The Pink beach on Budelli Island owes its name to the colour of its sand, rich with tiny fragments of coral, granite and shells. Its spectacular colour is derived from a pink microorganism that inhabits the posidonia meadows and lives inside the shells. When it does, the shells are washed ashore and ground by water and wind.
You will find yourself facing clear waters that lap against reddish foreshore and, to your back, the Mediterranean vegetation displays the colours and scents !!!! (heavily scented macchia, juniper, lentisk, myrtle and arbutus) of a paradise on earth! Budelli, an oasis of wild nature, has been a private property since before the national park was created, to which it was assigned in May 2016, after an unsuccessful purchase attempt by a tycoon from New Zealand.
It is located slightly to the south of Razzoli and Santa Maria, the two islands of the archipelago closest to the Bocche di Bonifacio. It covers 12 kilometres of coast and an uncontaminated territory of 25 hectares. The beach lost its original pink colour a long time ago and the access ban in force for 20 years has not helped to improve the situation. The microorganisms responsible for the special colour that makes the beach famous all around the world seem not to want to come back.
If you drop the anchor in the cove next to the pink beach, you can go ashore with a tender and get the famous beach after a short walk on a wooden raised walkway.
Strictly protected and widely admired, the Spiaggia Rosa inspired also the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, who in 1964 located there a scene of his first color movie called “Deserto Rosso”.