Enclosed between the blue of the sea and the white limestone rocks, Cagliari is a city that preserves the signs of its eventful history in its palaces, monuments, churches and works of art, as it has been the object of conquest by different peoples. It was founded by the Phoenicians, then colonized by the Carthaginians, occupied by the Romans, disputed by the Spanish and Pisans and ruled for a long time by the Piedmontese.
Ma what is the best time to visit Cagliari? Here is all the info on the climate and advice on events and what to do season by season.
- Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
- When to go to Cagliari: the cheapest period
- Cagliari in the Spring
- Cagliari in the Summer
- Cagliari in Autumn
- Cagliari in Winter
- User questions and comments
Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
- Best time: summer (from the end of May to September). Cagliari is always enjoyable, but in these months you can enjoy the beaches and take boat trips and outdoor activities.
- Period to avoid: none in particular, but spring, autumn and winter do not allow you to enjoy the sea and the Cagliari beaches
The climate of Cagliari is Mediterranean, with mild and fairly rainy winters, averages are around 10 ° C, and hot and sunny summers with about 25 degrees. The springs are quite pleasant, with averages of 20 ° C, as well as autumn which sees a bit of cold only in November, since between September and October there are still highs of 25 ° C.
The rains are not abundant, because the disturbances pass quickly due to the mistral, a fresh and dry wind that blows from France. The relatively rainiest months (around 8 days) are November to February.
The sea is warm enough for swimming from July to September, having a temperature of about 24 - 25 degrees; while in June and October it is cold.
Undoubtedly Cagliari can be visited all year round, but the ideal time is summer, where you can enjoy the beaches and take boat trips and outdoor activities.
When to go to Cagliari: the cheapest period
The cheapest month to go to Cagliari is February, on the other hand, July and August are the most expensive months.
However, the best compromise is early autumn and late spring (September-October and April-May). In these months you may find interesting offers and, certainly, the prices will not be as high as in the summer season, when Cagliari is besieged by tourists.
Cagliari in the Spring
In spring, from March to May, the weather is pleasant during the day with averages of 20 ° C, on the contrary in the evening and early morning the lows remain cool, around 10 ° C. The sea is cold, with a temperature of 16 ° C, so you have to wait for the summer season to be able to swim.
This period is dry, with a few days of rain and about 35mm of precipitation.
I recommend you to visit the city: a walk in the historic center, in the green areas and religious sites, without forgetting a ride on the splendid coasts.
Among events not to be missed, the feast of S. Efisio, held in early May. An intense moment of celebration in which centuries-old culture and traditions come together in an evocative procession, which is among the longest in Europe. Also in May Ethnikà is held, the party-meeting between the peoples of the Sardinian cultural scene. A multi-ethnic event for the integration and sharing of cultures.
Cagliari in the Summer
Summer, from June to August, is dry and hot, with peaks of 31 ° C in August. When the sirocco blows from Africa, the hottest days occur and, in these cases, it can touch or exceed 40 ° C.
The sea is quite warm between July and August, with around 25 ° C: take a dip in the crystalline Sardinian sea and sunbathe on its beaches!
During the summer season, various events and games for children are held in the city, with a rich program. The events to highlight are the Wine Festival in mid-July, with many exhibitors and tastings of Sardinian wines and, in early August, the Beer Fest, with tasting of different brands of excellence of local craft beers, along with games and entertainment.
Cagliari in Autumn
Autumn, from September to November, is pleasant with an overall average of 17 - 18 ° C. In September we can say that it is still summer and, therefore, you can safely dive into the clear Sardinian waters, which have a temperature of 24 ° C. October is also a mild month with highs of 23 ° C. Both months are dry and differ from November, when there are about 8 rainy days and the (lowest) averages are around 13 - 14 ° C.
Autumn is perfect for walking and indulging in activities such as hiking, diving, windsurfing, etc. along the coast as well as in the most beautiful islands of Sardinia.
Between the end of October and November the appointment is with Invitas, a festival of the Sardinian territories with Sardinian traditions, customs, history and food and wine. Workshops and exhibitions are held, there is a food area with local specialties and many events take place.
From September to November, for a month, there is 10 Nodi, a festival with children's theater and contemporary dance performances, experimental music, book presentations and more. The city will come alive, as will theaters, cultural centers, galleries of the downtown and suburban districts. Finally, in October there is the Sa Ruga, International Street Arts Festival, where the Stampace district of Cagliari is transformed with colorful shows and sparkling performances by street artists and circus performers.
Cagliari in Winter
Winter, from November to March, is temperate and rainy, with averages of 10 ° C. It is rare for it to be very cold, but there can be some cool days, with highs around 10 ° C and nocturnal lows close to zero, or a few degrees below. Snowfalls are very rare: one remembers one in 1985 and another in 1993.
Take a trip to the many museums of Cagliari, such as the National Archaeological Museum, the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art or the Planetarium of L'Unione Sarda.
The city in December is full of events: from the traditional market to the Christmas fair, from craft exhibitions to the many animations in the streets of the city.
At the end of winter, the "Su Rei Ciancioffàli" is staged, with long masked processions and allegorical floats that bring fun and lots of joy.
How to dress: what to pack
- In winter: warm clothes, sweater, jacket, raincoat or umbrella in case of rain.
- In summer: light and breathable clothing, sun hat, light jacket.
- In autumn and spring: spring / autumn clothes, a light jacket or sweatshirt, light jacket.
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