Porto Ercole – a secluded slice of the Tuscan coastline

A quaint port town once ruled by the Spanish, Porto Ercole is tucked away on Tuscany’s Argentario coast, surrounded by fortresses and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s just the place to reconnect with nature, spot wildlife, and learn local history. From solo explorers to active families – there’s plenty to discover.

Things to Do

For culture vultures, a visit to Forte Filippo or Forte Stella, two of the area’s remaining Spanish fortresses should be top of the list. Art buffs can head inland to visit the neoclassical Convento della Presentazione al Tempio and see world-renowned artwork. Then for total immersion into local culture, stroll the pedestrian-only narrow streets of the old town – pit-stopping at restaurants for classic Tuscan cuisine along the way. 

While the coast around Porto Ercole is dotted with beautiful beaches, for a special daytrip hire a local captain and set sail to nearby Giglio island. While you’re there, hike the pine-filled hills looking down on colourful houses lining the coast, ancient Roman remains and the sailing boats navigating the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a spot of lunch in the picture-perfect harbour. Or, for a different perspective of the waters, slide on some fins and dive into the blue – perhaps finding a hidden cave or two. 

Hire a bike and pedal around the coastline, looking out for the dolphins and turtles in the Med as you cruise along. For more wildlife spotting, hike through the nature reserve beside Feniglia beach where deer roam through the shrubbery. Want more space to explore? Head to Maremma national park to discover 10,000 acres of parkland over the Uccellina hills – offering challenging treks and peaceful trails just a short drive from Port Ercole. 

Top Tip from SLH

Reconnect with your body and visit Saturnia’s thermal springs, a medieval gift from the gods, complete with healing powers – it’s a spot not to miss.