Gaia Institute - International Institute - La Maddalena

Via Amendola, 2 La Maddalena (OT)
Tel. +39 0789 738104

La Maddalena is an extraordinary archipelago consisting of 7 islands, located in the North-East of Sardinia. It is a National Park since 1996. Considered one of the most amazing places in Italy, La Maddalena is characterized by its unique landscapes full of Mediterranean culture and nature. The unique combination of white beaches, rocks and blue water makes this place one of the most attractive points in Europe, receiving thousands of visitors every year. This land is also known for being the final resting place of the "Hero of Two Worlds", Giuseppe Garibaldi, who built at Caprera the famous "White House". It is now a Museum and is open to the public and where you can visit the tomb and his final resting place. The history of the archipelago, because of its strategic location, is linked to the military presence that has highly structured territory with interesting examples of military architecture. You can walk on nature trails and find ancient fortifications and military installations incredibly inserted into the landscape. The historic center of La Maddalena is very quaint and hosts numerous alleys and palaces in Genoese style dating back to the 19th century, when the island hosted an important granite quarry, now disused but can still be visited. La Maddalena lives a unique lifestyle, it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the italian "sweet lifestyle". Being a small place, in La Maddalena it is easy to get around and enjoy its beauty. Sustainability and eco-responsability start by understanding the territory itself. At GAIA we present this opportunity by several activities related directly to La Maddalena’s territory. The diversity of natural highlights makes of La Maddalena a perfect place to develop these other sports and ecological activities, such as Sailing, Kayaking, Biking, Trekking, Climbing, Diving, Snorkeling, Whale watching, Horseback riding, Water-skiing and much more.

How to get here

By plane : The nearest airport is located around 40km from La Maddalena at the city of Olbia. Olbia’s airport is highly frequented during summer season. Meridiana Fly, also known as Air Italy, constantly flies from Rome, Milan & Turin. Easy Jet is another airline that flies to Olbia Costa Esmeralda’s airport at lower prices.
Ferries.: Olbia’s and Golfo Aranci’s are the nearest ports from la Maddalena, both are approximately 40 km from the island. The top ports of departure are Civitavecchia (near Rome), Livorno (near Florence), Genova and Naples. Meanwhile the main ferries companies areMoby, Tirrenia, Sardinia Ferries and Snav. The trip may take around 5 hours to 9 hours depending where you board.
*It’s highly recommended using the transportation service offered by GAIA Institute that includes pick-up from the airport as well as the ferry up to La Maddalena. Unfortunately public bus transportation systems are not always the best regarding schedules. Otherwise you should take the bus (Turmo Travel or Arst) that goes to Palau’s port and then purchase the ferry ticket to La Maddalena (Enermar, Saremar, Delcomar, NGI). (Ferry tickets are sell at Palau´s Stazione Marittima office). This trip length is around 20 minutes.