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La Maddalena, Sardegna, Italy

Province of Sassari
La Maddalena is a town and an island, part of the La Maddalena group off the northeastern shore of Sardinia, between Corsica and Sardinia.

La Maddalena is full of beautiful beaches, such as Cala Francese and Basa Trinità, as well as rocky terrain and ancient fortifications. The economy relies mostly on tourism and the U.S. Naval base housed on the island. The main method of traveling to La Maddalena is by boat from Palau, Sardinia.
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Info

  • Population: about 12,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal codes: 07024
  • Phone Area Code: 0789
  • Patron Saint: Santa Maria Maddalena

What to see

  • The Cala Francese and Basa Trinita, two popular beaches.
  • The nearby island of Caprera, which can be reached by causeway from La Maddalena, famous for its connection with the Italian Risorgimento hero Giuseppe Garibaldi, whose native homestead hosts today the National Museum Of Garibaldi.
  • The Church of Santa Maria Maddalena

Where to stay

History

The town was founded by Corsican shepherds. The local dialect, called isulanu, is a transiction between Corsican and gallurese, influenced also by the Genoese dialect.

Until recently it was an American base, then in 1987 the US Navy received an executive order for the abandonment of the island and its return to the condition of natural park. Currently the sea is under observation by the French Navy to monitor radioactive contamination subsequently to the incident near the sand bank Secca dei Monaci of the American nuclear submarine USS Hartford in October 2003.