Passengers traveling by ferry to Capraia, officially known as Capraia Isola, are debarking at a mountainous island with rich unspoiled nature!
Nine million years ago, two volcanoes, Capraia and Zenobito coalesced, they formed this beautiful, rocky island with its wealthy nature and stunning landscapes. Cliffs, forests, rolling hills are everywhere around so this makes it ideal for passengers who travel to Capraia, one of the seven islands in the Tuscan Archipelago. It is notable to mention that Phoenicians, Romans, even Greeks have been living on the island in the old times so it contains a mixed cultural heritage. It also consisted of a former penal colony at the age of 1980.
The islet contains two settlements, one small town in the harbor called Porto and the village behind the mysterious and historical fortress San Giorgio, built in order to protect from pirates. There are some beaches to sunbathe and swim but the island is surely not known for them. Instead, it is perfect for lovers of hiking and exploring. One of the best sites after hiking the rocky coves is Torre Dello Zenobito landmark and Dattelo, a popular point for taking photos because of its fantastic view. Monte Castello, with a height of 445 meters above sea level is gigantic and contains too much beauty in it. Wild and untouched nature, pretty flowers and trees combined with dazzling landscapes and for competition, Stagnone, a small lake which is a rare thing to see on an island are the things someone will witness. Cala Rossa is another point of interest on the island. It is a unique cove combining red and black colors.
Near the promontory, you can find the old abandoned monastery as well which seems to be another main sight to visit along with the National Park whose sign is Audouin's gulf flying above the sea's waves. Moreover, the sea surrounding Capraia is the largest protected sea in Europe cause of the many cetaceans it is hosting. If you are lucky enough, you may witness blue whales and striped dolphins.
Capraia's cuisine couldn't leave out fish since it is surrounded by the ocean and of course, being in Italy, delicious wines. In conclusion, we can understand that Capraia is surely not a modern station so most of its visitors go there in order to slip away from the city noise, relax in its romantic and charming villages and get in better touch with nature.
Capraia is part of the Tuscan Archipelago, the third biggest island of the seven, located at the most northwestern point of the group, 50 km away from Livorno with a population of approx. 400 inhabitants. Ferry routes Capraia occur from and to Livorno, Cavo and Portoferraio, especially in high season months.
In order to secure your ferry tickets to Capraia, book them in advance and enjoy a pleasant holiday!
Capraia ferry routes
The main Capraia ferry route is from Livorno port and operates almost all year round with a sailing time of 3 hours. The Livorno to Capraia ferry can transfer cars and passengers to the island, offering a comfortable and pleasant journey either with inside or outside seats. During your trip you can take a coffee or a refreshment from the snack bar of the ferry. Pets are accepted on board.
Capraia ferry routes also occur, from Cavo and Portoferraio, especially during the high season months, by local companies.
Capraia ferry port
Capraia ferry port or else, Porto di Capraia, is situated in the northeastern coast of the island and serves both touristic ships and yachts. In the area, you can find public WCs, cafeterias and restaurants. Moreover, it is easily connected with the main settlement by one road and the distance is a little less than a kilometer so it can certainly be covered on foot. For those who prefer to get transported, there is the choice of taking the bus which operates between the port and the village.
Transportation options in Capraia
There are not many transportation options on the island. There is a bus running the short distance between the town and the port. Otherwise, you can easily cover it on foot. Have in mind that the particular bus runs only between the port and the main village. Capraia can be explored only on foot or better, by making boat tours.
If you are thinking of traveling with your car it is better to decide not to take it with you, as it is not necessary for exploring the island. There is only one paved road, so driving is not at all easy.
Places to visit in Capraia island
- The Fortress of San Giorgio dating back to the 16th century. After a complete renovation the property was transformed into a villa for rent without destroying the history of the place
- One of the best sites is Torre Dello Zenobito, one of the four towers of the island, built by the Genoese in 1545, in order to protect Capraia from Pirates. The tower, which is similar to the Torre del Porto, can be reached only by two paths, one coastal and one internal but it takes about 4 hours to reach it from the port. a popular point for taking photos because of its fantastic view
- Monte Castello, with a height of 445 meters above sea level is gigantic and contains too much beauty in it. Wild and untouched nature, pretty flowers and trees combined with dazzling landscapes
- Stagnone, a small lake, the only natural in the Tuscan Archipelago, is believed that it was one of the volcanic craters. It is located at a distance of 6 km from the town of Capraia
- Cala Rossa is another point of interest on the island. It is a unique cove combining red and black colors. Near the promontory, you can find the old abandoned monastery as well which seems to be another main sight to visit along with the National Park whose sign is Audouin's gull flying above the sea's waves
- Another tower of the island is Torretta del Bagno, built in 1790 in order to protect Fort San Giorgio. Today it is visited mostly because it is very close to one of the most visited areas for bathing.
- The Catholic Church of San Nicola in Piazza Milano, in the center of the town, dating back to 1760, is the parish church of the center
- A boat trip around the island is a good idea if you like to see most parts of it. You can hire a private boat or participate in a group organized excursion. Moreover, the sea surrounding Capraia is the largest protected sea in Europe because of the many cetaceans it is hosting. If you are lucky enough you may witness blue whales and striped dolphins
In conclusion, we can understand that Capraia is surely not a modern station so most of its visitors go there in order to slip away from the city noise, relax in its romantic and charming villages and get in better touch with nature.
Beaches and coves in Capraia
- Cala della Mortola, one of the most popular beaches, is located on the north east coast of the island and its name comes from “myrtles”. Accessible only by boat it is pebbly and sandy with emerald blue waters and a sandy sea bottom.
- Cala Rossa is visited only by boat nd it is dominated by the Zenobito Tower. It is considered as one of the most impressive coves in the Mediterranean Sea. The waters are crystal clear and Cala Rossa is surely a stop on the boat day trip
- Cala la Grotta is reached if you follow the road from Torre del Porto. It has a free beach area as well as a sunbed and umbrella area for hire. A bar is available for a snack or a refreshment
- Frate Beach is next to the ferry dock outside the port. It has easy access to the sea with pebbles and during the summer period sunbeds for rent are available
- Cala del Ceppo on the east side of the island is preferably reached by boat as if you decide to go on foot from the town it is about 1 hour walking distance. The bottom is sandy and the water is perfect for snorkeling
Useful tips for your trip
- Do not forget to take your trekking or walking comfortable shoes with you as there are a lot of paths in order to approach the places of interest
- There are not many accommodation options, so book your hotel or house in advance in order to find availability, especially during the summer months. Most of the facilities are around the port
- Capraia's cuisine couldn't leave out fish since it is surrounded by the ocean and of course, being in Italy, you have to taste the delicious wines