White sand or pebbles, granite cliffs and crystal clear sea

One of the strangest aspects of the biggest island in Tuscany is how each area is completely different from all the others. Each of the hundreds of beaches in Elba is like no other: you can find long ones with golden sand, or tiny coves made of of small shingle, black sandy ones, or with pure white shingles, and even smooth granite cliffs. These beautiful beaches, with breathtaking views, and the crystal clear sea are in no way inferior to the typical Caribbean beaches.

The pages we have made up refer only to the main beaches - it would be impossible to list every single tiny grove - and our aim is to help you choose where you want to lie in the sun or go for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear sea.

In most beaches, the sea gets deeper the further in you go, with exception of the sandy beaches of La Biodola, Marina di Campo, Lacona, Procchio and Fetovaia; here the sea is very shallow and doesn't start getting deeper until after about 30-40 metres.

All the beaches are free on the island of Elba, or at the worst, a good part on each beach is free.On most of the bigger beaches there are fully equipped bathing establishments where you can hire not only bathing huts, sun beds and sun umbrellas, but also practise many water sports. Some beaches also have what is called a "Punto Blu", where you can hire your sun umbrella and sun bed and use them on the part of the beach that is free.

We have also listed the major sandy beaches in Elba, suitable for children. There are also some beaches on the Island where dogs are allowed, so that your pet can be with you at all times.

Although the law doesn't normally allow it, there are beaches on the Island of Elba where nude swimming and sunbathing is accepted. We have made up a list of six areas in Elba where it has been done for years.

Infoelba advice: consult the map of classification of the beaches on the Island of Elba depending on the extent of the Lifeguard and Rescue facilities, run by the Società Nazionale di Salvamento, Island of Elba branch.

And finally, one last piece of advice should your day at the beach be ruined because you have been stung by a jellyfish: natural relief and not once you've been stung!

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Legend of points of interest

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Groups di points of interest: zoom in to see them (the icon may vary in colour and size).


Beaches on the side North

Acquaviva

Acquaviva is a small, white shingle beach, near Enfola and Viticcio, in the commune of Portoferraio

Portoferraio

Shingles

Bagnaia

Bagnaia is a beach in the gulf of Portoferraio, with bathing establishments, rentals, bars and restaurants

Portoferraio

Shingles

Bagno

Bagno is a small beach consisting of medium/large shingle, mostly grey and multicoloured.

Marciana Marina

Shingles

Biodola

Biodola is sandy beach in one of the most enchanting gulfs in Elba, near Portoferraio. Beautiful hotels and restaurants right on the beach.

Portoferraio

Sand

Cala dei Frati

Cala dei Frati is a small, white pebble beach with access only by sea; sheltered from all winds, be they scirocco or the west wind.

Portoferraio

Shingles

Capo Bianco

Capo Bianco is a white pebble beach with crystal clear water, not far from the centre of Portoferraio

Portoferraio

Sand and shingles

Crocetta

Crocetta beach consists of large, cream coloured stones, and offers you a crystal clear sea near Marciana Marina.

Marciana Marina

Shingles

Enfola

Capo d'Enfola is famous for its ancient tuna fishing port, now the seat of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. The narrow isthmus has a beach on either side.

Portoferraio

Shingles

Forno

Forno is a small, quiet sandy beach facing the Gulf of La Biodola.

Portoferraio

Sand

Frugoso

Frugoso is a small beach made up of tiny stones, and there is also a car park and a bar.

Rio Marina

Sand and shingles

La Fenicia

La Fenicia is a long, shingle beach in Marciana Marina, with easy access and numerous facilities for the disabled.

Marciana Marina

Shingles

La Paolina

La Paolina is a sand and tiny stone beach, and takes it name from Napoleon's sister.

Marciana

Sand and shingles

Lamaia

Tiny beach that is interesting from a naturalistic point of view and that you get to by following the Sentiero della Salute: Biodola - Procchio.

Marciana

Sand and shingles

Le Ghiaie

Le Ghiaie, made up of small, smooth white shingle, is one of Portoferraio's most beautiful beaches. Environment protection area, thus perfect for scuba diving.

Portoferraio

Shingles

Le Secche

Small beach mid way between Bagnaia and Nisporto, access to which is only by sea.

Rio nell'Elba

Sand and shingles

Le Sprizze

Small, dark shingle beach, Le Sprizze is sheltered by a pine grove, and is on the road between Procchio and Marciana Marina.

Marciana Marina

Shingles

Le Viste

Le Viste is a beach near the centre of Portoferraio, with the ancient Medicean walls overlooking it.

Portoferraio

Sand and shingles

Mangani

Almost magical because typically pristine and rugged, Mangani beach is one of the most beautiful and untouched bays on the Island of Elba.

Rio nell'Elba

Sand and shingles

Marciana Marina

Small beach next to the town of Marciana Marina

Marciana Marina

Sand and shingles

Nisportino

Nisportino is definitely for those who want to escape from the city and have a completely relaxing holiday.

