Beach Cala Bianca
Summer 2013: here are the most beautiful beaches in Italy rated on the web. The first one is Cala Bianca in Camerota (SA)
Legambiente rewards 17 dream places standing on the coastline of Italy with an award called ˝You are the Most Beautiful˝
Cala Bianca (SA), in the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, is the most beautiful beach in Italy. At least in the opinion of thousands of web surfers who voted via the web for ˝You are the most beautiful˝, the survey of Legambiente launched to elect the most beautiful beach in the summer of 2013.
For the internet users devoted to the Green Swan, the small beach with white sand surrounded by wild vegetation, in the Cilento coast, is the undisputed queen called ˝unique and inimitable˝, ˝a garden of Eden˝, ˝a beach where you can find calm and peace˝, ˝one of the most beautiful places where you can swim in the Cilento˝.
However, it is not the only one to be beloved: the survey of Legambiente, in fact, was a real success that led in the particular list of 16 other natural seaside pearls selected for their beauty, uniqueness or popularity; as a symbol of law or of biodiversity and conservation.
In addition to the most voted Cala Bianca and to a special mention to the beautiful beach of Conigli in the Nature Reserve on the island of Lampedusa, Legambiente has decided not to establish a ranking for each of the choosen beaches, because all deserve a first place. From the white sand beach of Cala Violina, near Scarlino, to the Cala di Forno in the Maremma Park or the wild Cala Caldane on the Isola del Giglio. Alternatively, for those who love Sardinia, nothing compares to the beautiful beach Su Giudeu, near Domus de Maria, or Cala Goloritze, in the Ogliastra province and Capo Comino near Nuoro. In Sicily, in addition to Scala dei Turchi near Agrigento, which has regained its former glory after the demolition of a monstrosity, for many people it is really worth to take a refreshing dip in Cala Rossa, one of the most beautiful beaches of Favignana. From the Egadi to the Tremiti where the most beautiful is the exclusive and wonderful Cala Matano, beloved even by singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla. In Salento the beaches of Punta Pizzo in the province of Lecce and Campomarino di Maruggio in the province of Taranto are considered ˝real beauties˝. From the Calabria, where Cala Rovaglioso in the Municipality of Palmi combines pristine landscape, ancient culture of the place, history and legality, we go back to Lazio where we find the island of Ponza in the charming Chiaia di Luna, which is currently closed for the danger of falling rocks, but we hope it will soon be ensured its safety. Along the Tyrrhenian coast, we arrive in Liguria, to Finale Ligure in the Baia dei Saraceni then we move to the Adriatic coast in the Marche, in the famous and beautiful beach of the Due Sorelle in Sirolo (AN).
“What we have collected in the list are the most preferred beaches of many Italians - said Sebastiano Venneri, Legambiente sea-sector head - some of them are already well-known, others are waiting to be discovered, some accessible only by sea or after exhausting trek or following routes known only by a few. Each has a peculiarity, but all have the characteristic of having preserved intact all their beauty. Some of them are true symbols of conservation and environmental protection, sometimes represent a defense of legality, but it's beauty, landscape quality, their extraordinary aesthetic value, what we wanted to emphasize in this case, a unique element that we often find only in Italy with such a frequency and that is the best feature of our country”.
Legambiente, thanks to the contribution of the people voting on the web for their favorite on the website www.legambiente.it and on the Facebook page of the association for more than two months, has selected the most beautiful beaches, combining the data of the Blue Guide 2013, and with the advice of experts, including Professor Stefano Landi, an expert on sustainable tourism and professor at the University LUISS Carli of Rome, the President of Federparchi Giampiero Sammuri, and Legambiente heads of the clubs.
The administrators of the places where the beaches are, will be rewarded with a special banner of ˝You are the Most Beautiful You˝ on 17 August during the 25th edition of Festambiente, the national festival of ecology, solidarity and beauty of Legambiente which takes place in Rispescia (Gr) from 9 to 18 August. The Maremma is not a choice by coincidence since it has three special beaches with pristine environments.
