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Coves of the Argentario and the Best Quiet Beaches in Tuscany  

Are you looking for the best quiet beaches in Tuscany? Consider the Silver Coast. A pristine coastline alternating sandy and rocky beaches is what characterizes the wild Silver Coast (Costa d’Argento) in the Argentario, a mesmerizing promontory – once an island – located in southern Tuscany.

It’s literally an impressive and suggestive sight: you can reach the Argentario driving over a lagoon that formed as the sea was silting up. As you cross the lagoon to get to the Argentario, you soon realize how peculiar and amazing is this place of Tuscany!

Monte Argentario is a beautiful mountain that rises straight out of the deep blue sea. Rich in archaeological finds the Monte Argentario is ideal for nature lovers, thanks to its breathtaking views and a unique landscape.

It is connected to the mainland by two stretches of land, better known as tomboli : Giannella and Feniglia, homes to a Natural Reserve and a WWF Oasis.

Giannella has recently become a popular sea resort offering all kinds of services and accommodation, from campsites to luxury hotel, and long sandy beaches.

Feniglia, instead, hosts on its whole territory a natural reserve home to many protected species of flora and fauna.

Monte Argentario has the best quiet beaches in Tuscany, where to lie under the Tuscan sun and have fantastic swims, let’s discover the 6 most beautiful beaches in Monte Argentario.

La Feniglia beach

La Feniglia is a 6 km long, impressive, sandy beach of dunes that connect Monte Argentario to Ansedonia, in the southern part of the peninsula of Monte Argentario and one of the most famous beaches in the area.

The sandy beach of La Feniglia is located on the tombolo (the narrow piece of land that attaches an island to the mainland) that divides the Orbetello Lagoon from the Tyrrhenian Sea.

It is immersed in the Feniglia Nature Reserve, so you can access this beach strip only by bicycle or by walking 10-20 minutes from the nearest car park. Most of it is free beach, but you will also find a couple of beach clubs with bars, restaurants and rental of sun loungers & parasols.

La Giannella beach

Giannella is a long sandy beach connecting the north of the peninsula to the mainland near Albinia, at the foot of Monte Argentario. This sandy stretch alternates free beach with several beach clubs, restaurant and bars. It is ideal for families.

There are many campsites and visible accesses to the sea. La Giannella is on the tombolo that is opposite to La Feniglia. This is a great area for sailing sports. There are many access points along the main road (Strada della Giannella).

Spiaggia Lunga beach

This beach is a bit difficult to reach, but it is truly rewarding once you get there.
Located just off the Strada Panoramica, heading away from Porto Ercole, the beach boasts good southern exposure and clear water, lots of space, lounger and umbrella rentals, and a view of the imposing Forte Stella fortress in the background.

It is an idyllic and scenic spot. The seabed and beach are mainly sandy with low rocky cliffs on the sides. It will take you a 20-minute walk along 200 meters with a drop of 60 meters to reach it.

Le Cannelle beach

Located on the west coast of Monte Argentario and overlooked by the La Torre Delle Cannelle, a medieval tower, this beach is a pretty little cove that also boasts a private and exclusive swimming pool club also named Le Cannelle.

The beach is mostly composed of pebbles and rocks while the seabed is low and crystalline.”Le Cannelle” beach is located near Cala del Mar Morto and it can be reached with an easy 5-10 minute stroll. Most frequented by surfers.

Mar Morto beach

The beach of Il Mar Morto “Dead Sea“, is one of the best quiet beaches in Tuscany. It owes its name to its always calm waters that allow not only to cool off, but also to practice underwater sports such as snorkelling. In the middle of the bay, on the rocky ridge, a fresh water spring rich in iron and minerals gushes out.

The path to reach it is quite long (500 meters, for about 20 minutes of walk) Be sure to bring your solar cream, water and a parasol, as the sun is always quite strong here. Equip yourself, especially if you have children. There are no establishments or bars at the beach.

Cala Grande beach

You can admire the “Big Cove” from the Via Panoramica (the panoramic road that runs along most of the Argentario coast), and you will probably stop to take photos of the beautiful landscape as most visitors do. There are three small beaches with pebbles and low rocky cliffs, the first of which can be reached with a 25-minute walk of medium-hard difficulty.

The seabed is great for snorkelling. There are no beach resorts.The bay is a hot spot for boats and yachts sailing around the promontory. The route is not very demanding, but not suitable for those with small children.

Our tips:

The best way to appreciate the sea and the best quiet beaches in Tuscany and Argentario is renting a small boat or an inflatable boat in Porto Santo Stefano or in Porto Ercole.

Sailing along the promontory you can admire the most hidden little bays, the coves, the oxbows. Don’t miss to drop anchor and swim and snorkel at some beautiful beaches reachable only by sea, reason for why hardly ever crowded.

How to get to Monte Argentario

From the SS1 Aurelia:

  • For those coming from the north, at Bocca dell’Albegna, exit at Giannella and follow the signs to Argentario and Porto Santo Stefano.
  • On the Aurelia, exit at Orbetello Scalo and follow the signs to Orbetello; pass it and continue to Feniglia and Porto Ercole.

Best time to visit Tuscany

Summer is the best time to visit the coasts and the beautiful beaches of Tuscany. In the months of July and August we suggest you avoid the city, too crowded and hot to walk around and discover it at best, preferring other destinations.

During this season the temperatures are hot, which is why the climate is perfect for cooling off in the sea or being immersed in nature. July and August are the hottest months in Tuscany. Sometimes the temperature ranging between 28-35o C. At night, fortunately it is less hot, but still with high temperature, between 22-27o C.

If you are looking for sunny, hot days to spend at the beach or by the pool, then July or August are the perfect months to visit Tuscany.

Monte Argentario Hotels – Where to Stay

Best luxury hotel: Boutique Hotel Torre Di Cala Piccola 4*, Porto Santo Stefano

Romantic boutique hotel

Imagine a place surrounded by nature and overlooking the sea, where the sweet sound of the waves accompanies your days. A place in which the true luxury is silence, the key to rediscover yourself. You are at the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola, on Monte Argentario, and everything is tranquil, far from the hectic day to day.
Boutique Hotel Torre Di Cala Piccola is set on the cliffs of Monte Argentario, with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and Giglio Island. Boutique Hotel Torre Di Cala Piccola is made up of several stone houses, set in a peaceful garden.The garden with sea-view terrace and swimming pool also features many olive trees and a 17th century Spanish tower.

Rooms from € 220/night

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Best mid-range hotel: Hotel la Caletta 3*, Porto Santo Stefano

Perfect for a beach holiday

Set directly on its private beach complete with free parasols and sun loungers.La Caletta’s rooms feature free WiFi, sea views, air conditioning, and a 32″ TV. Breakfast is offered daily and includes hot drinks, homemade cakes and local products. In Summer it is offered on the terrace.

Rooms from € 130/night

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Best budget hotel: Hotel Alfiero 2*, Porto Santo Stefano

Great view over the harbour

Set on the peninsula of Monte Argentario, Hotel Alfiero is located next to the departure point for Giglio Island. Rooms at the Alfiero Hotel have a simple yet elegant design with patterned tiles on the floors. An Italian breakfast of coffee and croissants is served each morning in the breakfast hall. Guests have discounts at local restaurants, as well as at a private beach 500 m away.

Rooms from € 70/night

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