The view is extraordinary: the crystal-clear sea with its various shades of blue that contrast with the clear rocks of the cliff, the green of the Mediterranean scrub and the silhouette of the Isola d’Elba in the distance. Despite the fact that Buca delle Fate is reachable on foot, arriving by sea has a very different charm: you can explore every cove, examine every rock, and it is common to find yourself paddling over shoals of fish.
The excursion is beautiful throughout the year and visiting is appealing even when the season isn’t truly “swimming weather,” particularly because there are few crowds. In any case, as there are no equipped facilities along the route, we recommend that you bring things to eat and drink for the journey.
If you’re staying in the area, remember to visit the Baratti and Populonia Archaeological Park, an open-air museum about the Etruscan civilisation which overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. A few kilometres from Buca delle Fate are the ruins of the ancient Populonia, the only city constructed by the Etruscans on the sea, home to two large burial grounds. Every year in June, the Baratti Outdoor Festival takes place, another occasion to visit this stretch of the coast.