The islands of Sardinia
Along the splendid Sardinian coasts you can find several islands and islets of various sizes, sometimes uninhabited, but always of rare beauty.
The Archipelago of La Maddalena , off the Costa Smeralda, includes 7 major islands , about fifteen islets and hundreds of outcropping rocks that stand out for the beauty of their rugged coasts and their unspoiled nature. La Maddalena , on the island of the same name, is the only inhabited center in the entire archipelago ; the other major islands are Caprera , also known for being the place where Giuseppe Garibaldi ended his days, together with Spargi , Budelli , Santa Maria and Razzoli .
The island of Asinara , once used as a maximum security prison, is now home to the Asinara National Park , which is home to about eighty wild species including the white donkey , the symbol of the island. The island of Tavolara , at the mouth of the Gulf of Olbia, is one of the most interesting areas of the Mediterranean for diving enthusiasts, with its numerous underwater archaeological sites .
To the south of Sardinia, finally, are the islands of Sant'Antioco and San Pietro , together with the island of Piana . The island of Sant'Antioco , with its numerous beaches and as many cliffs, houses the Archaeological Museum , the most important exhibition of Phoenician-Punic culture in the Mediterranean, and the Basilica of Sant'Antioco , one of the first Christian churches in the Mediterranean. as well as one of the three oldest churches in Sardinia .
The island of San Pietro is characterized by the presence of inlets, cliffs and caves, such as those of Punta delle oche and Nasca ; particularly suggestive are the Trogiu , a natural swimming pool in the middle of the rocks, Calavinagra , perhaps the most beautiful fjord on the north-west coast, and Calafico , a deep inlet between two narrow walls of white rock. The island is home to the LIPU Oasis of Carloforte , an important resting and nesting place for many species of birds, including the Queen's Falcon.
Finally, the Piana island offers an extraordinarily clear sea and particularly suitable for water sports, sailing and fishing.