With 70 thousand inhabitants, Quartu Sant'Elena is the third biggest city of the island, a modern city that has kept intact its ancient traditions.
The town rises up the southern part of the Campidano plain, and its territory stretches to East along the coast, up to the slopes of the Sette Fratelli, the granite massif that dominates the Golfo degli Angeli.
The public transportation network connects Quartu to Cagliari, to the Cagliari-Elmas International Airport (20 minutes), as well as to Poetto and to the best beaches of the coast.
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Comforts or crystal clear waters? Proximity or unspoiled nature? The coast of Quartu hosts beautiful beaches, which are able to make everyone agree.
The Poetto beach is undoubtedly the most popular among locals, easily reachable by bus or with a pleasant bike ride along the cycle lane that connects the city to the beach.
The city beach is a long sandy shore, which alternates free areas and equipped ones. Gardens, cycle-pedestrian tracks and areas for physical activity form an enviable sea-view gym. Day and night, bars and restaurants enliven the coastline.
Not just Poetto. The Quartu coastline features many noteworthy beaches, such as Sant'Andrea, Flumini, Capitana, Is Mortorius, Cala Regina, Is Canaleddus and Kal'e Moru. Not to be missed is Mari Pintau, with turquoise waters and the colorful pebbles.
Just 40 minutes away: Villasimius, one of the island's most popular summer destinations.
The historic center of Quartu is just 1 km away from the Molentargius-Saline Natural Park, one of the green lungs of the Cagliari metropolitan area.
The Regional Park is one of the most interesting wetlands in Europe, as a place of stop, wintering and nesting of several species of aquatic birds, as the charming pink flamingos.
Looking to the east, it is easy to see the impressing shape of the Sette Fratelli (“Seven Brothers”), one of the most fascinating natural reserves of the island: a oasis with over 10 thousand hectares of forest and rare animal species, such as deers, wild boars and golden eagles. The mountain area consists of seven peaks, the highest of which is Monte Serpeddì, which reaches 1065 meters.
Quartu Sant'Elena is located just outside Cagliari, a lively and welcoming Mediterranean city, which seems almost suspended between sky and sea. The urban skyline reveals its ancient and troubled history, traces of which are scattered throughout the streets of the city, on the white walls of its bastions, on the liberty facades of Via Roma and Largo Carlo Felice.
The Sardinian capital offers restaurants and taverns where to savour local cuisine, bars and clubs where to spend pleasant evenings, terraces and panoramic viewpoints from which to admire its many faces.