The smaller islands

Molara, with its surface area of 3.4 square km and 8 km of coastline, is the second-largest island in the Marine Protected Area. Molara features the typical pink granite of the coast of Gallura. It has plenty of small bays and coves and is covered in rich Mediterranean scrub dominated by junipers and wild olives. It hosts about 300 pairs of Yelkouan Shearwaters, and it the past it has also hosted breeding Audouin’s Gulls, which seem to have moved to the nearby islet of Molarotto.


The pools of Molara.

Isola Piana

Of the other islands that make up the Tavolara archipelago, the largest is Isola Piana, with a surface area of 14 hectares and a permanent wetland.

Isola Piana.

This small island hosts 250 plant species, including the range-restricted Limoniastrum monopetalum, otherwise known in Sardinia only from the Gulf of Olbia and the mouth of the Rio Padrongianus. Together with the islands of Cavalli and Reulino, the Sardinian Regional Government has leased out its management for a three-year period to the Tavolara - Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area.

Limoniastrum monopetalum

Isola dei Cavalli

Isola del Reulino

Among the other small islands, eleven altogether, Molarotto is the furthest from the coast and hosts the endemic sub-species of the tirrenian lizard Podarcis tiliguerta ranzii.