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Pink Beach in Sardinia, Why is it pink?

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Pink beach in Sardinia belongs to Budelli island, located in the Archipelago of La Maddalena (Northern Sardinia).

Due to the uncontaminated wild aspect and for its enchanting colors reminds to Caribbean beaches, but the pink beach represents a unique in Sardinia for different reasons, not only for the pink shades of its sand.

First of all, it is the symbol par excellence of La Maddalena Archipelago, of its nature and landscapes that look like painting.

Just observing pick beach, even from distance, you will fell unique emotions. It gives the feeling that God, in his immense art, has created a perfect and incredibly beautiful world.

On the pink beach the clear waters of La Maddalena Archipelago touch the shoreline with gentle waves; they seem to caress the sand, taking care to preserve it.

The same concern should have humans who, unfortunately, as history has shown, have violated the beach ecosystem by carrying out reprehensible actions such as the pink sand removal or the abandonment of waste.

Thanks to the safeguard rules introduced by the Park Authority of La Maddalena in 1988, the pink beach ecosystem is being reborn. Thanks to them, the pink nuances slowly come to light.

Pink beach is surrounded by trees and suggestive granite rocks. Its heavenly aspect also inspired the italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, who set some scenes from the movie “Red Desert” right here.

Pink sand of Budelli island …

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Budelli pink beach

The peculiarity of Budelli pink beach is the color of the sand, characterized by incredible pink shades.

You could think of a suggestion, may be the rays of the sun that settle on pebbles and minerals, accentuating their reflections.

Well, not everyone knows that it is a protozoan to color Budelli’s beach pink, to give it unmistakable shades.

As reported by the Microbiology Italy portal, the cause of the coloring is to be found in marine biodiversity.

It is due to Miniacina Miniacea, a benthic foraminifer that has chosen oceanic posidonia as its habitat, an aquatic plant that forms underwater meadows in Sardinia and off the coast of other Italian shores.

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Miniacina Miniacea is protected by a pink limestone shell, with walls composed of calcite crystals immersed in an organic matrix.

This shell is divided into chambers connected to each other, communicating thanks to small openings (foramina), and grows by placing new chambers on the original one.

During the procedure, a crack remains from which reticulopods of the protozoan sometimes emerge: essential elements with a function of nutrition and mobility.

When microorganisms end their life cycle, the pinkish shells form a sediment on the seabed.

Transported by the marine currents, they finally reach the beach, mix with the sand and give it the pink color.

Budelli pink beach: how to reach it

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Too often, in the past, the pink beach splendor has been defaced.

Stripped of the precious sand by vandals regardless of biodiversity, unaware of how precious our beaches are.

For this reason, in order to avoid further looting, the Maddalena Park has fully protected the beach by closing it to swimming, passing and anchoring boats.

The safeguard measures for the pink beach emanate from the Archipelago of La Maddalena National Park Authority regulate the protected area.

For example, in the area is FORBIDDEN :

  • the collection, even partial removal, damage to lithological formations, concretions and minerals, including sand; the trampling of the beach and the positioning of any object on it;
  • navigation, transit, anchoring and stopping of any naval unit;
  • professional and sport fishing and scuba diving, even in apnea; bathing in the sector between the beach line and the spherical boundary buoys;
  • the direct or indirect alteration, by any means, of the benthic environment and of the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of the water, as well as the landfill of solid and liquid waste and in general the introduction of any substance that can modify, even temporarily, the characteristics of the marine environment.
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Porto della Madonna- Budelli natural pools

However, there are other attractions to visit with a boat tour to the islands of La Maddalena: Porto della Madonna for example, known (also) with the suggestive name of Budelli natural pools.

Budelli natural pools, as the popular appellation wants, represent a transparent body of water enclosed between the islands of Razzoli, Budelli and Santa Maria.

This portion of the sea is characterized by intense turquoise waters and shallow waters.

The beautiful beach of the knights (in italian spiaggia dei cavalieri) overlooks Porto della Madonna, which from Budelli looks at the islets Carpa, Paduleddi and Stramanari.

This spectacle of nature stands out for its unique transparencies, now called “natural pools”.

Unlike the pink beach, however, the pools of the Porto della Madonna can be reached by boat.

Given the high number of shallows and outcropping rocks, it is recommended for the less experienced to be guided by a professional skipper with a deep knowledge of the place.

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