At the extreme north western tip of Sardinia is the small resort town of Stintino and the beach at La Pelosa.
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The small Sardinian coastal resort of Stintino is located on the north west peninsular of Sardinia and is some 50 km north of Alghero. Travel time to the town by car from Alghero is approximately one hour.
The tip of the peninsular at Capo Falcone is around 4 km further north from Stintino and the area is dotted with hotels and villas. Turning south past the cape, the landscape drastically alters into a line of rugged cliffs towering up to 50 m above the sea.
The resort of Stintino was founded just over one hundred years ago when the state requisitioned the island of Asinara for use as a prison. The resident fishing families were relocated to the current site which is conveniently situated between two natural inlets.
The town is essentially a compact grid of largely residential streets sandwiched between the two harbours that were built on the inlets. In the absence of the usual central piazza, the harbours (Porto Nuovo to the north and Porto Vecchio to the south) are the main focal points for tourist activity. Needless to say this means that the restaurants in Stintino are well known for their seafood.
The rocky peninsular boasts one of the top beaches in Sardinia at La Pelosa. Located to the north of the town, just short of Capo Falcone with the watchtower of Torre Falcone in view, the fine white sands are lapped by shallow, warm, tranquil waters that stretch the short distance across to the Island of Piana.
Its popularity means crowds at all but the lowest times of the season and with the relatively small size of the beach, visitors will find that room on the sand is at an absolute premium in July and August. There is a car park opposite the beach and more parking available on the approach road. Expect to pay around one euro an hour to stop here.
One kilometre to the south is the beach of Le Saline. This gets its name from the salt works once set here and operated by the monks of Santa Maria di Tergu. As well as a Spanish bastion the salt lagoon often attracts flocks of flamingos.
It is possible to take a boat trip from Stintino, and sometimes La Pelosa, to the nearby Islands of Piana and Asinara. The tiny Island of Piana is home to a solitary watchtower whilst the larger Asinara was granted national park status at the end of the 1990s in an effort to allow wildlife to flourish and so has restricted access.