THE 7 SISTERS

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Archipelago of La Maddalena

The La Maddalena Archipelago is an Italian National Park with a geomarine character located in northern Sardinia made up of 7 main islands and a multitude of islets, reefs and magnificent rocks. An enchanting place with incredible landscapes and views, known all over the world for its breathtaking beauty.

The Consorzio delle Bocche, with its 3 modern passenger motor vessels, carries out daily departures from Santa Teresa Gallura to see the La Maddalena Archipelago. On the way you can also admire the Bocche di Bonifacio with its white cliffs, a particularly interesting stretch of sea, the scene of events that have marked history.

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The Islands of the Archipelago

7 sisters, all with an enchanting sea. The 7 main islands that make up the La Maddalena Archipelago are:

La Maddalena
Caprera
Santo Stefano
Spargi
Budelli
Santa Maria
Razzoli

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Isola di La Maddalena

The island of La Maddalena is certainly the largest of the seven 'sister' islands that make up the Archipelago. The island is composed of a pretty town centre, a seaside village - the town of La Maddalena - also known as Little Paris. The island has always been very important because of its strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea.

Some of the best known beaches on the island of La Maddalena are:

Cala Francese
Cala dello Spalmatore
Punta Tegge
Cala Nido d’Aquila
Spiaggia Bassa Trinità

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Isola di Caprera

The island of Caprera is known for having hosted Giuseppe Garibaldi who spent the last years of his life here. Now Garibaldi's house is a museum open to the public. On the island there is the village of Stagnali, a small inhabited settlement.

Some of the best known beaches on the island of Caprera are:

Spiaggia del Relitto
Cala Coticcio
Cala Napoletana
Porto Palma
Cala Portese

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Isola di Santo Stefano

Santo Stefano is an enchanting island nestled between Caprera and La Maddalena and is one of the main islands of the Archipelago due to its size. It is well known for its rocks and granite quarries. present as well as the presence of buildings from the now defunct US Navy base.

Some of the best known beaches on the island of Santo Stefano are:

Cala di Villamarina
Spiaggia dei Marinai
Cala ricciosa
Isolotto Roma

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Isola di Spargi

The island of Spargi is characterised by the presence of fortifications that stand out against the sea. The beaches of the island Spargi are famous for being coves of white sand surrounded by majestic granite rocks. On the northwest side of the island of Spargi is Spargiotto, an enchanting islet of very high environmental importance.

Some of the best known beaches on the Island of Spargi are:

Cala Granara
Cala Corsara
Cala Connari
Cala Soraya
Cala dell’Amore
Cala Bonifazzinca

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L’Isola di Budelli

The island of Budelli is home to the world-famous spiaggia rosa now an integral protection zone. Its intense pink colour is due to the presence of the remains of microscopic organisms - mainly foraminifera and bryozoans - which have been processed and crumbled by the force of the sea. Access to the Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach) is not permitted, and you can only admire this magnificent beach from the sea to preserve its delicate ecosystem.

Some of the best known beaches on the Island of Budelli are:

Spiaggia Rosa
Spiaggia del Cavaliere
Cala Cisternone

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Isola Santa Maria

Isola Santa Maria is an island with breathtaking beaches and bays that owes its name to the presence of the Benedictine monastery of Sancta Maria de Budello dating back to medieval times. Of particular note is the Porto della Madonna, a stretch of sea between the islands of Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria.

Some of the best known beaches on Santa Maria Island are:

Cala Santa Maria
Porto Madonna
Passo degli Asinelli

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Isola di Razzoli

The island of Razzoli is a wild island where nature takes centre stage. The most remote and wildest of the islands of the Archipelago, it faces directly onto the stretch of sea known as the Bocche di Bonifacio. It is characterised by the presence of an imposing lighthouse dating back to 1800.

Some of the best known beaches on the island of Razzoli are:

Cala Lunga
Cala Prima
Ultima Cala
Cala dell’Orto

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The National Park

The National Park was established in 1994 in order to implement measures to protect and safeguard the area. Another fundamental principle that has guided its establishment is the development of the coastal and maritime territory in the north of Sardinia.

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If you are interested in the zoning of the Maddalena Archipelago National Park you can find it here here. Discover also Bonifacio and the islands of southern Corsica