SANTA MARIA ISLAND: FAMOUS FOR ITS FINE SAND
The island of Santa Maria has a surface of 2 square kilometers and a perimeter of around 10 kilometers. The altitude metric proﬁle is lower than all the other islands of the Archipelago. It is separated from the Island of Razzoli by a very small canal, on the East side, named Passo degli Asinelli (Donkeys Pass).
On the Northern side there is an even smaller canal, named Passo dello Strangolato (Strangled Pass) which divides the island from the islet of La Presa usually considered to belong to Santa Maria island territory: it is nonetheless the most Northern point of the Sardinia mainland. On the south side is the Santa Maria Bay, where there is a beautiful beach of fine white sand that is undoubtedly the longest of all the archipelago; Not far from this there are the ruins of the Benedictine monastery built by the monks, the first settlers in the archipelago in the thirteenth century, and following a beautiful scenic path you get to the lighthouse at Punta Filetto, where you can enjoy a splendid view of some minor islands.
The island of Santa Maria in contrast to the other islands of the Archipelago, is appreciated for its flat and fertile land, mostly planted with vines.
Among the beaches, Cala Fosso and Cala Santa Maria are certainly among the most beautiful archipelago, characterized by clear waters and sands very clear and thin. Behind Cala Santa Maria is easily accessible by a small swamp, where some rare species of nesting birds.