Do not miss this beautiful island. The scenery is beautiful and the town is pretty and quaint.Howard [ Just Imagine ] 22-Apr-2006
This is a quaint old historic town.
When I was there, there was a couscous festival in progress on the waterfront and all types of vendors had stalls erected on the waterfront.
For about €5 you got a bowl of couscous, a beer and a gift, which turned out to be a porcelain spoon rest with Carloforte written on it. The couscous comes from the inhabitants' Genovese-African roots.
Originally from Genoa, they were sent in the 1500s to the island of Tabarka, off the coast of Tunisia to harvest coral. They succumbed to the pirates and became Tunisian slaves. The King Carlo Emanuele III of Savoy negotiated their release and gave them the Island of San Pietro, which at that time was uninhabited. In February 1738, 140 families from Tabarka landed on the island, and built the town of Carloforte. They speak an ancient Genovese dialect called "tabarkino".
I rented bicycle for the day and rode down to the beaches at the southern end of the island. A magical day.
The northern part is a bit more hilly and may require a motorized vehicle or a lot of peddling energy.Howard [ Just Imagine ] 22-Apr-2006
Fuel Dock (Fuel)
The pilot books caution of shoaling in the entrance to the fuel dock harbour, but I had no problem with 2 metersHoward [ Just Imagine ] 15-Jan-2008
Bike shop somewhere here (For Rent)
Carloforte Town Dock (Town Dock)
Some other cruisers told me they paid very little for two weeks on the town dock, but you needed to pay for 2 weeks in advance.Howard [ Just Imagine ] 22-Apr-2006
Carloforte Marina Sifredi (Marina)
A nice, safe marina with a new large breakwater. convenient to town, restaurants and shops.
Howard [ Just Imagine ] 15-Jan-2008
Bike rental tour (Excursion)
I rented a bike in town and had a wonderful days ride down to the beaches on the south coast.Howard [ Just Imagine ] 22-Apr-2006
Another lovely beach (Beach)
Many beautiful beaches (Beach)
Cliff view (Excursion)
This was the the furtherest point on my bike tour, past and old hotel(that was closed) to the top of the cliffs where there were some old bunkers and a terrific view of the cliffs to the east.Howard [ Just Imagine ] 22-Apr-2006
La Colonnes (Point of Interest)
I may have the name wrong, but it refers to these amazing megalith columns.
A very picturesque walk along the cliffs.Howard [ Just Imagine ] 15-Jan-2008
Nude beach (Beach)
A poster map of the island in a shop window in town showed a naked lady at this beach, but I was the only person there on the day that I went.
I carried the bicycle with me, down the path on the eastern side, to the beach.
Had quite an adventure when I tried to hike back to the road on the western side of the beach, traversing cliffs, forests, farmers fields and old ruined buildings and roads before finding my way back to the highway. All of this with the bike over my shoulder.
When I reached the road I discovered that my camera had jumped out of it's pouch on my belt. I hid the bike in a bush and ran back, and miraculously found the camera hidden under a bush that I had jumped through.Howard [ Just Imagine ] 15-Jan-2008