Welcome to Stintino & Isola dell'Asinara
The only town of any note is Stintino, a former tuna-fishing village turned breezy summer resort and the main gateway to the Isola dell’Asinara. This small island, now a national park and wildlife haven, was for years home to one of Italy’s most notorious prisons.
North of Stintino, the road continues to Capo Falcone, a rugged headland peppered with hotels and holiday homes, and the fabled Pelosa beach.
Outside of summer, the area is pretty deserted. Silence hangs over the empty landscape and the cold maestrale (northwesterly) wind blows through, blasting the tough macchia (Mediterranean scrubland) and bare rocks.