ALMOST EVERYTHING THERE IS TO SEE, KNOW AND DO ON THE COSTA
Within a small fjord in the south-west coast of La Maddalena, there is Cava Francese, placed in front of the bay of Cala Francese, anchorage well protected also from the prevailing westerly winds. At Cava Francese, between the end of the 1800 and the postwar period was extracted a granite of great quality, considered among the most valuable: sailing ships moored at the dock transported huge blocks to far away ports in the world. The quarry, whose connotations of industrial architecture are still visible, is part in the Geological and Minerary Park of Sardinia, recently recognized by UNESCO. In a scenario of great intensity that evokes the epic story of the old times, you can admire the old winches, locomotives and the ancient offices of the quarry with the houses of the stonemasons (scalpellini), now restored by the Grondona family, that still owns the site. The visit is possible only by boat or walking along a short path that starts from the entrance of Cala Francese, unpaved.
From the town of La Maddalena, along the panoramic road west and after about two kilometers, past the cliffs of Punta Tegge and Nido d’Aquila., you arrive at the junction (on the left) with the dirt road. The trail leads to the south in a few minutes to the granite quarries and to the north towards the many beaches of Cala Francese and the rocks where the little chapel of Madonnetta dei Pescatori offers a beautiful view on the island of Spargi.