Poetto is the main beach of the city of Cagliari. It stretches for about eight kilometers, from Sella del Diavolo up to the coast of Quartu Sant’Elena. The beach itself faces, from the north side, the picturesque salt marshes of Molentargius, where the pink flamingos permanently reside.
The origin of the name is uncertain, but some like to think that it comes from an Aragonese tower called “del Poeta”, which can still be seen today on the promontory of Sella del Diavolo. It is visible from anywhere on the beach and, during sunset, depicts one of the loveliest skylines of the Mediterranean.
Poetto is popularly divided into “stops” and, therefore, the various segments of the beach can be recognized by the ordinal number of the bus stops of the urban lines that connect the city center to the beach.
The busiest stops are the 1st stop (adjacent to the port of Marina Piccola), the 2nd, the 3rd (where the beach resorts of Il D’Aquila and Il Lido are respectively located), and the 4th, only partially occupied by the enforcement officers resorts.
The portions of beach corresponding to the 6th (where the old marine hospital is also located) and the 7th are, instead, less crowded and quieter, but during the evening hours, they become a meeting point for Cagliari’s nightlife. In fact, you can listen to live music, go clubbing, try your hand at karaoke or, simply, enjoy a pleasant stroll by the sea.