A road runs all around the perimeter: 45 kilometres of breath-taking panoramas. Granite and porphyry mark out jagged areas, coves, inlets and beaches, while the interior is made of gentle hills. La Maddalena lends its name to the whole archipelago, of which it is the largest island, and the national park of which it is the administrative centre.

It was a military naval base for many years, as witnessed by the Nino Lamboglia naval museum. Its strategic position in the Mediterranean has marked its history: in 1793 the French army led by a young Corsican officer, Napoleon Bonaparte, tried to invade, but was held back by the fleet commanded by Maddalena-born Domenico Millelire. Among others, the island also attracted the attention of Admiral Nelson. Today it captures the holiday dreams of lovers of natural scenery and extraordinary beauty.