A virtual tour of the Island of Elba to get to know it better

The Island of Elba measures 224 square kilometres and is the third largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago. Numerous daily ferry and hydrofoil crossings - the former takes an hour, the latter about 40 minutes - connect it with the mainland 10 km away.

The island is divided into eight communes; of its approximately 35.000 inhabitants, twelve thousand live in Portoferraio, the major town on the island.

Although its total coastline is only 147 kilometres, it has a mild climate and a wide variety of scenery: romantic fishing towns, small villages high up on the hills, ancient castles, green valleys, fascinating gulfs, all magically intermingled with beautiful sand and pebble beaches.

One minute you are admiring the sheer drop from the cliffs to the crystal clear sea, the next you are facing the granite massif of Monte Capanne 1019 metres above sea level.

The many historical and cultural documents, as well as its breathtaking natural beauty, make this island a unique and magical holiday resort.

Tuscan Archipelago National Park

Much of Elba's territory is inside the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, as are the islands of Pianosa, Capraia, Giglio, Giannutri, Montecristo, Gorgona.
European Card of Eco-Friendly Tourism
One of the projects carried out by the PNAT is how to obtain a CETS: the European Card of Eco-Friendly Tourism.

CETS: the aim of the Park
The Park has started the procedure for obtaining the CETS and in 2016 was given a positive assessment on behalf of the Europarc.

Park Centres
Park Centres: information centres and communication points for visitors to the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.

The seven islands
Elba is one of the 7 islands that make up the Tuscan Archipelago, the others are: Giglio, Montecristo, Capraia, Pianosa, Giannutri and Gorgona.

Excursions to the Tuscan islands
Several shipping companies offer excursions and mini cruises from the Island of Elba to other islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.

International Cetacean Sanctuary
The International Sanctuary of Sea Mammals is a protected area created in 1999 thanks to an agreement between Italy, France and the Principality of Monaco.

The Butterfly Sanctuary
The Butterfly Sanctuary is an unforgettable walk where you will be able to admire over 50 different species of butterflies, some endemic of the Island of Elba.

Beaches and coasts

There are many beaches on the Island of Elba, all different one from the other: golden, black sand, pure white shingles or tiny coves.
Beaches where dogs are allowed
Beaches on the island of Elba where dogs are allowed: facilities for dogs and their owners.

Sandy beaches
There are many sandy beaches in Elba, all suitable for families with small children

Nudist beaches
Coves and inlets for nudists on the Island of Elba

The most beautiful beaches
There are so many beaches of rare beauty in Elba that it is extremely difficult to draw up a list

Sheltered beaches depending on the wind
Sheltered beaches on the Island of Elba depending on the direction of the wind, where you can be sure of a relaxing day at the beach.

Beaches with facilities for the disabled
The beaches on the Island of Elba with facilities for the disabled, and those with easy access for those on a wheelchair.

Beaches on the northern side
Cliffs and white, smooth pebbles, sheltered fromthe Scirocco wind. Le Ghiaie, Capo Bianco, Sansone and Padulella.

Beaches on the southern side
White quartzite sand, in full splendour on the days when the mistral or north-east winds blow.

Beaches on the western side
The beaches on the western side of the Island of Elba, sheltered from the west and southwest winds.

Beaches on the eastern side
The beaches on the eastern side of the Island of Elba, sheltered from the levanter and north-east winds.

Rules and advice
Some advice and rules to be followed when you come on holiday to the beaches on the Island of Elba.

Guided excursions

Whether you are on foot, on horseback, in a kayak or sailing boat, Elba has a wide choice of ways of getting to know it.
Sea, coasts and nature
Young, expert guides from the island, with deep knowledge of the territory, will take you round Elba.

Museums and historical places
Expert guides organize guided tours in the most historically interesting places in Elba, like museums, sanctuaries and churches.

Boat trips
Discover coves and coasts with access only by sea by going on a motor boat trip with guides who have expert knowledge of Elba.

Useful information

Things to do on the island of Elba if it rains, if it's windy, if you' can't be bothered going to the beach or if you just want to get to know the island better
What to do if it rains
Even if it rains or the weather isn't at its best in Elba there are always lots of things to do, places to visit, and farms that serve good food.

What to do if it's windy
Regarless of which wind is blowing on the Island of Elba, a swim is guaranteed as long as you choose the right area. How to distinguish one wind from the other.

What to do if it's too hot
Where to go on the Island of Elba if it's too hot for the beach. Finding somewhere cooler and more relaxing.

What to do if it's still a bit cool
The Island of Elba has a mild and moderate climate, which means you can have a swim in the sea even in Spring, when it is still quite cool.

What to do if you're fed up with the beach
Elba isn't just sun and sea, but also history and culture. What to do on the island of Elba if you are fed up with the beach.

Round the western side
Going round the coast road from Procchio to Marina di Campo, called the western ring road, to admire breathtaking views.

Maps

Some geography of Elba and a map you can download of its main, secondary and grit roads.
Distances between communes and towns
The distances in kilometres between the main towns and places on the Island of Elba.

Distances between the other islands
Some useful numbers to get to know the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago better.

The measurements of Elba
Some geographical information in order to fully comprehend Elba's size.

I am...

Island of Elba: from families with children to teenagers in search of fun, from couples awaiting sunset to singles looking for their kindred spirit.
Singles or groups of friends
In Elba it's easy to make new friends, then have dinner together, spend whole nights dancing and maybe even go for a midnight swim.

Young couple
If you're a young couple looking for privacy and peace, Elba has many tiny coves that are more or less deserted even in August.

Families with children
The island of Elba is the ideal holiday resort for families with small children

Elba with my pet
There are many hotels in Elba that allow pets, just as there are many places to take him walking or running.

Group or party of people
Booking the ferry beforehand and consulting a tourist guide is the best way to organize a holiday on the Island of Elba for a party of people.

Disabled
Using our experience and taking friends' advice we have chosen some of the beaches and hotels where there are no architectural barriers..

Over 70
The best months in Elba for a quiet and peaceful holiday are April, May, june and September, when there are very few tourists.

Special needs person
Even if you have to undergo daily dialysis or have to eat gluten free foods, you can still have a wondeful holiday on the island of Elba.

My holiday

A detailed programme of what to go and see on the Island of Elba in one or more days, including times and routes, by car or by motorbike.
Elba in one day
Here are some suggestions if you want to make the most of a one day trip to the island of Elba.

Elba in three days
You need at least three days to go round Elba. We suggest you divide your map into three parts.

Elba by motorbike
Touring Elba by motorbike is an unforgettable joy: The coastal roads round the Island of Elba have one bend after another.

Places to see

Museums, ancient monuments, breathtaking views, traces of a glorious past.
Churches and sanctuaries
There are numerous places of worship, parish churches, churches and ancient hermitages in Elba.

Forts and fortresses
There are Etruscan fortifications, Pisan and Appian towers, and Medicean and Spanish fortresses in Elba, all examples of forefront impregnable architecture.

Historical Places
Symbolic places of famous people and ancient civilizations on the Island of Elba.

Museums and archeological sites
Museums, archaeological sites, travelling exhibitions tell us of the Island of Elba's complex history.

Scenic and suggestive places
Admiring sunsets, coves, stone monsters and colours on the Island of Elba.

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