The beach is found at Palau, in the commune of Palau. The beach has somewhat coarse-grained cream-coloured sand with a pebbly and sandy shallow bottom. The beach is surrounded by the cliffs to the west of Palau. On arriving at the beach you are welcomed by a play of colours of incredible beauty, between the green of the Mediterranean shrub, the ilex wood, the azure-blue of the water and the light colour of the sand. The beauty of this spot is further enhanced by the view, in the distance, of the Island of La Maddalena. The inhabitants of Palau call the beach Sciumara (“mouth of the river” in Gallurese), for the mouth of the river that crosses the beach. The name Mezzo Schifo probably refers to the half of the hull of a wreck found in the waters here.