Full day boat trip to Spargi and Budelli, a couple of the islands of the archipelago, for stops for swimming and a short guided tour and shopping possibilities in the town La Maddalena.
A full day excursion to the La Maddalena Archipelago is an opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean sea. The whole area is protected since National Protected Area has been established in 1994. The archipelago, located between the northern Sardinia and the southern Corsica, is made of various islands (La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano – there was a USA navy basis for 30 years, Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and many others) and has about 180 km of coast line.
The only inhabited center is La Maddalena situated in the homonymous island, which is the biggest one. The smaller islands are uninhabited and most of them are usually visited during the summer season for the wonderful beaches with white sand. The archipelago is well-known also for the particular flora and fauna. Every island is different, on every island there are many beautiful small beaches and hidden bays. The light blue color of the sea is mixed with a light beige color of the granite rocks that are typical for the whole area.
On Budelli island there is a famous pink beach – it’s not possible to visit it anymore since it was close for the tourists in 1991 in order to preserve the pink color of the sand.
La Maddalena archipelago played an important part in the history of the Mediterranean region. It has a very strategic position that’s why some famous people sailed around or stopped there. One of them was Admiral Nelson who in 1804 left a couple of silver candelabras and a silver cross in a local church dedicated to Maria Maddalena as a gift for the local people for their hospitality. Also Napoleon Bonaparte reached the coast of La Maddalena – in those times he was only a simple soldier.
On the way back the boat stops in the town so that all the passengers have a possibility to visit nice narrow street and the main square with a church, to do some shopping, get some souvenirs, have an ice cream or a coffee before sailing back to the port in the late afternoon.