The Scirocco (from the south-east) is one of the most frequent winds on the Island of Elba.
It is very strong both in autumn and in winter, just before some low pressure, and can last for days (usually up to three), making the sea very rough.
During the summer it is more like a morning breeze. It is a damp, humid wind, and it often gets on people's nerves! The best way to cope with this clammy heat is to head for a beach on the other side of the island and cool off in the water!
Acquaviva is a small, white shingle beach, near Enfola and Viticcio, in the commune of Portoferraio
Bagnaia is a beach in the gulf of Portoferraio, with bathing establishments, rentals, bars and restaurants
Bagno is a small beach consisting of medium/large shingle, mostly grey and multicoloured.
Biodola is a sandy beach in one of the most enchanting gulfs in Elba, near Portoferraio. Beautiful hotels and restaurants right on the beach.
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.
Capo Bianco is a white pebble beach with crystal clear water, not far from the centre of Portoferraio
The small beach of Cotoncello has smooth granite cliffs at its back, and is considered a natural swimming pool.
Crocetta beach consists of large, cream coloured stones, and offers you a crystal clear sea near Marciana Marina.
Forno is a small, quiet sandy beach facing La Biodola Gulf.
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.
Small beach mid way between Bagnaia and Nisporto, access to which is only by sea.
Dark shingle beach sheltered by a pine grove, on the road between Procchio and Marciana Marina.
Le Viste is a beach near the centre of Portoferraio, with the ancient Medicean walls overlooking it.
Almost magical because typically pristine and rugged, Mangani beach is one of the most beautiful and untouched bays on the Island of Elba.
Nisportino is definitely the beach for those who want to escape from the city and have a completely relaxing holiday.
Nisporto is well sheltered from the wind and is perfect for children, thanks to its sea bed and the numerous facilities available
Padulella is a white pebble beach, near Le Ghiaie and Capo Bianco, with many facilities and a crystal clear sea.
Patresi beach consists of large pebbles, and the beautiful sea bed is perfect for lovers of scuba diving and snorkelling.
Porticciolo beach is a tiny, sheltered pristine inlet that is much loved by boatmen who are looking for peace and quiet.
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.
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.
Ripa Barata is a tiny, pristine cove that takes its name from the "landslide" of rocks to the right of the beach.
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.
Tiny sandy beach next to La Biodola, with many facilities and breathtaking sunsets over the Island of Capraia on the horizon.
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.
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.
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.