Isola Palmaria Tour
ElevationAscent: 913' 278 m
Descent: -929' -283 m
High: 606' 185 m
Low: 6' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 65% (33°)
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“A near complete circumnavigation of the Isola Palmaria with views of Portovenere, WWII bunkers, and marble quarries.”— Vikram Sahney
Upon exiting the ferry, turn right and continue along the coast past the beach cafe to the start of the trail Here the trail starts out steeply and climbs quickly from the beach up to the top of the island, mostly shaded by trees. An occasional hand line is available but using them didn't seem necessary in dry conditions.
Great views abound as you ascend looking back to Porto Venere and out to the sea. As you continue on the run, you'll come across numerous WWII bunkers and lookout points that you can investigate. Near the southern tip of the island, you can see the ruins of an old marble quarrying operation.
On the southeast side of the island, you run along the coast and come to a nice swimming beach at Pozzale that may have food services in high season (June-August). Head inland from Pozzale and climb a steep set of stairs to regain the higher trail. Then continue on the easy trail to the second ferry point, and the run's end.
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