Le Saline Beach , took its name from the ancient salt pans that have been in the area since 1200 AD, is dominated by Spanish tower among the oldest in Sardinia called Torre delle Saline built during the period of Catalan Aragon dominion. In addition to the sighting and control of the territory, the salt tower was also the defense and custody of salt and tuna factory.
The history of Stintino and Tonnara Saline are linked to each other. The presence of the Tonnara (tuna factory) was a reason for the people to built the town there where to live and work.
Its foundation probably dates back to the end of the 500 and was in concession to various merchants till 70’s when the history of the Tonnara ends permanently after few unsuccessful fishing seasons.
The origin of Stintino Village, dated August 15, 1885, after the decision of the Italian government to establish on the island of Asinara the marine health station of quarantine and a penal colony.
In those times the island was inhabited by 45 families.
The government, after a series of negotiations with the former inhabitants of the island, associated in the union of 45, offered a '' regalia '' of 750 lire and the possibility of choosing a site where they could settle.

Stintino (Isthintini) arose, according to the master plan that neatly divides the town into a narrow peninsula between the two arms of the sea, Porto Vecchio and Porto Nuovo (Portu Mannu), with its small houses adorned with mint and basil that remind us at first impact those of Cala d'Oliva town at Asinara.
For the Stintino people, the sea was the '' modus vivendi '' to which they were intimately linked not only for economic factors. The tonnara factory and the fishing regulated the life of this small village and every season was accompanied by rituals and habits. In the early 1900s the village became a tourist town by hosting the most illustrious families of Sassari City middle class, the Azzena, the Berlinguer, the Segni, the Silenti, the Scotti. In the 60s the Moratti Family bought some land, villas and hotels making Stintino and its beaches known all over the world.
For over a century Stintino was a village in the municipality of Sassari, until 10 August 1988, when became an independent municipality. After one hundred and three years Stintino people could finally choose the destiny of their town.

The beach and the pool of the Saline di Stintino

Le Saline of Stintino Town can be considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia.
The beach is located on the northern west coast of the island at the entrance to the area of Stintino and is characterized by a long coastline composed of very small white pebbles of quartz and a very low sea bed.
The sea is simply stunning and the colors of the water varies from blue to turquoise and emerald green.
The unique transparencies of the water allow you to admire the fish that swim even near the shore.

The Salina is considered among the humid areas of great environmental importance and for the avifauna the site is included among the most important humid areas of Sardinia.
These coastal strips are very important for the wintering of pink flamingo and other migratory birds.
The areas also host several species of nesting among which the Sterna, the Red Heron, Gallina Prataiola, Martin Pescatore, Cavaliere d'Italia etc.
Now sighting also thanks to some bird watching points inserted
In the area from the STeRNA Life project in collaboration with the Municipality of Stintino.

Marine Protected Areas Law

The marine protected areas are established according to the laws n. 979 of 1982 and n. 394 of 1991 with a Decree of the Minister of the Environment that contains the denomination and the delimitation of the area, the objectives and the discipline of protection to which the protection is aimed. There are areas in which human activities are partially or totally restricted. These areas are established to promote the protection of habitats and natural ecosystems consistent with a "sustainable use" of human activities.

Generally in the Marine Protected Areas it is prohibited:
  • - the capture, collection and damage plant and animal species
  • - The removal of sand, minerals and archaeological finds,
  • - The geophysical and environmental changes
  • - The chemical and hydrobiological changes of water.