Cala San Quirico

Cala San Quirico, Populonia: Address, Cala San Quirico Reviews: 4.5/5

Cala San Quirico
4.5
What people are saying
Brun066
By Brun066
The cove visit, and the walk on the paths that reach it, are strongly recommended
Mar 2019
Compared to the nearby "Buca delle Fate", Cala San Quirico ("Cala" = cove) is much less known, for more reasons. For those who walk along the Piombino promontory, the Buca delle Fate is the first accessible beach you come across, whether you arrive from the Gulf of Baratti through the # 302 coastal path, or whether you arrive from the so-called “Reciso” car park through the # 301 path (direct, then shorter). And also the beauty of the Buca delle Fate is such, that one isn't encouraged to walk further. Cala San Quirico instead meets first only if you arrive through the # 302 coastal path in south-north direction (the online map of the paths of the Piombino promontory is available in some websites, e.g. "toscanacostaetrusca.it"). The cove is located on the site where a deep valley carved into the promontory's body reaches the sea; it features a beach composed mainly of large rocks. Even the seabed near the shore is stony, and also has outcrops of large rocks, evidently consumed by the swell over millennia. Off these rocks the sea becomes deeper so you can swim, but I haven't experienced it by myself; in fact I visited the cove in March, when swimming is unthinkable, except for a few brave people. However, both the cove in itself and the paths that give access to it allow gorgeous views on the nearby Elba island, on the farthest Capraia, and by clear weather also on Corsica. Moreover the inaccessible nature of the place, and its remoteness from any road, make these places unique on the whole coast of Tuscany (apart from the islands) and therefore a visit is strongly recommended.

Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

4.5
12 reviews
Excellent
7
Very good
5
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Brun066
Florence, Italy10,512 contributions
The cove visit, and the walk on the paths that reach it, are strongly recommended
Mar 2019 • Friends
Compared to the nearby "Buca delle Fate", Cala San Quirico ("Cala" = cove) is much less known, for more reasons.
For those who walk along the Piombino promontory, the Buca delle Fate is the first accessible beach you come across, whether you arrive from the Gulf of Baratti through the # 302 coastal path, or whether you arrive from the so-called “Reciso” car park through the # 301 path (direct, then shorter). And also the beauty of the Buca delle Fate is such, that one isn't encouraged to walk further.
Cala San Quirico instead meets first only if you arrive through the # 302 coastal path in south-north direction (the online map of the paths of the Piombino promontory is available in some websites, e.g. "toscanacostaetrusca.it").
The cove is located on the site where a deep valley carved into the promontory's body reaches the sea; it features a beach composed mainly of large rocks. Even the seabed near the shore is stony, and also has outcrops of large rocks, evidently consumed by the swell over millennia.
Off these rocks the sea becomes deeper so you can swim, but I haven't experienced it by myself; in fact I visited the cove in March, when swimming is unthinkable, except for a few brave people.
However, both the cove in itself and the paths that give access to it allow gorgeous views on the nearby Elba island, on the farthest Capraia, and by clear weather also on Corsica.
Moreover the inaccessible nature of the place, and its remoteness from any road, make these places unique on the whole coast of Tuscany (apart from the islands) and therefore a visit is strongly recommended.
Written 27 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing