During the summer months the Gregale wind (from the North-East) blows like a gentle, offshore breeze and usually means bad weather is in the air (above all during the winter).
The beaches on the southern side are at their best when a Gregale wind is blowing.
Acquarilli is an enchanting beach, thanks to its black sand and shingle, and the steep cliffs around it.
Cala dell'Aliva is one of the Island of Elba's most deserted and pristine beaches.
Bagnaia is a beach in the gulf of Portoferraio, with bathing establishments, rentals, bars and restaurants
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.
Barbarossa is a sandy beach near Porto Azzurro, surrounded by a lush green bay, and is easy to get to by car.
Cavoli is a sandy beach, perfect for teenagers who want to have a good time and get a great sun tan.
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.
Colle Palombaia is a pristine and suggestive beach near Marina di Campo, and is perfect if you want to relax away from the noisy crowd.
Felciaio is both a sandy and a pebble beach, and is perfect for those who wish to relax or love diving.
Famous Fetovaia, one of the most suggestive beaches on the island, consists of golden sand and smooth rocks.
Fonza beach is near Marina di Campo, dogs are allowed. The sea is shallow till quite far out, the sea bed is sandy.
Forno is a small, quiet sandy beach facing La Biodola Gulf.
Innamorata beach, a romantic, sandy cove, that offers you crystal clear water and enchanting sunsets.
Lacona is one of Elba's largest beaches, and consists of fine grain sand dunes, with many facilities to offer.
Laconella is an enchanting, fine grain sandy beach between the Punta della Contessa promontory and Capo Fonza.
Le Tombe beach consists of tiny, dark stones, it is difficult to get to but is of pristine, natural beauty.
Lido di Capoliveri
Lido di Capoliveri is a large, sandy beach, very popular among teenagers.
Madonna delle Grazie
Madonna delle Grazie is a small, sand and pebble beach, with a diving school, and a bar/restaurant.
Morcone is a small beach near the centre of Capoliveri, and despite not being very long it offers many facilities.
Norsi is a long, sand and shingle beach in Capoliveri, easy to get to and perfect for children.
Pareti is a sandy beach surrounded by Mediterranean scrub, not far from the centre of Capoliveri.
Pomonte beach has the same name as the town where it sits, whose sea bed fascinates scuba divers and whose weather is much loved by windsurfing fans.
Remaiolo is a sandy beach you can't get to by car, so it is very quiet. There are several small, rugged coves nearby.
Ripa Barata is a tiny, pristine cove that takes its name from the "landslide" of rocks to the right of the beach.
Tiny sandy beach next to La Biodola, with many facilities and breathtaking sunsets over the Island of Capraia on the horizon.
Pleasant and peaceful, coarse grain sands beach, surrounded by beautiful cliffs, Seccheto is perfect if you want peace and quiet.
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.
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.
Zuccale beach consisting of fine grain sand and rocks, offers crystal clear water and breathtaking sunsets.