Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena


Permit / Authorization Issue

What are the Park Authorizations and what are they for?

Within the Park area, yachting, sports fishing, diving, and economic activities linked to the sea are allowed by previous issue of specific authorizations only. These can be issued for free or on payment of a sum of money. The income deriving from the authorization issue is one of the most important self-financing sources for the Park Authority. Thanks to this income, the Park can guarantee the regular implementation of its own establishment mission through promotion, environmental education and sensitization activities, as well as control the access to the waters of the Archipelago. Moreover, thanks to it, the Park can sponsor researches and useful facilities offered to visitors, like for instance:

  • the placement of free buoy fields
  • the safety of the water stretches for swimming
  • the recovery of situation of environmental degradation and the delimitation of some dune systems
  • the monitoring of the dolphin population living in the Archipelago
  • the opening of musem structures in the premises of the CEA, the Environmental Education Center in Stagnali, in the island of Caprera
  • the management of the "doggie beach" in the island of Caprera, one of the few beaches for dogs in Sardinia.

For non-residents, the yachting and scuba diving authorizations are issued on payment. As a matter of fact, one of the main goals of Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park is to correctly inform the public about the activities allowed in the protected area; therefore, with the authorization issued by the Park Authority and the brochures we will hand in with it, we would like to share with visitors the great fragility of this natural place declared Site of Community Importance (SCI) and Special Protection Area (SPA), a precious site for the presence of rare and protected animal species and vegetation, in some cases unique in the Mediterranean.
We would like to remind you that yachting with no permit required before entering the marine area of the Park represents a violation of the rules in force; in this case, the sum of money to be paid for the permit issue at sea after regular control by the personnel will be increased of the 40%. We therefore recommend all boaters to straighten out their position according to the above-mentioned methods.
Moreover, we invite all visitors and boaters to promptly call the police (Harbormaster's Office: tel. 1530 and CFVA: tel. 1515) if, near Mortorio Island, someone should require the payment of an entrance ticket to the Park area, since this is a fraud. 

Payment / authorization issue methods for yachting and diving activities

Authorizations for yachting and diving activities may be obtained as follows:

  1. With an online payment by Credit Card (If you click on this link, it will lead you to the permits issue platform linked to the Paypal safe payment system: it is possible to obtain an online permit also with reduced fees reserved for specific categories).
  2. In one of the 18 Authorized Offices (harbors, agencies, etc.) in the territory of the Municipalities of La Maddalena, Palau, Arzachena, Olbia, Alghero.
  3. At the Park Authority URP Office (Citizens Information Office) in via Giulio Cesare 7 in La Maddalena, where free permits are issued (not available elsewhere). In this case, please contact the offices in advance by calling the number (+39) 0789 790224 and prepare all the required documents.

Opening times of the Citizens Information Office (URP Office) for the issue of the authorizations

From 1st June to 30th September 2012 the Citizens Information Office is open for the issue of the permits on weekdays, from Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

The Park Official Tour Guides

In 1999, Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park Authority, through the publication of an announcement of competition, selected and subsequently trained 50 young graduates from the secondary school and from the university, in order to transform them into the Park Official Tour Guides.

Further information

Hiking Environmental Tour Guides - Year 2011

Flabellina affinis
Flabellina affinis

Diving Centers

The Park Authority aims at preserving the seabed from anchorage, safeguarding the divers' safety, and protecting the habitats and the evolution dynamics enabling the implementation of the fish stocks in the whole marine area of the Park. The access to the Protected Diving Spots is therefore allowed only to the diving centers authorized by the Park Authority and provided with an alphanumeric flag used to identify the operators and to confirm they are entitled to practice sports diving.
Each operator - no more than two at the same time for each site - can carry out diving activities with at least two guides for a maximum of 12 divers, while free divers can practice diving in the Protected Diving Spots only if together with the staff of the authorized diving centers.

Authorized Diving Centers

Cala Garibaldi: The Orchards
Cala Garibaldi: The Orchards
Caprera: Garibaldi\'s orchards
Caprera: Garibaldi's orchards

Garibaldi Farmer ("Garibaldi Agricoltore"): A Project to Recover Garibaldi's Orchards in Caprera

The main aim of the project "Garibaldi Agricoltore" (Garibaldi Farmer), started by the Park Authority between the late 2010 and 2011, is to offer a more complete and thorough knowledge of the national hero through the reconstruction of the places and the technical areas and the recovery of the historical evidences related to the agricultural activities carried out by Garibaldi in Caprera Island. One of the main goals is the creation of a museum route that, coming out from the "museum" and the "Compendio garibaldino", may also include the territory and the outdoors in a useful complementary and supplementary narrative description enhancing every single aspect of the life of the hero and his stay in Caprera Island.

