Northern Gallura Coast attractions

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…
Beach in Santa Teresa di Gallura

Spiaggia Rena Bianca

The 'just like the Caribbean' comments come thick and fast when it comes to this bay – a glorious sweep of pale sand lapped by shallow, crystal-clear aquamarine water. From the eastern tip, a trail threads along the…
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.
Viewpoint in Palau

Roccia dell’Orso

This weather-beaten granite sculpture sits on a high point 6km east of Palau. The Roccia dell’Orso (Bear Rock) looks considerably less bearlike up close, resembling more – dare we say it? – a dragon. Analogies aside…
Fort in Palau

Fortezza di Monte Altura

Standing sentinel on a rocky crag, this sturdy 19th-century bastion was built to help defend the north coast and Arcipelago di La Maddalena from invasion – something it was never called on to do. A guided 45-minute …
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.
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.