The archipelago of La Maddalena surrounded by a clear and crystalline sea is in the north-east of Sardinia, not far from the renowned Costa Smeralda. A group of 63 islands and islets of various sizes are part of this archipelago, among which the islands of La Maddalena, Santa Maria, Razzoli, Spargi, Caprera, Budelli and Santo Stefano stand out.
Large and small islands, with over 180 kilometres of coastline that together form an authentic masterpiece of nature: rocks sculpted by the wind, beaches with white or magically pink sands, inlets, blue depths and shallow waters where you can reflect like a mirror. La Maddalena and Caprera are connected by ferry with the port of Palau, all the other islands are accessible only by private boats.
A world populated by thousands of animal and plant species, period wrecks and archaeological sites of considerable interest. The Archipelago of La Maddalena, characterized by turquoise water and its peculiar ecosystems shaped by the wind, represents an exception, it is in fact the only national park in Italy consisting of the whole territory of a single municipality.
But it is above all from the point of view of the marine environment that the wealth of habitats and species is revealed, thanks to the “obligatory passage” determined by the bottleneck between Corsica and Sardinia. In the waters of the Archipelago you can spot large marine mammals such as common whales and sperm whales, coastal dolphins that are frequently seen, and sea turtles. The park is also an important stop for transaharian migratory birds.