LA MADDALENA (Porto Rafael)
La Maddalena archipelago is an astonishing complex of small rocky islands with picturesque deserted beaches accessible mainly by boats. La Maddalena is located in Bonifacio strait in close vicinity to Corsica – a French island, the birthplace of unforgettable Napoleon Bonaparte.
La Maddalena is the biggest island of the archipelago with approximately 11,000 inhabitants, consisting of a group of smaller islands: La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Razzoli, and a large number of small islands on the north coast. The entire archipelago is part of the “La Maddalena National Park”. It is a tourist area with many beautiful beaches, the most famous “Spiaggia Rosa” (or Rose Beach) on the island of Budelli, which is rosy due to the appearance of red coral, but unfortunately, it can be admired only from distance due to its preservation closure. In the past, La Maddalena was a naval and a military base, which caught the interest of famous Napoleon Bonaparte, who suffered his first defeat here as a young French officer against fleet commanded by Maddalena-born Domenico Millelire in 1793.
La Maddalena is popular spot by yachters and many of them sail to turquoise lagoons like “Porto della Madonna” to enjoy the scenery of this unique natural wonder resembling the Caribbean spirit. Untouched beauty and of “Spiagga Testa di Polpo” is astonishing.
Porto Rafael is a small port surrounded by huge granite rocks eroded and shaped by the wind. It is an ideal starting point to discover the islands of La Maddalena Archipelago. If you are in the mood of serenity and tranquillity, this is a perfect stop.