The best beaches near Castiglione della Pescaia in Maremma
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We noticed that recently you have searched for news and information about Castiglione della Pescaia and since we’ve written another post about this place we thought it was not enough. Since summer is approaching, we decided to give you more information about the beaches near Castiglione della Pescaia: there are plenty of choices! Once again in 2015, Castiglione della Pescaia earned prestigious eco labels such as “Bandiera Blu” (Blue Flag) and “5 vele” by Legambiente and Touring Club Italiano, so you’re doing the right thing when you search for information about this place!
Castiglione della Pescaia is situated in the area of southern Tuscany called Maremma, where you can find untouched nature and kilometres of beaches of various kinds, both wild and equipped. Here is a list for you: for any questions or additional information, please write us!
West Beach (Spiaggia di Ponente) and East Beach (Spiaggia di Levante)
The beach of Castiglione della Pescaia is located in front of the village. It is a sandy beach with shallow water and can be reached by walking. We should talk about the “beaches” of Castiglione della Pescaia, because they can be divided into West Beach (Spiaggia di Ponente) and East Beach (Spiaggia di Levante), separated by a harbour and a channel called Fiume Bruna (the water is clear here, no worries).
The West beach is the one that runs in the direction of Punta Ala from the harbour, and it’s perhaps more crowded that the East one. Here you can find beach resorts, bars and restaurants, but also free beaches. The East Beach is the stretch that runs from the harbour in the direction of Marina di Grosseto, south of Castiglione della Pescaia village. It is similar to the Levante beach, but less crowded.
Going towards Marina di Grosseto, continuing after the East Beach, you will find another beautiful beach called Le Marze.
Le Marze is a beautiful beach located between Castiglione della Pescaia and Marina di Grosseto, with the wonderful Pineta del Tombolo behind. It is a long sandy beach with striking thick vegetation typical of the Maremma, a real paradise on Earth. A very special feature is the dunes, which are more than two meters high. It is about 6 km long and up to 100 meters wide, mostly free and popular with sports and wildlife lovers. You can access it from three different points, leaving the car in the stop areas and then walking along a beautiful stretch of pine forest. You can also cover the entire stretch of coast between Castiglione della Pescaia and Marina di Grosseto on foot. In the farthest point between two of the three access points (20/30 minute walk), you can meet some naturists. You can also bring pets on the beach on the coast called Bau Beach. This part of the coast is known for the wind conditions, which are perfect for water sports, such as kite surfing, surfing or wakeboarding.
Going north, in the direction of Punta Ala, maybe moving with a bike on a bike path, you will find more beautiful coves. Here is the list.
The beach called Capezzolo is easily accessible on foot or by bike through a waterfront with bars, beach resorts, ice cream shops and a playground for children. In the vicinity of the promontory of Punta Capezzolo, there are rocks on the shore. In some beach resorts you can play beach volleyball, hire pedal boats and canoes. The beach is very busy during the high season, but the view is really amazing: you can see some islands of the Tuscan archipelago (Elba, Montecristo and the island of Giglio), and sometimes you can see the mountains of Corsica and the view of the village with the castle is definitely worth checking out.
One of the most pristine beaches in the area is surely the one of Roccamare, hidden by thick and wild pine forests crossed by paths made for both walking and biking. There is also a bike path that runs along the main road and goes from the town centre of Castiglione della Pescaia to the coast. This beach is less crowded, so the water is really clear and relaxation is a given. Much of the beach that connects Rocchette with Riva del Sole is free and only some sailing schools occupy a portion of the beach. It’s popular for families with children and groups of friends playing football or beach tennis on the shore.
Rocchette beach (Spiaggia delle Rocchette)
The beach of Rocchette is sandy and has rocky seabed, perfect for snorkelling. The beach at Punta Rocchette has more rocks, so many young people go there to dive. During the year the rocky stretch of coast is full of surfers who train even in winter. During the summer this beach is very crowded since there are beach resorts and campsites in the pine forest surrounding the beach. Sometimes finding parking is not easy; however, there is the local transport service departing from the centre of Castiglione della Pescaia. There is a wide range of services offered here: rental of pedal boats, sailing boats and drinks accompanied by music on the beach.
In Rocchette there is also a bit of history thanks to the remains of the Fort of Rocchette. The construction started in the twelfth century and was ordered by Cosimo I de' Medici to protect coastal populations from the invasions of the Saracens, then in the second half of the sixteenth century it was expanded. The fort overlooks the sea from 30 meters and today it is privately owned.
You can reach the Beach of Casetta Civinini through easy paths in the pine forest of Castiglione della Pescaia. This long beach has white sand and overlooks the beautiful gulf area. It’s almost entirely free, except for a few beach resorts. The beach is perfect for families with children, who can enjoy plenty of space and playing in complete tranquillity, even in the peak tourist season. In this crystal clear sea it is easy to spot dolphins and fish rays.
With its white sand and blue sea, Cala Civette is definitely one of the most beautiful free beaches in this area. It is dominated by Torre Civette and surrounded by thick vegetation where you can have lunch and a rest during the hottest hours of the day. It’s very popular with young couples. From a narrow and not too challenging path, you can walk toward the beach of Cala Violina. You can reach the beach through the river Alma, with water up to your knees.
Between Torre Hidalgo and Cala del Barbiere, the white sandy beach is connected to Casetta Civinini. In this stretch, it is much wider and offers tourists rental services, food and sailing school.
Read everything about this beach in this post.
Do you have a favourite beach in this area of Tuscany?