This coastal walk has been created by David
to provide the opportunity to visit the wonderful
mediterranen coastline close to Villa
Papavero. For this
purpose he has chosen a visit to the famous Montemarcello
The walk includes an exciting and
busy marina, a monastery, defensive gun positions from World War 2,
an exhilarating cliff-top path, a swim in the med, a seaside bar, and a hilltop
Unfortunately, the walking
map used for this route contains some path numbering
# Path 3 on the
Map is actually signed as Path 4 on the
# Path 1b
on the Map is actually signed as path 3 & 3d on the
These path numbers have been changed (in red) on
our website map displays.
The Recommended Route packs
all of the above highlights into a walk of less than 9 miles. It's a
fantastic day out.
From the marina car park, take path 3 which climbs
100m steeply over a south-westerly distance of 600m to an ancient monastery. This
is superbly positioned with excellent views over the coastline
of this beautiful headland.
From the back of the monastery turn left onto
path 3a, signposted to Punta Bianca. This path traverses the hillside in a
south-westerly direction for 0.5 miles to reach Punta
Bianca. From here, take a short out-and-back excursion to the apex of the
headland to visit gun emplacements preserved from the second World War.
Having returned from the gun
emplacements, take path 4, signed to Tellaro, which climbs 100m to the clifftop and then traverses north-west
along the cliff-tops, up the west side of the Montemarcello
promontory, for a number of miles. The views down to the sea
are magnificant and there are a number of opportunities to
make "interesting" descents to seaside coves for a swim.
After ~2 miles, opposite one of
these "interesting" descent paths, path 4 reaches a picnic area, close to the cliff-top
road between Bocca di Magra and Tellaro, a coastal village
Continue north-west along the clifftop
on path 4 for a further 0.8 miles, after which the
path begins a steep zig-zag descent down to the beach below.
From here path 4 traverses a small headland,
before joining path 3h for the final approach to the
seaside village of Tellaro.
In Tellaro, a well earned drink in a delightful
beachside bar can be followed by an equally refreshing
swim. Beware however, the Tellaro coastline
is very rocky and so protective footwear is advised for
the approach to the sea.
To return from Tellaro, begin by reversing your arrival route,
travelling south-east. However, when paths 4 and 3h split, keep left onto path
3h, climbing quite steeply until it reaches the coastal road after
a further 0.5 miles.
From here onwards, Path 3, in various
forms (3, 3h, 3d etc.), follows the coastal road
south-east all the way to Montemarcello, both crossing it
and running along it on a number of occasions. Montemarcello has a number
of bars suitable for an afternoon drink, and the views
over the sea and the Magra estuary
Path 3 (also signed here as AVG) continues
eastwards out of the village and descends steeply
for ~1 mile, crossing the road between Bocca di
Magra and Montemarcello and emerging at the back
of the monastery. From here, stay on path 3 to descend
the remaining distance of 600m back to the marina Car