Islands and archipelagos around Sardinia
Around the breath-taking coast of Sardinia are several islands and archipelagos of all shapes and sizes. Some of them are even designated as national parks and offer peace and relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of cities. Read more about the most beautiful islands and archipelagos around Sardinia - they are all worth a trip!
The paradisiacal archipelago of La Maddalena
Jagged coastlines with small bays and sandy beaches, bizarre rock formations ranging from grey granite to red porphyry rock, surrounded by harsh macchia and sparsely populated make up the charm of La Maddalena! The archipelago stretches off the Costa Smeralda in north-eastern Sardinia off the coast of Palau. It consists of a total of 62 islands with seven larger islands and many small islets and forms part of the province of Sassari.
A large part of the archipelago has been declared a national park, which is why many of its bays and beaches are not accessible. The largest islands are La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Razzoli. The port town of the same name on the main island of La Maddalena has a highly historical ambience. A bridge leads from the island to the almost uninhabited neighbouring island of Caprera. Here, the “Casa-Museo di Garibaldi”, where the celebrated national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi spent his twilight years, is particularly worth a visit.
The beautiful Isola Asinara
The former prison island Isola Asinara is the continuation of the peninsula of Stintino in the north of Sardinia. It takes its name from the semi-wild white donkeys (“asino”) that live there in herds. In 1970, a high-security prison with the strictest safety precautions was built on the island, which is why it was also called the “Alcatraz of the Mediterranean.” Because of the strong currents, it was considered impossible to cross the channel between Asinara and Stintino.
Because of its untouched plant diversity, the island, together with Isola Piana and the surrounding marine area, was declared a nature reserve in 2002. The historical treasures and flora and fauna of the beautiful island can be explored by small electric train or bicycle, or on foot or horseback. The dreamlike beach “Spaggia della Pelosa” beckons visitors with its white sandy beach and crystal-clear water in the lightest blue and strongest turquoise.