What is Cavallo Island?

what is Cavallo island? and why should i go there

Few locations on the Earth offer the chance to escape from the crowd and to relax in peace. Cavallo Island is one of these locations.

When the guests of the island come on Cavallo, they say it is like “crossing a wonderful threshold”… or “it is like crossing a border which brings you to a new horizon”.

There is really something absolutely unique in the life- and holiday-style offered on Cavallo Island. Here you are far from everything and close to nothing, plunged in an experience that cuts daily thoughts off. This experience is so intense and regenerating that somebody even defined it  as “the real wealth of the Cavallo Island”, or its “power”, because anyone who tunes with the Island rarely does not come back to this place to enjoy it again.

This tiny island, surrounded by crystal clear water with the snow-white seabed, offers 1.5 km of wild beaches and hidden coves. Pink and gray of the rocks stand in contrast to the white of the seabed, creating a natural setting of extreme beauty. The air is filled with the aroma of maquis, a scrubland that dominates the local native vegetation.
The island’s wildlife is protected by law and much attention is paid to maintain the unique coastal landscape with its wild beaches, inlets, and coves: boats are not allowed to land in outside the port and umbrellas and other beach accessories are not to be used.
An atmosphere of serenity and quietness that prevails here makes Cavallo ideal for those who want to escape the crowds and frenetic pace of life and to get in contact with nature. Here the rhythms of human life regain their native pace and synchronize with this of the Earth.

The Island is situated inside the Bonifacio Strait International Marine Park

This park enjoys special protection as a natural reserve.

Due to this fact the nature of the island remained intact.

For more information please visit the website of the park: http://pmi.oec.fr/Situation_generale_page_88_1,218.htm

Only electric vehicles

No cars = Silence and Fresh Air

Immerse yourself in the absolute silence and let yourself to breathe deeply: the air is perfectly pure due to the absence of fuel vehicles, such as cars, scooters or motorcycles etc.

The exception is made only for the operators of essential services: waste collection transport and emergency vehicles.
Local community uses golf cart for moving around.
These means of transport are usually available at any property. Alternatively, they can be leased at the local golf car rentals – click here for more information.

Restricted access: only for property owners and tenants.

Only property owners, tenants, and guests of the local Hotel can stay on the island. This restriction makes this place unique in the Mediterranean tourism.
The beaches are never crowded and you can always enjoy maximum privacy and security.
In addition, security is ensured by the local garrison of the French Gendarmerie.

Live the beaches

A special private security corps monitors the main beaches in order to prevent uncivilized and illegal behavior or possible unauthorized access from the sea.
The tourist boats are prohibited from landing to the beaches of the island and any illegal acts of vessels are repelled.
As any landing or anchoring to the beaches is forbidden, the sea view from the Grecò beach is completely free of boats. Due to this, it feels as though you’ve been catapulted in another era.

Architecture and nature

Cavallo Island offers a visitor a view of amazing beauty in which the architectural elegance and luxury of private villas are delicately blended in the landscape. Actually, they only type of building allowed on the island is a detached house, exception is made to the area adjacent to the tourist port.

But what makes this place truly unique is the concept of “invisible presence”, embodied in the harmonious integration of villas into the natural landscape.

An illustrative example is the northwest coast, a region where the mistral reigns. Quite large houses are located there, but they are hidden among the rocks as if they were dug or grew from the rocky soil of the island.

Thus, even the most ordinary houses are conceived and realized as the spaces in harmony with the island.

Perhaps one of the most famous villas is Villa Carolina di Monaco, located on the beach of Palma. The villa is made of gray stone and is surrounded by a small park with Mediterranean maquis. Similar houses can be found in Corsica or in the south of France, but the highlight of the Cavallo Island is that the villas here are integrated with the landscape of the island. In line with this idea, Villa Carolina is built as an extension of a large group of pink rocks that surround the beach, forming a kind of crown around it.
One can find here houses that remind rocks or that rise like tents or castles, protecting themselves from the wind, while others, on the contrary, open their terraces to the sea. Walking along the beaches and paths of the island, one can see that not a single residence opens completely to a prying eye, rather demonstrating only individual elements of its facades. The exposed elements of glass embellish the scenery, acting as a slight sign of the creative presence of man in this magnificent moonlit desert that surrounds the beaches.

This view should be credited to those few privileged residents who by slowly exploring and inhabiting the land of Cavallo, built here a community of gentlemen,  protecting jealously the beauty of their land.