Discovering Elba: The Pearl of the Tuscan Archipelago

 

The final stop on our journey around the Italian islands is another beautiful place: Elba.

Elba is the main island of the Tuscan Archipelago, which also includes Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo Giglio and Giannutri. It’s reachable from the port of Piombino by ferry, visit this website http://www.traghetti-elbareservation.it/en/ to compare all the ferries to and from Elba.

Also known as “little Sardinia”, this small island provides more than 150 beaches for all tastes: fine sand, pebbles, gravel and also mountain landscapes for those who love trekking and outdoor sports.

As for the other islands, I suggest you also visit here out of “high season” and choose some warm, quiet months such as April-May or September.

 

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Where to stay in Elba?

There are a number of great places to see and spend a few days, but if you like to go out at night and discover all the nice bars and restaurants, I suggest you choose the south and south eastern part of the island. Here are my picks:

  • Marina di Campo: this gracious village is made of two parts, the ancient part and a more recent one with the classic seafront promenade. The village also hosts a 2 km long beach both equipped and free. The shore slowly degrades to the sea, so it’s perfect if you’re afraid of deep water or are travelling with children.
  • Capoliveri: This is one of the most ancient hamlets on the Island. It stands on a hill that allows you to have a beautiful view of the rest of the island. At night it is a very lively place with many bars and typical restaurants. To reach the sea from here you need a car or a motorbike.
  • Porto Azzurro: Very known among young people, Porto Azzurro has a small and very charming harbour where you can go for a romantic walk. It also has lots of bars for happy hour and nearby beaches to relax on.

 

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Beaches

As I mentioned above, Elba is characterised by different kind of shores, so in just a few days you will have the feeling of travelling around many different places.  You can chose golden fine sand beaches (such as in Marina di Campo), more savage and unspoiled shores in the eastern side, black sand beaches, pebbles and gravel in the north, etc.

Sandy beaches are located mostly between Marina di Campo, Lacona, Cavoli, La Biodola, Procchio. In the southern side of the island you will find also the amazing beaches of l’Innamorata, Pareti, Felciaio, Barabarca. In the Porto Azzurro area, I suggest you go to Barbarossa, Terranera, Naregno and Straccoligno. In the north, the most beautiful sandy beaches are Biodola, Procchio, Scaglieri and Forno.

If you prefer white pebbles and gravel, you must go to Capobianco and le Ghiaie located near Portoferraio. In the northern side there are also the stunning beaches of Sansone and La Sorgente, a perfect fusion between the green of the wild nature and the blue of the sea.

 

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Mountains

If you are tired of the beach, Elba also offers beautiful mountain paths such as Monte Capanne. It certainly worth a visit with its spectacular granite rocks covered with pines and chestnuts.

 

 

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