The Sardinian beach that's become a top tourist attraction thanks a colony of CATS
- The cat colony at Su Pallosu in Sardinia has existed for over a century
- They are very tame and play by the water with each other and with visitors
- Visitors can get a tour of the colony for free but they have to book first
A town with just six residents and no shops or hotels has become a top tourist destination on the island of Sardinia, all thanks to its colony of cats.
Cats at Su Pallosu roam the sandy beaches and even play in the water while visitors are free to pet them.
The unusual attraction has even been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is currently ranked as seventh on the travel reviews site.
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The cat colony at Su Pallosu in Sardinia has existed for over a century and now there's around 60 cats
There are different species of cats, all living together and cared for by a local not-for-profit organisation
Visitors will get to see the cats' feeding area and where they live as well as the turtle beach and the Gianni Atzori Mineral Collection
The animals are used to the beach having grown up around it. Above, a daring cat leaps over the tides
The cat colony by the beach is said to have existed for over a century after fishermen on the island introduced the animals to keep the rat problem in check.
Today, they are cared for by I Gatti di Su Pallosu, a not-for-profit organisation.
A video released by the founder Andrea Atzori shows different species of cats running around the beach, seemingly very happy to get up close to the water.
The group arranges guided tours of the feline colony and promotes tourism in the area, including of the local archaeological sites.
In the last three years, thousands of visitors have visited the area for the cats.
Visitors will get to see the cats' feeding area and where they live as well as the turtle beach and the Gianni Atzori Mineral Collection.
The cats are happy to frolic by the water and are friendly enough to play with visitors who come to the beach
The cats were originally introduced onto the island by local fishermen to keep the rat problem in check
Discussing the peninsula, Andrea Atzori said: 'People love cats and they love beaches too, so it's a recipe for success'
All of the tours are free but they recommend booking at least a week in advance.
But while the organisation looks after the welfare of around 60 cats, it does not accept any new animals and the organisation warns visitors not to abandon their pets at the site.
I Gatti di Su Pallosu was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence on Thursday thanks to the five-star reviews on the site by visitors according to The Local.
Andrea Atzori said: 'People love cats and they love beaches too, so it's a recipe for success.'
She added: 'People are curious because they assume cats hate water, but the Su Pallosu cats grew up on the shore and have no fear of the sea.
'They are also super tame and friendly so know how to entertain visitors.'
All of the tours to the colony are free but organises recommend booking with them at least a week in advance
There's around 60 cats living at the colony but the organisation does not accept any new cats brought to them
I Gatti di Su Pallosu was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence on Thursday thanks to the five-star reviews on the site by visitors
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