Monte Argentario: beaches, camping, how to get there
Located in the Grosseto district and surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea, Monte Argentario is an impressive geographical formation, joined to the continent by Orbetello, Giannella and Feniglia. Home to places of great tourist interest such as Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, the area is distinguished by its unique environment, sea, temperate climate and striking coastline. This mountainous promontory becomes a popular destination for both sea enthusiasts and those with a keen interest in trekking and mountain biking.
Argentario, a promontory of rare beauty on the coast of the Province of Grosseto, Tuscany, is immersed in the sea and joined to the mainland through the town of Orbetello, as well as the tombolos of Giannella and Feniglia, two extensive, sandy shorelines. What we identify as Argentario is a mountain, Monte Argentario, which has recently been recognised as a municipality of the Province of Grosseto.
Two significant tourist resorts are part of it: Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, located on the north-western and south-eastern sides respectively. Argentario attracts visitors for the uniqueness of its landscape, its marine environment and its exceptionally mild climate, making it an ideal holiday destination all year round.
Sea enthusiasts can come here in summer to appreciate some of the most beautiful coastlines in Tuscany, with small bays often only accessible on foot or by boat, offering unique shades of blue and magnificent sunsets over the Tyrrhenian Sea.
But it is not just beach life: on the Argentario, trekking and mountain-biking enthusiasts will find many paths that wind from the sea through lush Mediterranean scrub up to an altitude of 635 metres, offering views and glimpses of rare beauty.
For golf lovers, the Argentario Golf Club is an 18-hole course covering 77 hectares, offering a magnificent natural panorama of olive trees and Mediterranean scrubland overlooking the sea.
Argentario's most beautiful beaches
The Argentario promontory is famous for its small inlets, accessible by narrow, steep footpaths. If the prospect of walking back up at the end of a day at the beach seems too challenging, you might consider reaching them by sea, or otherwise, head for beaches more suited to those seeking comfort, but which tend to be more crowded, such as the Bionda beach.
Near Porto Santo Stefano, proceeding in the direction of Orbetello, there are no less than four beaches that are easy to reach: Cala Pozzarello, the Domitian baths, Bionda beach and Soda beach. Since they are close to the town and easy to reach but do not offer much space, they can be very crowded, and finding parking can be very difficult.
To the west of Porto Santo Stefano, the beautiful beaches of Cala Grande and Cala del Gesso overlook the open sea. Both are more secluded and harder to reach, and therefore less crowded. They are enchanting but small beaches, so in high season they are very popular with tourists.
On the other side of the Argentario promontory, near Porto Ercole, there are several beaches worth a visit, in particular the Lunga beach, located at the end of a steep path of about 200 metres. Don't miss the Spiaggia delle Viste beach, the closest to the town, which together with the Acqua Dolce beach and the famous Cala Galera, with its marina, form the perfect combination of beaches to visit in the Porto Ercole area.
The southern part of the promontory of Monte Argentario, the furthest from Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, is composed of small inlets and hidden beaches, the most famous of which is that of Le Cannelle. In addition to this, the Sassi Verdi beach, Cala Piccola and Cala dell'Olio are worth a visit. These are all small beaches, so we advise you to get there early in the morning if you want to find space.
Finally, if you are looking for long, sandy beaches, don't give up hope: the Argentario coves may not be for you, but the nearby beaches of Feniglia and Giannella, part of the municipality of Orbetello, are ideal. They are so long that even in the busiest season you will find an area where you can be completely isolated. They are easy to reach, wide and partly equipped, making them perfectly suitable for families with children and the elderly.
Camping in the Argentario
There are many campsites on the Argentario coast and in the circumstance area. The offer is very varied and advantageous offers can be found all year round. The hotel offer is also very wide and everyone can find the accommodation they prefer to spend an unforgettable holiday on the Argentario.
The Argentario camp sites are suitable both for those who love adventure and have a good capacity for adaptation, and for those who prefer a comfortable holiday with all comforts.
They are structures immersed in nature where you can enjoy complete freedom. They offer accommodation in tents as well as in more or less well-equipped bungalows, and of course pitches for your own camper van. The facilities are also suitable for children, who can play freely outdoors and ride their bikes without danger.
In addition to a pleasant day at the beach, boat trips are often organised to discover the most exclusive coves where you can dive into a transparent sea, visit the magnificent islands of the Tuscan Archipelago or even just go fishing.
How to get to Argentario
The Argentario is a destination that can be reached by various means of transport, both rail and air. For those who love travelling by train, the ideal stops are Albinia and Orbetello. To reach the Argentario from Florence, the train routes to consider include the Florence-Pisa route, followed by the Pisa-Rome route.
If, on the other hand, you prefer air travel, the closest flight options to the Argentario include Rome Fiumicino Airport, Rome Ciampino Airport and Pisa Airport, all within easy reach of your destination.
Map Monte Argentario
Where argentario is located
Argentario, a majestic elevation located in the province of Grosseto, stands out for its unique position. This fascinating promontory, cradled by the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea on one side and the Orbetello Lagoon on the other, offers a landscape of rare beauty and exceptional marine and terrestrial biodiversity.