Logo Villa del Mar - Stintino
  • Il mare de La Pelosa e l'AsinaraIl mare de La Pelosa e l'Asinara
  • Il porto vecchio di StintinoIl porto vecchio di Stintino
  • Il porto e la movidaIl porto e la movida
  • In navigazione nel mare turcheseIn navigazione nel mare turchese
  • L'ex carcere di massima sicurezza dell'AsinaraL'ex carcere di massima sicurezza dell'Asinara
  • La torre davanti all'incantevole spiaggia de La PelosaLa torre davanti all'incantevole spiaggia de La Pelosa
  • La torre nella spiaggia delle SalineLa torre nella spiaggia delle Saline


A bit of history

Stintino, the little sea village, borned in 1885, when the inhabitants of Asinara were expropriated for the construction of a quarantine station and a penal colony. The 45 families who founded Stintino were mostly from Liguria and the accuracy of Camogli, some family of origin Ponza and some sardines.

For the birth of the country was the close proximity to the Torrana Saline, crucial for socio-economic development of the country. Stintino became an independent municipality August 10th 1988 and still retains the characteristics of a fishing village, although the fishing industry has been greatly reduced and the country has become a popular tourist center.

Place in the extreme north-western tip of Sardinia, Stintino is built around a deep bay, the harbor for fishing boats, and a narrow fjord in the dialect of Sassari "Isthintinu", which gave its name to the village and now housing a marina for the many pleasure boats that come here during the long season.

The surrounding environment, characterized by large tracts of marshy areas and mediterranean vegetation preserves beautiful views. At about 9 miles from Stintino there is the Pond of Pilo wonderful protected area, surrounded by sand dunes that are home to reeds and tamarisk overflown by a large number of birds (among which stand out for their beauty the pink flamingos) and wildlife.

The beautiful beaches of Le Saline and La Pelosa, made Stintino one of the favorite destinations by tourism. Before Stintino there is the Pond Casaraccio and the nineteenth-century complex of the Tonnara, now converted into a tourist resort.
On the eastern side of the promontory, the turquoise sea and La Pelosa, opposite the island of the same name with the Aragonese tower, known as of finance built in 1578 to defend the coast and soon convert in a luxury dwelling.

Just beyond you see the Isola Piana, used in the past for the grazing of livestock that was taken with a characteristic transhumance made with fishing boats.
On the island stands out with its 60 ft. the high tower Isola Piana, built in the sixteenth century and restored in 1931.

The open west coast of the Sea of Sardinia has beautiful cliffs and rocky coves like Coscia di Donna and Cala del Vapore.

You have to visit the Tonnara Museum that explains the history of the Tonnara Saline with numerous movies and photos, especially the design of the museum that reconstructs the labyrinth network of the trap. There are numerous religious events in May like St. Isidore in Ercoli, where there is a small country church.

On 8th September in Stintino they celebrate Nostra Signora della Difesa, the patron saint of the country, with a procession in the sea, where the statue of the Virgin is brought on the fishing boats from the brotherhood; every year they remember the crossing made in 1885 with the Virgin from Asinara to Stintino.
During the same day they make a Palio Remiero that the old people with the fishermen were rowing boats to get to the tuna, a few years ago are no longer used the old wooden fishing boats, fiberglass boats of the class but Gozzi National fixed seat, Stintino boasts the only company in fixed seat rowing of Sardinia, the Società Canottieri Stintino regularly enrolled in the National Federation.

Towards the middle of September is celebrated in Pozzo San Nicola, the patron Saint Nicholas, with religious events but also folk and the traditional festival of the sheep.
The Stintino peninsula jutting into the sea of Asinara Island, from which it is separated by a stretch of shallow sea. In addition to Asinara, there is another island of considerable size (including the aforementioned Isola Piana) and various other islets of a few tens of square meters, but interesting from a naturalistic point of view, the coasts are sandy and rocky beaches on the east side, on the west side with a height ranging from 10 to 150 mt.

The climate is arid and constant winds do not allow for an adequate development of forestry in the promontory. The vegetation is, therefore, all of the species typical of the low mediterranean vegetation, while there is little presence of holm oaks, wild olive and juniper that have all the typical posture "expanse" of plants subjected to strong winds throughout the year.

The territory reveals the presence of many rare flowers (Centaurea horrida, Erodium corsicum, Nananthea perpusilla).
The southernmost part is intensively cultivated with wheat: since the time of the Romans the Nurra was known as one of the best "granaries of the empire." The rest of the peninsula is reserved for pasture for sheep and cattle, in ancient times was the district of wintering flocks that were to pass the cold months from the mountains of Nuoro, and were made of real transhumance.