The Asinara National Park, including the Asinara island and a marine area of some importance, belongs to the municipality of Porto Torres.
Its coastal profile presents high cliffs in the western coast, while the eastern one is characterized by wide inlets and tiny beaches. Its vegetation is distinctively Mediterranean, thermophile, and numbers lentisk, euphorbia, Arborea, Calicotome villosa, Phyllirea Angustifolia leaves, Phoenician Juniper and cistus.
The flora consists of 678 species, 29 of which are endemic; some are exclusively Northern Sardinian, while others are characteristic of the Sardinian - Corsican region.
Its fauna is very important as well, and numbers around 80 wild species of terrestrial vertebrates, among which mouflons, wild boars, horses, Sardinian donkeys and the characteristic albino donkeys; as for birds, rare Corsican gulls, shags, peregrine hawks and finally Sardinian partridges.
In addition, the Park is the only Sardinian place where magpies stop.
The marine setting is rocky in the eastern side, with steep slopes and ravines, and mainly sandy in the western area. The shallowest coastal part is colonized by two rare species, the red algae Lithophyllum lichenoides and the endangered giant limpet Patella ferruginea. The integrity of the ecosystem is due to the history of its settlement that characterized the island. This National park is a wonderful destination for boat lovers and a must if you are touring Sardinia. Be informed that there are a few restrictions due to the presence of protected areas.