We fell in love with Sardinia’s La Maddalena Archipelago National Park as soon as the boat left Baia Sardinia to tour the Park for one day.
Established in 1994, the Park covers about 180 km coastline and consists of about 60 islands. Some of them are famous worldwide for a number of features that make them unique: La Maddalena, Caprera, Budelli, Razzoli, Santa Maria, Spargi and Santo Stefano.
The Park houses about thousand plant species and a rich fauna. As a famous Geo-marine protected area, the Park’s plants and fauna depend on a number of key factors: wind, sun exposure, dryness, soil properties and altitude. The Park also accommodates trans-Saharan migratory birds.
The Park has been a strategic point, which over the centuries was of interest to Napoleon, Nelson and Garibaldi.
The translucent water colour changes from transparent blue to turquoise, azure and emerald.
We stopped on the islands of La Maddalena, Santa Maria and Spargi.
La Maddalena is the name which is equally borne by the archipelago, the island and the town located on the island.
Santa Maria Island is located between the Razzoli and Budelli Islands and it has a surface of only 2 square km and a perimeter of about 10 km.
We admired the Budelli Island and its pink beach from about 70 meters from the shore, from the boat, as it is forbidden to walk on the beach and swim.
The Spargi Island was our third stop while touring Sardinia’s National Park of La Maddalena. If the other islands we visited before charmed us with their natural settings, the Spargi Island and its particular beauty was breath-taking.
On our way back to Baja Sardinia, the headquarter of our holiday, we had the chance of admiring Capo d’Orso (the Bear Rock) naturally shaped by the wind, Lo Scoglio Bianco, Santo Stefano Island and its lighthouse.
We will, for sure, get back to again explore La Maddalena Archipelago National Park by boat and enjoy its unforgettable natural beauty.
In addition to the visual unique experience of seeing unusual water colours and beautiful landscapes, we also felt the natural perfumes of wild herbs such as thyme, rosemary and oregano.
All of these make the place an iconic “Dolce Italia” which we will remember for ever.