La Maddalena went through several name changes – Ilva, Fussa, Bucina, Bicinara and Santa Maria Magdalena – before settling on its name today. While it has its role in history, La Maddalena is perhaps best known for Napoleon Bonaparte’s failed attempt to occupy the island in 1793.
Today, the northern Sardinia island is a tourist destination popular for its beautiful clear waters that shimmer with a turquoise hue. Given it is a summer destination, the ideal times to visit the island are between October and May. The shoulder months usually have emptier beaches, so if you’re looking to beat the crowds, those are the best times to go. Here’s a list of the best hotels and vacation rentals in La Maddalena!
Set in a fully restored 1930s building, Residenza Mordini is located near the sea, offering guests cooling sea breezes and spectacular views of the ocean. Close by is the harbor and seaside promenade, where there are activities like horse riding, cycling and diving. For guests’ convenience, there is a café and supermarket in the vicinity. Those who want to visit Caprera Island will also be able to do so by car and public transport available in the area.
Address: Via Principe Amedeo 3, 07024 La Maddalena, Italy (see map)
Price: from 88 USD
Regardless of the room type you choose, all apartments at Residence Cava Francese have a large living room, a kitchenette, shaded outdoor area with a grill and an en-suite shower. There are also amenities like satellite TV and WiFi. There are a number of water activities guests can partake in near the apartments, from canoeing to snorkeling. If you’re looking to explore other islands in the area, the nearest is Spargi.
Residence Cava Francese
Address: SP 114 snc (presso Residence Cava Francese, all'attenzione di Palmas Lucia), 07024 La Maddalena, Italy (see map)
Price: from 218 USD
Part of the La Maddalena National Park, Hotel Villa del Parco offers country-style rooms and suites. The hotel offers one of best prime spots to book on the island, being near numerous attractions. It is 1 km (0.6 mi) from the town centre and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Santa Maria Maddalena Church. Boat trips around the island and to Corsica can also be organized for guests. The Maddalena Port, where ferries depart for Palau, is also just a 20 min walk away.
Hotel Villa del Parco
Address: Via Don Vico, 07024 La Maddalena, Italy (see map)
Price: from 56 USD
If you’re on a budget, this bed & breakfast is located along the Nido d’Aquila bay, proving you can get accommodation with beautiful views minus the premium price tags. The harbor is a 5 min drive away, for guests looking to explore other neighboring islands. Dinghy rentals are also available just a short walk away.
Address: Via Nido d'Aquila 20, 07024 La Maddalena, Italy (see map)
Price: from 57 USD
Do what you want and go where you want, whenever you want. Get your own Volkswagen camper van as you travel across La Maddalena and explore the beauty of the island. The van comes with a small stove to cook simple meals and comes with a small dining table, should you somehow get tired of the outdoors. If you’re looking for a road trip adventure, this is it.
Get the camper experience
Price: from 49 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Just off the coast of Sardinia is this bright apartment close to the historic port of Cala Gavetta. This stylish cosy place has an open-plan design with two stories. The ground floor has a living room with a comfy sofa bed and a fully equipped kitchen for all DIY meals. The stairs lead to a mezzanine that holds a double bed, with a small child-sized bed next to it, ensuring your precious one won’t be too far away.
Stay near the Sardinia coast
Price: from 85 USD
Number of Guests: 4
This elegant penthouse has two bedrooms, but its large 1,291sq ft (120 sq m) space allows for up to 7 people to be accommodated comfortably. The apartment has an open-plan design, with a fully equipped kitchen that can easily cook up meals for the entire family to dine together. Guests here will get magnificent views of the La Maddalena archipelago, perfect for sipping their favorite vino as they look out into the sparkling sea stretching from Caprera to Porto Cervo.
Your own La Maddalena penthouse
Price: from 159 USD
Number of Guests: 7
Near the southern coast is this simple apartment that has everything you need for a comfortable stay. It comes with a kitchen and stove for any home-cooked meals and two bedrooms that can easily accommodate a family of 4. The apartment has two balconies, which are great for some fresh air and alfresco dining.
Simple apartment with terrace
Price: from 61 USD
Number of Guests: 4
The listing describes itself as a ‘haven of peace and serenity’ and it’s not hard to see why. Part of a fenced property with plenty of greenery and woods surrounding it, each apartment has road access and separate entrances to guarantee maximum privacy. The apartment itself has a kitchenette for home cooked meals, with a veranda equipped with deck chairs and tables to take in the surrounding ocean views. On the porch, there is a gas grill, so guests are welcome to hold their own BBQ nights.
Exclusive villa with sea views
Price: from 81 USD
Number of Guests: 6
The historic White Villa is only a stone’s throw from the city centre, convenient for guests visiting the beach and any of Sardinia’s nearby islands. The apartment comes with a large living area, with a covered veranda. On the top floor is a hanging garden, with deck chairs that make BBQ nights a breeze to host. Your apartment comes with a private enclosed parking space, so you’re welcome to park there if you’ve rented a car.
Loft in the heart of La Maddalena
Price: from 85 USD
Number of Guests: 5
While getting around is a cinch, given that the island has a circular bus service, other isolated beaches can only be reached by boat. Our tip? Hire your own private gommoni – rubber dinghies with motors – from the La Maddalena waterfront. Your skipper will take you wherever you want to go and can even recommend places you can check out.
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