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The Coves of Argentario

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Cala Del Gesso

Along the first stretch of coast up to Cala del Gesso you will find many villas and cottages hidden in the grove and allowing for some paths to reach the beach. Proceeding along this trail, this side of Monte Argentario becomes very steep, and it is very difficult to reach the beach by land. However if you are on a boat, you can get here much more easily, and enjoy the quiet of this isolated beach.

How to get there: from Porto Santo Stefano proceed on the Via Panoramica (Provincial Road 65) up to Km 5 +900,then turn right onto the paved road (just like if you were headed to Cala del Bove) and after a short distance (350 meters) you will reach a gate. From here, take the steep path that leads to the beach. It should take about 15 minutes
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Winds: The beach is well protected by the winds.
Parking: Via Panoramica.
Notes: The ideal place for a pleasant seaside stay during low season.

Cala del Bove

It is a cove with gravel and rocks, and is considered a paradise for divers. The seabed hosts a wide variety of species such as octopus, morays and lobsters but also corals and anemones.

How to get there: from Porto Santo Stefano proceed on the Via Panoramica (Provincial Road 65) up to Km 5 +900, then turn right onto the paved road (just like if you were headed to Cala del Gesso) and after 1.5 km you will reach a gate. Turn right on the pedestrian path and in about 15 minutes you will reach the cliff of Cala del Bove.
Parking: Via Panoramica.
Winds: exposure to west winds.

Cala Piccola

Cala Piccola is another well-known beach of the Argentario.
Formerly known as Cala dei Piatti, it is a small beach, but extremely beautiful. In the past, it was famous for the presence of coral, today completely disappeared. The rock in front of the beach is in fact named Scoglio del Corallo (Coral Rock), and its base offers an interesting view to experienced scuba divers.
How to get there: from Porto Santo Stefano proceed on the Via Panoramica (Provincial Road 65) up to Km 7 +500, then follow the private road to the hotel residence “Torre di Cala Piccola”. From there the road arrives to the bathing establishment and to the cliffs.
Winds: exposure to westerly winds.
Parking: Via Panoramica.

Capo d’Uomo

Capo d’Uomo is one of the most beautiful beaches of Monte Argentario and it is located north of the Argentario promontory just below Capo d’Uomo tower, which reaches a height of 350 meters above the sea level. From the tower, you can enjoy the spectacular view of the Tuscan Archipelago. The beach is very well known and loved because of the wonderful natural frame all around it.

How to get there: access is only possible by boat.

Bagni di Domiziano

Bagni di Domiziano is a hidden cove, not easily identifiable from the road. The access path is barely visible, half-hidden among the olive trees. Nearby you can find the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, dating back to 36 BC. This beach is also suitable for children because the shore declines softly and the seabed is shallow. It is mainly sand with low cliffs. Posidonia marks the seabed.
How to get there: Drive from Porto Santo Stefano on the road called ‘Strada Statale 440’ and get to the marker Km 10 + 050. Leave the car and take the short path that leads to the beach.
Parking: There are barely a dozen parking places on the side of the road; you cannot park along the highway.
Winds: exposure to North Wind and Northwest Wind.

La Soda

The Soda is a small pebbly beach enclosed by two cliffs and set up mostly by light-colored gravel. Divided by a small pier, on the right there is the free beach, on the left the beach resort. It is particularly loved by fans of diving and spearfishing.
How to get there:direct access at the marker Km 10 + 900 of the road called ‘strada statale 440’ out of Porto Santo Stefano.
Parking: a dozen parking places on the site; you cannot park along the highway.
Winds: exposure to North Wind and Northwest Wind.

Pozzarello

The beach ‘Il Pozzarello’ is basically made of little pebbles. The seabed is rocky and sandy; the sea is usually calm and transparent.
How to get there: direct access from the road called ‘strada statale 440’ out of Porto Santo Stefano at the marker km 11+400.
Parking: a dozen of parking spaces on the side of the road.
Winds: exposure to North Wind and Northwest Wind.

