ALMOST EVERYTHING THERE IS TO SEE, KNOW AND DO ON THE COSTA
Lying to the north of Budelli, this is the closest of the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago to Corsica. Separated from the island of Santa Maria by the Passaggio degli Asinelli, a narrow channel beyond which there is no passage: from here onwards is a vast protected area, where even swimming is forbidden and which includes the western side of Santa Maria and stretches to the far north of the two islands.
Around half of the coastline of Razzoli is accessible and its unique scenery is astonishing. Granite rocks take centre stage here with fantastic formations above and below the water.
The deep cove of Cala Lunga, a beautiful anchorage that is suitable only when the eastern winds are blowing, is akin to a gallery of sculptures, as are the cliffs near the lighthouse. The majestic lighthouse is of course a wonderful attraction in itself.
Easy to reach: the small pier is not difficult to spot at the entrance to Cala Lunga and was the gateway to the lighthouse up until around fifty years ago, when it was still inhabited by keepers.
From here there is a mule track that runs for about two kilometres between the low scrub and the granite formations.
Unfortunately, the abandoned building is unsafe in parts, but from its spot on Punta Maestro it offers one of the most beautiful views over the Bocche di Bonifacio.