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Isle of Capraia

The island of Capraia, a nature paradise is one of seven sisters of the Tuscan Archipelago and after the Isle of Elba and the Isle of Giglio is the third largest island.

It is about 8 km long and 4 km wide. Its total area is about 20 square kilometres and 30 km of coastline.

The island is of volcanic origin, and the coast is rich in inlets and coves. In the West there are some hills. The highest peak is 445 meters high. The lighthouse is located in Punta Ferraione.

Strong winds are not uncommon during the winter and Mistral is normal during the summer. Cala Mortola is the only beach on the island. In the West there are two beautiful bays: Peraiola and Punta della Manza.

The isle is characterized by steep cliffs overlooking the sea and its nature is wild and unspoiled. It is located between Corsica and Elba Island, and it is accessible by ferryboats from Livorno, with one or two trips a day.The trip takes about 2 hours and a half.

In 1980 the former prison island was declared a nature reserve.

At the port, there are only a few houses and about 2 miles far from it there is a small village with about 300 inhabitants.

On the island there are endless opportunities for trekking and hiking. The routes are marked by scents and colours of various botanical essences, beautiful views, and small and mysterious caves.

Particularly interesting is the small lake on the island, which is an important resting point for migratory birds and therefore it is great for birdwatching.

The interior of the island is lonely, ideal for nature lovers and hikers, and offers a great variety of native plants.

In high season the few homes are completely booked. It is therefore advisable to visit it during low season.

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