Cala Maestra - Giannutri
LatitudeLat 42° 15' 17'' N
LongitudeLong 11° 5' 40'' E
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In the central part of Giannutri, on the opposite side of Cala Spalmatoio, opens the beautiful Cala Maestra, that gets its name from the mistral (“maestro” or “maestrale” in Italian language) that blows from northwest, direction towards which the narrow cove is oriented. Right next to the north of the cove is the second dock on the island, a port used by ferryboats coming from Il Giglio or by those arriving from Porto Santo Stefano (when the mooring at Cala Spalmatoio is made difficult by sea conditions). The beach is made up of small pebbles and is easily approachable via a large staircase leading to the dirt road that cuts the island into two parts, connecting the two main coves (distant about 600 meters).
The seabed, perfectly visible thanks to the absolute transparency of the water, features a prairie of oceanic posidonia which hosts a rich fish and crustacean fauna. For a comfortable bath you can also use the ladder walled on the northern edge of the cove, where concrete quays were built for those who want to lie down and enjoy a sunbath. In front of the cove stands the silhouette of Il Giglio, about 15 km far. The position of Cala Maestra allows you to enjoy extraordinary sunsets on the sea with the backdrop of the Giglio Island. A restaurant (“La Taverna del Granduca”) was located upstream from the cove but it’s now no longer active.