VELA Cup, discover the wonders of Caprera (which Garibaldi fell in love with)


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The TAG Heuer VELA Cup in Caprera
, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 24, will not only be a great celebration of Caribbean-style sailing: it is the perfect opportunity to delve into the discovery of this great little island in the heart of the Maddalena Archipelago, so wild yet so rich in history.


Drop anchor in the waters of the natural cove of Porto Palma, with the tender reach the dock, come and say hello (we will be there as early as Sunday 25, at 3 p.m., for registration finalization-there will also be a kiosk bar to quench your thirst!) and set off to explore. Depending on whether you feel like diving into history or crystal waters, we have designed two different itineraries for you.

A little history review: on June 2, 1882, Giuseppe Garibaldi, the hero of two worlds, died at Caprera. His body lies in the so-called Garibaldi Compendium, the place where the General started his farm and built the mansion where he lived with his family members from 1856 to the year of his death. Today it is a must-see museum(, to enter the minds of those who helped “make Italy.” On foot, from Porto Palma, it takes about half an hour.

Sea Museum

If you decide to visit the compendium pass through the village of Stagnali (10 minutes from Porto Palma), a little gem awaits you, namely the Museum of the Sea and Maritime Traditions . The museum features photographs, documents and objects, as well as everything related to the recovery of local ancient culture, which is inextricably linked to the sea and what is related to it. Through a chronological path, an attempt is made to reconstruct-through the knowledge recovered thanks to the help of many people, who have been custodians of this culture-the compel history, in a simple and straightforward way, of the Magdalenian community and the Archipelago, starting from the Neolithic to the present day.

Andreani Cove: source

At Caprera you will feel like you are in paradise. Blue water, yellow rock, Mediterranean scrub. Once you get off at Porto Palma, we recommend that if you want some relaxation and don’t feel like “banging around,” lie down on the beach east of the pier.

If, on the other hand, you want to conquer a rejuvenating bath after a bit of trekking, know that a few dozen minutes’ walk to the southeast will take you to such splendid places as Cala Conchiglia, Cala degli Inglesi, Spiaggia i due Mari and Cala Caprese. Also unmissable Andreani Cove and the Wreck Beach, famous, in addition to its fine white sand, for the presence on the shore of a skeleton of an ancient coal-carrying ship that was run aground after a fire broke out on board.

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