STINTINO (2 km)
Situated on the tip of Sardinia in the north-western corner, Stintino has one of the most charming coastlines in the Region, with beaches with brilliant white sands, such as “La Pelosa” and some of the most crystal clear waters in the Mediterranean.
The old sea-faring village was founded in 1885 when 45 fishermen's families from the Island of Asinara settled there.
Previously it belonged to the Nurra di Sassari and was inhabited by scattered settlements of peasants and shepherds who lived in small homes with sheep shelters known as "li cuili".
Stintino became a municipality on 10 August 1988. It has a surface area of 58 square km, a coastline of 33 km, a population of 1335 inhabitants and about 30-40 thousand tourists during the summer period.
THE PARCO DELL'ASINARA (19 km)
Known by the Romans as Herculis Insula, Asinara used to be called Azenara or Asenara during the XIII century in the Middle Ages. In Renaissance maps, it was identified as Sinnaraor Sinuaria, probably due to the centuries-old existence of the donkeys.
The Parco Nazionaledell'Asinara was established in 1997 and can be admired all year round. Various parts can also be explored with the help of specialist guides.
In order to conserve its natural beauty and balance, the Park can only be visited by a maximum of 300 people a day. To protect the marine environment, all swimming and diving is banned.
The Island has a road about 23 km long that runs from north-to-south; its surface area is 52 sq.km and it measures 17.5 km by 6.4 km at its widest part. It is divided into four hilly areas with the highest peak (Punta dellaScomunica) reaching 408 m.
The western side is featured by tall schistose cliffs, numerous gorges, wide channels and crevices, while the eastern side is dotted with wide bays and small granitic beaches.
ALGHERO (41 km)
An ancient Catalan town on the sea, with a variety of colours and landscapes, stories and legends, Alghero is the leading player on the west coast of the ancient land of Sardinia.
It is a fortified town with mighty towers and walls from the 1500s, situated in an enviable environmental setting, including the Parco Naturale di Porto Conte and the Riserva Marina di Capo Caccia-IsolaPiana: it lies by the sea and owes its name to the sea.
The Historic Centre, with its fine architecture and charming narrow streets is a precious little jewel set into the land of Sardinia.
According to tradition, its origins date back to the start of the XII century, when it was founded by the noble Doria family from Genoa.
It was later conquered by the Catalano-Aragonese and still preserves their language and many of their traditions. The local area is rich in historical and archaeological sites, including some of the most important in the Mediterranean.
In 1998, the Municipality of Alghero in collaboration with ISPROM (Istituto di Studi e Programmi per ilMediterraneo) and in agreement with ICOMOS-CIVVIH (Comité International des Villes et Villages Historiques), helped to establish the Permanent Conference of Historical Towns in the Mediterranean Basin.
Within the scope of the Conference's initiatives, a number of important projects have been launched such as the creation of the Faculty of Mediterranean Architecture in Alghero in agreement with the Universities of the Balearic Islands and Corsica.