Razzoli
island

The wild island of Cala Lunga, the old lighthouse and the Asinelli Pass

 

Facing north-west, the wildest of the three sister islands, Santa Maria, Budelli and Razzoli which guard the eastern entrance to the Strait of Bonifacio, it stretches out towards the cousin islands of Lavezzi and Cavallo which announce the nearby Corsica, making the otherwise concrete invisible border between Italy and France.

The Razzoli Island is located at the north-western end of the Maddalena Archipelago separated to the east by the narrow Asinelli Pass from the Island of Santa Maria and, to the south from the Island of Budelli, with which it shares the extraordinary arm of deep sea just over a meter known by the name of Porto della Madonna, one of the symbolic areas of the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park.

Isola di Razzoli

Passo degli Asinelli

COORDINATE: 41.29475050246307, 9.359824401147073

Watershed and meeting point of extraordinary beauties.

Less than thirty meters wide and just one meter deep, a fascinating place famous for the incredible beauty of its waters, separates Razzoli and Santa Maria, faces south on the Porto della Madonna and north on the integral reserve area between Punta Maestro and the island of Capicciolu.

It is not navigable and the whole area is marked for the danger of shoals.

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Ultima Cala

COORDINATE: 41.29452385792773, 9.354364063787688

Small mainly rocky cove, dotted with rocks and very exposed to westerly winds.

It is part of the integral reserve terrestrial zone.

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Beaches of Cala di Bove Marino

COORDINATE: 41.29660664255173, 9.350332963729954

A Cala divided into two beaches separated by a small cliff, coarse of golden sand and pebbles. Deep sandy bottoms ideal for diving, deep blue waters.

The very difficult landing means that the beaches are not very busy.

It is part of the integral reserve terrestrial zone.

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Cala Lunga

COORDINATE: 41.299476156208804, 9.347650754701938

The Punta di Cala Lunga, the Islets and the Beaches of Cala Lunga are the only real landing point for Razzoli. The long promontory offers several beaches and small coves that overlook deep and rocky bottoms that become low and sandy near the shore.

In the north of the cove is the docking point from which the path leading to the Razzoli Lighthouse starts.

A difficult to navigate area intended for expert maneuvers.

An area protected from east winds but exposed to westerly winds.

An ideal spot for snorkeling.

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Cala dei Morti

COORDINATE: 41.30157178880311, 9.341191995414347

A small, fairly sheltered cove with a small beach of light, medium-grained sand, overlooking a deep seabed ideal for diving.

It is close to the path leading to the Lighthouse.

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La Calaccia and Cala Gni

COORDINATE: 41.30210374642863, 9.334797609456725

Ideal observation point on the north-western cliff of Razzoli, the rocky coves, almost impossible to land due to the presence of numerous rocks, are completely exposed to the westerly winds, but on poorly ventilated days they are the reference point for diving enthusiasts thanks in the presence of rocky and deep bottoms rich in fauna.

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Punta Maestro, Cale del Rosario

COORDINATE: 41.308148413434076, 9.33913205904142

In the north-western extremity of the Razzoli Island, an area very exposed and rich in marine fauna, it is a privileged observation point on the islands of the Lavezzi Archipelago with which it constitutes the eastern entrance to the Strait of Bonifacio.

The Cale del Rosario (first and second) are rocky and not particularly suitable for non-sporting bathing.

Stretch of coast dominated by the overhanging Razzoli Lighthouse, a panoramic point.

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Cala dell'Orto

COORDINATE: 41.30682422951586, 9.343724645709061

Rocky and pebble beach overlooking a shallow rocky seabed ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.

The slope behind it allows you to go up to a panoramic area from which to look over the entire archipelago and the mountains of nearby Corsica.

Cala dell'Orto is part of the integral marine reserve area.

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Cala Prima, Cala Seconda and Cala della Noce

COORDINATE: 41.30682422951586, 9.343724645709061

Three wonderful beaches of light sand, overlooking shallow waters with sandy areas and which quickly become deep and rocky, with submerged and outcropping rocks: reference points for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

They are part of the integral marine reserve area.

