The Libeccio (from the south-west) is a wind that tends to start suddenly and can become very strong. It is more frequent in the winter months and usually lasts only a couple of days, but it can make the sea very rough. Once it has stopped blowing it usually brings high pressure which means the temperatures should rise.
When a libeccio wind is blowing (or a Ponente), the best beaches to go to are those on the eastern side.
Acquarilli is an enchanting beach, thanks to its black sand and shingle, and the steep cliffs around it.
Bagno is a small beach consisting of medium/large shingle, mostly grey and multicoloured.
Barbarossa is a sandy beach near Porto Azzurro, surrounded by a lush green bay, and is easy to get to by car.
A tiny, pristine beach from a natural and scenic point of view, perfect for going snorkelling.
Cala dei Frati
Cala dei Frati is a small, white pebble beach with access by sea only; sheltered from all winds, be they scirocco or the west wind.
Calanova beach is a tiny oasis surrounded by lush vegetation that grows right down as far as the beach.
Cavo is a small beach with a tourist port and refuelling for boats.
Crocetta beach consists of large, cream coloured stones, and offers you a crystal clear sea near Marciana Marina.
A tiny, rugged beach without any facilities, consisting of blackish sand rich in iron minerals that sparkles in the sun.
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.
Famous Fetovaia, one of the most suggestive beaches on the island, consists of golden sand and smooth rocks.
Fornacelle beach consists of sand and iron dust that sparkles in the sun!
Frugoso is a small beach made up of tiny stones, and there is also a car park and a bar.
Galenzana is a unique and extremely beautiful beach, with Mediterranean bush all around.
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.
La Fenicia is a long, shingle beach in Marciana Marina, with easy access and numerous facilities for the disabled.
La Paolina is a sand and tiny stone beach, and takes it name from Napoleon's sister.
Tiny beach that is interesting from a naturalistic point of view and that you get to by following the Sentiero della Salute: Biodola - Procchio.
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.
Dark shingle beach sheltered by a pine grove, on the road between Procchio and Marciana Marina.
Malpasso beach is in a rather rugged part of the coast, and very important from a naturalistic point of view.
Naregno is a sandy beach between Porto Azzurro and Capoliveri, near many types of accommodation for tourists.
Ortano is one of the most popular beaches on this side of Elba and is perfect if you want to go snorkelling or swim out to the tiny island.
Padulella is a white pebble beach, near Le Ghiaie and Capo Bianco, with many facilities and a crystal clear sea.
Porticciolo beach is a tiny, sheltered pristine inlet that is much loved by boatmen who are looking for peace and quiet.
Two tiny beaches set like jewels in rocky cliffs north east of Monte Calamita.
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.
Redinoce is a fully equipped, stone and sand beach between Procchio and Marciana Marina.
Remonto is a tiny beach consisting of pebbles of different colours and is near Marciana Marina.
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.
The cream coloured fine grain sand makes Sant'Andrea the perfect beach for relaxing on.
Characteristic beach with breathtaking view of the skyline of Portoferraio, on the northern side of Elba.
Seccione beach (also called Prunini) is a very quiet and relaxing beach on the road to Viticcio, in Portoferraio.
La Sorgente (also called Acquavivetta) is tiny, white shingle beach near Viticcio and Enfola, in Portoferraio.
Sottobomba is white shingle beach, typical of this area, with a crystal clear sea and spacious car park.
Two tiny beaches surrounded by low rocks that have created a kind of natural swimming pool, hence the name Stagnone.
Straccoligno is a beautiful, pristine, sandy beach with bars and restaurants, as well as many tourist facilities like windsurfing schools.
Terranera beach, consisting of sand mixed with hematite, which explains its dark colour, separates the sea from the lake bearing the same name.
Zupignano beach is truly beautiful from a geological point of view, thanks to the high clifftops that seem to want to push it down into the sea.