La Maddalena is the largest island of the archipelago, named after it, with a coastline of over 45 km and inlets that offer good landfalls. Its only small town, partially built on the slopes of the hill of Guardia Vecchia, lies between the inlets of Cala Gavetta and Cala di Chiesa, in a very panoramic position with views over the Sardinian coast and the islands of Caprera and Santo Stefano. The island is crossed, from north-east to south-west, by a low hilly chain: its highest peak is the hill of Guardia Vecchia (146 m). The islandís granitic and porphyritic coasts are never steep; being remarkably indented, above all on the east side, they have a wealth of inlets and enchanting little beaches. One of the most beautiful, panoramic roads in Sardinia, covers almost completely the island, allowing its numerous visitors to reach almost all the best places of its coast.
It is not of lesser importance the fact that this road allows enjoying splendid panoramas over Corsica, the near Caprera, the Sardinian coasts and all the smaller islands of the archipelago. Views are particularly wide from the many Piedmontese outposts of the XVIII-XIX centuries, scattered over the island. However best way to enjoy caprera and all the Maddalena Archipelago is boat sailing charter. Among the most beautiful beaches on the western coast, a special mention goes to Cala Maiore or Bassa Trinita, Monti d'Arena, the small ones of Cala díInferno; on the northern coast, the inlet of Strangolato; on the eastern coast, Cala di Spalmatore; the island of Giardinelli and Cala Lunga. In 1996, the whole Archipelago di La Maddalena was declared National Park, so as to safeguard its extraordinary environment.