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Cala Cappello

COORDINATE: 41.29932684947311, 9.35488550536169

Extraordinary beach of pale sand that tends to pink, closed on both sides by high cliffs, and behind it by thick vegetation, reachable only from the sea, overlooking a shallow sandy bottom.

One of the pearls of the marine area of ​​integral reserve.

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Spiaggia del Passo degli Asinelli

COORDINATE: 41.29718501229227, 9.357916843446388

Small beach of pale pink sand, overlooking a very low sand bottom that slopes slowly and becomes rocky but not particularly harsh.

A place suitable for non-sporting bathing, and ideal for snorkeling but not for diving.

It is located near the Passo degli Asinelli, easily reachable on foot.

It is part of the integral marine reserve area.

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Razzoli lighthouse

COORDINATE: 41.306917604849005, 9.34001751360288

Reachable thanks to a path of about one kilometer that departs from the Cala Lunga fjord, the complex consists of the large old lighthouse, built around 1850, inhabited until the end of the 1960s, and the new tower, 12 meters high, built in 1974.

It is a fascinating place full of history.

The area is an exceptional panoramic point over the entire archipelago and the eastern entrance to the Strait of Bonifacio.

The old lighthouse is not accessible, but a visit to the area of ​​the promontory overlooking the sea is strongly recommended.

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  • Passo degli Asinelli

    COORDINATE: 41.29475050246307, 9.359824401147073

    Watershed and meeting point of extraordinary beauties.

    Less than thirty meters wide and just one meter deep, a fascinating place famous for the incredible beauty of its waters, separates Razzoli and Santa Maria, faces south on the Porto della Madonna and north on the integral reserve area between Punta Maestro and the island of Capicciolu.

    It is not navigable and the whole area is marked for the danger of shoals.

    Scopri di più

  • Ultima Cala

    COORDINATE: 41.29452385792773, 9.354364063787688

    Small mainly rocky cove, dotted with rocks and very exposed to westerly winds.

    It is part of the integral reserve terrestrial zone.

    Scopri di più

  • Beaches of Cala di Bove Marino

    COORDINATE: 41.29660664255173, 9.350332963729954

    A Cala divided into two beaches separated by a small cliff, coarse of golden sand and pebbles. Deep sandy bottoms ideal for diving, deep blue waters.

    The very difficult landing means that the beaches are not very busy.

    It is part of the integral reserve terrestrial zone.

    Scopri di più

  • Cala Lunga

    COORDINATE: 41.299476156208804, 9.347650754701938

    The Punta di Cala Lunga, the Islets and the Beaches of Cala Lunga are the only real landing point for Razzoli. The long promontory offers several beaches and small coves that overlook deep and rocky bottoms that become low and sandy near the shore.

    In the north of the cove is the docking point from which the path leading to the Razzoli Lighthouse starts.

    A difficult to navigate area intended for expert maneuvers.

    An area protected from east winds but exposed to westerly winds.

    An ideal spot for snorkeling.

    Scopri di più

  • Cala dei Morti

    COORDINATE: 41.30157178880311, 9.341191995414347

    A small, fairly sheltered cove with a small beach of light, medium-grained sand, overlooking a deep seabed ideal for diving.

    It is close to the path leading to the Lighthouse.

    Scopri di più

  • La Calaccia and Cala Gni

    COORDINATE: 41.30210374642863, 9.334797609456725

    Ideal observation point on the north-western cliff of Razzoli, the rocky coves, almost impossible to land due to the presence of numerous rocks, are completely exposed to the westerly winds, but on poorly ventilated days they are the reference point for diving enthusiasts thanks in the presence of rocky and deep bottoms rich in fauna.

    Scopri di più

  • Punta Maestro, Cale del Rosario

    COORDINATE: 41.308148413434076, 9.33913205904142

    In the north-western extremity of the Razzoli Island, an area very exposed and rich in marine fauna, it is a privileged observation point on the islands of the Lavezzi Archipelago with which it constitutes the eastern entrance to the Strait of Bonifacio.

    The Cale del Rosario (first and second) are rocky and not particularly suitable for non-sporting bathing.

    Stretch of coast dominated by the overhanging Razzoli Lighthouse, a panoramic point.

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  • Cala dell'Orto

    COORDINATE: 41.30682422951586, 9.343724645709061

    Rocky and pebble beach overlooking a shallow rocky seabed ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.

