La Maddalena Archipelago - Italy resorts

La Maddalena Archipelago

La Maddalena is a Sardinian archipelago known and famed worldwide for its landscapes of rare beauty. The scattered seven main islands and numerous islets that it comprises form part of a national marine reserve extending over a total area of 18,000 hectares of land and sea.

Apart from the scanty built-up areas on the main islands, the archipelago is largely uninhabited year-around and, not least on account of this latter factor, has remained an extraordinary natural environment.
With small junipers, gigant oleander bushes, stone pine forests and wonderful white sandy beaches rimmed with bizarre rock formations the archipelago is a destionation of choice for sea and sailing lovers.

The island is reachable by a 20-minute ferry ride from Palau, on the northern tip of the Sardinian mainland. The trip brings you directly to the island’s main town, La Maddalena, a charming port tailor-made for a relaxing stroll on the seafront, broken up only to stop for an ice cream or glass of wine in one of its numerous inviting bars and restaurants.

La Maddalena is quite a large island with several very appealing sandy beaches. These all lie outside the town, but are easy to reach thanks to a panoramic circular bus service (more practical information below).

More isolated beaches on the other islands can be reached by boat - if you are lucky enough, your own. Gommoni (rubber dinghies with motors) can be hired along the waterfront in La Maddalena; it is also possible to hire a small boat with a skipper.

Organised boat trips depart every day (sometimes less often outside peak season) from the waterfront in La Maddalena. Advertising boards and sales-people advertise the excursions, though the offering and price is basically the same. Boats leave in the morning, cruise through the islands stopping at two or three beaches for long bathing/exploring breaks, and lunch (usually seafood pasta) is provided on board. This is a great way to see the island group, atmospheric uninhabited islands and some beautiful isolated beaches - although you will be sharing them with your fellow passengers and those of other boats.

Wedding ceremonies in La Maddalena Island

Civil ceremonies are performed in the Municipio, a 19th century palace in neoclasical style located in a picturesque square in the heart of the historical centre,just in front of the lovely small harbour.

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