Snorkeling (UK: snorkelling ) at Punta Ala, Toscane, Italy
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Description of the site
The site marks the south end of the 'Golfo Follonica'. The place is close to Castiglione
della Pescaia, a very touristic place. Also the beaches at the North East part of the
peninsula are pretty much crowded.
But Punta Ala itself is different. It is still a relatively quiet village.
At the harbour you will find good shops, even one with snorkeling
equipment. A small city map gives a good overview.
Punta Ala offers a northern, western and southern coast, thus offering a easy
snorkeling place for almost any wind direction.
Up till now, only information is available for the snorkeling site just west of the port.
Cala Tartana, and Cala Tartanella are promising sites for days with waves coming from
Starting from the south end of the port, you can easyly snorkel allong the coast, provided
the fact you go there when the wind is comming from the south or southwest. West and more to
the north make dangerous conditions. There is no real bay, the surf of the sea is
comming freely to the rocky coast.
The rocky coast is not very exciting. The rocks run down to the sandy bottom, therefore
not offering much plant growth and animal activity.
First: don't try to get there through Roccamare! You will end up between crowds of people staying
at the campings along the sandy beaches and there is no proper road to Punta Ala.
Driving the S322, take the road to Punt Ala at Pian d'Alma. You will drive along the North
Eastern sandy beaches. Keep on going until you leave the crowd and enter the park-like
village. The best option is to find yourself a parking place when you have reached
the roundabout at the end of this road. Take a look at the
city map to plan a walk down to the water.
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