Rio nell'Elba

Sand and shingles

Nisporto

Nisporto is sheltered from the wind and is perfect for children, thanks to its sea bed and the numerous facilities for tourists.

Rio nell'Elba

Sand and shingles

Padulella

Padulella is a white pebble beach, near Le Ghiaie and Capo Bianco, with many facilities and clear sea.

Portoferraio

Sand and shingles

Porticciolo

Porticciolo beach is a tiny, sheltered pristine inlet that is much loved by boatmen who are looking for peace and quiet.

Marciana

Sand and shingles

Procchio

Procchio is one of the longest and most pleasant sandy beaches in Elba, with a very wide choice of facilities and plenty room to park.

Marciana

Sand

Redinoce

Redinoce is a well equipped, stone and sand beach between Procchio and Marciana Marina.

Marciana

Shingles

Remontò

Remonto is a tiny beach consisting of different coloured pebbles near marciana marina.

Marciana Marina

Shingles

Ripa Barata

Ripa Barata is a tiny, pristine cove that takes its name from the "landslide" of rocks to the right of the beach.

Marciana Marina

Shingles

Rivercina

Rivercina is one of the most deserted beaches on the Island of Elba because it is one of the most rugges and pristine.

Rio nell'Elba

Sand and shingles

Sansone

Sansone is an enchanting beach consisting of small white shingle and has a fantastic sea bed, typical of the northern side of the Island of Elba.

Portoferraio

Shingles

Scaglieri

Tiny sandy beach next to La Biodola, with many facilities and beautiful sunsets with the Island of Capraia in the background.

Portoferraio

Sand

Schiopparello

Characteristic beach with breathtaking view of the skyline of Portoferraio, on the northern side of the island

Portoferraio

Sand and shingles

Seccione

Seccione beach (also called Prunini) is a very quiet and relaxing beach on the road to Viticcio, in Portoferraio.

Portoferraio

Shingles

Sorgente

La Sorgente (also called Acquavivetta) is tiny, white shingle beach near Viticcio and Enfola, in Portoferraio.

Portoferraio

Shingles

Sottobomba

Sottobomba is white shingle beach, typical of this are, with a crystal clear sea and spacious car park.

Portoferraio

Sand and shingles

Viticcio

There are no facilities on the Viticcio beaches, but they are perfect if you want to have a relaxing time at the beach away from the busy crowds.

Portoferraio

Shingles

Zupignano

Zupignano beach, truly beautiful from a geological point of view, thanks to the high clifftops that seem to want to squeeze it down into the sea.

Rio nell'Elba

Sand and shingles

Beaches on the side South

Acquarilli

Acquarilli is an enchanting beach, thanks to its black sand and shingle, and the steep cliffs around it.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Barabarca

Barabarca beach has more than one type of sand, and is in a bay that is sheltered from most winds that blow across the island.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Cavoli

Cavoli is a sandy beach, perfect for teenagers who want to have a good time and get a great sun tan.

Marina di Campo

Sand

Colle Palombaia

Colle Palombaia is an untouched, suggestive beach near Marina di Campo, and is perfect if you want to relax away from the crowd.

Marina di Campo

Sand and shingles

Felciaio

Felciaio is both a sandy and a pebble beach, and is perfect for those who wish to relax or love diving.

Capoliveri

Sand

Fonza

Fonza beach is near Marina di Campo, dogs are allowed. The shallow sea goes far out, the sea bed ius sandy.

Marina di Campo

Sand and shingles

Galenzana

Galenzana is a unique and extremely beautiful beach, with Mediterranean bush all around.

Marina di Campo

Sand and shingles

Innamorata

Innamorata beach, a romantic, sandy cove, offers you crystal clear water and enchanting sunsets.

Capoliveri

Sand

Lacona

Lacona is one of Elba's largest beaches, and consists of fine grain sand dunes, with many facilities to offer.

Capoliveri

Sand

Laconella

Laconella is a beautiful, fine grain sandy beach between the Punta della Contessa promontory and Capo Fonza.

Capoliveri

Sand

Lido di Capoliveri

Lido di Capoliveri is a large, sandy beach, very popular among teenagers.

Capoliveri

Sand

Madonna delle Grazie

Madonna delle Grazie is a small, sand and pebble beach, with a diving school, and a bar/restaurant.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Margidore

Margidore is a very long, but quiet beach, easy to get to, even by the disabled. Bars, as well as canoe and surf rental on the beach.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Marina di Campo

Marina di Campo is a long, fine grain sand beach, right next to the town, and is perfect for children because the water is shallow till far out.

Marina di Campo

Sand

Morcone

Morcone is a small beach near the centre of Capoliveri, and despite its size it offers many facilities.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Norsi

Norsi is a long, sand and shingle beach in Capoliveri, easy to get to and perfect for children.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Pareti

Pareti is a sandy beach surrounded by Mediterranean scrub, not far from the centre of Capoliveri.

