And to the Sea
There are few more fitting ways of exploring and taking in the rugged, handsome coastline, than by boat. There are in fact seven beautiful islands that make up the stunning Tuscan archipelago which can all be explored by boat. They are, in order of size, Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Giannutri and Gorgona.
Cala Galera Marina
In fact a must, when planning a trip to Argentario, is a day at sea. One has the privilege of having the charming Ports of Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole right on ones doorstep, making a trip out to sea, all the more accessible. There is also the modern and chic marina called the Cala Galera located between S.Stefano and Porto Ercole which is a favourite amongst most.
Indeed Cala Galera, once a fascinating natural cove, is now filled with luxurious sailing and motorboats and many handsome shops. Already used by the Romans for their voyages to Sardinia or boat owners alike, this port can harbour up to an impressive 700 boats. It is also notably an important and safe stopover point for private cruises to Sardinia, Corsica and the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
Porto Ercole celebrates with grand festivities and great local participation the feast of the patron saint on June 2, which includes an evening procession with illuminated boats and could easily rival the pride and patronage of the Palio di Sienna.
Also another date to get in the diary for Sailing aficionados is 14th - 18th June 2017, which will mark the 25th Argentario sailing week.
The Regatta, takes place in the second half of June due to stronger winds and showcases a plethora of stunning yachts belonging to Classic, Vintage, Spirit of Tradition and Metric classes, seeing the participation of a variety of competitors from all over the world.
The yachts are moored along the beautiful yet unassuming harbour of Porto S. Stefano, called “La Pilarella”, where crews can be found enjoying the Tuscan charm of the village and the many amazing restaurants, bars and boutiques straight on the docks.
The Regatta comprises of a three challenging day race in some of the best sailing conditions in the Mediterranean. Whether a keen sailor or not, it is worth keeping an eye out, purely for the atmosphere it creates.