Discover the glorious beaches of Elba in Tuscany.
October 3, 2012 by idyllicitaly
With their fine white sands and crystal clear waters, who needs the tropics?
Elba is mainly known as being the island that Napoleon was exiled to but it is also a Mediterranean paradise of stunning beaches and hill top villages.
There are over 70 beautiful beaches on the island and they vary vastly depending on which side of the island they are located on. From golden sands, black sands and shingle beaches to those with white sand and crystal waters rivalling beaches found in the tropics – Marina di Campo, Cavoli, Fetovaiaand Fonza are to name a few which are famous for their fine white sand and transparent sea water.
The island has a lush natural beauty – it’s interiors are peppered with olive groves, vineyards and hill top villages. The people are welcoming and the seafood is outstanding! Moreover, Elba is surprisingly easy to reach from the Tuscan Coast – our specialist areas since 1973. You can take the train from Viareggio to Piombino Marittima then a short bus ride to the ferry and then forty five minutes later you’re there! We recommend basing yourself on Tuscany’s golden coast and visiting Elba for a day to experience the best that this area has to offer. For special offers on Villa rentals on the Tuscan Coast visit http://www,bridgewater-travel.co.uj/late_availability.asp
These are our top 4 Elba beaches that we love from North to South:
1. Capo Bianco is based on the North of the island and is located a short distance from Portoferraio. Steps will take you down to a white shingle beach, with crystal clear waters surrounded by high grassy cliff tops. It’s an ideal beach even when the Scirocco wind is blowing because the sea remains calm and clear.
2. Cavoli is based on the South side of the island, and it is a glorious sandy beach; the sand is perfect because it’s coarse grain meaning it doesn’t stick to your skin. It’s very easily accessible, and is clearly signed posted on the roads. The beach is particular popular with the teenagers, and those who like to lay about in the sun as it’s in a terrific sun spot.
3. Patresi is located on the West of Elba and is a beach that’s ideal for water sports such as scuba diving and snorkelling. The beach is made of large stones and is perfect if you want some alone time as it’s not a busy beach! It’s 2km for the town of Patresi with easy to follow signs.
4. Topinetto is on the East side of Elba and is a breathtaking beach with it’s contrast of coloured sands. The undertones are dark and iron coloured whilst the top consists of white to medium tones. It’s view is spectacular as you can see the port of Rio Marina, the little islands of Palmaiola. Follonica, Cerboli and the Tuscan coastline.
If you want to get out of the sun for a little while, why not take a trip to the thermal baths located in Terme di San Giovannie. The mud baths have been used for centuries, and were used to treat pain in the lower limbs of race horses. The mus is very beneficial for you inside and out as it contains seaweed, iodine, and sulphur.