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Call your Travel Agent – There’s a Cat Beach in Italy!

Via Facebook / Incredible colonie cats on the beach: Su Pallosu (Italy)

Via Facebook / Incredible colonie cats on the beach: Su Pallosu (Italy)

Cat lovers, get your passports in order! There’s a cat sanctuary on a remote beach on the Italian island of Sardinia, Italy. Rescue cats roam the beach, and the spot has been named one of Sardinia’s hottest tourist spots by TripAdvisor. Visitors can play with the cats on the beach or watch them lounging on the sand.

The association that runs the sanctuary – I Gatti di Su Pallosu – is in charge of the feral colonies, their care, sterilization and vaccinations, and also managing the tourism to the beach.

“People love cats and they love beaches too, so it’s a recipe for success,” Andrea Atzori, who founded the non-profit sanctuary with his wife in 2011, told The Local.

The sanctuary may be fairly new, but colonies of cats have roamed the sands at Su Pallosu for over a hundred years – ever since local fishermen brought in cats to tackle the local rodent problem. Today there are around 60 cats living at the sanctuary, at least half of which are the descendants of the fishermen’s original cats.

Are you ready to visit ‘Cat Beach’? You’ll need to make a reservation in advance. The sanctuary limits visitors to 10 at a time to avoid stressing out the kitties. Your visit is free, but they are always accepting donations to help care for the cats. Learn more and reserve your spot by visiting the sanctuary’s website.



  1. MARTA

    May 26, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I’d love to visit the island..

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  3. Paolo

    May 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I love this! Cats vs mass-tourism.

  4. michelle weinstock

    May 26, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    i would love to go there needto recover from surgery and maybe oneday i can get there i will write this down and share with all my catlover friends

  5. cindy

    May 26, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    World’s biggest litter box! Kitty heaven

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  7. Robin Mayo

    May 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    This is adorable… In theory. In reality, however, this is actually a giant litter box complete with sand fleas. Sorry, but as much as I an the quintessential “crazy cat lady” I’m gonna have to pass. ROFL!

  8. Connie Waterous

    May 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    this is the kind of video the internet was made for. To put it in perspective, One Big Sandbox.

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  10. Babette

    Jul 15, 2016 at 11:49 am

    We went there last month and were amazed. A beautiful spot and very cute and friendly cats. The owners care a lot. Definitely worth a visit. Thanks to Catington Post. Would have missed it otherwise because we stayed in another part of Sardegna, but took our time for a 2 Days trip.

    • Beth

      Aug 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Was it a giant litter box?

  11. Muntaseer Rahman

    Jun 1, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Wow ! That’s Amazing! I wish I could go there with my little kitty! She would love that! Lots of gratitude for the beautiful humans who made that beach a cat sanctuary. That’s definitely gonna by on my checklist if I ever visit Italy!

  12. John

    May 29, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Thank you very much. Interesting story. Bethany Cosentino once remarked: “I looked at pictures of cats lying on the beach and thought: “Cats hate water, so why do they need a beach? “But then I realized that cats like to just lie down, relax and be lazy, but what could be better than on the beach?”

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