How to visit Giglio Island
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For those who wish to visit the island without cars, public transportation connects the 3 main island villages : Giglio Porto, Giglio Castello and Giglio Campese. Buses are guaranteed throughout the whole year and departures are more frequent (every 20 minutes) during the summer.
Alternatively is it possible to rent a Taxi van for 8 people max with personal driver. Taxi sharing with consequent route expense sharing is available . Taxi vans drive to both Le Cannelle and Arenella beaches where buses don’t drive to. The Taxi vans are to be found at the parking space in Giglio Porto in Via Provinciale, 100 mt away from the chemist’s and from the Post Office. Cabs can be called singularly by phone.
Scooters that can carry max 2 people, and quads 330cc and small cars are available for hire.
For devoted excursionists and trekkiers , we remind that Isola del Giglio has a quantity of paths leading to the villages as well as to beaches while admiring our landscapes and sea views.
Alongside the wharf at Giglio Porto, at the Campese Tower and Arenella Beach operators rent boats which can be driven without a licence.
By renting boats you will be able to discover secret bays, beaches and granite cliffs, difficult to reach otherwise.
Alternatively, use of the Taxi Boat service, or boat with driver for a trip around the island or for an excursion to Giannutri is available.
ROUND TRIP OF THE ISLAND BY SEA
The trip around the island by sea is interesting not only for the landscapes, but for anaturalistic aspects as well. Leaving the port directin north, the first bay to encounter is Lazzaretto. This name was given because in the past centuries the area was in fact a Lazaret, which already existed in 1620, but was ruined in the past century.
After Lazzaretto bay , Punta Gabbianara and Punta del Lazzaretto, both surrounded by massive granite rock formations . The imponent Lazzaretto Tower emerges amongst a maritime pine grove and further above , Giglio castello is to be seen. Bypassing Cala Cupa, one notices an abandoned granite cave and Arenella beach.
After Punta Arenella, the Caletta and Punta della Campana and while sailing towards Punta Radice, an antique seldom used lighthouse built on Poggio Verdello is to be noticed , the reason being thick fogs in the area regularly obstructing light streams to boats/ships.
More can be seen before arriving under the Fenaio lighthouse, Calbugina bay and Punta del Morto. Once passed Punta del Fenaio, the northern extremity of the island, Campese bay emerges,delimited on the west side, by its significant, characteristic rock formation protruding from the bay.
After Punta delle Secche, the Medici Tower of Campese and Campese beach, very busy during summer . The west side of the beach hosts remains of the Valle Ortana pirite mine,active until the late 1950’s and the hilltop Giglio Castello after which the Franco headland appears.
Further navigation to Punta del Gesso, Scoglio di Mezzo Franco, Punta di Mezzo Franco, Punta di Pietralta and Cala dell’Allume. To notice are yellow rocks in this area, due to detritus of iron mineral extracted from an almost invisible mine cave.
An imperative to stop by Isola della Cappa and hereafter at the corvo rock with it’s homonymous bay and it’s inviting grotto on the east side.
Sailing southbound one reaches Cala di Pietrabona, and Punta di Capel Rosso which is the extreme southern limit of the island. Once passed Punta di Capel Rosso with its lighthouse one reaches the eastern coastline, less inaccessible than the west coast .
Leaving Punta Torricella the small amazing Caldane beach appears, Capo Marino,Cannelle Beach and the Scole to Giglio Porto.