    The slope behind it allows you to go up to a panoramic area from which to look over the entire archipelago and the mountains of nearby Corsica.

    Cala dell'Orto is part of the integral marine reserve area.

    Scopri di più

  • Cala Prima, Cala Seconda and Cala della Noce

    COORDINATE: 41.30682422951586, 9.343724645709061

    Three wonderful beaches of light sand, overlooking shallow waters with sandy areas and which quickly become deep and rocky, with submerged and outcropping rocks: reference points for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

    They are part of the integral marine reserve area.

    Scopri di più

  • Cala Cappello

    COORDINATE: 41.29932684947311, 9.35488550536169

    Extraordinary beach of pale sand that tends to pink, closed on both sides by high cliffs, and behind it by thick vegetation, reachable only from the sea, overlooking a shallow sandy bottom.

    One of the pearls of the marine area of ​​integral reserve.

    Scopri di più

  • Spiaggia del Passo degli Asinelli

    COORDINATE: 41.29718501229227, 9.357916843446388

    Small beach of pale pink sand, overlooking a very low sand bottom that slopes slowly and becomes rocky but not particularly harsh.

    A place suitable for non-sporting bathing, and ideal for snorkeling but not for diving.

    It is located near the Passo degli Asinelli, easily reachable on foot.

    It is part of the integral marine reserve area.

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  • Razzoli lighthouse

    COORDINATE: 41.306917604849005, 9.34001751360288

    Reachable thanks to a path of about one kilometer that departs from the Cala Lunga fjord, the complex consists of the large old lighthouse, built around 1850, inhabited until the end of the 1960s, and the new tower, 12 meters high, built in 1974.

    It is a fascinating place full of history.

    The area is an exceptional panoramic point over the entire archipelago and the eastern entrance to the Strait of Bonifacio.

    The old lighthouse is not accessible, but a visit to the area of ​​the promontory overlooking the sea is strongly recommended.

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🡡 Discover the points of interest

Insights on the Island of Razzoli

Razzoli is an island with a rugged coastal profile, marked by high cliffs overlooking the sea and numerous islets and rocks that make navigation in its waters complex and docking in most of the island very difficult, if not impossible.

The only real exception in the navigable stretch of coast is represented by the marvelous Cala Lungo, a deep inlet sheltered, to the south, by a long promontory that seems to crumble into a myriad of rocks and islets and, to the north, by the short and bumpy stretch of coast that hides from view the less accessible Cala dei Morti.

Razzoli is currently uninhabited but in the past it hosted the families of the lighthouse keepers who worked in the large lighthouse built overlooking the sea of ​​Punta Maestro around 1845 and integrated by a new signaling system in 1974. The history of the island, both ancient and the recent one has been strongly influenced by its position which, on the one hand, exposes it to the impetuous winds from the west that have shaped the rough landscape and the sparse vegetation and, on the other, makes it a fundamental point of reference at the limits of a stretch of sea known and feared by sailors for the numerous dangers.

Today the Razzoli Island is known all over the world as one of the most characteristic naturalistic sanctuaries of the entire Maddalenino Archipelago, a place where nature has carved granite giving life to an unmistakable open-air museum, populated by natural monuments which seem to be made on purpose to feed the imagination of the observers. An island dotted with small coves that are difficult to reach, surrounded by wonderful backdrops ideal for diving, overlooking one of the most protected marine areas of the entire Mediterranean Sea that it shares with the nearby island of Santa Maria.

Razzoli Island: 12 kilometers of cliffs and coves dominated by Monte Cappello and its lighthouse.

In the extreme north of the Archipelago, an island of pink quartz and granite, covered with a sparse and fragrant mantle of artemisia, helichrysum and rosemary, populated by a poor and at the same time majestic fauna: the rabbit, the buzzard and, in the its northern side, colonies of herring gulls and shearwaters that have found in the quiet of Razzoli the ideal conditions for undisturbed nesting.