Capoliveri

Sand

Remaiolo

Remaiolo is a sandy beach you can't get to by car, so it is very quiet. There are several small, rugged coves nearby.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Seccheto

Pleasant and peaceful, coarse grain sands beach, surrounded by beautiful cliffs, Seccheto is perfect if you want peace and quiet.

Marina di Campo

Sand

Vetrangoli

A small beach in the mining area of Capoliveri, characterized by sand of suggestive and varying hues that gives the beach an unbelievable colourful aspect.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Zuccale

Zuccale beach consisting of fine grain sand and rocks, offers crystal clear water and breathtaking sunsets.

Capoliveri

Sand

Beaches on the side West

Aliva

Cala dell'Aliva is one of the Island of Elba's most deserted and pristine beaches.

Marina di Campo

Shingles

Chiessi

Chiessi beach is surrounded by granite cliffs, and is perfect for those who want to do windsurf or go snorkelling on the Island of Elba.

Marciana

Shingles

Cotoncello

The small beach of Cotoncello has smooth granite cliffs at its back, and is considered a natural swimming pool.

Marciana

Sand

Fetovaia

Famous Fetovaia, one of the most suggestive beaches on the island, consists of golden sand and smooth rocks.

Marina di Campo

Sand

Le Tombe

Le Tombe beach consists of tiny, dark stones, it is difficult to get to but is of pristine, natural beauty.

Marina di Campo

Shingles

Patresi

Patresi beach consists of large pebbles, and the beautiful sea bed is perfect for lovers of scuba diving and snorkelling.

Marciana

Shingles

Pomonte

Pomonte beach has the same name as the town where it is, and is an excellent starting point if you want to go and see the shipwreck of the Elviscot.

Marciana

Shingles

Sant'Andrea

The cream coloured fine grain sand makes Sant'Andrea the perfect beach for relaxing on.

Marciana

Sand

Beaches on the side East

Barbarossa

Barbarossa is a sandy beach near Porto Azzurro, surrounded by a lush green bay, and is easy to get to by car.

Porto Azzurro

Sand and shingles

Buzzancone

A tiny, pristine beach from a natural and scenic point of view, perfect for going snorkelling.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Cala Seregola

Cala Seregola beach consists mainly of dark, mineral sand and tiny stones, and is near the mines in Rio Marina.

Rio Marina

Sand and shingles

Calanova

Calanova beach is a tiny oasis surrounded by lush vegetation that grows right down as far as the beach.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Cavo

Cavo is a small beach with a tourist port and refuelling for boats.

Rio Marina

Sand and shingles

Direttore

A tiny, rugged beach without any facilities, consisting of blackish sand rich in iron minerals that sparkles in the sun.

Rio Marina

Sand

Ferrato

Ferrato is the name of two small beaches on the eastern side of the Island of Elba separated one from the other by a line of rocks.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Fornacelle

Fornacelle beach consists of sand and iron dust that sparkles in the sun!

Rio Marina

Sand and shingles

Istia

Getting to Istia (or Istria) beach is not easy, but the peace and quiet you find here more than make up for the difficulty in getting there.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Malpasso

Malpasso beach is in a rather rugged part of the coast, and very important from a naturalistic point of view.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Mola

Since 2006 Mola has been the first Dog Beach on the Island of Elba

Porto Azzurro

Sand and shingles

Naregno

Naregno is a sandy beach between Porto Azzurro and Capoliveri, near many types of accommodation for tourists.

Capoliveri

Sand

Ortano

Ortano is one of the most popular beaches in Rio Marina,and is perfect if you want to go snorkelling or swim out to the tiny island.

Rio Marina

Sand and shingles

Punta Nera

Two tiny beaches set like jewels in rocky cliffs north east of Monte Calamita.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Reale

Reale, where you can still see traces of the mines, is a sandy beach near Porto Azzurro and not far from the small lake of Terranera.

Porto Azzurro

Sand and shingles

Stagnone

Two tiny beaches surrounded by low rocks that have created a kind of natural swimming pool, hence the name Stagnone.

Capoliveri

Sand and shingles

Straccoligno

Straccoligno is a beautiful, untouched sandy beach with bars and restaurants, as well as many tourist facilities like a windsurfing school.

Capoliveri

Sand

Terranera

Terranera beach, consisting of sand mixed with hematite, which explains its dark colour, separates the sea from the lake bearing the same name.

Porto Azzurro

Sand and shingles

Topinetti

Truly beautiful beach, thanks to the contrast in colours between the dark, iron, mineral sand underneath, and the white medium sized stones on top.

Rio Marina

Sand and shingles

Legend of points of interest

Bathing establishments

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Stabilimento Balneare il Delfino

Procchio, Marciana

+39.347.5044199

+39.347.5044199

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Noleggio Lacona

Lacona, Capoliveri

+39.333.8401730

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Bagni Pineta

Marina di Campo

+39.0565.976966

+39.338.9061545