After having brought a tour from North to South of the best beaches in Sardinia, we speak today of La Maddalena. The difficulty in presenting and describing the Maddalena Archipelago is in the use and choice of the many adjectives that are used for groped to tell one of the most beautiful places on Earth: use definitions like “unique, amazing, wonderful, heavenly” and similar risks to be so trite, overused and granted how, at the same time, not enough to fully make the excitement and wonder that you feel in the presence of places where nature has made such an endless series of masterpieces. Any images, as evocative and spectacular, of course only partially and ideally can transmit the atmosphere, the sounds and the smells of the depicted environments. Therefore, the only advice for all lovers of the sea is to plan and take a vacation in this paradise that the whole world envies us.
Geographically this group of over 60 islands and islets located in the northeastern part of Sardinia, in the water close to the Costa Smeralda, another famous place, but with completely different attractions and atmospheres; the most important are: La Maddalena, Budelli, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Razzoli and Santa Maria. Since 1994 are part of the National Park of La Maddalena which, under national and Community protection, deals with the protection of their marine and terrestrial areas.
Cala Spalmatore – La Maddalena
Photo: Gyula Böröcz
Cala Spalmatore is one of the most famous beaches of La Maddalena island from which it takes the name of the municipality that administers the islands of the province of Olbia-Tempio. It is located in the east, a few kilometers from the town and offers spectacular scenery to the visitor: two promontories of pink granite rock punctuated by wild flora guard sheltered from the wind three small golden sandy beaches overlooking a sea by a gently sloping and transparent blue. The area is always very popular not only for its beauty but also for the wide range of services and facilities to meet the needs of families and swimming and snorkeling.
Testa del Polpo – La Maddalena
Testa del Polpo Beach, or Capocchia du Purpu according to the local dialect, is an amazing natural swimming pool in the southern part of the island, in locations Isoleddu. Shallow, crystal clear waters surround the fine white sandy beach dominated by a rock whose strange shape, exactly like that of an octopus, originated the name of the location. Easily accessible following the scenic road from the center of La Maddalena, it is a paradise for children and for those who have little experience with swimming.
Monte d’Arena – La Maddalena
A little more secluded from large gatherings vacationers, however, is the Monte d’Arena beach, on the northern coast. Here the wide white sandy coastline alternates with formations of cliffs, dotted by the green of the Mediterranean, which are reflected in the clear turquoise waters with shallow waters and sandy. The presence of a high coastal dunes, as well as helping to identify the name of the beach, only enhances the beauty and uniqueness of this area which are always very windy.
Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach) – Budelli
Photo: Luca Giudicatti
Budelli is not only one of the most beautiful Mediterranean islands, but also one of the most famous in the world thanks to the presence of the Pink Beach, in the Cala of Roto in the southeastern part of the island. The guardian, authorized only inhabitant of the island, is responsible for the care and preservation of a real gem from the exceptional natural and environmental characteristics. The coral sand color is due to the mix of pink granite rocks and calcareous shells of a beached marine protozoa, the Miniacina miniacea, inhabiting the Posidonia meadows found in the waters. The contrast with the blue-emerald shades of water and the deep green of the surrounding wilderness gives this authentic fairytale atmosphere natural sanctuary that you can, however, only enjoy the beach and to a safe distance given the very strict restrictive rules by the Park since 1998 that prohibit both access and bathing to avoid the recurrence of havoc and vandalism it has occurred in the past.
To learn more, see also the article on the beach of the Island of Budelli Rosa.
Cala Coticcio – Caprera
The island of Caprera, which historians and school memories inextricably tied to the figure of Garibaldi who lived and whose remains lie here, is the second extension of the archipelago. The granitic mountains are covered with pine forests and untouched Mediterranean flora that push the limits of predominantly rocky coastline where the erosive force of the water has affected small sandy coves. Cala Coticcio is a very secluded little beach, sheltered in a small cove on the eastern side of the island. Not easily accessible by land, it is very crowded in summer by those who can afford to reach it by sea, attracted by the beautiful natural landscape that offers: white sand, clear waters and gently sloping seabed.
Spiaggia del Relitto – Caprera
Photo: Oscar Carvajal
The extreme south of Caprera, on the headland of Punta Rossa, is, however, the Wreck Beach. Wild and lonely provide a distinctive and suggestive panorama thanks to the still half-buried remains of a coal ship ran aground on this white sandy coast bathed by a sea where there are meadows of Posidonia. A must-see that every summer attracts many visitors.
Spiaggia del Pesce – Santo Stefano
Atmosphere more relaxed you are living on the fish, in Santo Stefano beach, an island known for having hosted, until 2008, a US military base located on its east coast. The beach, accessible only by sea, thanks to a service of boats that connect La Maddalena and Palau, is a small strip of white sand overlooking a natural pool by low sand and turquoise waters. Recommended for those who want to organize their holidays in a heavenly corner of Sardinia, far from the crowds yes, but without sacrificing comfort and sevices guaranteed by hotels and upscale resorts, present here.
Cala Corsara – Spargi Island
Wonderful pristine environmental scenarios are the business card of the island of Spargi. For most of the year uninhabited, it is a natural oasis protected by the charming and incomparable beauty. It is owned by the Maddalena Archipelago National Park which, in summer, it regulates the access and determines the permitted routes. Cala Corsara, also known as Cala of the Witch, is one of the most sought after and photographed: fine white sand, cobalt blue sea, clear water and shallow water, all surrounded by a natural scenery characterized by formations of granite rock from pink reflections and scrub Mediterranean. Indispensable attraction for the many boaters who are queuing up to obtain the necessary berthing permission.
Cala Santa Maria – Santa Maria Island
Photo: Luca Daviddi
If all Spread is an ode to the wonders of nature, no less important it is the emotions and the views that can offer the island of Santa Maria. On its eastern side, Cala Santa Maria is perhaps the most beautiful beach: also reachable only by sea, according to the usual regulations imposed by the Park, is a fairly wide sandy coastline end that slopes gently in the crystal clear waters. The island of Santa Maria is the only one, along with Caprera, to be permanently inhabited: nestled among the surrounding maquis, there are some small villas used as summer residences and a hotel, with very few rooms, where only a lucky few at a time they can enjoy a dream holiday in all respects.
Cala Lunga – Razzoli Island
Santa Maria is divided from the Island of Razzoli by a narrow sea channel, about one meter deep, called Step Asinelli: a real natural pool formed over the centuries where once there was a strip of land that connected the two islands, and allowed the passage of men and flocks. The coasts are characterized by high cliffs between which there are a few small sandy beaches, but with absolutely unique atmosphere. Do not miss Cala Lunga which opens in all its splendor at the end of a small cove on the south side: soft white sand, with water colors that fade from blue, cobalt blue and emerald green, a side of granitic rocks and wild nature; the closest thing to Paradise Lost, which can be accessed only by boat of course thanks to services and organized tours link.