The Maddalena Archipelago, located in the northeastern part of Sardinia opposite Gallura, constitutes a Marine National Park established in 1994, comprising 7 major islands (La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Budelli, Santa Maria, Razzoli and Spargi) and over 40 granite islets.
Covering over 180 kilometers of coastline, the archipelago boasts more than 300 among the finest beaches on the planet. Not to be missed are the Spiaggia Rosa (Budelli), Spiaggia del Cavaliere (Budelli), Cala Santa Maria (Isola Santa Maria), Cala Lunga (Razzoli), Cala Coticcio (Caprera), and Cala Soraya (Spargi).
You can reach all the islands of the Maddalena archipelago with one of our charter boats and yachts.
The Island of Budelli is a small natural paradise of the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of just over 1.6 km2 and more than 12 km of coastline.
Like its neighbors Caprera, Spargi and Razzoli, Budelli Island is uninhabited – Thus allowing the unspoiled beauty to be preserved.
The island’s main attraction is the Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach), located in the southeastern part
of the island. The sand on this beach owes its name to the pink color of microscopic
coral and shell fragments such as Miriapora truncata and Miniacina miniacea.
The Maddalena Park management banned transiting, anchoring or stopping any sailing boats, professional or recreational fishing and any other underwater activities near the Pink Beach.
The beauty of Budelli is not limited to the Pink Beach. It will definitely be worth visiting Cala Piatto, Cala Cisternone, Cala di Trana and Cala del Cavaliere, even more for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts who will be able to observe many species of marine flora and fauna.
Budelli represents an essential stopover for nature lovers and fans of the Mediterranean Sea’s beauty. A place where time seems to stand still and where you can experience moments of absolute peace and relaxation.
The third largest island in the Maddalena archipelago, Spargi can only be reached by sea and is known for its numerous coves, including Cala Corsara, Cala Granara and Cala Ciaccaro.
The most popular is Cala Granara located in the southern part of the island. Cala Corsara, also called Cala della Strega (the Witche’s Cove), is equally charming with its four small sandy beaches surrounded by dunes and rich local vegetation.
Cala Canniccio, located on the eastern side of the island, features rough red sand, again surrounded by lush Mediterranean bush.
Also on the eastern side, you shall find Cala Soraya, with a distinctive boomerang shape and crystal-clear turquoise waters: the perfect stage for memorable swimming and diving adventures.
Cala Conneri is another beautiful cove with fine sand, pink rocks and lush vegetation with junipers and rosemary. Other coves not to be missed are Cala Serraina and Cala Piscioli.
Finally, Spargi is famous for the wreck of a Roman transport ship dating back to the 2nd century BC, located in the shoal of Cala Corsara.
Caprera is located in the Maddalena Archipelago, and constitutes an entirely protected area.
The island’s coastline is rugged and the eastern part is characterized by a small mountain ridge of pink granite. The area is adorned with steep cliffs and typical Mediterranean scrub.
Caprera’s most famous beaches are the Spiaggia del Relitto (Beach of the Wreck) – located on the Punta Rossa peninsula – Cala Coticcio, Cala Serena, and the beach of I Due Mari (Cala Portese), all known for their fine white sand that frames a crystal-clear shallow sea.
To reach Caprera, it is possible to take a ferry from the port of Palau, with varying frequencies. In addition, the island is connected to La Maddalena by the 600-meter-long Passo della Moneta (Coin Bridge), built in the mid-1900s.
In addition to the beaches and nature, we recommend a visit to the Casa Bianca, which houses the memory of Giuseppe Garibaldi, who lived the last years of his life on the island.
Lastly, worth mentioning is the sailing school CVC (Centro Velico Caprera): a true institution for sailing enthusiasts and known all over the world.
An Island of unique features, Santa Maria is located to the north of the Maddalena archipelago. It is distinguished by its flatness, with a maximum elevation of only 49 meters at Guardia del Turco.
It is also separated from the neighboring island of Razzoli by a narrow canal, which is named Passo degli Asinelli (Donkeys’ Pass).
Cala Santa Maria is the largest beach of the island, set along its southern coast: a breathtaking fine-sandy shore, mirrored by the crystal-clear waters of the archipelago.
The seabed around the island extends offshore, creating one of the most famous natural pools in Europe, with a length of 200 meters.
Santa Maria also hosts “Il Palude” (“The Swamp”), a small lake of brackish water that attracts several species of colorful birds: a wonderful spectacle for true nature lovers.
The island of Santo Stefano, the fourth largest in the Maddalena archipelago, is a must-see for those visiting the Maddalena’s National Park. It can be visited in about two hours by walking, with its highest point on Monte Zucchero rising to a height of 101 meters.
The coastline on the west of Santo Stefano is visible during the fast ferry crossing from Palau to La Maddalena. Its land is marked by white and pink rock formations enhanced by Mediterranean scrub and several roads that make its visiting easier.
The island’s west coast is home to Spiaggia del Pesce (Fish Beach): a corner of paradise with blue and turquoise waters, with a shallow, sandy seabed fronted by the islet Roma, named after the ship that sank in its waters during World War II.
Mediterranean vegetation further enriches the landscape of Santo Stefano, which is for the most part privately owned – except for the Navy settlements on the eastern side of the island, now dismantled since 2008.