Riviera del Conero, spiaggia di San Michele. Foto © Sauro Strappato
It is definitely one of the best beaches of the Conero Riviera, a wild and long stretch of sand and gravel overlooked by spectacular cliffs and Mediterranean maquis. It alternates free beach areas with private equipped lidos, an ideal place for those who love enjoying the sound of the waves, the heat of the sun and the smell of the pine trees. Water is very clear thanks to the seabed in parts rocky. In its north part there is the Black Rocks Beach, the wildest area where the limestone rock, rich in iron, becomes pink. It is a paradise for those who like staying a little while in peace and for snorkelling lovers thanks to the crystal water. You can also collect mussels to cook at home. We suggest you to come back here from October to April, when you can take a long walk on the beach, from Urbani to St. Michael and then up to the Black Rocks Beaches, completely free from establishments and bathing facilities that are dismantled and removed every year. On business days you will experience the sensation of feeling like Robinson Crusoe. You will be able to note the various layers of the limestone rock that rose up out of the sea millions of years ago, making strange drawings on the rock. Lie down with your back to the cliff and look at the sky: the strong and clear blue of the sky, the dark green of the Mediterranean maquis and the white of the Conero stone create unforgettable contrasts! Looking at the cliff you can also discover a strange pine tree, clinging to the rock with its roots that is still resistant to landslides. It seems like a man strongly holding on to the rock with his arms and legs. It could symbolise the strong attachment of the inhabitants of the Marche region to their land!
HOW TO GET THERE AND WHERE TO PARK
The San Michele beach is reachable on foot following some paths starting from the Republic Park of Sirolo. The descent into the woods is very pleasant, a remedy for your soul. If you get there by car, we suggest you to park opposite the Cemetery of Sirolo where there is a large paid parking area. Here you can choose to descend on foot in the woods (it takes about 15 minutes) or take the shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes. Lovers of walking can reach St. Michael beach walking along Urbani beach, if the sea is not very rough.