Beaches of the Giglio Island
Discover the four beautiful beaches of the Giglio Island. From the largest in the north-west, Campese, to the three smaller ones on the east coast: Cannelle and Arenella as well as the smallest beach Caldane, which is only reachable on foot or by boat.
Campese beach is the largest beach of Giglio and the most important tourist resort. Long and wide, divided in the middle by a cliff, it has a dark red coarse sand and drops quickly to 1-2 meters in depth.
From the beach you can enjoy a magnificent view of the bay with the Faraglione rock on the left and the ancient tower on the right. West exposure allows you to enjoy the sun until late in the evening and spectacular sunsets.
At the entrance of the village you will find the only campsite of the island. There is a nice hiking trail to the Faraglione rock on the left side of the bay as well as to the rock Sparavieri (near the campsite). You can also walk down to Campese from Castello enjoying magnificent views on the bay.
Services: bars, restaurants, bathing establishments, diving centers, boat rental and taxi boat.
How to get there: The beach can be reached by car and bus.
The Arenella beach is located on the east coast of the island just north of the harbour Giglio Porto. It is the third largest beach on the island and the underwater alternating stones with sand give the bay an almost tropical paint.
The sand is rather coarse-grained of a light gold color. The beach drops slowly in depth and the bay is a paradise also for the smallest snorkelers.
Services: bar, lido, boat rental, water taxi.
How to get there: The beach is accessible by car. The nearest bus stop is close to the Hotel Castello Monticello above Giglio Porto. From there follow the panoramic road to Arenellafor about 1,6 km (20 min.). At the height of the helicopter landing field starts a footpath leading directly to the beach.
The Cannelle beach is located a mile south of Giglio Porto on the east coast. It is the second biggest beach of the island after Campese. The beach has fine white sand and drops gently abd the shallow water is ideal for children. It is easily reachable from the harbor on foot without major altitude differences.
Services available: bar/restaurant, lido, boat rental, taxi-boat
How to get there: The beach is accessible by car, there is no bus line. It takes only 20 minutes on foot from Giglio Porto for the 1,4. Taxi / Taxi-boat
The smallest beach of Giglio is located south of Cannelle and can only be reached by sea or on foot. Framed by granite rocks and with it's golden and coarse sand the beach has remained wonderfully wild despite the beach service existing during the high season.
Services: sun umbrella and beach chair rental
How to get there: The beach can only be reached by (taxi) boat or on foot (30 minutes from Cannelle). The beautiful hiking path starts at the southern tip of the Cannelle beach follows the coast line.
Satellite Pic of Giglio
Le Coste dell'Isola del Giglio
A trip around the island of Giglio by boat can certainly not be missed during a holiday on Giglio. It takes a good 2 1/2 hours of pure driving time, so we recommend to take a full day. Boats can be rented at the Giglio Porto or at the beaches and you do not need a driving license up to 25 hp. Alternatively, the "Giri dell'Isola", which take about 3-4 hours with 1-2 bathstops, are offered.
Our tour starts at the southern tip with the lighthouse Capel Rosso. Then it continues on the west coast and passes the old Mine Allume. The tour ends at the so-called tartaruga (turtle) of the Arenella beach on the east side.