Most of those who charter yachts know that Sardinia lies in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, although not everyone is aware of a small archipelago located north-east of its coast. The archipelago comprises seven islands, including the biggest one, LA Maddalena. The town of Maddalena is the closest to the coast of Sardinia, and lies in the Strait of Bonifacio, which separates Sardinia from Corsica.
La Maddalena is smaller than the remaining islands in the region of Costa Smeralda. Known for its beautiful landscape and serene location off the beaten trail, La Maddalena can only be accessed using ferry from Palau in Sardinia (departs every 30 minutes). Its famous pink sand and azure waters make La Maddalena a perfect spot for all sailors looking for respite from daily bustle. The town is pleasant and atmospheric, boasting Mediterranean architecture and numerous bars and restaurants. Its main attractions include Piazza Umberto I and via Garibaldi, which leads to the port.
Beautiful beaches fill locals with a sense of pride and attract numerous tourists who charter their yachts here. Some of the most famous beaches include Cala Francese and Bassa Trinita. The island also features a nature reserve of La Maddalena, home to granite rocks covered with myrtle bushes.
En route to Corsica, we sail past the beautiful island of Cavallo. With its small port with an exclusive hotel and magnificent sights, this privately owned island is filled with streets, villas, and a small central plaza. Its waters are not easy to sail, full of hidden rocks and shallows, but reward courageous sailors with splendid sights.
Corsica – Bonifacio. The little town of Bonifacio is emblematic of the peculiar character and climate of Corsica. Charming, narrow streets leading up to the Citadel, along with the glorious port entrance warrant a visit. With good weather, visitors can admire the wonderful panorama of the nearby Sardinia. Inside the bay, there is a beautiful yacht marina.