Montecristo Island

A wild and uninhabited island, covered with Mediterranean bush is an important shelter for birds of passage. It's about 10 square Km. wide and is one of the most wild island of the entire Tuscan Archipelago and the most far from the coast . The island of Montecristo is composed of grey-pink granite , has got a wide, low pyramid shape and is rich in vegetation. Its inhospitable aspect kept the people away from the island during the centuries until in the V century when monks and hermits started doing a part of the territory hospitable. When you get ashore at Cala Maestra it is possible to A see the only building of the island Villa Watson-Taylor where there are the sole trees of the all island. As for the fauna the wild goats are the rulers of the area , there are in fact about 400-500 animals probably coming from Minor Asia and carried there perhaps by the Phoenicians but now they are wild again. Their voracity has changed gradually the original Mediterranean bush. Cala Maestra: Open on the north west side , it is the only inlet of the Montecristo where you can get ashore quite easily, even if in case of storms the exposition to the winds of the first quarter forces the fishermen close to the cliffs. The deep valley is one of the most wide area of the island and is inhabited permanently. Here live the guards and during the summer some foresters too. Cala Maestra is dominated by the regular architectural mass of the ex Royal Villa built around the half of the last century by the English Giorgio Watson Taylor, who was the owner of the island. From Cala Maestra , sideways the heliport, begins a steep muletrack which leads to the ruins of the ancient monastery situated in aplace named Il Convento (it takes little more than an hour on foot). How to get to Montecristo Island As for the government it belongs to the Elba island from which it is 22 nautical miles away. If you want to go to Montecristo where live only two people, it is necessary to obtain an authorization by the Ministry which usually issues it only for university studies or research's reasons.

Region Tuscany
Zone Montecristo Island
Area Portoferraio
District LI
Surface 10,39 km²
GPS 42°20′N 10°19′E

Useful Number

Emergency Tel. 118
Sea Emergency Tel. 1530
Emergency medical Service Tel. 118
Police Tel. 113
Carabinieri Tel. 112
Fire Fighters Tel. 115
Police Tel. 113

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Event Locality From To
Elbaman - Triathlon Isola d'Elba 24-09-2017 24-09-2017
Festa San Mamiliano Isola del Giglio 15-09-2017 15-09-2017
Festa Patronale di San Rocco Isola d'Elba 16-08-2017 16-08-2017
Festa San Rocco Isola del Giglio 16-08-2017 16-08-2017
Festa Patronale di Santa Chiara Isola d'Elba 12-08-2017 12-08-2017
Festa Patronale di San Lorenzo Isola d'Elba 10-08-2017 10-08-2017
Festa San Lorenzo Isola del Giglio 10-08-2017 10-08-2017
Festa Patronale di San Gaetano Isola d'Elba 07-08-2017 07-08-2017
Festa Patronale di San Giacomo Isola d'Elba 25-07-2017 25-07-2017
27° Giro Podistico Isola d'Elba Isola d'Elba 15-05-2017 21-05-2017
Pedalata Storica La Napoleonica Isola d'Elba 23-04-2017 23-04-2017
Iron Tour Elba – MTB Triathlon Isola d'Elba 22-04-2017 25-04-2017
Il paesaggio in musica Isola d'Elba 25-02-2017 25-02-2017
Stagione Teatrale Vigilanti Isola d'Elba 11-12-2016 12-04-2017
Festa dell'uva e delle cantine aperte Isola del Giglio 29-09-2016 01-10-2016
Eventi Isola del Giglio Isola del Giglio 23-09-2016 23-09-2016
Napoleon BLUES Festival Isola d'Elba 22-07-2014 24-07-2014
Elba in danza Isola d'Elba 15-07-2013 20-07-2013
Raduno Boston Whaler Isola d'Elba 22-08-2012 22-08-2012
festa del totano Isola Capraia 30-10-2010 31-10-2010
Elba Isola Musicale d'Europa a Portoferraio, Marciana, Rio nell'Elba Isola d'Elba 02-09-2009 12-09-2009
Festival Internazionale "Le Voci della Poesia" a Capoliveri Isola d'Elba 01-09-2009 05-09-2009
Palio di S. Agabito a Marciana Isola d'Elba 18-08-2009 19-08-2009
Musica del mondo a Marciana Marina Isola d'Elba 08-08-2009 09-08-2009
La Leggenda dell'Innamorata a Capoliveri Isola d'Elba 14-07-2009 14-07-2009
Mediterraneo Jazz Festival a Marciana Marina Isola d'Elba 06-07-2009 11-06-2009
Elba Mare Marathon 60 Miglia a Marciana Marina Isola d'Elba 25-06-2009 03-07-2009
Vela - Raduno vele storiche a Marciana Marina Isola d'Elba 14-06-2009 21-06-2009
Pesca - Campionato Italiano a Portoferraio Isola d'Elba 06-06-2009 13-06-2009
Mostra - Montecristo, l'Isola che c'è a Portoferraio Isola d'Elba 31-05-2009 14-06-2009


Address Locality Phone
Taxi Elba Prosperi Andrea - Viale Italia Porto Azzurro 3388609896
Taxi Autonoleggio 24h/24h - Via Ciro Menotti Capoliveri 0565968699
Taxi Pisani Roberto - Loc. Costanera, La Pila, 286 Campo nell'Elba 0565976443
Taxi Portoferraio Portoferraio 0565915112