The island of La Maddalena is a place that remains in the heart, it is a magnificent place with a breathtaking view ... the sea is clean and crystalline, its islands: Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Caprera are authentic masterpieces of natural architecture; do not forget to book a boat trip to also visit the famous Pink Beach, protected and closed to bathing since 1994 ... This is an altar story
La Maddalena is the mother island, the capital, the gateway to the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park: a precious treasure chest, a custody of natural, historical and marine treasures, among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.
Of all the islands of the archipelago, the island of La Maddalena is the only inhabited one, with the exception of the village of Stagnali on the island of Caprera which is home to about twenty families and the famous Dolphin Research Center. The city has a resident population of around 12,000.
TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF HISTORY LIVED INTENSELY
Two hundred years of history lived intensely and enriched by the passage of great protagonists of history. Once called the little Paris La Maddalena, it is to be counted among the most beautiful towns in Sardinia. Walking the streets of the historic center is like taking a journey into the past due to the constant references to the great personalities who loved and frequented it.
The crucial position in the Mediterranean has made La Maddalena and the archipelago of decisive historical importance both for commercial traffic and for military reasons.
The island is counterpointed by numerous forts built by the Piedmontese to dominate the territory and to protect themselves from Tunisian raids and French naval attacks, including the fort of La Guardia, located in one of the highest points of the island, from which to contemplate a 360 degree view, S. Andrea, Carlo Felice, Santa Teresa, Punta Tegge. After Napoleon's defeat, the Piedmontese moved the fleet to Genoa and the Maddalenini's activities were concentrated on fishing and granite extraction.
THE HISTORICAL CENTER
The center of La Maddalena testifies to the passage of brave men who changed the history of Europe: this is the case for Nelson's candlesticks kept in the diocesian museum, but also for Garibaldi's letter engraved on marble and exhibited inside the Town Hall to pay homage to Maddalena hospitality.
In Piazza XXII February stands the Garibaldi Column with the plaque celebrating the victory over the French in 1793 underneath. From the main street you arrive at Piazza Comando where there is the bust of Anita and the monument dedicated to the Fallen Sailors.
There are really numerous beaches on the island: Testa del polpo which takes its name from the shape of the light granite rock that overlooks it and from the characteristic white sand, Punta Tegge, dominated by the fort and where the shallow waters make snorkeling pleasant. To the north, continuing along the Strada Panoramica, the magnificent beaches of the Spalmatore, Monti d'a Rena and the Strangolato.