La Bionda

It is a small cove, surrounded by rocks, where the sea is usually calm and the water is transparent and clear. There is no establishment or beach service.
How to get there: from Porto Santo Stefano through three former railway tunnels or by Pozzarello along the former railway in the direction of Porto Santo Stefano. Tunnels are closed to traffic in either direction at this time, so if you have trouble walking you are better off from the Pozzarello side which is closer, but going from the other side you have a better chance of finding a parking spot.
Winds: exposure to Northern Wind.
Parking: at the parking before the tunnels entrance, or the few parking spots at Pozzarello.
Special Notes: one of the favourite beaches of the residents.

Punta Nera

It is a small beach extending on the edge of the cliff leading to Porto Santo Stefano.
How to get there: access from the Bionda beach on the cliff in direction to Porto Santo Stefano.
Parking: at the parking area of the harbour or at Pozzarello.
Winds: exposure to North Wind and Northeast Wind
Special Notes: it looks like a private beach but it is not.

La Cantoniera

Free beach and beach resort. One of the favourite beaches by residents.
How to get there: go along the road built on the site of former railway from Porto Santo Stefano (after the first gallery) both from Pozzarello (after two tunnels).
Parking: the galleries often are closed to traffic. Leave your car at the parking area of the harbour or at Pozzarello.
Winds: exposure to North Wind and Northwest Wind.

 

La Marinella

Small beach at the other end of the harbour located near Garibaldi pier.

Il Moletto

Free beach and beach resort.
How to get here: direct access from via del Molo (Port authority office).
Parking: Lungomare dei Navigatori, Porto Santo Stefano.
Winds: exposure to North Wind, Northwest Wind and Northeast Wind.

La Caletta

Beach with beach resort underneath the hotel “La Caletta”.
How to get here: direct access from via Civinini (via del Molo), at the far end of Porto Santo Stefano.
Parking: Lungomare dei Navigatori, Porto Santo Stefano.
Winds: exposure to northern and eastern winds (North Wind, Northwest Wind, Northeast Wind and East Wind)

Il Siluripedio

The Siluripedio is a small inlet risen from the demolition of military establishments for torpedo testing, located at the far west of Porto Santo Stefano.
How to get there: access from Via Civinini.
Parking: Lungomare dei Navigatori or small parking at the end of Via Civinini.
Winds: exposure to Northern winds (Mistral and Tramontane),
Note: in the same bay, after a few hundred meters you can reach the rocks of Acqua Purgativa, a small salted and iodic spring.

La Cacciarella

The Cacciarella is a small sandy beach, nestled in two cliffs. Get yourself a mask, because the sea beds are very beautiful. In the east cliffs you will find the Grotta del Turco (Turk’s cave) whose access is barely visible but inside the cave is large; according to legend, a fishermen boat was be able to hide here and flee from Turkish Corsairs, which in the 18th century raged on these shores.
The path from the street is 500 meters long and it is laborious.

Cala Grande

Cala Grande, formed by many small creeks, is predominantly a rocky beach with crystal clear and transparent water.
The seabed is enchanting and of rare beauty, rich in flora and fauna.
How to get there: you can arrive by pedestrian access at Km 3 + 950 of the Via Panoramica (County Road 65) of Porto Santo Stefano via a private road. Beyond the bridge over fosso Caùto, a small path created by the bed of the ditch gives access to the Caùto beach, between holm oaks. From here, along the cliff on the right, you can reach the other beaches of Cala Grande. Walking time from the Via Panoramica to Caùto: 20 minutes.
Winds: exposure to Northern and Western winds (Mistral and Ponente).
Parking: on the Via Panoramica.

Cala Moresca

Cala Moresca is so called because from the top of the hill behind there is the ancient Moorish Tower dominating the whole valley. It is a small cove reachable by sea or by land via the main road. In front of Cala Moresca there is the Argentarola islet, a favourite destination for lovers of diving excursions because of the abundant presence of rare examples of flora and fauna.

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