In the middle of the islands, there is the "Porto della Madonna", which is not a port, but an enormous natural pool, where in the summer, the most beautiful yachts congregate to admire the sea bed through the crystal clear waters of this natural wonder.
A word of advice, be careful of the sand banks and of the Maritime Authorities ordinances regarding distances both for anchorage and sailing.
  Palau - Il porto
ImagePalau - Il porto
Caprera - Cala Coticciu
ImageCaprera - Cala Coticciu
  People who do not manage to find a place between the islands and the port of La Maddalena, can always go to the nearby port of Palau (which offers excellent mooring facilities ) which is overlooked by the city of the same name.
Continuing southward one rounds Capo D'Orso and sails across the open channel between Caprera and the well sheltered Golfo di Arzachena. One is well advised to drop anchor in the little enchanting bay of Cala Coticciu, where ancient junipers sweep down to the beach. Sailing and motor boats are not allowed to land on this beach. As soon as you row ashore, walk along the narrow paths created by the continuous grazing of the goats through the short thick vegetation where one's eyes can sweep the surrounding archipelago through 360 degrees.
Leaving the archipelago behind one sails passed l'Isola delle Bisce and enters the world of Costa Smeralda .
One immediately notices, especially during the high season, the different atmosphere along this 55 kilometre coast. This part of the coast was called, up to a few years ago, the Kingdom of Prince Karim Aga Khan, who discovered and developed this important and world renowned resort.
The most beautiful boats enter and leave Porto Cervo, (one of the best equipped and modern Mediterranean tourist ports which has a nautical centre reserved for the mythical 12 metre sailing boats of the Americas Cup). From the sea one can watch the golfers playing on Pevero golf course and sailing along the coast one can admire the luxurious villas of businessmen, artists, and cinema and TV personalities.
  Porto Cervo
ImagePorto Cervo

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