Porto Azzurro port
Porto Azzurro is located in a deep inlet of the Gulf of Mola, which was used since ever as a natural port of call on the nautical routs of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The town it's guarded by the Spanish Fort St. Giacomo on one side and Forte Focardo on the other.
The small town center is very beautiful with its vivid mail square directly on the sea, narrow and picturesque roads with shops, charming stone houses, bars and great restaurants with delicious local food. An evening in Porto Azzurro is very nice experience as there is a great nightlife lifestyle where you can find good bars and restaurants.
Wortht visit places for people who like a bit of history are: the fortress of St. Giacomo, a Spanish fortress built during the 17th century, the prison's headquarters, the Church of Madonna di Monserrato, built during the 17th century by the Spanish governor Leon and The Spanish Church (Chiesa Spagnola) with a marble statue of the general Diego D'Alarcson.
The harbour in Porto Azzurro is well protected from the wind and very popular, in August it might be permanently full. It is very advised in high season to book a berth in advance by phone or on-line because it is not easy to find a space for late arrivals. In the harbour you can connect to the electricity and water on the quay, toilets and showers are for use by the crew berthed in the harbour.
If you don’t find the place in the harbour you can anchor in the bay in front of marina, always anchor out of the pier from where you can get by dinghy to the harbour for the sightseeing of beautiful Porto Azzurro.
If you want to stay on anchor, the safest place and most protected in case of strong wind from N is the western part of Cala di Mola bay, which is very deep in the Porto Azzurro bay.
If the weather is nice and calm there are many other small bays to stay on anchor in bay of Porto Azzurro, one of those places can be Barbarossa beach, which is near to Port Azzurro town. Once on anchor close to Barbarossa beach, the best option it’s to get by dinghy to the beach and from there walk by the coast discovering beautiful scenery. On the southern part of the Porto Azzurro Gulf, there are few nice very small beaches, where you can anchor when the weather is nice and calm: Naregano, Capo Perla, Straccoligno, Ferrato, Calanova and Istia. On the northern side of Porto Azzurro Gulf, there are two lovely beaches: Reale, which is very rocky and we recommend to check the navigation chart properly once coming close to this beach and Terranera beach, which due to the nearby iron mines typically reddish, only a few metres away from the beach there is a small, sulphuric lake, whose green colour is the exact opposite of that of the dark blue sea, unfortunately the lake is closed for the visitors and swimming in the lake is strictly forbidden.