The Paradise
The Archipelago of La Maddalena

Life in Sardinia is perhaps the best that a man can wish for: 

twenty-four thousand miles of forests, countryside, coasts embedded in a miraculous sea should coincide with what I would recommend to the good God to give us as Paradise.

"Fabrizio De André​"

Life & City

enjoy great aperitif & food culture

Living on La Maddalena means ease. With its 11.276 inhabitants La Maddalena is a typical lively small harbor town.

It was founded in 1770. The old town is charming, with stairs, alleyways and paved squares and by its French visitors it is called "Little Paris“.

Restaurants and shops are open also during winter season. In the relaxing environment of La Maddalena Island you can easily combine your preferred sport activities with natural and cultural interests and enjoy great aperitif & food culture. The Maddalena kitchen includes seafood and typical Sardinian dishes like spaghetti alla bottarga ed arselle, gnocchetti sardi with tomato sauce and sausage, roasted pig and typical desserts like papassini, seadas and formaggelle.

Beautiful Beaches

The Archipelago of La Maddalena is called the Caribbean of Italy. It is famous for its white and fine sandy beaches - protected by pink rocks & herbal plants - with a spectacular crystal clear sea.

The internal of the island is hilly and dominated by the highest mountain called IL GUARDIA VECCHIA with 146 M above sea level from where you have a panorama of incomparable beauty.

The exceptional setting and the color game, 365 days wind and sun, an average temperature of 28°C and 23°C water temperature during the summer period let you feel being in paradise.

About 7 of 19 awarded blue flag beaches in the Olbia-Tempio area are located on La Maddalena Island. On La Maddalena the most interesting beaches are:

CALA SPALMATORE, PORTO MASSIMO, PUNTA MARGINETTO and PUNTA CANNONE, GIARDINELLI, BASSA TRINITÀ, CALA PUNTA TEGGE, CALA NIDO D’AQUILA, CALA FRANCESE, MONTI D’A RENA, DUE MARI, CALA LUNGA and TESTA DI POLPO. The famous Cala Coticcio is located on Caprera Island.

The islands of Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria are reachable by private boat and guided tours and are famous for its colours and spectacular formations. There you can find the famous ``Pink Beach´´ and the ``Natural Swimming Pool´´.

Culture & History

Fortresses & colonial settlements - At the time of the annexation of Sardinia to the Sabaudian region, during the 700th, the landscape was settled by corsic shepherds and fishermen.

In 1803 La Maddalena became the nautic base for the English fleet of Nelson. Known personalities are linked to La Maddalena, from Napoleon to Garibaldi. Garibaldi chose Caprera for the last years of his life. The grave and the museum are retained open as memories for its visitors.

The Naval Archaeological Museum is dedicated to the famous ancient Roman ship wreck with its more than 200 amphorae that sunk near to the Island of Spargi.

The Geo-Mineralogical Museum of Stagnali on Caprera Island has been designed to exhibit specimens of rocks, minerals, fossils, beach sands, seashells, flora and marine fauna. Among the remarkable mineral samples there are giant groups of smoked quartz crystals.

Sports


The Archipelago of La Maddalena belongs to the Street of Bonifacio, the most challenging & scenic aquatic sport area in Europe. La Maddalena has about 60 years of naval tradition and Admiral Nelson named its harbor "the most beautiful harbor in the world“.

Sailing, yachts, scuba diving and windsurfing are the most important sport activities during summer season.

Terrestrial sports like hiking, equestrian, biking and climbing allow you to discover the whole island from different perspectives and are always offering stunning views.