At the south-western extremity Maddalena Island, shielded by a majestic granite cliff and a promontory crowned with the Santa Teresa Fort, is a beach graced with intense colours that takes its name from the characteristic water-worn rocks, rocks once used as roofing for houses. Punta Tegge is one of the most popular beaches of the largest island of the archipelago and faces Spargi and Porto Rafael.
This lovely beach is modest in size and connected to other, smaller, stretches of sand. Its golden sand is coarse-grained and surrounded by rocks that the wind has sculpted into gracious shapes. The water is a blue-green and the sea bed is almost immediately rocky and deep, making it a favourite of divers and underwater fishing enthusiasts.
The beach has water sports equipment rental facilities and a restaurant. The Santa Teresa Fort, also known as Sant’Elmo Fort or Tegge Fort, is nearby. Built in 1793 by Piedmontese-Sardinians, it stands on a hilltop from which you can enjoy gorgeous views of much of the island and the archipelago.
Tegge is only one of the many marvels you will find along the Maddalena coastline, which includes 45 km of cliffs, inlets and coves. As you follow along the shoreline of this south-western part of the island, you’ll come across other unforgettable places, like the fascinating Nido d’Aquila and, further up the western shore, Cala Francese, with its quiet bays and dreamy beaches. In the north you’ll find rocks shaped by the wind and beaches of white dunes like Bassa Trinita, with its fine sand and framed by granite cliffs, or Cala Lunga and Monti d’a Rena. To the east, just past the isthmus that connects Maddalena to Caprera, is Spalmatore, with its lovely landscape. You can go explore the other islands of the national park - Santo Stefano, Budelli (with its celebrated Pink Beach), Razzoli, Santa Maria and Spargi – from Maddalena Island.