To the north-west, this is where Sardinia ends. Beyond, there’s only open sea, often beaten by the northwesterly wind. Capo Falcone (or del Falcone) is the extreme northwestern point of the Island, a rugged promontory of black schists, with ravines in which the peregrine falcon nests and which is visited by the very rare Eleonora’s falcon. The unusual rock that composes the cape is known as ‘Stintino stone’, which covers and embellishes the walls of numerous ancient houses in the little Stintino village and the modern residential villas that ‘blend into’ the promontory. There is a border of green Mediterranean scrub around the dark rock, especially at low altitudes.