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Top Choice Museum in Isola Caprera

Compendio Garibaldino

Giuseppe Garibaldi, professional revolutionary and all-round Italian hero, bought half of Caprera in 1855 (he got the rest 10 years later). He made it his home and refuge, the place he would return to after yet anot…
Top Choice National Park in Arcipelago di La Maddalena

Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena

Established in 1996, Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena consists of seven main islands and several smaller granite islets off Sardinia's northeastern coast. Over the centuries the prevailing maestrale (…
Island in Arcipelago di La Maddalena

Isola Budelli

This small island near the northwestern corner of the Maddalena archipelago is best known for its Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach), so-called because of the sand’s unique pink tinge. The beach is now protected and access …
Island in Arcipelago di La Maddalena

Isola Santa Maria

The most exciting part of a visit to Isola Santa Maria is the journey across the crystal-clear aquamarine waters that lap its southern shores – known as Porto della Madonna or Porto Madonna, this area is renowned as…
Island in Arcipelago di La Maddalena

Isola Spargi

West of Isola Maddalena, Isola Spargi is necklaced by sandy coves and inlets. One of the best is Cala Corsara, where the sea is topaz blue.
Sardinian in Isola Maddalena

Trattoria Vecchia Ilva

Buzzing with youthful energy and a welcoming vibe, this newly hatched restaurant breaks with its Mediterranean island surroundings, specialising in recipes from Sardinia’s mountainous interior. Fregola pasta with to…
Island in Arcipelago di La Maddalena

Isola Santo Stefano

Since NATO bid Isola Santo Stefano farewell in 2008, it has once again become a green, tranquil escape. Hikers can visit the fort used by Napoleon during his unsuccessful quest to capture Isola Maddalena in 1793.
Seafood in Isola Maddalena


Sardinian home cooking is on the menu at bistro-style Sottovento, a short stroll north of the harbour. Go for seafood antipasti, handmade pasta and fresh fish and you won’t be disappointed.
Island in Arcipelago di La Maddalena

Isola Razzoli

The northwesternmost island in the archipelago, Isola Razzoli is a popular destination for boat tours, which ply the waters of its fjord-like Cala Lunga.
Museum in Isola Maddalena

Museo Archeologico Navale

About 1km out of town, on the road to Cala Spalmatore, this museum exhibits finds from a 1st-century shipwreck. The two modest rooms are presided over by an impressive reconstructed cross-section of the Roman vessel…