The small, laid-back town of Stintino is situated 50km north of Alghero. This outstanding area arguably has the best beach in Sardinia, Pelosa, and enjoys a fantastic panorama across the unspoilt and protected island of Asinara. The town itself is spread around two harbours and offers a few bars and restaurants specialising in fresh seafood.
Pelosa beach is by far the most popular beach in the north with its dazzling white sands and crystal clear waters. The beach is well protected by the island of Piana which provides a truly enjoyable view from the idyllic sands.
Beyond the headland of Capo Caccia there is a lovely long beach at Porto Ferro.
Our Lady of Valverde - Alghero - Easter
Celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Easter. Devotees from all over the region flock to Alghero to take part in various traditional rituals, the most important of which is a pilgrimage to the magnificent 16th-century sanctuary dedicated to the Saint.
Festival Alguer and its Journeys - Alghero – April-June
The spring edition of the successful Festival Alguer, consisting of a series of concerts, literary meetings, exhibitions and other cultural events.
Calvalcata Sarda - Sassari - May
A colourful celebration of Sardinian culture with people from all over the island coming together. The town comes alive with colourful decorations, costumes, horse shows, poetry competitions, chants and traditional dances.
Festival Alguer - The Anfiteatro Maria Pia and The Forte della Maddalena in Alghero – June - September
A summer-long festival of culture including jazz, musicals, theatre and much more which is held at two of Alghero’s historical venues.
XXVI Summer Music - Alghero – July & August
Classical music concerts in the Chiostro di San Francesco.
Alghero’s Cup - Alghero - August
International Tennis Women’s competition
Fair of Candelieri - Sassari - August
Celebration of the Assumption – The Sassarese people renew every year a vow made in the XVI century to the Assumption to free the town from a plague. An event of profound and ancient religious meaning, the fair is nevertheless pervaded by a playful and spectacular atmosphere.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
The crystal clear waters of La Pelosa and the islands are ideal for diving. There are a number of diving schools and hire centres.
Piana and Asinara
In the summer months, regular boat trips depart from Stintino to the islands of Piana and Asinara where you can take in various features of the coastline.
Grotte di Nettuno
Take a boat trip to the Grotte di Nettuno, outstanding sea caves below a sheer cliff face. Accessible by boat, trips depart regularly from Alghero's port and the return journey takes approximately two and a half hours.
Vineyards of Sella and Mosca
The vineyard of Sella and Mosca makes an interesting afternoon's visit. Guided tours are available daily followed by wine tasting.
Visit some of the important archeological sites, both near Alghero and further inland, including the Nuraghe di Palmavera and the impressive prehistoric necropolis of Anghelu Ruju.