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Corsair Bay

One of the pearls of La Maddalena Archipelago is undoubtedly Cala Corsara (or Corsair Bay in English), a small paradise bay located on the southern coast of the island of Spargi. The bay was named after the dangerous corsairs that used to terrorize the local population and chose this location as a secure shelter.

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Spargi Island

Spargi island is the third largest one of the archipelago, it has almost a rounded shape, about 4 square kilometres of surface area and 11 kilometres of coastline with several spectacular beaches situated along the south-eastern shores like Cala Corsara, Cala dell’Amore, Cala Granara and Cala Soraya.

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Porto Rafael

Porto Rafael is a small luxury tourist center that faces out over the islands of La Maddalena archipelago. Note the predominating colours, the azure of the sea, the green of the vegetation and the white of the villas nestled among the granite rocks of the hill called Punta Sardegna.

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Palau

The small town of Palau is set between Capo d’Orso and Punta Sardegna. A small village at the beginning of the 18th century, it became a small town with more than 4000 inhabitants and schools, offices and various commercial activities, many of them in some way related to tourism. Palau became an autonomous municipality in 1959.

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LA MADDALENA ARCHIPELAGO

Follow us to discover the wonderful archipelago of La Maddalena, the first national park in Sardinia, created in 1994. The archipelago includes seven larger island: La Maddalena, Santo Stefano, Caprera, Spargi, Razzoli , Budelli and Santa Maria. What makes it different form other archipelagos that we find all around the Italian coast is that all the islands in the La Maddalena Archipelago are very close to each other.

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Cannigione

Cannigione is a beautiful tourist village. It is a fraction of the municipality of Arzachena, it has about 800 inhabitants and extends along the western coast of the Arzachena Gulf. Conca, Tanca Manna, Barca Bruciata which are located along the coast and many others.

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BAJA SARDINIA

Baja Sardinia, one of our departure points, is a small village with about 150 inhabitants belonging to the municipality of Arzachena. Baja Sardinia is just a stone’s throw far from the Emerald Coast. That’s why there are a couple of clubs and discos, for example Il Ritual, a disco club in the artificial caves of the granite rocks, or a popular open air club Phi Beach. On the outskirts of Baja Sardinia there is the only water theme park on the Emerald Coast Acquadream.

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Red Cape Site on Caprera island

On the left on the most southern tip of Caprera island we will see L’Opera di Punta Rossa, or Red Cape Site. It is a complex of old military constructions built between 1879 and the beginning of the first world war on a narrow one kilometre and a half long strip of land. The complex is protected by the sea on one side and by high granite rocks on the other one.  

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Former U.S.A. Military Base

On Santo Stefano there are several military areas and some others that are subject to military servitudes. We have already mentioned Saint George Fortress or anti-aircraft battery Punta Zucchero, Sugar Peak in English, with the rests of the original station built between two world wars. There exist fuel storage location Punta Sassu as well as the Italian military navy bases.

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LA MADDALENA: GARIBALDI SQUARE AND TOWN HALL

The most important square of the town is named after Garibaldi. In the past it was called “Red square” due to the original colour of the paving. Right in the centre of the square we find the unmissable bronze statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi made by Carlo Pozzi in 2011 for the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. In front of the statue there is civic marketplace and the Town Hall. Both have been built on the site of what was once Elm square.

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