La Maddalena is the perfect starting point to discover the nearby Costa Smeralda, the stunning Emerald Coast. If you are visiting, you can drop anchor at the neighbouring islands, which also boast breathtaking natural surroundings. We will show you when it is best to go sailing in La Maddalena. In addition, we will help you put together a 1-week sailing itinerary.

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Location of La Maddalena

The La Maddalena Archipelago is located in northeastern Sardinia, Italy, close to Costa Smeralda. Some gorgeous islands close to the galluric coast are Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano and Spargi. Close to Corsica: Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria. The largest island is the sixteen-square-kilometre La Maddalena with the capital city of the same name.

History of La Maddalena

In the past, the members of the La Maddalena Archipelago were strategically important naval and military bases. In the 18th century, the islands became of great importance the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont occupied them in 1767 and established a base for the Royal Navy. Their main task was to secure the coasts of northern Sardinia against smugglers, pirates and the French.
Remnants of the built defensive system are still standing today on the islands such as Caprera. In the 19th century, new military buildings of strategic importance were added. Today, the islands are extremely attractive due to their unique natural beauties.

Weather in La Maddalena

This holiday resort has a pleasant, Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry, winters are mild. In July, the maximum temperature can reach up to 30°C. We recommend visiting La Maddalena from May to October. Moreover, if you like swimming, you should visit La Maddalena in August when the average temperature of the sea is around 24°C.

Highlights around La Maddalena

The beautiful beaches and bays in the town are popular among tourists. La Maddalena is the perfect starting point if you want to explore the neighbouring islands or visiting the famous Costa Smeralda. The Piazza Umberto I, Piazza Garibaldi and Via XX Settembre are some of the city’s most visited places. The residents of La Maddalena also often come here and there and plenty of cosy cafés and great shops to choose from.

The nearby island of Caprera is most famous for the former residence of the Italian freedom hero, Giuseppe Garibaldi, which today functions as a museum. It is also home to one of the largest sailing centres in the Mediterranean, the Caprera Sailing Center.

Gastronomy in La Maddalena

If you visit La Maddalena, the Ristorante Il Gotto is one of the best choices. You can try the best local delicacies and delicious fish dishes here. In addition, Sottoveno Restaurant also offers high-quality meals and a cosy atmosphere. If you are looking for a typical Italian dish, a delicious pizza, we highly recommend Ristorante Pizzeria Roby’s.

Beaches around La Maddalena

Cala Francese

The well maintained, clean beach is ideal for sunbathing and swimming as well. Although there are not many facilities in the area, you can rent beach umbrellas and sunbeds from nearby hotels. Due to the popularity of the beach, we recommend you arrive early in the morning.

Bassa Trinita

Bassa Trinita is also considered one of the best beaches on La Maddalena Island. The sandy beach is popular among locals and tourists alike. In consequence, it is particularly crowded in summer. Bassa Trinita is perfect for a walk on the beach or an afternoon picnic.

Boat rental La Maddalena

Cala Gavetta

The port in La Maddalena is also known as Cala Gavetta or Porto Turistico Comunale di Cala Gavetta. It offers 140 berths for boats with a maximum length of 50 metres. The sea is 5 metres deep here. On the other hand, there is a restaurant, a fuelling station, and WiFi is available.

Porto di Santa Teresa Gallura

There are 700 permanent berths for boats with a maximum length of 45 metres. The sea bottom is 5 metres deep. The perfectly protected port offers great services, and there is a great bar and a restaurant nearby.

Poltu Quatu

Arzachena’s port, which opened in 1987, is still very popular to this day. They have 305 berths for yachts as long as 8-35 metres. The depth of water is 3 metres around the entrance and 2 metres in the inner dock. Information about sailing in Arzachena, or yacht charter in Arzachena

Porto Cervo Marina

This is one of the best equipped and most welcoming ports on the Adriatic Sea. There are 700 berths available, 100 of which are preserved for yachts passing through. Yachts with a length of up to 120 metres can be docked here. The depth of the water is 1.7-7 metres. Every berth provides drinking water and electricity.

Marina di Portisco

This port in Costa Smeralda offers 589 berths for yachts between 4–90 metres long. It is protected well and has all the services you might need: running water, electricity, Wi-Fi and fuel.

Marina di Porto Rotondo

There are 650 berths here for yachts with a length of 90 metres. The depth of the water is 5.5 metres. They provide fuel, maintenance and medical assistance as well as drinking water, electricity and Wi-Fi.

Marina di Golfo Aranci

The well-equipped port is only 20 metres from the centre of Golfo Aranci. They have 30 berths for boats as long as 5-16 metres. The depth of the water is 1.5-5 metres. The breakwater provides safety against winds dominant in the area. They offer electricity, Wi-Fi, a bar and a restaurant.

Marina di Olbia

The important port has 270 berths for yachts up to 80 metres long. The maximum depth is 5.2 metres. The protected port offers several good-quality services, and there is a bar and a restaurant.

If you are sailing around La Maddalena, do not miss out on other breathtaking resorts in the area. Palau, Porto Pozzo, Santa Teresa Gallura, Bonifacio, the Lavezzi Islands, St. Mary’s Island and Caprera are also great destinations. Find yacht routes in Costa Smeralda or choose another yacht charter in Costa Smeralda.

Weather in La Maddalena

The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for La Maddalena. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.

Wind rose in La Maddalena
Wind speed in La Maddalena

The wind rose for La Maddalena shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for La Maddalena shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.

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Day 1. La Maddalena (Porto Massimo) – Cannigione 21, 27 km (13, 21 mi), Day 2. Cannigione – Porto Cervo 13, 48 km (8, 37 mi), Day 3. Porto Cervo – Golfo Aranci 27, 02 km (16, 79 mi), Day 4. Golfo Aranci – Olbia 13, 09 km (8, 13 mi), Day 5. Olbia – Budoni 39, 68 km (24, 65mi), Day 6. Budoni – La Caletta (Gold Hook Marina Services) 13, 18 km (8, 19 mi), Day 7. La Caletta (Gold Hook Marina Services) – Tavola Island (Spalmatore di Terra) – La Maddalena (Porto Massimo) 85, 58 km (53, 18 mi)Boat rental in La Maddalena

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