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“Amazingly beautiful beach - accessible and maybe one of the best in Sardinia”

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“Amazingly beautiful beach - accessible and maybe one of the best in Sardinia”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

A stunning beach! Exactly the sort of place you imagine from holiday brochure style images of Sardinia; almost impossibly turquoise waters; sheltered and calm with sculpted granite rocks and greenery enclosing it; lovely coarse sand; great for swimming and snorkeling; and even pretty easy to get to.

We visited in late May, out of the main season (but in English half term) and it was pretty quiet - maybe around 30 people on the beach. I'm sure it is packed in high season which will take some shine off it's allure, but it still has a natural beauty you cannot take away.

A few practicalities:

Access - we got there on the circular 'panoramic' bus that goes around La Madelana island hourly (except between about 12.30-3.30 when the service stops). It leaves from town just to the left of where the ferries dock, near the Garabaldi column and across from the Banco di Sardegna. Avoid the other bus from the same place that goes inland. Cost is only around 1e per person, it takes 15-20 mins, and the bus stop is obvious and right by the beach. Note it can leave a few minutes early, and is probably packed in summer, so best to get to the stop a bit early on return. A taxi to the beach costs about 17-18 euro. Easy to get the ferry to Madelena from Palau - they go every 15 mins, take 20 mins or so, and cost around 35e return for a family of 4. Tourist info in town is at the far side of the inlet harbour near the police station - not obvious as signing poor and away from the centre.

Facilities - there's two seasonal cafes/bars nearby, one behind the cove by the bus stop; another between that cove and another beach a couple of hundred yards away (also gorgeous). Neither were open when we visited in late May, so take you own supplies if off-peak. No loos or shops either except at the cafes I guess.

Swimming - gently sloping and shallow. Good snorkeling too, with various wrasse, sea bass and catfish type fish (I think!). But watch out for urchins, quite a few in the rockier areas to the sides of the cove. No jellies when we visited.

Cleanliness - pristine in itself, but does seem to get some flotsam and jetsam blown in, which included a few fragments of broken glass near the shoreline when we were there, so worth watching out for. But we were probably just unlucky to get that on our visit.

I'm sure the all day boat trips to various beaches are great too, but if like us, you fancy doing your own thing and enjoying an amazing beach for as long as you like and without any shepherding, then this beach is a great place to head for. Didn't visit others on the island, but didn't see anything better from the bus that goes around most of the coastline.

Enjoy...

Visited May 2014
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“Lovely protected beach”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

I highly suggest a visit to many of the beaches. All are different. All have something to offer. Spalmatore was a favorite during my stay.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“There are plenty of better options”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

We could never quite understand why, on an island with hundreds of unpopulated beaches, this one is a favourite with the locals. Try further north and you get the same beautiful beaches, but less people and clearer waters.

Visited July 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Tranquil and relaxing”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

The beach was empty, clean, scenery stunning, water crystal clear, take your own picnic as there are no facilities here when we visited.
Need a car to get here.

Visited May 2013
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“A hidden gem...”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

Had the luck to have lived in La Madd for two years (1997-1999) while station in the US Navy tender that was there, and I will never forget the island, its beauty and the people... maybe some day I will go back with my family.

Visited June 2012
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