 

Razzoli is the island that the great writer and screenwriter Franco Solinas describes in the pages of Squarciò, the novel from which the film La Grande Strada Azzurra was based, directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, telling it when its coasts are populated with fish, in September, when “they abandon the great depths and approach the coast. There, where the last island of the archipelago stretches with a strip of rocks towards the west, there has always been an exceptional pass. Sea bass arrive by the hundreds and play and jump under the rocks because the water is still warm and the grass is soft and sweet ", one of the many reasons that make Razzoli and its waters the ideal place for those who love diving. and snorkeling.

But Razzoli is also the island of pink granite monuments sculpted by the wind near Cala Lunga, where the terrestrial area of ​​integral reserve that looks across the natural pools of the Island of Budelli and faces the arm of the sea also known as Manto della Madonna, it softens becoming a general reserve area.

A wild paradise that, again in Cala Lunga, turns into a safe haven when the east winds blow and getting off the ground becomes easier, when the road created over a century and a half ago for the people who lived in the lighthouse, and perhaps even earlier by Corsican shepherds who brought their flocks to graze on the island, becomes the ideal route to easily reach the promontory of Monte Cappello which culminates in Punta Maestro, from where you can look in the face, from above of the cliff, the islands of the Lavezzi archipelago that announce the very close Corsica.

But the Razzoli Island is not just Cala Lunga and the Punta Maestro lighthouse.

With just 1.5 km2 of surface, the island is smaller than its sisters, Santa Maria and Budelli, with which it forms a sort of archipelago within the Archipelago. The particular conformation of its coasts, consisting largely of high cliffs, but rich in inlets and promontories that go into the sea, guarantees a coastal development of over 12 km which make it an ideal scenario for sporting activity, the normal bathing, diving and snorkeling, especially near the islets of Cala Lunga.

Cala Lunga
Ultima Cala
The last Cala and Cala di Bove Marino

Starting from the Asinelli Pass, the strait of a few meters that separates Razzoli from the Island of Santa Maria, and proceeding westwards along the coast, you arrive at the Ultima Cala, a small, mainly rocky cove, protected to the south by a promontory and studded of rocks, not far away, always proceeding westwards, opens the wide inlet of Cala Bove Marino, divided in two by a small cliff and formed by two beaches of coarse and golden sand and pebbles. The cove, which takes its name from the monk seal, which once populated the archipelago, overlooks deep sandy bottoms that color the water with an intense blue. Its beaches are usually little frequented.

Cala Lunga  

Continuing towards the west, you skirt the Punta di Cala Lunga, with a thin profile that extends towards the sea with a series of islets and rocks and then returns towards the hinterland and gives life to a deep inlet that shelters Cala Lunga from eastern winds but not from those of the west.

The cove, divided in two by a large promontory, represents the only mooring direction of the Razzoli Island and includes several beaches, the main one, in the northern part of the cove, Spiaggia di Cala Lunga, of white and very fine sand covered with pebbles and with a part of amber sand that is always very fine and, in the southern part of the inlet, the two small beaches of Cala Lunga overlooking an intense green sea that becomes blue near the shore where the rocky bottom becomes low and sandy. In the northern tip that closes the cove there is also the only mooring point of Razzoli from which a path starts, a couple of kilometers long, leading to the lighthouse of Punta Maestro.

Cala dei Morti

At short distance from the pier there is Cala dei Morti, which probably owes its name to one of the mysteries of Razzoli, a burial without inscriptions which, according to a local legend, would guard the body of a young woman whose ghost would still be felt on the island during windy nights or, according to other stories, it would host the bodies of two sailors of the Semillante, a frigate of the French Imperial Navy, which was shipwrecked in nearby Lavezzi, in 1855, due to a terrible storm.

The beach of Cala dei Morti is a small beach of not very fine light sand with a rocky part and protected by the granite conformations that surround it.

La Calaccia, Cala Gni and Punta Maestro

Continuing along the promontory you reach the western end of the island, Punta Calaccia, which hosts a small cove known as the Calaccia and that offers a privileged observation point on the magnificent cliff that marks the border between the south-west and north coasts east of Razzoli.

Not far away it opens the wider Cala Gni with a rocky and jagged profile which represents a reference point for stopping boats and for diving enthusiasts, especially when the strong westerly winds frequent in this stretch of sea do not blow.

The following Cale del Rosario (first and second) are located at the extremity of Punta Maestro in correspondence with the lighthouse that rises on the promontory that overlooks them.

