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Lined with quaint, pastel coloured houses, historic Stintino offers a taste of the authentic Italian lifestyle. Deep inlets are home to two harbours, which are lined with charming restaurants specialising in unique fish dishes, local to the area. There are many activities on offer, and the annual boat race at the end of August is one of the highlights. The area is renowned for some of the best beaches in Italy, particularly La Pelosa, which has fine white sand and crystal azure sea, more typical of tropical locations. The island of Asinara is worth a visit as it’s the areas national park and home to various wildlife, or in the other direction, Alghero offers another sandy beach as well as plenty of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and bars throughout the cobbled streets.
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Most restaurants in Sardinia will serve fresh and quality produce, along with Italian wine. Seafood is always a good option, especially when by the coast, whilst in Stintino, try the local specialities including grilled fish, lobster and maccaroni with shellfish and crustaceans. A local bread is served called carasau and a good local Vermentino wine to compliment the food.
The nightlife in Stintino is relaxed and low-key, but you will find an array of excellent fish restaurants in the harbours to spend your evenings over a quality meal and a few drinks. For a more exciting and fashionable nightlife scene, head east along the coast towards Porto Cervo for some of Europe's finest clubs and lounge bars or visit Alghero for a busier scene.
Originally a fishing village, Stintino boasts two lovely little ports where you can hop on a ferry to the neighbouring islands of Piana with it's watch tower and Asinara, the national park.
The north of Sardinia is famed for it's stunning long white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The most beautiful in the Stintino area is La Pelosa, but travelling along the coast you will find many kilometres of spotless and unspoilt beautiful beaches for you to explore.
Spend an afternoon meandering around the winding streets of Alghero, with it's medieval old town and its Piazza Civica, an open square lined with boutique shops an restaurants. Follow on with a stroll along the city walls, originally built to protect against maritime threats. From the height of the walls you can enjoy stunning views out towards Capo Caccia and Neptune's Grotto.
Another attraction is the museum 'Tonnara' located at the new port.
The Asinara National Park, an island off the coast of Stintino, once hosted a prison, but is now rich with Mediterranean vegetation and home to a small herd of Albino donkeys, a mysterious creature as their origin is unknown! You can reach the national park by ferry from the harbour front, for an interesting day out surrounded by the stunning scenery.
Wind surfing, Scuba diving, Snorkelling
Tuna Festivallocal event
Being by the coast, Stintino has many restaurants offering excellent fresh seafood. The tuna is celebrated the first Saturday of June, where grilled tuna cooked in the central square by the local fisherman is offered to the locals and tourists, accompanied by music and other spectacles.
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