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Located in the northern region of Sardinia, La Maddalena is the largest town in the Maddalena archipelago, the group of islands just off the north-east of Sardinia. The only way to travel to La Maddalena is by boat, with car ferries travelling from nearby Palau and also from the Italian mainland.

This is an island that is well known for its beaches. The Cala Francese is one of the most popular beaches on the island, which is why it gets very busy on the weekends and during summer months as the water is clear and the beach is clean. Another popular beach is Bassa Trinita, a beach that, although gets busy during high tourist seasons, is perfect for an afternoon stroll or picnic.

The Piazza Umberto I is the main point of interest as it is in the centre of town. It used to called the Piazza Rossa so don’t be surprised if people of an older generation call it by that name. This is probably the busiest part of the town as many people will meet up here to chat or use it as a meet up point before moving on to their next destination. It’s an easy to get to point so maybe if you’re wondering where to stay in the island, don’t worry, as they have some of the best Sardinia villas in the region.

The island is connected to another island, Caprera, by a 600 metre causeway. This is another popular tourist destination as it is a natural reserve which is home to some rare sea birds. Here you can see the royal seagull, cormorant and peregrine falcon. The island had ties to one of the men who fought for Italy’s independence, Giuseppe Garibaldi. He bought the island in 1885 and lived there until he died in 1882. Now his home has been converted into a museum and a memorial chapel, in fact the island itself is a national monument. The island got it’s name for the numerous amount of goats that inhabit it, as ‘capra’ is Italian for goat. But the island was originally inhabited before a group of shepherds inhabited it; it was Garibaldi who planted the pine wood trees you see on the island today.

Theses island sits on the Strait of Bonifacio, which is a strait that lies in between Corsica and Sardinia. This was named after a Corsican town Bonifacio. This strait is well known among sailors for its weather, currents, shoals and other types of difficult obstacles. There is a famous disaster that happened in the Strait of Bonifacio. On February 15, 1855 a French ship called Smillante left the port of Toulon on its way to the black sea to supply the Crimean War with troops. But a storm caused it to hit a reef which led to the ship to sink and all of the soldiers on board drowning to death. In 1993 there was a tanker disaster which led to only French and Italian flag ships with dangerous goods allowed passage through the Strait of Bonifacio.

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