The island archipelago "La Maddalena" with more than 60 islands and an area of 50 square kilometers is located in the Strait of Bonifacio between Sardinia and Corsica and is perfect for a long day trip. The archipelago consists of a total of 7 islands - La Maddalena, Caprera (connected by a bridge to the main island), Budelli, Razzoli, Santa Maria, Spargi and Santo Stefano.
La Maddalena, the only year-round inhabited island in the archipelago, was a military base for Americans until just a few years ago. The beautiful old town with 18th century palazzi, busy restaurants and bars along the waterfront and the colorful fishing harbor make La Maddalena a beautiful place. From here it is the best way to start boat trips to the uninhabited parts of the island archipelago.
Leaving the small port town by car heading north, you'll have a breathtaking view of the island along the 20km-long scenic road, with its rocky shoreline of granite, palm trees and huge, pink oleander bushes.
Numerous bays and wonderful beaches like the Spiaggia Spalmatore with pink granite sand and azure blue water invite you to swim and snorkel. Due to the protected underwater world of the nature reserve with its rich underwater flora and fauna, it is a great place to go diving.
No matter which of the islands you want to visit, the La Maddalena archipelago is definitely worth a visit.
Tavolara - the smallest kingdom in the world!
In the late 18th century, the island was discovered by the Corsican Giuseppe Bertoleoni. When Charles-Albert, King of Sardinia-Piedmont, entered the island, Bertoleoni, according to a story, greeted him with the words: "The King of Tavolara welcomes the King of Sardinia”. Amused by this greeting, King Giuseppe Bertoleoni gave him the island as a gift. From now on he called himself Paolo I. Even Tonino Bertoleoni. A descendant of Paolo I, still calls himself "Re di Tavolara" today.
Wild and untouched, the limestone island rises like a huge ship with almost 6km length and 1km width from the deep blue water. From Punta Cannone , where the highest point of the island is 564 meters, it offers a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Olbia, which makes you forgeht the efforts of the sometimes difficult hike of about 5h.
A narrow headland stretches west from the tip of Tavolara and gives a little space for three jetties, two restaurants and a few old buildings, as well as an old cemetery. On the east side beaten in the rock, there are also a NATO base, as well as an old lighthouse.
A bright sandy beach and crystal clear water are perfect to swim and it attract locals and tourists in summer. Tavolara is designated as a nature reserve and marine park. Here you will find the best conditions for diving at the famous spot "Secca del Pappa”.
From Golfo Aranci, Tavolara can be reached in approx. 25-30 min. by rubber dinghy. Boats up to 40 hp can be hired without a licence. In the holiday season, boats depart daily from the port of Olbia to sail around the island before reaching the landing stage after about 1 hour. Alternatively, guided boat tours at Marco del Mare directly from Golfo Aranci. (https://www.marcodelmare.it/)