Lying immediately to the south of Arrifana, Canal Beach affords a fine view of Needle Rock. This is a mostly pebble beach situated at the mouth of a valley carved out by an ephemeral stream, the banks of which have a dense covering of riverine vegetation. The valley opens out next to the sea, considerably widening and becoming very exposed. The vegetation, consisting of endemic scrubland of juniper and plants resistant to sea spray, forms a carpet-like covering, shaped by the strong winds. The pebbles that manage to escape the reach of the tides are coloured by lichens in warm tones that contrast with the black background of the schist. When the sea is rough, it rolls the pebbles around energetically, producing a cavernous sound. Despite being a favourite with surfers and recreational fishermen, this is a peaceful beach.
Postal Code: 8670
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