Northern Sardinia and La Maddalena Archipelago
This beautiful group of islands lies on the South side of the Bonifacion Strait. On the North side if the strait lies Corsica. These Islands are a favorite with sailors, underwater fishing fans and people who appreciate tranquility and unsoiled surroundings. Except for the two largest islands the archipelago is uninhabited and with its many islands make a perfect summer destination. The islands are composed of red granite. The largest island is Isola Maddalena, on which sits the archipelago’s largest town, La Maddalena. The other six islands, in order of size, are: Caprera, Spargi, Santo Stefano, Santa Maria, Budelli and Razzoli.
Maddalena Islands and Northern Sardinia host some of the worlds best sailing venues
Only Maddalena, Caprera and S. Stefano have inhabitants. Lying adjacent to the famous tourist resort of the Costa Smeralda, Maddalena shares the same crystal clear waters and wind blown granite coastlines but also remains a haven for wildlife. It is a designated National Park, the Parco Nazionale Arcipelago di La Maddalena. It is a very popular tourist destination, especially among boaters.
Costa Smeralda Yacht Club hosts Italy’s Americas Cup Challenges
The straights of Bonifacio are dotted with small islands and rocks with lighthouses and with the summer winds of that blow from the west at a constant 24 mph it is a great area for dingy and sail boat racing. The Costa Smeralda Yacht Club hosts many world famous sailing races throughout the summer including the well know Sardinia Cup an International event. This Yacht Club has also represented Italy in the America’s Cup several times.