Spiaggia della Pelosa is a dreamy crescent of flour-fine white sand and sparkling emerald water in every shade of turquoise and hue of electric blue. The shallow waters in the bay are guarded by an ancient stone watchtower.
It can be pretty busy in summer, so be prepared for traffic jams. The Stintino town nearby is a little port that makes a nice stop for lunch.
Across the bay are the islands of Piana and Asinara. Asinara used to be the site of a high-security jail where bandits and Mafiosi were confined. Today Asinara is a national park and the only inhabitants are wild sheeps, falcons, pigs, goats, mouflons and most interestingly a unique population of miniature albino donkeys.
Spiaggia della Pelosa is one mile north of Stintino with a car park which fills up quickly in high season. Visits are permitted on organised boat tours to Asinara Parco Nazionale.
Drive from Alghero takes about an hour.
The beach is free.