This ten-metre-high dune looks like a soft, white mountain. From its left side, the stretch of sand gently slopes into the crystal clear sea with its shades of blue and emerald green. It is the landscape that awaits you on the beach of Monti d'Arena, in the northern part of the island of La Maddalena, enclosed between Punta Abbatoggia and Punta Marginetto, shortly before you reach the tourist village of Punta Cannone.
The name, in fact, comes from the distinctive 'mount' of fine, white sand surrounded by thick Mediterranean scrub. The waters are shallow and the seabed is sandy, with rocks sticking up here and there, made of granite, the true protagonist of the area. Crumbled into small grains and shaped by the northwesterly mistral wind, it forms large deposits of sand that make Monti d'Arena unique.
The beach also has a small pond behind it, where animal species typical of the Mediterranean area live. Furthermore, it is equipped with a place for dining and refreshments, ample parking and bus links. You will be able to rent pedalos and boats. Thanks to the constant wind, this destination is popular with windsurfing enthusiasts.
In the vicinity, in the northern part of the Maddalena, don't miss a chance to enjoy another two beaches with very similar features: Bassa Trinita and Cala Lunga, made up of rocks shaped by the wind and soft dunes. The entire coastal perimeter of the island will captivate you with its cliffs, inlets and little coves. On the opposite side, in the southwestern area, you will find the sparkling colours of Punta Tegge. Going back along the western coast, there are the hidden bays of Cala Francese. To the east, not far beyond the isthmus that connects La Maddalena to Caprera, where there are multiple natural and cultural attractions, you will find the charming scenery of Spalmatore. Moreover, from La Maddalena, you can set out to discover the other islands of the national park: Santo Stefano, Budelli, Razzoli, Saint Maria and Spargi.