“The 17 beaches that we have decided to reward in Maremma - said Angelo Gentili, national head of the Tourism of Legambiente – are pearls of Italy, full of scenic treasures that make our country unique and make it an excellence for sea tourism. Then if we report the most special and characteristic beaches it is a way to reminder that the protection and preservation of Italian beauty with a sustainable tourist use, it is the right key for the economic recovery of the country. The appointment of Festambiente - concluded Gentili - wants to be a chance to enhance our treasures and a meeting point for the administrators who have been able to maintain a good balance between use and conservation of land; with the hope that in the future a growing numbers of municipalities will follow their example˝
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YOU ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL - THE 17 MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES IN ITALY
- CALA BIANCA –Camerota - Salerno – CAMPANIA (1st, the most voted on the web)
- SPIAGGIA DEI CONIGLI – Island of Lampedusa – Agrigento – SICILY (Special Mention)
- SCALA DEI TURCHI – Realmonte - Agrigento – SICILY
- CALA ROSSA – Favignana – Trapani - SICILY
- CALA delle CALDANE – Isola del giglio – Grosseto – TUSCANY
- CALA di FORNO – Magliano in Tuscany – Grosseto - TUSCANY
- CALA VIOLINA – Scarlino – Grosseto - TUSCANY
- PUNTA PIZZO – Gallipoli – Lecce – APULIA
- CAMPOMARINO – Maruggio – Taranto - APULIA
- CALA MATANO – Isole Tremiti – San Domino – APULIA
- CALA GOLORITZE – Baunei – Ogliastra - SARDINIA
- SU GIUDEU – Domus de Maria – Cagliari – SARDINIA
- CAPO COMINO - Siniscola – Nuoro - SARDINIA
- ROVAGLIOSO – Palmi – Reggio Calabria – CALABRIA
- CHIAIA DI LUNA – Ponza – Latina - LAZIO
- BAIA DEI SARACENI – Finale Ligure – LIGURIA
- DUE SORELLE – Sirolo - Ancona – MARCHE
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE BEACHES:
CALA BIANCA (SA): Cala Bianca is a beautiful beach nestled in one of the most picturesque corners of the Costa di Camerota in the Cilento National Park. A Pearl in the heart of one of the most famous Marine Protected areas of Italy, namely the Infreschi and Masseta. The name comes from the Cala Bianca dazzling color of pebbles mixed with sand on this beach, surrounded by a wild environment, pristine and natural, bathed by one of the cleanest seas of Italy, Cala Bianca is accessible by boat or after a long, but lovely, walk. On the promontory that embraces the Cala we find the Tower of Cala Bianca, while on the seabed a source of fresh water comes out: it is called St. Catherine and it flows into the sea.
SPIAGGIA DEI CONIGLI (AG) : was judged by tourists from all over the world the most beautiful beach and a special mention was necessary in this particular list of coastal beauties The beach is a protected marine area and can be reached by land, coming down from the path arranged after a project of the reserve. The vegetation is similar to the vegetation in Africa: it’s rare and nestled between the ridges of rock where is the Mediterranean maquis. In front of the beach, you can see the island of Conigli, which you can not visit. The view is magnificent and the water has an extraordinary beauty because of its color that creates a rainbow with all possible shades of turquoise. The bottom of the beach is low and very favorable to a comfortable and safely bathing. The Spiaggia dei Conigli and the Isola dei Conigli are a nature reserve managed by Legambiente on behalf of the Region of Sicily and in the area the turtles Caretta caretta lay their eggs. Today the beach of Conigli is the only Italian site where the turtles go regularly and during the past 27 years has hosted from 1 to 7 nests per year. Legambiente, in recent years, has made habitat restoration, conservation of endangered species projects, trails and allowed only pedestrian access to the site to protect the turtles (source: Legambiente)
SCALA DEI TURCHI (AG): Located along the coast of Realmonte in the province of Agrigento, so called, according to the legend, to commemorate the landings of Arab pirates in Sicily. It's a cliff, a natural sculpture, consisting of an outcrop of marl, white in color, on which the winds and the rains have carved a natural staircase, making it one of the most characteristic and charming place in Sicily. It offers to the traveler a unique spectacle thanks to the white rocks enhanced by the sunlight between the blue of the sea and the blue of the sky. To the east and west of the promontory, there are idyllic beaches with golden sands. It’s, undoubtedly, one of the major attractions of the province of Agrigento, a magical place that deserves to be seen during a holiday in the south of Sicily and has fascinated many writers and directors, including Andrea Camilleri, who mentions it in his novels with the Commissario Montalbano. It is worth to mention the demolition of a monstrosity that has disfigured the beauty of this place for 20 years, on 6 June 2013. It is very simple to reach the Scala dei Turchi: just follow the road signs from Agrigento to Porto Empedocle and, subsequently, the SP68 until Capo Rossello; from Sciacca you must take the SS115 until Realmonte, and then take the SP27. (source: wikipedia and Legambiente)
