Budelli
island

The island of the Pink Beach and the Natural Pools.

At the eastern entrance to the Strait of Bonifacio, between Sardinia and Corsica, three sister islands, Razzoli, Santa Maria and Budelli, enclose one of the most beautiful stretches of sea in the Mediterranean, famous for the transparency and colors of its waters and for the legendary Spiaggia Rosa di Cala di Roto (the Pink Beach), a place where the encounter between the sea and the earth has given life to one of the most evocative landscapes in the world.

The Island of Budelli is located in the northernmost part of the Maddalena Archipelago, north of the Island of Spargi, close to the border between the Italian and French territorial waters and it is perhaps the most known of the islands of the Archipelago, enough to become, over time, the unmistakable symbol of the National Park that takes care of its protection.

Isola Santa Maria

Pink beach of Cala di Roto

COORDINATE: 41.27931189620232, 9.356134149450359

A paradise that was lost and found thanks to protection.

  • What can not be done:
    Cala di Roto is an area of ​​total interdiction, it is not possible to land, bathing is forbidden in the area in front of the beach, and it is forbidden to walk on the beach.
  • What can be done:
    you can access by land to a walkway that runs along the beach and enjoy the fabulous view of the beach without jeopardizing its delicate balance.

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Cala D'Arena and Cala d'Arena beach

COORDINATE: 41.27823036379866, 9.353455202545328

Wonderful emerald waters and a rocky bottom ideal for snorkeling.

Cala d'Arena is a sheltered inlet but difficult to navigate because it is dotted with rocks.

It is an area intended for very experienced navigators.

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Cala di Piatto

COORDINATE: 41.280222447418716, 9.345165406902723

A small beach of pebbles and pink granite pebbles, sheltered from the winds but difficult to dock.

Crystal clear green waters and deep rocky bottoms rich in fauna make Cala Piatto a privileged spot for snorkeling and diving.

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Cala Cisternone and Cala Cisternone beach

COORDINATE: 41.28127132237038, 9.340823027820894

A beach accessible only by sea, not suitable for non-sporting bathing.

Waters of shades between green and blue, a deep and full of pitfalls and submerged stacks, ideal cove for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

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Cala di Trana and Cala di Trana beach.

COORDINATE: 41.28540418902857, 9.345765956429753

A bay sheltered from westerly winds, perfect backdrops for snorkeling and diving.

The beach of Cala di Trana is a small beach fronted by a characteristic clear and flat rock also suitable for non-sporting bathing.

The beach can also be reached by land along one of the unmarked paths that cross Budelli, starting from Spiaggia del Cavaliere.

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Cavaliere Beach and Natural Pools.

COORDINATE: 41.28666507791758, 9.358171457843815

A wide beach of fine white sand, and shallow waters also known as the Natural Pools of Budelli for the transparency of its waters.

It is an ideal spot for bathing and a daily stop.

The Cavaliere Beach overlooks the Porto della Madonna, or Checchia di Morto, one of the most beautiful stretches of sea in the entire La Maddalena Archipelago.

The arm of the sea between the islands of Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria is an area relatively sheltered from the winds and allows easy anchoring, that is why it is always very popular.

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  • Pink beach of Cala di Roto

    COORDINATE: 41.27931189620232, 9.356134149450359

    A paradise that was lost and found thanks to protection.

    • What can not be done:
      Cala di Roto is an area of ​​total interdiction, it is not possible to land, bathing is forbidden in the area in front of the beach, and it is forbidden to walk on the beach.
    • What can be done:
      you can access by land to a walkway that runs along the beach and enjoy the fabulous view of the beach without jeopardizing its delicate balance.

    Read more

  • Cala D'Arena and Cala d'Arena beach

    COORDINATE: 41.27823036379866, 9.353455202545328

    Wonderful emerald waters and a rocky bottom ideal for snorkeling.

    Cala d'Arena is a sheltered inlet but difficult to navigate because it is dotted with rocks.

    It is an area intended for very experienced navigators.

    Read more

  • Cala di Piatto

    COORDINATE: 41.280222447418716, 9.345165406902723

    A small beach of pebbles and pink granite pebbles, sheltered from the winds but difficult to dock.

    Crystal clear green waters and deep rocky bottoms rich in fauna make Cala Piatto a privileged spot for snorkeling and diving.

    Read more

  • Cala Cisternone and Cala Cisternone beach

    COORDINATE: 41.28127132237038, 9.340823027820894

    A beach accessible only by sea, not suitable for non-sporting bathing.

    Waters of shades between green and blue, a deep and full of pitfalls and submerged stacks, ideal cove for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

    Read more

  • Cala di Trana and Cala di Trana beach.

    COORDINATE: 41.28540418902857, 9.345765956429753

    A bay sheltered from westerly winds, perfect backdrops for snorkeling and diving.

    The beach of Cala di Trana is a small beach fronted by a characteristic clear and flat rock also suitable for non-sporting bathing.

    The beach can also be reached by land along one of the unmarked paths that cross Budelli, starting from Spiaggia del Cavaliere.

    Read more

  • Cavaliere Beach and Natural Pools.

