Perfectly positioned in the Turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Seas, the island of Giglio is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Featuring pristine beaches, lush vegetation and a sunny Mediterranean climate, this small island is a must-see for nature-loving travellers.
Are you planning a trip to the island of Giglio? Here are five attractions that you should add to your itinerary!
Spiaggia delle Caldane
If there was an award for the best beach on the island, it would probably go to Spiaggia delle Caldane. While it may not be the largest of beaches, it certainly impresses with its golden sands and crystal-clear waters. During the warm summer months it can get fairly crowded, so be sure to arrive early to secure a spot. One part of the beach is public while the other is private, and parasols and sun beds can be hired for the day for a small fee. There are no restaurants, so make sure that you bring some drinks and snacks.
La Playa del Carmen
Another top beach to put on your bucket list is La Playa del Carmen. This option is more suited to families or people who like to have facilities such as restaurants and bars at their fingertips. Large umbrellas and sun loungers are available to rent, plus water sports such as canoe hire is available in the summer months.
Calla dell’ Allume
A great place to enjoy an afternoon stroll is at Cala dell’Allume. This postcard-worthy waterfront town is home to restaurants that serve up mouthwateringly good Italian fare. Several cafes provide an ideal spot to people watch while sipping on a coffee or a glass of vino!
Snorkeling and Diving
The glassy waters that surround the island help to make it an excellent spot for scuba-diving and snorkeling. Several dive centre, such as the Diving Club and the International Diving Centre offer equipment rental and diving lessons and snorkel hire is available. Scuba and snorkeling is only offered in the summer months.
Last but not least is the small town of Giglio Port. This waterfront town is home to terracota houses, two piers, and the island’s only harbour. It was originally built by the Romans, and has since grown to become a tourist destination that still maintains much of its original charm.
Shopaholics are also catered for here, as there are a number of boutiques along the harbour front. Several of the boats here also offer fishing tours. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen!
You can get a ferry from Giglio back to Porto Santo Stefano on the mainland. Ferries run frequently between 7am and 7pm, plus they have space for cars and motorbikes, although you should pre-book in the high-season. You also have the option to leave your vehicle in the car park located next to the pier.
Incorporate the above attractions into your Italian trip, and you’ll be sure to have a memorable getaway to Giglio.
Enjoy your stay!