CALA ROSSA (TP): is the most beautiful and famous seaside resort of Favignana. Situated in the northeastern side of the island, it looks like a large rock amphitheater that slopes gently toward the sea. There is only a small patch of beach on the western side while large flat rocks characterize much of the bay. Cala Rossa is reacheable from the town of Favignana following the road that runs along the northern side of the island, up to a junction where a sign indicates the direction to reach it. Following a dirt road for 2 or 3 km, we arrive at a lookout point from which you can watch, from above, Cala Rossa. To get to the beach you have to follow an easy path: If you are traveling by car, you must park here. It is far preferable, on the island, to ride a bicycle. (taken from the Guida Blu 2013)
CALA VIOLINA (GR): situated in the Tuscan Maremma this beach is shrouded in legend: it is said, in fact, that its name derives from the special nature of the sand, so fine and soft to produce a sort of ˝violin sound˝ when you walk barefoot on it. True or not, it is certain the sand is very fine and white. If it’s seen from a distance, if you move away from the shore a few strokes in swimming, the coast looks even more bright and wild, perhaps because it is surrounded by a green, lush and dense Mediterranean maquis. The show is lovely, especially at sunset. Coming from the north you will arrive on the place following the state road towards Follonica and, then, Punta Ala. At Pian D'Alma you will find a small wooden sign with the name of the beach. Here you have to park and walk about 1.5 kilometers through thick oaks and Mediterranean maquis. (Source: Guida Bly 2013 Legambiente)
CALA DELLE CALDANE (GR): is located on the southeastern coast of the island of Giglio, south of Cala delle Cannelle. It's a beautiful beach with white and large grains of sand and surrounded by a rocky promontory covered with Mediterranean scrub. The beach is accessible by sea and by land, even if the track is quite bumpy and difficult. The sea is beautiful, turquoise and emerald, clear and transparent, with sloping seabed, rich in sea grass.
CALA DI FORNO (GR): is the coastline of the municipality of Magliano in Toscana, surrounded by the promontory of the Mountains dell'Uccellina. The beach is located in the heart of the Natural Park of Maremma and can be reached after a couple of hours walking along the path A4. The route is almost completely along an easy path parallel to the coast; the first part of the trail is on a paved road and leads from Pratini to the olive plantation of Collelungo. At the end of the latter, it is possible to observe the ˝Paduletto˝, a small strip of marshland periodically flooded during the rainy season. Near Cala di Forno there is a small pine forest of Aleppo pine. On the cliffs, next to the beach, it is possible, with a little luck, to observe the nests of peregrine falcon (source: Legambiente)
CAPO COMINO (NU): the beach of Capo Comino is a lively dune system colonized by dense juniper thickets and is formed by calcareous fine white sand and bathed by clear waters. Behind it, the largest dunes on the east coast of Sardinia. Going south the landscape changes and presents a rocky coast where the lighthouse is in its eastern side near the cape from which it takes its name the whole area. This area is of great interest with its beaches, the seabed and the crystal clear water that make it a popular tourist attraction; its perfect preservation of the dune system has made the wild scenery ideal for the setting of several movies like Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto, Lina Wertmuller (1974) with Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Spalato (Source: Guida Blu 2013 and Wikipedia)
SU GIUDEU (CA): the beach Su Giudeu of Domus de Maria can be reached from Teulada following the scenic route of the south coast, which leads to the sea where you can see the Tower of Chia. The ruins of the Phoenician city of Bithia are under the tower and on the west side lies the beautiful beaches of Chia: Su Giudeu is a part of it. Access to the beach is from the coastal villages through short dirt roads. Su Giudeu, with the beach S'Aqua Durci, has a very large crescent-shaped coastline, with a dazzling white sand and a sea shimmering in shades of green. The sea is clear and of an extraordinary transparency, with shallow water suitable for children. The beach is fully equipped and offers car park, hotel, restaurant, bar and camping. (from qspiagge.it)
CALA GOLORITZE’ (OG): Not far from the town of Baunei you can find this uncontaminated and pristine beach. The cove is reachable through a footpath that starts from the Golgo plateau, where there is a car park, in about an hour of walking. The route takes an old mule track used in the past by charcoal. The path passes through a sort of fossil canyon embedded in a dense Mediterranean vegetation characterized by the presence of holm-oak and carob trees. As you proceed towards the sea the figure of the majestic spire of Punta Goloritzè emerges, a must for all lovers of climbing. The cove, where the scenery suddenly bursts open at the end of the path, is one of the most beautiful and famous in the Mediterranean area so that it has become a national monument in 1995. The beach is sprinkled with small pebbles of white quartz also present in seabed. The cove is made particularly impressive by the famous arch towards the sea, whose dazzling turquoise color is due to the flow of some submarine springs of fresh water. In the whole area, it is absolutely forbidden to collect the pebbles and move the vessels up to 300 meters from the shore (from the Guida Blu, 2013).
