“Pink Beach” lies wild and unspoiled on Budelli Island, a tiny expanse of land just off the northern coast of Sardinia in the Maddalena Archipelago. While rare, being only a handful of pink beaches known worldwide, its faint rosy hue is entirely natural. It results from high concentrations of crushed corals and shells among the sands.
Backed by lush Mediterranean plants and offering glass-like shallows that are difficult to resist, Spiaggia Rosa forms part of one of Italy’s newest national parks, named after the archipelago and designated in 2016.
Despite its obvious beauty, only one person is allowed to permanently inhabit the island, and that’s Spiaggia Rosa’s guardian. Because of this, you’ll find no facilities if you visit, though this hasn’t put off the dolphins, sperm whales and other sea mammals that are regularly sighted offshore. In fact, offshore is where you’ll need to stay too. In order to protect the delicate ecosystem that gives the beach its special colour, visitors are not permitted to even weigh anchor on the island’s coast.
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