It is the fourth largest island of the Maddalena Archipelago, the only one that has brought us evidence of prehistoric times and where the abandoned military constructions provide the best narration of centuries of events, from eighteenth century battles to shipwrecks, bombings, the ‘cold war’ and American marines. Today, the island of Santo Stefano is an unmissable stop during a tour in the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park and its western coastline is the main theme of the short ferry ride from Palau to La Maddalena. Its 3 square-kilometre expanse, the summit of which is Monte Zucchero (101 metres), is dominated by pink and white granite rocks, dotted with Mediterranean greenery, and the various roads branching off lead to the main points of interest.