The Context
Caprera Island represents one of the most important islands in Italy if we consider both its ecological-environmental features and its historical-cultural features. The aim of the project is to make "re-emerge" from oblivion the signs witnessing the life on the island in the agricultural holding created by General Giuseppe Garibaldi, through the creation of a museum route and the relative historical-landscape reorganization. During his stay in the island (1855-1882), the hero created, between the areas known as "Tola" and "Funtanaccia", a real agricultural holding – modeled after the South American "fazenda" – transforming bare and barren lands into vineyards and orchards. These activities, covered by his most famous deeds, preserve a great deal of knowledge on the character of Garibaldi and represent at the same time an extraordinary cultural heritage deserving to be enhanced and rediscovered.

The Activities
The measures carried out by the Park Authority have been extremely cautious and have consisted of limited activities aiming at enhancing the area and give an idea of how it looked like in the past. Far from distorting the current state of the places – as a matter of fact, it is unavoidable that over the almost 130 years from the General's death nature has "won back" the Orti (the orchards) – the aim of the Park is to find a delicate balance to recover from degradation some areas of the islands preserving a great deal of knowledge on Garibaldi and representing, at the same time, an extraordinary cultural heritage. The one and only form of environmental recovery implemented consisted of the trimming of the maquis growing under the historical olive grove, until a few days ago invaded by brambles and other species which entirely suffocated it.

For further information:

Strait of Bonifacio
Strait of Bonifacio
Pinna nobilis
Pinna nobilis
Orchis latea
Orchis latea

PMIBB Project: From the International Marine Park of the Strait of Bonifacio to EGTC PMIBB

Talking about the International Marine Park of the Strait of Bonifacio, it is essential to consider two aspects: first of all, the diplomatic-international situation, which had been experiencing a stalemate lasting several years and which still now is mainly based on declarations of intent and memoranda of understanding between Italy and France. At the moment, the International Marine Park does not exist yet, if not geographically speaking.
The second and most relevant aspect is related to the technical-operational situation of transfrontier cooperation, since in 1999 - year in which the administrative activities of La Maddalena National Park began – institutional and cultural collaborations and collaborations regarding scientific and environmental monitoring were effectively started with OEC (Office for the Environment of Corsica). Because of the lack on the international-diplomatic level of rules and regulations on the one side, and of authorities or candidate bodies for the management of this protected area on the other side, the authorities managing the two protected areas suggested the creation of a transfrontier body whose main tasks will be the presentation and management of projects and community resources to carry out joint activities in the area of the Strait. To this aim, in the "Letter of intents related to the establishment of the International Marine Park of the Strait of Bonifacio", signed in Palau on 15th June 2010 by the Ministers of the Environment of Italy and France, the two of them commit themselves on two sides: "bring to an end the process of creation of the International Marine Park of the Strait of Bonifacio" and "make official the creation of the EGTC between La Maddalena Archipelago National Park and the Environment Department of Corsica managing Strait of Bonifacio Nature Reserve, according to what established by regulation no. 1082/2006 of the European Parliament and Council". This refers to the technical-operational level of the cooperation between the Park Authority and the Office for the Environment of Corsica.

The Aims of the PMIBB-EGTC Project
The National Park Authority, after participating in 2009 in the call within the project ReTraParc (Rete Transfrontaliera di Parchi - Park Transfrontier Network), presented a new project for a second public notice of the Transfrontier Cooperation Program Italy-France "Marittimo 2007/2013": the project is called "PMIBB-EGTC" (Parco Marino Internazionale delle Bocche di Bonifacio - Gruppo Europeo di Cooperazione Territoriale, that is International Marine Park of the Strait of Bonifacio – European Group of Territorial Cooperation).
Consistently with the purpose of the Program, the project aims at:

  1. suggesting a joint management model through the Community instrument of the European Group of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). This from the structural, infrastructural, logistic, technical, and economic point of view
  2. developing a management plan common for both partners, including:
    - the extension of the SPAMI acknowledgement (Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance), recently obtained by the French partner, to La Maddalena Archipelago;
    - the joint request of both partners for the UNESCO acknowledgement of the innovative management features of the Area under the EGTC competence
    - the joint technical-scientific monitoring, also with joint technical equipment/staff, aiming at analyzing and assessing the social-economic environment and the natural and human trends of the places;
    - the elaboration of joint training models (of the human resources) and the use of common databases
    - the use of instruments and equipment managed jointly, in order to promote a sustainable use of the environment and the geographical integration of the area involved by the project
  3. adopting an innovative energy management model focusing on, both in Spargi Island (administrative head offices) and in Lavezzi Island (technical-scientific offices) of the GECT-PMIBB:
    - a structural measure aiming at energy saving
    - the use of alternative energy sources guaranteeing energy independence with a low, or even zero, environmental impact.


Important museums highlight the values of the historical-cultural aspects of the Archipelago, and in particular of Compendio Garibaldino in Caprera (a complex dedicated to Garibaldi) and the house-museum of Giuseppe Garibaldi, a sacred place for the national unity, where the hero lived in a simple way, as a sailor and a farmer.

Further information

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