A small jewel of the Tyrrhenian Sea with a wild beauty: the Isola del Giglio is an island of the Tuscan Archipelago to be discovered. Let ‘s find out what there is to see on Giglio Island.
Where it is and how to reach the island of Giglio
The Isola del Giglio rises in front of the promontory of Monte Argentario within the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.
The position makes it easy to reach; just take one of the ferries departing for Giglio Island from Porto Santo Stefano (Argentario’s capital).
Giglio Island: What to see
The uncontaminated nature, the crystalline sea elected Blue Flag and the coast characterized by coves and granite cliffs make the island a surprisingly beautiful destination.
But it is not just sea and nature. What is there to see on Isola del Giglio? It is possible to immerse yourself in history by visiting the medieval village of Giglio Castello and the characteristic port of Giglio Porto.
Isola del Giglio: hotels, apartments and other accommodations
Visitors can plan a short holiday on the Giglio Island by staying in hotels, B&Bs and campsites. For long stays on the Giglio Island you can choose apartments and holiday homes.
How long does it take to visit Isola del Giglio? Time is never enough, but you can have a rewarding experience even in a week.
It is normal to ask “which is the most beautiful area of the Giglio Island?” when organizing the holiday. In reality, each area is characteristic and, considering the size of the island, the choice of accommodation and location do not affect the trip.
The gastronomic tradition of the island of Giglio
The coexistence of sea and land is also found in the cuisine of Giglio: it favours fish and knows how to give value to the products of the earth.
Travelers cannot leave the Giglio Island without stopping in one of the typical restaurants and places to taste olives sotto pesto, fish in scabeccio, bonito alla gigliese and the bread. Try the Ansonaco wine produced on the island.
Isola del Giglio: activities, itineraries and what to do
The Giglio Island is renowned for its uncontaminated territory which can be explored by taking advantage of the various activities offered on the island. For example, diving enthusiasts can explore the underwater world; hiking enthusiasts can venture among the many pedestrian routes.
It is possible to organize a boat trip in order to visit the coves and observe the beauties often unreachable by land, such as the Fenaio lighthouse or the Cala dell’Allume.
It is undeniable that Isola del Giglio is the ideal destination for those who love nature, the sea and relaxation, but it can also offer various proposals for nightlife, such as aperitifs on the beach and dinners with live music. There are also beaches that organize aperitifs with music at the Cannelle beach.
Isola del Giglio: beaches for children
The coast is very varied, but the beaches of Isola del Giglio offer a solution for everyone thanks to free areas and equipped beaches.
Among the most popular beaches for families is that of Campese with its natural bay, its free stretches and bathing establishments equipped with playgrounds for the little ones.
It is also worth visiting the Cannelle beach because it can also be reached on foot and is characterized by very fine sand and shallow water for kilometers. Children can stay in the water safely while the older ones can dive from the granite rocks of the bay.
Families can also make a stop at Arenella beach for its white sand, its shallow seabed and its tropical-like sea. The cove is perfect for the little ones while the Scoglio della Tartaruga allows adults to dive.
The stay at Isola del Giglio can be accompanied by cultural events, theatrical performances, festivals and unmissable events.
Among the most characteristic are the patronal feasts with processions, shows and fireworks (Feast of San Lorenzo in Giglio Porto, Feast of San Rocco in Campese and Celebrations of San Mamiliano in Giglio Castello), the Il Giglio è Lirica Festival, the MuVinAr event between music, wine and art and the Grape and Open Cellars Festival.