Faro Razzoli
Passo degli asinelli 1
Passo degli asinelli 2

Cala dell'Orto and the marine area of ​​integral reserve

It is near the subsequent Cala dell'Orto that the waters of Razzoli become an integral marine reserve area, within which navigation, parking, mooring, fishing and scuba diving are prohibited. A series of prohibitions that, with prior authorization, do not include snorkeling and scuba diving which can turn into unique and unforgettable experiences in these waters.

Continuing along the north-eastern coast in a southerly direction, you will find the small and wonderful beaches of Cala Prima, Cala Seconda and Cala della Noce, all characterized by tiny beaches of light sand, pebbles and stones, overlooking seabed that alternate sandy and shallow to rocky areas, with submerged and outcropping rocks, perfect for underwater exploration.

Cala Cappello and Spiaggia del Passo degli Asinelli ( the Donkey’s Passage beach)

Just beyond a small promontory, the marvelous Cala Cappello opens up, a beach of fine white sand that slopes down to a shallow and sandy seabed protected to the north and south by steep cliffs and, behind it, by a thick scrub of vegetation.

About 300 meters from Cala Cappello, heading south, there is the Spiaggia del Passo degli Asinelli which takes its name from the very narrow stretch of shallow sea that separates Razzoli from the island of Santa Maria. The beach consists of very fine white sand surrounded by granite formations that tend to pink. The whole area is distinguished by the transparency and very light color of the waters with shades ranging from light green to intense blue.

The Donkey’s Passage and Porto della Madonna

Passo degli Asinelli, less than thirty meters wide and just one meter deep, was already used in ancient times by Corsican shepherds to lead the cattle from Razzoli to Santa Maria during the winter season, but owes its name to the donkeys used to carry supplies to the inhabitants of the lighthouse, and who were passed through this arm of the sea, at low tide, when strong winds made navigation impossible.

The area of ​​the Passo degli Asinelli is the watershed between the wide triangle of sea between the northern coasts of Razzoli and Santa Maria, which falls entirely within the integral reserve area, and the extraordinary arm of the sea known as Porto della Madonna, famous for its transparencies, and the unique colors with shades ranging from light blue to blue to the deep blue of the deepest points.

It is at this point that Razzoli looks at the white and very fine sand of the Cavaliere Beach on the Island of Budelli and at its shallow and very clear waters known as the natural pools of Budelli.

The ideal setting for an extraordinary day at sea, in one of the most beautiful areas of the entire Mediterranean Sea, one of the best known and most admired areas of the entire Archipelago, an obligatory stop for those who decide to embark on a journey to discover the waters and pristine beaches of the La Maddalena Archipelago.

To know

The Razzoli Island is under the protection of the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park and is partly a Tb Zone, that is, a general reserve land area in which the collection and damage of endemic or rare flora are prohibited, as well as the withdrawal of animal species and mineral formations. It is also not possible to light fires, nor to camp.

In addition, the land area between the Passo degli Asinelli and the large promontory of Punta di Cala Lunga falls within the Ta Zone, that is, the land area of ​​integral reserve, where the prohibition of access to non-residents of the Municipality of La Maddalena.

The entire area between Punta Maestro, Capicciolu Island and La Presa Island closed to the south by the Asinelli Pass is an MA Zone, a marine area of ​​integral reserve, in which navigation, parking, mooring, fishing and scuba diving are prohibited.

To visit the Razzoli Lighthouse, visible only from the outside, it is possible to take a path that starts near the landing place between Cala Lungo and Cala dei Morti which is about two kilometers long.

Prices

Rental with group

Daily tour

Starting from € 50 per person

Exclusive rental

Daily tour

Starting from € 500 for the Lomac 790 IN inflatable boat

Timetables


We are open in the months of June, July, August and September

The excursions start at 10 am and return around 5 pm.

In case of exclusive rental you can decide the departure time but the return must always be before 18:00

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Le Isole has been operating for some time as a dinghy rental in Cannigione. Our information point is located at the "Golfo di Arzachena" Camping Village.
Boarding is carried out from the jetty of the Arzachena Nautical Club of the Cannigione tourist port


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