The best way to enjoy the beautiful archipelago of La Maddalena is definitely to visit it by boat. The crystal clear sea, the colors of the landscapes, the scents of the Mediterranean flora, are all factors that will make your experience here one to remember. The town of La Maddalena is situated on the southern coast of the island of the same name in front of the Gallura coast. Since ancient times the island attracted the attentions of rulers and politicians because of its strategic position between Sardinia and the Italian mainland. The town is well connected with Palau by ferry lines, and the journey between the two towns take about 15 minutes.
La Maddalena is a renowned tourist resort that attracts a large number of visitors each year thanks to the amazing beaches around and the charm of the old town. The local harbor, also called Cala Gavetta, gives a charming aspect to the town due to its colors and boats. Nearby, there is also the Naval Archaeological Museum dedicated to underwater archeology. Walking or driving along the scenic road that borders the coast for about 20 kilometers provides unforgettable views. The most important local festival is the one that celebrates the Santa Maria Maddalena on July 20th and 22nd of every year. A distinctive aspect of this festival is the smell of fish frying around the harbor given to the public to celebrate the day. Another important festival is the lively Carnival, celebrated between February and March every year.
Probably the most famous of the small islands of the archipelago is Budelli, surrounded by 11 km of unspoiled and pristine coast, in which can be found the famous “Spiaggia Rosa” (The Pink Beach). This little sandy cove is considered one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean for the typical pinkish color of its sand the turquoise water. In Budelli there is also another well-known beach of the archipelago, the Madonna or Madonna's harbor, so called for the intense blue color of its water that resembles the color of the Virgin's robe. Behind this cove is a pond that provides refuge to a lot of migratory birds.
We also want to mention the gorgeous beaches of Bassa Trinità and Spalmatore, just to name a few. The list of stunning beaches and coves in this part of Sardinia is almost endless. If you visit the archipelago you would fully understand why this area is considered one of the most beautiful in the entire Mediterranean Sea.
The entire archipelago is part of the National Park of the Archipelago of La Maddalena, therefore access to some protected parts of the little islands are prohibited.
There are lovely hotels and resorts in La Maddalena, you only have to choose the one that best suits your needs. La Maddalena is also very much appreciated by families with young kids for the services provided in the resorts and, of course, for the stunning scenery all around. This area of Sardinia has received the prestigious 5 Vele award from Legambiente in 2017 for the quality of its coastline and the tourist services provided. You should definitely consider La Maddalena for your 2018 holiday in Sardinia!