As you sail across the waters of the Tuscan Archipelago, the Island of Giglio will appear before you like a colorful band of houses painted in friendly pastel colors. Among these houses are powerful yet majestic towers used for defense against the pirates and other invaders many years ago.
Surrounding it all is the classic, lush, and rich Mediterranean vegetation. This poetic vision will capture both your heart and your soul before you even step foot onto this little magical island off of the coast of Italy. We went for a little hike this morning to buy some fresh 🐟, vongole and fresh fruits on the local market…
One of my favorite anchorages in the Med is right around 80 meters away from the harbour of Giglio Porto, where the Costa Concordia hit the rocks Scogli delle Scole 10 years ago!
Giannutri Island !
There are only two permitted accesses to the coast: Cala Maestra and Golfo Spalmatoi. If you prefer the latter, winds from the east and south-east do not blow here, but all the others do. Cala Spalmatoi is in itself a nice place to drop anchor, if it weren’t for the fact that it is all taken up by permanent moorings.
If you do find space, remember that it is compulsory to anchor at least one hundred metres away from the red and white buoys indicating the area for bathers. The only pier is reserved exclusively for authorised motorboats. It should be noted that Cala Spalmatoi does not have any services for private boats: no water, fuel or electricity, and there are no toilets. Unfortunately, anchoring in Cala Spalmatoi is essential because the seabed here is really suitable for anchoring, which is not the case in the rest of the island. Cala Maestra – the name says it all – looks roughly north and is often affected by the mistral wind.
The seabed is sandy and not conducive to anchoring, but the more experienced can moor temporarily by means of a line ashore. If you are lucky, however, the delightful quay at Cala Maestra may be free, allowing you to moor properly.