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Giglio Island: beaches to visit

Isola del Giglio: from great beaches to hidden coves

spiaggia e mare isola del giglio

Talking about the beaches on the island of Giglio is not as immediate as it seems. In this section we will try to present them in preview, sure that when you go to discover them live during your holiday period, you will be able to appreciate them with greater taste (perhaps by staying in one of our rental apartments).

The extraordinary variety of the Giglio area is manifested above all from a naturalistic point of view, with a nature that is still in some ways wild and authentic.

Those who come on vacation will not fail to appreciate all the part linked to the beaches that can be found on the Island of Giglio (and the bathing services related to it, especially in the most touristy destinations), without forgetting all the natural and more hidden part, but ready to reveal itself to the most attentive tourist.

In fact, there are not a few coves on the Isola del Giglio, totally natural places that have remained intact since the birth of this territory, which can be reached in some cases only with the help of boats or along the narrow streets that characterize the local pathways. , also a destination for lovers of hiking and trekking.

The island of Giglio boasts a 28 km long coastline, with a succession of isolated coves, cliffs and beaches of fine sand, free and equipped.

cannelle isola del giglio, panoramica della spiaggia

Much of the tourism we have in the summer months strongly points to the discovery of the sea of ​​the Giglio Island, giving a wide choice between those who love the classic day dedicated to relaxation and sunbathing, and those who love to discover the most particular parts of the coast. Gigliese, perhaps preferring snorkeling and visiting corners of paradise, with fewer services but more secluded.

Here we want to give way to all those who, once off the ferry, aim to experience a holiday that is as rich and satisfying as possible.

To do this, it is good to inform yourself in time and learn about the beaches and coves that are located at Giglio, so that each of you can choose in advance the most suitable places in which to spend your vacation days.

To begin with, we can first make a distinction between beaches on the east coast of the Island of Giglio and those on the west coast.

This is a useful distinction above all to facilitate our explanation of the various beaches and coves that you will find here, with the west coast which mainly concerns the area of ​​Giglio Porto  and with the east coast which is the part concerning the area of ​​Giglio Campese.

Giglio Island: beaches on the east coast (Giglio Porto area)

Scalettino beach

It is found, getting off the ferry on the right, after about 300 meters. It is one of the free beaches of the Giglio Island, to be precise a small sandy beach, which gives daily tourists and pilot books a bit of refreshment on hot summer days.

Next to the Scalettino beach there is a part of smooth rocks that slope down to the sea, very suitable for those who, while remaining in the port, want to “isolate themselves”.

Caletta del Saraceno

It owes its name to the ancient Saracen tower located nearby. It is located, after getting off the ferry, on the left after about 150 meters.

La Caletta del Saraceno is a tiny strip of sand, made above all of pebbles, but with many smooth rocks and wonderful backdrops. Here too it is possible to isolate oneself, despite being a stone’s throw from the center of Giglio Porto.

Cannelle beach

Surely one of the best known of the beaches on the Giglio Island. Located south of the town of Giglio Porto, renowned for its beach made up of quartz grains, it can be reached on foot (in about 20 minutes) or by taxi.

Served by bars and bathing establishments, it also offers a stretch of free beach. Its waters are shallow and therefore suitable for children.

Cala dello Smeraldo

This beautiful rocky beach is situated near Cannelle beach, south of Giglio Porto

Its name is due to its clear waters, it can be easily reached from the street, by using an easy path

Caldane beach

Located south of the Cannelle beach, it owes its name to its physical characteristics. Being sheltered from the wind, it gives a sensation of intense heat, like caldana (hence the name of this beach on the island of Giglio).

It can only be reached on foot, with a walk of about 40 minutes, and by boat, which is why it is very quiet. Beautiful with its rocks, vegetation, granite sand and above all with its seabed.

Punta del Capel Rosso

Its color is due to the reddish colors of the mosses (the rocks, branching out, look like red hair)

Situated at the south edge of the island, there is one of the two operating lighthouse, typical place for the smooth granite pavements that enter the sea and allow people to take a bath in a spectacular cobalt blue water.


Situated north of Giglio Porto, characterised by white fine sand and low water, the Arenella bay is the most suitable for those who love to experience the sea in tranquillity, far from the music, bars and the typical chatter of crowded beaches.

Giglio Island: beaches on the west coast (Giglio Campese area)

Bay of Campese

Among the beaches of the Giglio Island, a visit to the Bay of Campese cannot be missed. Located in the northwestern part of Giglio, it is its largest bay. Very popular with young people but well equipped for families with children, it often hosts sporting events.

The Tuscan island, in fact, has a lot to offer both to those who want a holiday of total relaxation, and to those who cannot stay still, even during the holidays. Fans of water sports, snorkeling and diving will find here several specialized centers where they can rent equipment.


Small inlet at the left of Giglio Campese beach, it can be reached only on foot in approximately 15 minutes of walking and by boat. Its name is due to its size, small like a ‘hole’.

Wonderful water and the view, far from the chaos of Campese beach.


Its name is due to its location, because it is close to the Faraglione rock, it can be reached only on foot, in approximately 30 minutes of walking and by boat.

It is a small corner, composed by rocks and pebbles that arise from the water, sheltered from the wind, excellent for snorkeling.


Its name is due to the fact that originally there was a thermal spring of freshwater that can be reached only on foot (approximately 45 minutes from Campese) and by boat.

The beach is composed by rounded pebbles of various measures, we call them the ‘ghiaiole’ (some of them are very peculiar). It’s like being in an oceanic beach, with the open sea.


Its name is due to the old mine, operating during our grandparents’ day, with a still visible entrance.

It can be reached only on foot and by boat, it is a cove with dark rocks, a bit different from the rest of the island; the beach has more or less large pebbles and amazing seabed.

Cala del Corvo

Its name is due to the fact that originally the crows nested. Big inlet of rocks and pebbles, that can be reached only by boat. Also here you will find amazing seabed.

Cala di Sparavieri

Wonderful big smooth rock, that disappears in the sea.

Punta Nord Fenaio

In this area there is an old abandoned, but still working lighthouse.

We hope that our brief presentation of the beaches on the Giglio Island will have been to your liking.

Our real estate agency is pleased to host you in one of the available rental apartments, to allow you to explore them one by one. There is also the opportunity to visit the special section dedicated to apartments for sale, if you have decided to always have an apartment at your disposal for your holiday on the Island of Giglio.

For any info please do not hesitate to contact us by filling out the following contact form, or by calling us at 348 8041620.

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