La Maddalena Archipelago

This is the second time we visited Sardinia, last year we spend more time inland, driving from northeast to northwest coast, you can check full post here. Unfortunately, we had only one day to spend at Maddalena archipelago. I was so amazed by the beauty of the place that I had to go back. This time now, we only stay there, lucky me!

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There’s two main Islands:  Maddalena and Caprera, both linked by a bridge you can easily cross driving. As well as Spargi, Budelli, Cala Santa Maria and Razzoli. As it is a natural reserve park, some areas are off-limits to human tampering. Having said that, the best way to explore this island chain is to rent a boat in one of the ports, they have a range of options. We went with the same sailboat company that we’ve been  last year. They specialize in tours throughout the islands so you’ll get to enjoy the many hidden beaches of this beautiful area. The captain was the same as last year, a great guy and he knows all about sailing and the region, he even allowed me to take control of the boat for quite some time and I felt  in love with sailing… it was a great experience.  

The beaches are made of granite and schist rock offer splendid views, crystal-clear water where you could see every detail of your toes, even when deep in. Because of their location, they have been crucial for military bases and naval strategy, the archipelago was created in 1996.  It is the land of the famous Garibaldi, an Italian general who commanded the Risorgimento, the movement which unified Italy in 1860s . He retired in 1854 and stayed in Caprera until his death in 1882.

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Caprera is a great island to explore, it has an option for all  and the south of the island is more accessible. There’s a lot of off-road trails for the enthusiasts,  we rent a quadricycle. I highly recommend, it allowed us to go to get into places a car wouldn’t go, the island is full of fascinating rock formations carved by the wind, I could spend days in there taking pictures.

It’s worth to mention Maddalena archipelago can be very windy,  the average wind speed is 20 kph, the reason why makes so special for sailing and the rocks hold such beautiful shapes.

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