La Maddalena Archipelago & National Park Tour

    The La Maddalena Archipelago is one of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean Sea. It consists of a group of 18 small islands with crystal clear water, turquoise beaches and lush vegetation. The archipelago is only 30 km from Sardinia’s coast and can be easily reached by boat.

    The National Park was established in 1994 and is a whole area that is protected. The NPS protects the resources of the area in order to preserve them for future generations.

    The archipelago is located in the Mediterranean Sea, at the southernmost point of Corsica and near to an equally small island that is a part of Sardinia. Both islands are a part of France and both islands consist of a chain of smaller islands.

    The Maddalena archipelago is composed of 7 major islands : La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano – that was home to a US Navy base for 30 years – Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli, Santa Maria and many other smaller rocks.

    We are going to discuss the island of La Maddalena. The island is located in the Maddalena archipelago, off the northeast coast of Sardinia. It stretches for many kilometers along the coast.

    La Maddalena is a town only populated town with about 11,400 habitants. It is situated on the homonymous island in Sardinia, Italy and it is the biggest island in the archipelago. The town is conveniently situated in the middle of the island.

    The smaller islands are now uninhabited except for two, Budelli and Caprera. Most visitors usually come to this destination during the summer for the beautiful white sandy beaches and clear water.

    The archipelago (is a group of islands) is also well-known for the particular flora and fauna. It’s a paradise for people who love nature and want to go on an exotic vacation.

    Every island is different from each other. On the coast there are many beautiful small beaches and hidden bays. Different islands have different topographies. For example, a coastline on one island may be good for diving & snorkeling while a coastline on another island may be great for surfing.

    The sea around the island is mixed with many different shades of blue and green. The rocks are made of granite, which are affected by soil and vegetation, brighten the landscape.

    The island of Budelli is known for its pink beach, also known as ‘The Pink Beach’. The pink color is the result of the sea shells being crushed by the pressure of millions of years. The beach was closed in 1992 in order to preserve the pinkish layers that deposit on the white sand. We might see The Pink Beach from a  distance during our excursion.

    This area used to be very important for its central location in the Mediterranean. Admiral Nelson gave the church several gifts in 1805, including some silver metals, to say thanks. Napoleon Bonaparte, which was a young lieutenant in 1793 in the French fleet, tried to conquer the islands of the srchipelago but could not succeed.

    The small Italian island of Caprera is located in the Bay of Valletta between Corsica and Sardinia. The island has a rich history with some significant events happening on it. One of them is the death of Giuseppe Garibaldi, who was a well-known general and revolutionary leader. He settled down in this area for over 26 years and in 1882 died on the island of Caprera.

    La Maddalena Tour

    After a day of sailing and bathing in our Maddalena boat tour, we’ll arrive at the town of La Maddalena in the evening. When you visit this town, it is always nice to take a stroll on the paved streets near the church and main square, do some shopping, buy some souvenirs, get a delicious ice cream or do a coffee break before you get back on the boat.

    La Maddalena town in Sardinia

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