Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio
Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio is part of the Tentative list of Italy in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.
Map of Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di BonifacioLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
I'm always up for a marine reserve. A lot more waters need protection. Most people don't realize that if the seas are screwed up the rest will go with it. A lot of oxygen comes from the ocean plants, marine life is the core of the planet and it's not just a piece of blue water. With my eco speech out of the way, I only went to the underwaters of Italy and not in France. The cliffs or Bonifacio are great but I assume the marine life is similar seeing that they are in close proximity. I took a day trip to Maddalena which I don't think should be included as half the island is a town. Immediately I moved on to Caprera via a small road plus bridge. The entire island is a national park - great! I stopped at the first long beach and snorkeled around. It's pretty but I cannot speak for unique. I then drove to the east side to hike to Cala Coticcio. It's only 1.2km but it will take a good 25min with the boulders and steep “steps” between the oddly marked parking lot on the map and the tiny beach. It is a nice and popular hike and if a bit warmer would have more people at the beach. I find the ghoulish rock formations the best part of the island but I am sure this isn't the part they want to inscribe.
There is also a sign that all hikers need to have a guide. I am very sure nobody hikes with a guide or want a guide to hang around with you while you relax at the beach. Just maybe worth mentioning if in peak season they take this more serious. There is one section that is not kids or elderly friendly.
One of the most beautiful beaches of Europe can be found in Sardinia - I guess I am not only person agreenig with this statement. I spent there my September holidays 2017 with suspicion I traveled to another planet... We explored almost all East Costline of Sardegna from Capo Testa to Capo Carbonara.
I travelled to la Maddalena archipelago from Palau by ferry. Town of la Maddalena is quite ordinary, but it is not deffinitely true for uninhabited parts of the islands. Then we went to Caprera island, it is connected with la Maddalena with bridge - Ponte Moneta. From the bridge, we could see a couple of dolphins. Even though they appeared in rather fair distance from me, it was emotional experience. There are several marked track on Caprera island, so we would explore the vegetation (quite typical fro Meditterain) and walked to several beaches (photo) - ask locals which Spiaggia is the best in the area... For person prefering history to nature, there is also Tomba di Garibaldi on Caprera island.
As the most interesting and significant features are hidden under see level, it is hard for me to fully recognize the qualities of the Archipelago. Definitly, the granite costline is unique. Unbelievable granite rock can be found in Capo Testa, some 15-20km from Palau (not included to TWHS). Therefore, I support the inscription.
This would make an interesting transnational WHS. Rich flora and fauna and superb landscapes and history.
2006 Added to Tentative List
2002 Requested by State Party to not be examined
From Bureau Session
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