PUNTA PIZZO (LE): is one of the most famous beaches of the Ionian coast of Salento. This beach, south of Gallipoli, is characterized by a white sandy beach, crystal clear sea and offers a pristine landscape, the subject of a legal dispute by Legambiente against some attempts of speculative endeavours over the past years. It is now a part of the Regional Natural Park Punta Pizzo - Island of St. Andrew (created in 2006) which occupies nearly 700 hectares. To reach this picturesque bay, you have to drive along the coastal road Mancaversa - Gallipoli and follow the signs to Lido Pizzo. The coast is mostly rocky and the water is low and clear. The sweet cliff is surrounded by a thick pine forest with the typical plants of the Mediterranean maquis.
CALA MATANO (FG): the Cala Matano is located on the island of San Domino, in the Apulian archipelago of the Tremiti. It is a beautiful beach with its wild and beautiful charm, surrounded by lush greenery and limestone, formed by a natural creek that, overlooking the sea, has left this small cove, easily reachable following a scenic path. The sea around the bay is amazingly turquoise, clear and transparent, ideal for swimming and bathing. The house of Lucio Dalla overlooks the stunning fjord of Cala Matano. The late singer from Bologna drew inspiration for many of his songs dedicated to the sea from this scenario. (from qspiagge.it)
CAMPOMARINO (TA): The beach is located in the area of Campomarino Maruggio. Vineyards and olive groves, near the seaside resort of the same name, surround this area. It is a beautiful beach with soft white sand well equipped, private and well kept. The coast is washed by a beautiful, turquoise, emerald, transparent and crystalline sea, with sloping seabed, but stony in some places, ideal for swimming and bathing. You should pay attention when you get into the water. The beach offers various tourist services and in summer, it is very crowded and mainly frequented by local people, especially on weekends. (from qspiagge.it)
ROVAGLIOSO (RC): It is a natural bay, one of the most beautiful places in the wonderful Costa Viola, bounded on the north and south by cliffs and ravines that time has modeled in a unique way. It opens at the end of a ridge that plunges into the sea, covered with orange blossoms and plants of prickly pears in a breathtaking landscape. It is accessible by a path that has been recently restored and goes through olive groves and vineyards, further upstream. The sea along this stretch has many shades, the cove is so quiet and the boats find here a temporary protection from the strong winds. Among the rocks lies a freshwater tank and the bottom is very much appreciated by divers for its richness and variety. The bay is also known as ˝Portus Orestis˝ according to the legend, reported by many Roman historians, about Orestes who became crazy after the matricide and regained his common sense bathing seven times in the waters of Rovaglioso. (source: Legambiente)
CHIAIA DI LUNA (RM): from the port of Ponza, passing through a tunnel, settled in Roman era, we come to the biggest (500 meters) and spectacular beach of the entire Pontine archipelago, dominated by an imposing wall that the wind and the sea have worked to make a lunar landscape. For several years, the beach is closed for the risk of collapse, but more recently, they are working to accelerate the re-opening. Despite the limitation in the use, it is quite visited especially on summer weekends. To fully appreciate the beauty of the bay it is advisable to visit it out of season and, possibly, from the sea. (from the Guida Blu 2013)
BAIA DEI SARACENI (SV): located between the promontory of Punta Crena and the stretch of Aurelia that bypasses Capo Noli, the bay of the Saracens is characterized by fine white sand that makes the sea of a turquoise-blue color. Accessible from the Aurelia, for some years the most part of the beach to the east has become a beach managed by the Municipality of Finale Ligure: the beach of Malpasso. Two other stretches of beach, which go west to the headland of Punta Crena, are completely free. It is special the rock formation called ˝beachrock˝ a huge rocky crust that comes from the water’s edge to a few feet from the shore, combined with the clarity of the water provides a unique glimpse in the whole Liguria. (Source: Legambiente and the Guida Blu, 2013).
DUE SORELLE (AN): symbol of the Conero Riviera, named for the two twin rocks emerging from the sea, it is the first white beach of the south flank of Mount Conero. As it is accessible only by sea, this stretch of coast is still wild and pristine: there are no services.
The beach consists of gravel, pebbles and rocks. (from Conero.it)