Capraia, wild island
- Category Environment and Nature
Capraia is in the Tuscan archipelago and is 36 nautical miles far from Livorno. To get there there's a ferry from Porto Mediceo in Livorno and it takes approximately two and a half hours or even one and a half on the hydrofoil. Capraia became part of Tuscan territory only in the 20th Century and its architecture is similar to the small villages of the Ligurian coast with towers (to defend from the pirates), the castle, churches, the ex-prison, the colored houses...
Only 3% of the island is populated, the other 97% is a National Park or the area of the ex-prison (that has been active from 1873 to 1986). The best way to explore Capraia is on foot or with a boat. Most of the beaches don't have sand - except for Mortola. Walking around the village you will find yourself surrounded by nature. Early in the morning, to see the rising sun,
I recommend this easy path to Cala dello Zurletto in the Oriental Coast. According to the season you find different flowers and animals like the wild rabbit or gulls. All that is only 15 minutes from the village! In the Spring it's possible to swim with fishes, it's like being in an aquarium.
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