Spargi, are the most unspoiled, wild areas of the Archipelago della Maddalena National Park. A hidden gem Situated in Cala di Roto, which is on the south-eastern side of Budelli Island, the beach glows its special rosy hue. To protect it, the park authorities decided to prohibit tourists from docking their boats on the shore. All around there is an archipelago full of islets, coves, inlets and beaches - all accessible - and sea beds to be discovered. Populated by fish and colonies of soft corals gifting their typical red reflections to the crystalline waters. Heritage to be safeguarded The island was owned privately for the last century. The last individual a New Zealand billionaire who bought it at auction in 2013 for almost 3 million euros. The state however snatched it back and it became public property in 2016. It was assigned to the care of the Archipelago della Maddalena National Park who declared the beach Zone A. This high level of protection prohibits tourists from accessing, passing through, resting and bathing in the water of the island. Stepping on the pink beach is therefore, a now forbidden pleasure, navigation is possible up to the border of buoys, which close access to the bay from about 70 metres from the shore. Having recently evicted the very popular 80 something year old caretaker, who shared the wonders of Budelli with the whole world through social media, the Park council decided to install, in collaboration with the WWF, a surveillance camera system that allows constant monitoring of the beach. Alchemy en rose Sheltered from the wind thanks to a jagged rocky headland and a high juniper hedge, the beach owes its particular colour to a fragile yet powerful alchemy from mixing fragments of coral, granite, shells and molluscs in its fine sand. The rare pink hue is particularly influenced by a microorganism that lives inside the shells, decorating the seabed in the Posidonia meadows. When this microorganism dies, its shells get swept to shore pulverized by the currents and atmospheric qualities. In the last century, frequent anchoring and the irregular motion of the sea compromised the Posidonia seagrass beds and modified the sandy composition. Since the rules for safeguarding the beach were put in place, the beach has finally taken back its original coral colour. A myth immortalized by the cinema “There was a little girl who lived on an island”: is how Monica Vitti began her long monologue. Legendary protagonist of Deserto Rosso, the first colour film shot by Michelangelo Antonioni. Vitti’s unforgettable voice evokes a dreamlike enchantment, in the 1964’s film which the director from Ferrara decided to set on the pink beach of Budelli. A step from beauty Even if the authorities have prohibited access to the shoreline, in order to preserve its integrity. From a distance, you can still enjoy its unique panorama, thanks to the many boat services departing from Palau or Maddalena that offer the Archipelago tour. You can indeed limit yourself to admiring its beauty from the sea, at about 70 metres. However the Park Authority have also made wooden pathways surrounding the perimeter of the beach, to give tourists the opportunity of visiting this natural paradise, without trampling or altering it. Once your boat or raft is anchored, from the nearby beaches of Cavaliere and Cala di Roto, which also offer spectacular views, you can set off accompanied by park guides along the pathways that run alongside the area.

A thousand-year history and a surprising natural environment

Cagliari is a diamond, one of the most fascinating destinations in Sardinia. Its historic centre, with a charm that sometimes seems decadent, and the many monuments that adorn it alternate with alleys full of mystery and long beaches. A destination to experience the bewitching side of Sardinia.

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