Right in front of the Tuscan coast, the Elba Island is famous for its crystal clear waters and amazing beaches, whether they’re made of golden sand or white rocks. Thanks to the good variety of accommodations, a spectacular holiday awaits you, for you’ll have the chance of diving in a Caribbean-like sea without moving from Italy.
The Elba Island is easy to reach thanks for the ferry boats departing from Portoferraio all year long.
An island full of history, here Napoleon spent his days in exile, building two palaces that later became national museums.
Still, the crown jewels of this island surely are its beaches, whose panorama is nothing short of some tropical shores. Here’s a guide to the best Elba beaches.
Cala dei Frati, Portoferraio
One of the most beautiful beaches on the whole island. Cala dei Frati can only be reached by boat and it’s really small, only 10 metres long. Moreover, you may enjoy direct sunlight here only from 11 am to 2 pm. Still, this place totally deserves a visit. The highlight here, in fact, it’s the almost-transparent sea that gently touches the white, little stones on the shore.
Capo Bianco, Portoferraio
Another place where the crystal clear waters are absolute protagonists, contrasting with a beach dominated by steep cliffs. In its 290 metres of length, complete calmness is queen. We warmly suggest visiting Capo Bianco when the scirocco wind is blowing, to get the best out of its transparent sea.
Located in the northern part of the island, this beach is easily reachable by foot thanks to a path through the Mediterranean vegetation. The Padulella beach is surrounded by white cliffs that plunge directly into the sea. Here, thanks to the erosion undertaken by the southern winds, the seabed turns from turquoise to green, finally blending in with the sky. With a length of170 metres, this beach has all the comforts to spend the nicest of the stays.
Another paradisiac beach surrounded by pristine waters and white cobblestones. On the right, you’ll find a rock that’s rather famous among those who love spectacular jumps, while on the left there’s a large stack that can be explored with a canoe or kayak. Here you’ll also find a large variety of caves and rocks, populated by multi-coloured fishes. Snorkelling is a must.
Cavoli, Campo nell’Elba
Easily reachable and full of comforts, Cavoli is adored by young people. That’s why it’s known as the movida beach on the Elba Island. Surrounded by the Mediterranean forest, it’s located inside a cove where sand is thicker and grainy, and yet the sea remains transparent and pure. You may choose between renting a sunbed and a parasol or resting in the free part of the beach.
The name Cavoli comes from the cavili, big squared granite blocks that once where extracted from the caves of this area.
La Fetovaia, Campo nell’Elba
Located on the south-western part of the island, Fetovaia is one of the most popular and populated beaches on the island. It’s made of golden sand and its crystal clear sea reflects a million of different shades. It extends for 800 metres and it’s surrounded by granite cliffs, suitable for spectacular jumps. This beach is the ideal destination for families with kids and for excursions on the paddle boat.
La Paolina, Marciana
This beach takes its name from Napoleon’s sister, who, legend says, loved sunbathing on its shore. The original name was Castiglione.
Its splendid seabed is matched in beauty by a thick holm-oak forest, which gives this beach a wild vibe. You make in all this panorama by walking by its 100 metres of length on a floor made of sans and small cobbles.
Cala Seregola, Rio Marina
Located in one of the most important mining areas on the island, in Cala Seregola you may still admire the rests of the ancient caves and an old loading pier. With a length of 190 metres, this beach will enchant history lovers. On the other hand, it’s not really suitable for sunbathing, for it’s mainly made of chunky rocks and populated by fishermen.
On the southern part of the island, Vetrangoli is dominated by absolute pace. In fact, this wild oasis it’s only reachable by boat and doesn’t have any facility. It’s also called Punta Rossa (Red Peak), for it’s surrounded by high cliffs made of reddish stone where it’s still possible to spot the old iron caves.
The beach is made of white sand and pebbles, darker on some corners, and mining residuals. A small trait is also made of big rocks, all diving into a pristine sea.
Completely free and wild, the Felciaio beach is split in two by a path. On the right, a reef forms a small natural pool; on the left, tiny cobblestones coves can be reached with a short walk on the reef. Thanks to the crystal clear waters and the rich marine fauna, snorkelling here is a must-do.
How to get to the Elba Island
The island can be reached by ferry boat from the port of Piombino. You can easily view online the timetable of the ferries for the Elba Island or book your last minute ticket directly at the port.