The coastal development of Giglio is approximately 28 km long and alternates cliffs with bays, coves and sandy beaches of rare beauty.
Most of the coast is made up of smooth granite rocks, which are less steep on the east side. In fact, they are often comfortable to lie down on, offer easy access to the sea and even allow you to dive.
The north-western part on the other hand is characterized by limestone and is more rigid. In some places, in fact, the mountains seem to fall into the sea. Here are the other small beaches of the island – mostly made up of fine or coarse gravel – but also splendid hidden coves that are inaccessible from land.
The 4 main beaches of the Isola del Giglio are wonderfully different from each other, they are all easily accessible except Caldane, which can only be reached by sea or on foot. All the lidos have both a portion of free beach and areas served by equipped bathing establishments.
Giglio Campese beach is the largest beach on the island and the most important tourist settlement. Long and wide, it has coarse dark red sand and descends rapidly to a depth of 1-1.5 metres.
From the beach you can enjoy a magnificent view of the bay with the Faraglione on the left and the Tower of Campese on the right. The western exposure allows you to enjoy the sun until late in the evening and spectacular sunsets.
Along the beach you will find all the main tourist services and facilities as well as many types of accommodation as well as the only campsite.
The beach offers all the main types of tourist services and equipment: from bathing establishments (stabilimenti balneari) to diving centers and from bars to restaurants.
Furthermore, at the small port behind the Campese Tower, there are kiosks for renting boats and for the taxi boat service.
The Cannelle beach is located on the east coast of the island of Giglio and overlooks the splendid Argentario promontory.
It is one of the largest beaches on the island, second in size only to that of Campese. The landscape, made up of a tongue of very fine white sand and a crystalline sea, is worthy of the most sought-after tropical destinations…
The beach can be reached by sea with taxi boats that leave regularly from Giglio Porto, or by land by own car, taxi, or scooter, bike and car rental or on foot along a panoramic road (about 20 minutes, 1.4 km). There are no bus connections.
The beach can be reached either by sea with taxi boats that leave regularly from Giglio Porto or by land on foot from Cannelle beach (20-30 min.) via a beautiful path (23) that is not too difficult.
Also on the east coast, north of the port, is the Arenella beach which is the third largest beach on Giglio after the Campese and Cannelle beaches.
It is a very scenic beach with tropical sea colors with the seabed alternating between sand and rock.
The sand is “large grain” and light golden in colour. The water goes down slowly…
The beach can be reached by car. The nearest bus stop is at Monticello above the harbour.
On foot from Giglio Porto it takes about 50 minutes to get to the Arenella beach: trail 1a (Sentiero 1a)
In addition to the four most famous beaches of Giglio, on the island you will find many other smaller beaches. Two are located in Giglio Porto, while the others are located on the Mezzofranco promontory.
The latter are small coves made up of sand or gravel that can be reached by boat or on foot, through a network of paths immersed in nature. Here it is possible to spend a day at the beach in peace, away from the chaos of the more crowded beaches.
Small, pristine and free paradises, where the sea is even clearer and the panorama will give you wonderful views not to be missed.
The Scalettino is a small beach located in Giglio Porto, made up of a thin tongue of sand adorned with smooth granite rocks, on which you can lie down and sunbathe.
An ideal place to take a refreshing dip for those staying at the port or coming to Giglio for just a few hours. The water is clean and transparent despite being close to the green pier.
To the left of the harbour, after a few narrow streets, you will find the cove of Saraceno. It takes its name from the ancient Saracen tower which is located nearby
It is made up of a small portion of sand and pebbles, with many smooth rocks and wonderful seabeds. You will see in the water the remaings of a Roman munario.
On the left side of the Campese beach you will find the Petruso beach. It can be reached by boat or on foot by a short walk of about 10 minutes.
It is so called because it is as small as a “gap”, it offers beautiful seabeds and is a less crowded alternative to the Campese beach.
giglio from the sea
A boat tour or round-trip of the island to discover the coast, coves, inlets and hidden beaches that are inaccessible from land is truly an experience that should not be missed during a holiday on Giglio.
Much of the coast is pristine and wild and only a few places can be reached on foot. As soon as you leave the main towns and beaches, you can find isolated coves of rare beauty: among granite rocks, mountains overlooking the sea, a very thick and green Mediterranean scrub and crystal clear waters with spectacular backdrops.
Taking a solitary bath in one of these coves is a truly unforgettable experience.
The small Giannutri island belongs to the municiplity of to Giglio. It is the southernmost island of the Tuscan archipelago, located about 8 miles southeast of Giglio and about 6 miles southwest of Monte Argentario. It is a small paradise without cars, roads and big tourist structures – there are only about 20 residents and 200 summer houses.
It emerges from the sea like a limestone half-moon: 11 kilometers of rocky coast and a seabed rich in biodiversity, antique shipwrecks and not to mention the splendid archeological site of the Roman Villa Domizi, built by the Domizi Enobarbi family.
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