La Maddalena

La Maddalena is an archipelago of about 60 little islands whose beaches, bays, coves and century-old little towns make it a perfect example of Sardinian geography; picture postcard spots of wild beauty. We might compare the archipelago to a Royal court, with ‘la Maddalena’ as its Queen, the ‘Hero of two worlds’ Giuseppe Garibaldi’s island of Caprera as it first courtesan and numerous Royal servants positioned in the channel of the Emerald colour sea that separates Sardinia from Corsica. La Maddalena is an architectural jewel, characterised by the combination of the ancient fishing village and the houses of the aristocracy looking onto the port that directly adjoins the town. Beyond the old wooden bridge lies Caprera, the last and permanent resting home of Giuseppe Garibaldi, who lived the last years of his life here amidst the shade of century-old trees. Views all around are dominated by the wind-sculpted rocks that resemble cathedrals. On the horizon lie the ‘maidservant’ uninhabited islands of Spargi and Spargiotto, Budelli, with its famous red sand beach (Spiaggia Rosa) Razzoli and Santa Maria, all linked by the stretch of sea known as the Passo degli Asinelli (the donkey trail). These little islands watch over the strait of Bonifacio and guard the splendid Marine Park of La Maddalena.