Palmarola has been defined by many as the most beautiful island in the world.
It’s an uninhabited island and, perhaps, this makes it even more appealing to those who wish to explore it and admire its beauty.
The clarity of the water and the charm of its coast, sculpted by the sea and the winds, capture the attention of visitors, who remain fascinated.
Before heading on the route to Palmarola- the island is just over 7 miles away from Ponza- the boat sails along the southeast coast of Ponza.
So, starting from Molo Musco, you can visit the Grotte di Pilato, also known as “Murenaio Romano” (also visited in the ‘island of Ponza’ tour). Then you can see: the Faraglioni della Madonna, the beach Parata, the Faraglioni del Calzone Muto, the Bagno Vecchio, the Scarrupata, the Faraglione della Guardia, passing by the Punta del Fieno and off the majestic cliffs of yellow tuff with the below Chiaia di Luna beach.
From here the boat starts its 40 minutes journey towards Palmarola. The tour of this isolated but idyllic island is 8km long: you will be able to see many cavities and caves and the boat will stop a few times to allow passengers to go for a swim.
At Punta Vardella, in the most southern part of the island, you can admire the Rock Suvace; Cala Brigantina takes its name from pirates that used it as shelter in the middle ages. The Scoglio del cappello; the Rocks called Fucili (Rifles), which in the past formed a natural arch, collapsed after a violent storm; the Faraglioni di Mezzogiorno, amongst which there is the largest one that has an enchanting cave inside, approximately 20m high, in which you enter by boat and then come out on the other side. This is followed by the Faraglione Pallante, the Grottelle, the Scoglio dell’Elefante, the Faraglione di S. Silverio, the Faraglioni and the grotte delle Galere, beach or bay Porto, overlooked by a rock wall partially made of obsidian, a black volcanic glass.
Here the boat stops and passengers can go on the beach. In the tufa rock you can see numerous caves and grottoes built by early settlers from Ponza. In them peasant, who cultivated the land in Palmarola, used to find shelter.
After the beach stop, the boat continues its route towards Punta Tramontana and you will see the Piatti (plates), flat rocks that rise from the sea. Next you will find the famous rock face called Cattedrale (Cathedral), formed by a basalt rock in the shape of columns. The secular wind erosion that took place in this part of the island resulted in a spectacular formation of tufa rocks.
On top of the mountain you can see a small colony of palmettos. And finally, the rock of Spermaturo, the beach of Vricci, the Grotta del Bue Marino, the Forcina and the Gradelle.
Once the tour of the island is completed the boat will return to Ponza along the initial route.