    COORDINATE: 41.28666507791758, 9.358171457843815

    A wide beach of fine white sand, and shallow waters also known as the Natural Pools of Budelli for the transparency of its waters.

    It is an ideal spot for bathing and a daily stop.

    The Cavaliere Beach overlooks the Porto della Madonna, or Checchia di Morto, one of the most beautiful stretches of sea in the entire La Maddalena Archipelago.

    The arm of the sea between the islands of Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria is an area relatively sheltered from the winds and allows easy anchoring, that is why it is always very popular.

    Read more

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Insights on the island of Budelli

Beyond the landscape and environmental value that is a heritage common to all the islands that make up the Archipelago, Budelli is an exceptional case for several reasons, among which the fact that it has been a private property for a long time certainly stands out.

Purchased in the 1980s by the Nuova Gallura Budelli company, it had previously been owned by the Milanese entrepreneur Piero Tizzoni. Put up for sale several times and ended up at auction in the mid-2000s, the island was at the center of a long dispute between the La Maddalena Archipelago Park Authority and the New Zealander Michael Harte, former CEO of the Bank of Commonwealth, which claimed ownership.

Disputed between the State and private individuals, the Island of Budelli has become the symbol of the most recent environmental protection goals of the Italian State, becoming definitively part of the National Geomarine Park (that was established in 1994) only in May 2016, thanks to a sentence of the Court of Tempio.

In the last thirty years the name of Budelli has also been linked to the name of Mauro Morandi, a former teacher from Modena who has been its keeper since 1989, a role officially assumed when the island was still a private property, a role that he still plays although he has exceeded the threshold of 80 years and despite the repeated attempts of removal by the Park Authority.

The guardian of Budelli has lived for more than thirty years as a hermit of other times, in excellent harmony with the nature of this little corner of paradise off the coast of Sardinia.

The Island of Budelli means above all Pink Beach.

This beach is famous for its sand different from all the others, made up of tiny grains of granite and fragments of the pink shells of small organisms including Miniacina miniacea, which live in the Posidonia Oceanica meadows of the Archipelago and that currents deposits in this strip of land, making it extraordinary.

Cala di Roto beach is the one pictured in 1964 in Deserto Rosso, the first color film by Michelangelo Antonioni. The dream beach told by the unforgivable voice of Monica Vitti who helped to turn Cala di Roto into an icon, a metaphor for a magical life far from the anxieties of contemporary industrial civilization.

The pink beach has become a symbol of a lost paradise but once again reachable and within everyone's reach but also a paradise that risked to disappear forever because of its reputation as a magical place, constantly plundered of its unique and most precious asset, the pink sand.

A unique sand that, for too long, has been considered an indispensable souvenir by the thousands of tourists who landed on the Island of Budelli, causing inestimable damage to an ecosystem that is a natural miracle with very delicate balances.

The Pink Beach has now returned to its original colors only thanks to the integral protection regime that strictly forbids walking on the sand, landing on the beach, and even bathing in the area in front of the beach.

Protections that have become indispensable and have allowed the rebalancing of the natural conditions that make Cala di Roto such an exceptional place.

Today the Pink Beach is once again open to visitors up close, but not very close, thanks to a walkway that allows you to skirt its beauty, look at it as you look at the wonders of nature and works of art, photograph it and keep a lasting memory in your memory. .

Beyond the Pink Beach there is a whole other Budelli.

With only 1.6 km2 of surface, Budelli is one of the smallest of the major islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago, yet its coast develops for 12 km, this figure translates into a coastal profile rich in inlets, bays and coves, with very varied depths, and frequented by an extraordinary number of pelagic species, which prove to be the ideal scenario for any type of activity linked to the sea, from normal bathing to sports, from snorkeling to diving.

A few hundred meters from the Pink Beach, going south, just beyond the Punta d'Arena promontory which marks the southern border of Cala di Roto, a narrow cove protects the Cala D'Arena beach.

Cala d'Arena

Cala d'Arena is a small beach surrounded by rugged pink rocks covered by a dense mantle of Mediterranean vegetation, the beach is just under thirty meters long and is mainly composed of pebbles and clear stones, which slope rapidly into a rocky bottom and medium depth that colors the waters with shades of green tending to emerald and makes this stretch of coast particularly suitable for snorkeling.

The inlet is dotted with rocks that make navigation difficult and intended for expert drivers and that is the main reason why Cala D'Arena is often one of the less frequented beaches of Budelli even in the peak periods of the summer season, a factor that contributes to to safeguard its uncontaminated beauty.

Between Punta Bambaccio and Punta d'Aquila, the small Cala di Piatto opens up, an underwater world to discover.

Cala di Piatto

Set between Punta Bambaccio and Punta d'Aquila, and therefore particularly sheltered from the westerly winds by the specific conformation of the promontory of Punta dell'Aquila and the rocky profile covered with vegetation that draws the outline, Cala di Piatto is a small beach made of little granite pebbles and particularly hard-to-dock.

Thanks to the clarity of the crystalline green waters and the richness and variety of the fauna that inhabits the rugged and deep rocky seabed, Cala Piatto is one of the most privileged spots for snorkeling and diving on the southern coast of the Island of Budelli.

