Area Description

The area described in this part of our website includes the Arcipelago of La Maddalena and the costline of Sardinia facing the arcipelago and that goes from Santa Teresa di Gallura to Poltu Quatu.

Arcipelago di La Maddalena

Seven main well known islands (Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli a Santa Maria) form the Maddalena’s Archipleago which became park at the begininning of 1997, becoming at the same time the first National Park in Sardinia. The seven islands known as Cuniculariae (rabbits islands) during the Roman period are famous for their natural beauty done by irregular coasts, rocks erase from the wind and the strong presence of the typical Mediterranean brush. The Archipelago, located in the stretch of between Sardinia and Corsica known as Bocche di Bonifacio, is part of the European network of areas of great environmental importance (Site of Community Importance and Special Protection Area) for the presence of unique habitats and creatures. The 62 islands and islets forming the Archipelago cover a surface area of 5,134 ha, 15,046 ha in the sea. The National Park covers - including land and marine areas - 20,180 ha, with a coastal development of 180 kilometers. 

La Maddalena, main island and capital of the homonymous Archipelago, is the Park gateway. It is the one and only inhabited island, except for the village of Stagnali in Caprera Isle and the settlements of Santa Maria. La Maddalena is just 2 kilometres from the North-Eastern shore of Sardinia. The town of La Maddalena is located in the southest part of the island: stairs and little alleys carachterize the historical centre, while the fishing and touristic port of Cala Gavetta, with a column dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi, give a very picturesque view to the turist. 
Caprera: Garibaldi's island, after La Maddalena, it is the second island of the Park for size, but it is the first one for the beauty of its coasts and beaches and for its particular Mediterranean flora. A visit to the Garibaldi Compendium is worthy. 
Budelli Island is considered one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean, as well as symbol of Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park, since it houses one of the most significant environmental sites of the area: “Spiaggia Rosa” (the pink beach). 
Razzoli and Santa Maria Islands are nearly united to Passo degli Asinelli. Razzoli Island lies in the northernmost section and is striking for its imposing cliffs and the shapes of its rocks, resembling Henry Moore's sculptures. 
Nibani, Mortorio, Soffi and Camere are three islands situated in the South-East of the Archipelago, in front of Costa Smeralda, a few miles from Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, an ideal destination for yachtsmen. Spargi Island is the biggest of the four minor islands of the archipelago and is famous for its eastern beaches. Of granite origins, very rich in water and vegetation, it houses several protected bird species. Cala Corsara, Cala Connari, Cala Granara, and many other inlets surrounded by big granite rocks.
The archipelago offers many opportunities for different amazing itineraries by sea and land. Get ready for amazing diving and snorkeling experiences, for beautiful routes full of nature and very singular historical traces, and don’t miss the chance to stop in one of our most recomended restaurant in the Archipelago.
Please download the map and the rules of the park and see in our tour list our main suggestions

 

Coastline from Santa Teresa di Gallura to Poltu Quatu

Passing Santa Teresa di Gallura, we will take in consideration the Northern coast from Punta Marmorata to Poltu Quatu. This part of Sardinia is characterized by beautiful bays and spectacular views of the Archipelago. The most important points are definitely the town of Palau, the the seavillages of Cannigione and Baja Sardinia and definitely the two beautiful harbours of Porto Raphael and Poltu Quatu.
Palau is located in one of the most spectacular branch point of the North-Eastern coastline of Sardinia and it represents a real paradise corner with some beaches between the most beautiful of the whole island. The beach of Porto Faro with its very white and fine sand, the beach of La Sciumara and the half-moon shape beach of Isuledda are the most enchanting of this area. For windsurf lovers the white sand beach of Baia di Liscia is a must. Not to be missed is the spectacular natural “Roccia dell’Orso” (bear’s rock) in Palau, from where you can see an amazing and unique view of the town and the Archipelago. 
The Marina of Porto Rafael lies in the extreme North of the island promontory, Punta Sardinia, surrounded by huge granite rocks eroded and shaped by the wind. His fame increases as a landing place for small boats and a place for refreshment, in the 60s, thanks to the realization of Porto Rafael, destination of many elites figures who contributed to the success of the famous Piazzetta.
Poltu Quatu. ‘’Hidden Port’’ in Sardinian Gallura’s dialect, is a maravellous artificial port that benefits of the lights and flashes of the close Porto Cervo and all the Emerald Coast. It has been designed to resemble an ancient fishing village built around the traditional circular square, with charming narrow alleyways and stone buildings. It was founded in 1987 for creating a safe harbour and allowing the sea lovers to navigate it without giving up the finer pleasures of life. A prestigious hotel, restaurants and glamour shops are animating the life during the summer.
Baja Sardinia and Cannigione are two nice sea villages full of life during the summer. Baja Sardinia in particular, a part of its beautiful pink color beach and clear blue waters, is a very well known spot for the Emerald Coast night life thanks to its famous clubs and discos.

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