Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily and before Cyprus) and an autonomous region of Italy. It is located in the Western Mediterranean, just south of the French island of Corsica.
The coastline in the North of the island is much more indented then in the South. There are many small rocky bays and coves and only a few long sandy beaches. The North Eastern part is mountainous, while and the Gallura subregion is characterized by granite cliffs.
In Northeast Sardinia, each tourist destination has its own peculiarities: the Emerald Coast is characterized by a crystal clear sea and a glamorous atmosphere. The La Maddalena Archipelago features a stunning sea and breathtaking views. Santa Teresa Gallura is the closest town to Corsica. Here you can take a ferry to visit Bonifacio.
Emerald Coast in Sardinia, is one of the most beautiful and famous coasts in the world. The emerald-green water of the sea (hence the name), the white-sand beaches nestled in countless bays, the unusual shape of the granite rocks and the craggy mountain ranges covered by centuries-old trees, are all natural features that make Emerald Coast a charming and unique holiday destination.
Driving along the North-western coast of Sardinia, you find Isola Rossa, Stintino and Alghero. These are the most popular tourist destinations, not only for the beaches (which are growing longer every year), but also for the lively nightlife, especially on July and August.
Stintino is a coastal town in the Province of Sassari in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Cagliari and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northwest of Sassari.
The charming little village of Stintino overlooks the Gulf of Asinara, on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia. It came into existence precisely in 1885, when the families of the fishermen who lived on the Island of Asinara were evicted to make way for the penal colony and were obliged to found a new settlement on Capo Falcone.
Near the sea at just a few kilometres from the inhabited centre, we find the old tunny factories, which were one of the principal economic sources of the village until the XX century. Today they have been restructured and are used for tourism and recreational activities. Every Summer, the “Tuna Festival” is held in the port, while the “Tunny Factory Museum” displays a collection of documents, objects and models that narrate the life cycle of the tuna fish and illustrate the various phases of the tunny killing.
To the north the road continues northwards along the coast as far as Capo Falcone, with the tower at the highest point and the two Spanish fortifications of “Pelosa” and the “Isola Piana”. The whole coast of Stintino is edged by spotless beaches, which make this village one of the most famed tourist resorts in the whole of Sardinia. From the Porto Nuovo, it is possible to reach the unspoilt natural oasis of the National Park of Asinara.