Stintino is one of the most beautiful places in Sardinia. Here are 5 reasons to visit it, including the best of what to see, cuisine and traditions.
The fascinating Italian region in the heart of the Mediterranean sea strikes again. We are talking about Sardinia. In addition to its many places of entertainment, the hub of social life and nightlife, Sardinia is a destination for those who want to enjoy a quiet holiday, in contact with nature too. Thus in the extreme north-west point, the town of Stintino shines with its light, located on one of the most beautiful coasts of the whole island.
Are you planning a trip to the area and want to know what to see in Stintino, the most delicious dishes of its typical cuisine and the entertainment this beautiful village and its surroundings offer? Here are 5 reasons to visit the pearl of North Sardinia.
This land looks like no other place.
5. The sea of Stintino
If you are a sea lover, the first reason to reach Stintino lies above all in the beauty of its sea. The sea of Stintino is one of the most crystalline in the whole Mediterranean, and there are some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. So if you plan a holiday in Sardinia, some of the beaches of Stintino are unmissable.Famous is the beach of La Pelosa, with clear, shallow waters for tens of metres. The other famous beach is the Pelosetta, closed by a characteristic Aragonese tower dating back to 1578. Stintino is also a meeting point between two different kinds of seas: the 'outside sea', with its characteristic high and jagged coast alternating with sandy and pebble coves, joins the 'sea inside', known for its low and sheltered coast that reaches the white and round pebbles of the coast of Le Saline and Ezzi Mannu beach from west to east.
4. The Stintino culinary tradition
If you are a lover of local food, the culinary tradition of Stintino can only give you an incredible joy for the palate. The country's cuisine is mainly based on the fresh fish of the day, such as octopus alla Stintinese or with garlic, lobster soup, tuna bottarga and seafood to be savoured in the characteristic restaurants located in the small streets of the village or along the coast.
3. Fishing and the Tonnara Museum
You are in the right place if your passion is fishing! The history of Stintino in Sardinia is closely linked to this sport. Its wide and deep-rooted tradition is fed above all in the fishing and processing of tuna. For the latter speciality, you must know, that the Tonnara Museum (MuT) has been in Stintino for over 50 years. The museum tells about the Stintinese way of life: during the visit to the museum, you can follow a path along with the rooms, equipped with original tools and images.
2. The Vela Latina regatta
If you are passionate about sailing, Stintino has been hosting a famous regatta since 1983: the Vela Latina regatta. The village is the "capital" and icon of wooden boats with Latin sail moored in the peninsula from the 'Old' to the 'New' port. The Latin Sail Regatta was born to safeguard the Latin sailboats of Stintino. The last fleet in Italy to have preserved the original characteristics of this type of early medieval armament is located in this Sardinian village.
It is a type of Mediterranean glazing, also used by Christopher Columbus and Vasco de Gama. The event lasts three days and is surrounded by events and manifestations that embellish the summer nights at the end of August in Stintino.
1. The Stintino natural oasis and the Asinara National Park
If you are a lover of nature, you cannot miss the natural oasis of Stintino characterized by two ponds full of peculiar native flora and fauna that you will hardly be able to find elsewhere. The natural oasis is embellished by the glimpses placed at a height of two hundred meters from which you can enjoy the unique panorama that also embraces the Piana island and the Asinara National Park, an uncontaminated and wild place, but a very popular tourist destination.
Stintino is the closest embarkation point to visit it and has a strong emotional bond with the island of Asinara. Just think that the village was founded by some Asinara families forced to leave their homes. Indeed, the village's patronal festival, held in September, is dedicated to the Beata Vergine della Difesa (Blessed Virgin of Defence) and recalls the crossing that the simulacrum of the Virgin made from Asinara to Stintino on the boats of some fishermen. The event is one of the most evocative in the entire area, and if you don't want to miss the opportunity to participate, you can consult the 'Salude e Trigu' calendar. Salude & Trigu is a fantastic project of the Sassari Chamber of Commerce to promote the most beautiful events in North Sardinia and the territories where they take place, perfect occasions for those who want to add the charm of popular culture to their holiday.
These are just some of the things you can see in Stintino and its surroundings, but there are still dozens of places to visit and experiences to try. Don't delay any longer, the beauty of Sardinia and its land is there waiting for you, join it for an unforgettable experience.