Between Punta dell'Aquila and Punta Cisterna, the rocky profile of the coast softens, shaping the beach of Cala Cisternone, the widest bay in all of Budelli.

Cala Cisterone

Cala Cisternone is a wild shore dotted with rocks, rugged rock formations and small steep coves that plunge into a sea with ​​incredible shades of green and blue.

The beach can only be reached by sea and is bordered behind it by high cliffs and a dense Mediterranean Scrub, while the particular conformation of the seabed, deep and full of pitfalls and submerged stacks, makes the cove unsuitable for normal non-sporting bathing but, at the same time, it characterizes it as one of the main points of interest on the whole island for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

To the north of Punta Cisterna in the north-western stretch of coast overlooking the rugged southern coast of the Razzoli Island, the wide inlet of Cala di Trana opens up, a cove sheltered from westerly winds, with a harsh and rocky profile and a seabed perfect for snorkeling and diving.

Cala di Trana

The main beach of Cala di Trana is a small beach of just over thirty meters, fronted by a characteristic clear and flat rock.

As all beaches on the Island of Budelli, Cala di Trana can be reached more easily from the sea, but it can also be reached by land from one of the winding paths that, starting from Spiaggia del Cavaliere, cross the hinterland of the Island of Budelli below the hill of Monte Budello, the highest point on the island, from which you can admire a breathtaking view.

On the north-eastern coast of the island, just north of Cala di Roto at the point where Budelli seems to seek contact with the sister islands of Razzoli and Santa Maria, the Spiaggia del Cavaliere is located, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Maddalena archipelago.

Spiaggia del Cavaliere

The Spiaggia del Cavaliere overlooks a stretch of sea of ​​extraordinary charm, known as Porto della Madonna but also called Manto della Madonna (mantle of the Madonna), with a clear reference to the incredible blue that characterizes its deepest waters.

This stretch of sea is one of the most symbolic areas of the Maddalena Park, a particularly sheltered place in an area otherwise exposed to winds, enclosed to the north-west by the cliffs of the Razzoli Island and the narrow Asinelli Pass and to the north-east by the coasts of the southern tip of the island of Santa Maria, which extends towards the islets of Paduleddi and Stramanari that mark the mouth of the Chiecca di Morto Pass (the "shelter for the dead") guarded by the little Isola Carpa.

A paradise full of history

A set of names that seem to resonate like an exotic reference to the Caribbean imaginary and which, instead, have deep roots in the history, all Mediterranean, of one of the most frequented and insidious stretches of sea in the Mare Nostrum.

The Strait, that before taking the name of Bonifacio bore the name of the Straits of Taphros (called by the Romans as Fretum Gallicum), were, in fact, the ancient stage of the obsidian routes between Sardinia, Corsica and Tuscany in the times in which the Maddalena Archipelago was described by Pliny the Elder with the name of Insulae Cuniculariae and which, precisely in places like Chiecca di Morto, provided shelter to Turkish and African pirates who challenged the maritime power of Rome first and the Maritime Republics later.

Overlooking this miraculous arm of the sea, Spiaggia del Cavaliere is limited by pink and golden rocks and by a thick Mediterranean scrub that extends behind it in the hinterland until it reaches Monte Budello, reachable from this point thanks to winding paths that are not always easy to follow.

In this stretch of coast, famous for its transparency, the sea takes on shades ranging from light blue to blue to the intense blue of the deepest points, and the fine white sand of Spiaggia del Cavaliere slopes down to shallow and very clear bottoms that they earned it the name of Natural Pools of Budelli.

This is the ideal setting for an extraordinary day at sea, in one of the most beautiful, but also one of the most popular points of the Archipelago, an obligatory stop for those who decide to embark on a journey to discover the unspoiled waters and beaches of the National Park of the Archipelago of La Maddalena.

To know

The Island of Budelli is under the protection of the National Park of the Archipelago of La Maddalena and it is considered a Zone Tb, that is, a land area of ​​general reserve.

The collection and damage of endemic or rare flora and the removal of animal species and mineral formations are prohibited on the island.

It is strictly forbidden to light fires or to camp.

The area of ​​the Pink Beach in Cala di Roto is the most protected point of the whole Park and is considered an area of ​​total interdiction; this translates into the presence of a barrier of buoys that delimits the area beyond which it is not possible to approach not even swimming.

Access to the Pink Beach area by land is prohibited, but it is possible to reach by land a walkway that runs along the beach offering a panoramic view over the entire Cala di Roto.

Prices

Rental with group

Daily tour

Starting from € 50 per person

Exclusive rental

Daily tour

Starting from € 500 for the Lomac 790 IN inflatable boat

Timetables


We are open in the months of June, July, August and September

The excursions start at 10 am and return around 5 pm.

In case of exclusive rental you can decide the departure time but the return must always be before 18:00

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Le Isole has been operating for some time as a dinghy rental in Cannigione. Our information point is located at the "Golfo di Arzachena" Camping Village.
Boarding is carried out from the jetty of the Arzachena Nautical Club of the Cannigione tourist port


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