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Maddalena is an archipelago of 7 islands between Corsica and northeastern Sardinia, very close to Costa Smeralda. The whole archipelago is part of the Parco Nazionale Arcipelago di La Maddalena, a national park and protected area established in 1994.



  • La Maddalena - the main island
  • Caprera - another famous tourist destination and the place where Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi retired until his death in 1882
  • Santo Stefano - privately owned, it is known for hosting a NATO naval base
  • Spargi - uninhabited
  • Budelli - famous for its pink beach, managed by the National Park
  • Santa Maria
  • Razzoli - the smallest, there are some beautiful beaches

Get in[edit]

Frequent ferries, from Palau to Maddalena, up to every half an hour during the summer months.

Get around[edit]

There is a basic bus services that runs on the two larger islands.

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There are many beautiful beaches and coves, and some agriturism.

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From Maddalena, take the bridge to the smaller island, and follow the signs for Agriturismo, to find a small farmyard restaurant just past Club Med. The food there is excellent, with a set menu around €22 for lunch and €29 for dinner.

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On the south-western side of the island there is a small gulf (a "cala" in italian) named "Cala Francese". This once was a french granite mining site, this granite has been used for making, among other things, the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. You can find a residence, run by a local family, near the now closed mine: Cala Francese Residence.


The island has two campsites. La Villagio di Camping Maddalena, located within walking distance of Maddalena the town, has facilities for tents and caravans, and has a bar, a restaurant with an excellent pizza oven and grill, and a mini market. The other camping village is located further to the north of the island.

Stay safe[edit]

The island is very safe, and theft is not a serious concern.

Get out[edit]

Unless you have a private boat, take the ferry back to Palau.

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