Welcome to Arcipelago di La Maddalena
Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena, established in 1996, consists of seven main islands and several smaller granite islets off Sardinia's northeastern coast. The seven principal islands are the high points of a valley, now underwater, that once joined Sardinia and Corsica. When the two split into separate islands, waters filled the strait now called the Bocche di Bonifacio. Over the centuries the prevailing maestrale (northwesterly wind) has helped to mould the granite into the bizarre natural sculptures that festoon the archipelago.
The area is an important natural habitat, and the ecosystem remains fragile. For this reason efforts have been launched to create a joint Italian-French marine park.