Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena

#2 in Best Things To Do in Sardinia
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Key Info

La Maddalena

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Parco Nazionale dell'Archipelago di La Maddalena is a collection of islands scattered off Sardinia's northeastern coast. Established as a geomarine national park in 1994, the islands have been on UNESCO's World Heritage site's shortlist since 2006 for their variety of marine and plant life. But tourists tend to visit for the eye candy – the rock formations, the snow-white beaches and the blue-green Mediterranean waters.

Recent travelers said this group of islands rivals those in the Caribbean, thanks to the culture, food and beauty of the place. Others call it a paradise and gush over its crystal clear aquamarine waters.

The best way to reach the Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena is by boat. You can book your passage from Palau (on Sardinia's northern tip) to the islands through ferry and tour operators like the traveler-approved MJ Tours and Elena. For more information, visit the park's website

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Reaching Cala Mariolu, a pebble beach segmented by large limestone rocks on Sardinia's east coast, takes some effort – but most travelers say the picturesque spot is worth the exertion. The waters that lap the shore are every shade of blue, and the tucked-away spot feels like a hidden paradise. 

Although most visitors say that this beach is truly magnificent, some say that the sheer number of beachgoers can detract from its tranquility. Several visitors recommend renting snorkeling equipment to use at a nearby, swimmable cove.

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