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Island of La Maddalena

Listed under Islands in Sardinia, Italy.

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Maddalena is known for its beaches, pretty sandy coves between granite outcrops that can make you feel like you have the beach to yourself, albeit a small beach. The rest of the island is typified by the same rocky granite crops of boulders. The two most mentioned beaches on the island are Bassa Trinita and Cala Francese, both which are credited with lovely sounding soft, pink sand.

La Maddalena is in a pretty key strategic position, which has been a bit unfortunate for the people who’ve lived here who’ve been under siege from the Romans, the Piedmontese, the French under Bonaparte, and the English under Nelson who only left his ship to go to church on Sundays. It also means that the island is littered with interesting remains of the fortifications from each encounter and its main towns have paved streets and buildings dating from the 18th Century.

Visitors, including those coming for the G8 summit in 2009, have to arrive by boat, there’s no other way aboard.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Archipelago of La Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio”

'The Archipelago of “La Maddalena” encloses seven main islands - Maddalena, Caprera and Santo Stefano in the South East, while Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria are in the North western area - and 55 little islets. The entire area is included in … Read more...

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“You can keep your glitterati, we've got Nelson and Garibaldi”

By Adrian Munday for The Independent First Published: Sunday, 4 September 2005 Maddalena is the centre of an archipelago so close to the north coast of Sardinia that the old Danish ferries that make the crossing hardly have time to get up soot before t… Read more...

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Island of La Maddalena

Get the ferry from Palau. Absolutely stunning beaches, very quiet and relaxing.

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