Surrounded by beautiful beaches - small, cozy island
A bit pricey
A great place for fun on the beach
At the marina, there are several boats lined up ready to take passengers to the nearby beaches and islands. The boat that I took went to 3 different beaches. As the boat glided through the water, the sun rays danced on the sea; and the different shades of blues and blue-greens of the water were spectacular. We stopped at the first beach and had...more
La Maddalena is a quaint little town located on Isola Maddalena . The streets are narrow and there are lots of shops, cafes and gelatarias. There are shops where you can buy clothes and shoes. You can get souvenirs and post cards. On Via Ammiraglio Mirrabello - the main street when you come off the ferry - there are a couple camera shops where you...more
Of all the places I ate on the island, this restaurant is by far the best. The staff is extremely friendly, and it is one of the sit-down restaurants that is more locals than tourists.
Favorite Dish: Some things not to miss are the house red, and the pizza regina Margherita (made with fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes). And the filetto al pepe verde is absolutely perfect!
Isola Maddalena is accessible only by boat or ferry.
The closest airport is Olbia, Sardinia. ( Olbia is a 50 minute flight from Rome Fumicino Airport. )
From Olbia Airport, travel north on SS125 near Arzachena take a right on SP123 to Palau. This is about a one hour trip. In Palau take a ferry across to Isola Maddalena. The ferry ride for pedestrians is .50 - 1.20 Euro // for cars 3.50 - 6.00 Euro depending on the size of the car. Ferries run every 15 minutes. The ride is 15 - 20 minutes.
We were stranded during the winter in the piazza in terrible weather and happened upon this great little shop towards the far end of the area, near the hotels away from the piazza, past the american cafe. I can't remember the name but it is across the street from some tourist shops a few streets off of the water. I hope you can find it, it's...more
I will find the name of this store, but it is facing the front of town, where the ships dock. It's a goumet shop that has tons of wonderful items. The owner is very nice, and gives away free samples of a cookie that is made on the island. It's made wth marzapan, and it is absolutely delicious. The shop has candies, cakes, wines, cheeses, salami...more
Although a beautiful place, you can begin to find the piazza the ugliest thing in the world if stranded there during repozo. Times vary through the seasons and are especially lengthy in the winter. Make sure you have something to do in the early afternoon or know your travel arrangements well so you don't have to wait in possibly poor weather for...more
Follow Via Capo D' Orso around till you come to the Capo D' Orso Park. There is a nature trail that leads to the top where the bear stands looking out to sea. It is a beautiful nature park, and it is a comfortable hike to the top. Stand under the bear's belly and get your picture taken. Stand under the bear's head and see the magnificent panoramic...more
Be sure to visit Capo D'Orso (Cave of the Bear). This is a rock wind-eroded over time to form the shape of a bear. If you follow the signs out of Palau, you can easily make it there (keep your eyes open so you don't miss any signs). The drive is scenic itself and the rock is easily reached by a paved walkway. You must NOT miss this!!! The views are...more