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Tavolara Island

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The smallest kingdom in the world

Rising out of the blue sea, in the form of a limestone and granite mountain, 560 metres high and 4 kilometres in length, is Tavolara Island, in the north-eastern coast of Sardinia.

Inhabited since Neolithic times and populated mainly in the late 18th century, with the arrival of Genoese settlers, the island is part of the Tavolara and Capo Cavallo Protected Marine Area. Wild and unspoilt, it has strikingly enchanting beaches, crystal-clear waters and spectacular seabeds, perfect for snorkelling and diving. Tavolara is also full of fascinating trails that lurehikers, first and foremost theVia Ferrata degli Angeli, for the more experienced, halfway between sky and sea.

Visible to the naked eye from the beaches of Gallura, Tavolara Island is the smallest 'kingdom' in the world. Legend has it that, at the end of the 18th century, a certain Giuseppe Bertoleoni came to the archipelago of La Maddalena in search of land to inhabit, and established himself on the island of Tavolara. Then, in 1836, he introduced himself to Charles Albert of Savoy as king of the island, a noble title handed down from father to son. Even today, the island is inhabited by the descendants of the 'sovereign'.

Tavolara Island

Isola Tavolara, 07026 Olbia SS, Italia

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