Discover the Top 10 beaches on Elba Island in Tuscany

Each person has her/his own favorite beach: some like sand, others choose rocky coastlines; some seek wild, natural beaches, others require beaches with well-equipped resorts. The Island of Elba presents you all of these opportunities – you just need to know where to go!

1. Cavoli

The beach of Cavoli lies on the southern littoral of the island, at about 4.5 km from Marina di Campo, in the direction of Fetovaia. Its 300 meters of beautiful white sand are judged the most cosmopolitan on Elba because there are a always a lot of parties and young people there. The Cavoli beach is always very congested, so it is not ideal for those looking for quietude and repose, or for families.



2. Sansone

The beach of Sansone is lsituated after the beaches of Acquaviva and La Sorgente, and before the Enfola headland, beside the road from Portoferraio. It is a white pebble seaside that exhibits crystal clear waters. It is largely popular and a splendid backdrop for photographs!


Sansone [Photo Credits: Serena Puosi]

3. Fetovaia

The town of Fetovaia is about 8 km from Marina di Campo. It has magnificient views of the Punta di Fetovaia, expanding out to the sea, and it also boasts golden sandy beach, and crystal clear waters, with the mountains and rocks in the backdrop.


Fetovaia [Photo Credits: Alessandro Gambadoro]

4. Chiessi

Chiessi is on the west side of the island and has a pebble littoral, limited by unusual rocks with smooth sides. If you like to slide off rocks and have fun in the water, this is your area!


Chiessi [Photo Credits: Roberto Miliani]

5. Sant’Andrea

Sant’Andrea is a incredible small sandy beach with big rocks on the borders, in the Sant’Andea bay in the north-west side of the island, about 6 km from Marciana Alta. The little beach of Cotoncello, located at 800 metres on the right side of Sant’Andrea, also merits a stop.


Sant’Andrea [Photo Credits: ingridf_nl]

6. Laconella

The “little sister” of the biggest and best-known seaside of Lacona is undoubtedly quiet and relaxing. The sea is cristal clear and the rocks under the water are full of fishes. laconella_elba

Laconella [Photo Credits: ed.h]

7. Pareti

Pareti is one of the several beaches of Capoliveri. The sandy lido is approximately 50 meters long and, due to the secured position and the services provided, it is perfect for families with children


Pareti [Photo Credits: ViviCapoliveri]

8. Le Ghiaie

Le Ghiaie is the “town beach” of Portoferraio, with crystalline and limpid waters and a pebbly beach. It is also a protected territory. You can also discover gardens on the side of the beach.


Le Ghiaie [Photo Credits: malpelo61]

9. Biodola

Biodola coast is the largest beach in the Biodola gulf, where you can also discover the beaches of Scaglieri and Forno. You can facilely arrive at it; it is just 3 kilometres from Procchio. It has beautiful, white sand and all the essential services and facilities for families.


Biodola [Photo Credits: fabcom]

10. Barabarca

Barabarca is located just about 1.5 km from the town center of Capoliveri. It is a little pebbly beach in front of the Capo Stella peninsula and is encircled by green territorys.


Barabarca [Photo Credits: luiginter]


Coastline, Islands and Sailing in Tuscany

I’m rather sure you recognize  that Tuscany has a western coastline on the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Sea and a Tuscan Archipelago, composed by the largest Island of Elba and other six island denominated Capraia, Gorgona, Montecristo, Giglio, Pianosa and Giannutri.

Do you know what the ancient  legend says about the Tuscan archipelago? That these island were generated when Venus springed up from the Tyrrhenian Sea to involve the sunset and, while performing this, seven pearls descended from her necklace into the sea generating the Tuscan islands. Isn’t it enchenting?! Ok, let’s go back to our main subject!

Since the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago are not very close one to each other, a good manner to inspect them is sailing! The Tuscan archipelago presents open sea sailing without exception with land in sight. The marinas of Tuscany are well furnished, with most of the big harbors providing a full serie of utilities, including refueling equipments and parking.


[Photo Credits: Who killed Gregory??]

When is the best time for navigating? Anytime is ok for sailing here, notwithstandin in July and August it weather is considerably hot, the sea a bit crowded and sailing more expensive. The marinas are open all year round and temperatures in Tuscany are generally quite warm, so anytime of the year could be contemplated. Best periods are April, May, June, September and October: it’s warm but not too hot and it is not congested so it is possible to find unfrequented anchorages.

The climate in the Tuscan sea is essentially Mediterranean: summers are warm, dry and airy and the ordinary wind is W – NW and it rarely arrives at tornado force.  Around Capraia, Elba, and down the mainland coast to Giannutri there will often be SE winds with recurrent periods of quiet.  At night there is often a fair W or SW wind.

Let’s discover where you can go sailing in Tuscany:

  • Elba is the largest island and is opposite the gulf of Follonica just 6 miles off Piombino on the Tuscan Coast;
  • Giglio is a splendid paradise lying facing the Argentario peninsula;
  • Giannutri has attractive bays and evocative vestiges of old Roman villas;
  • Capraia is an island of volcanic derivation which is the closest island to Corsica;
  • Pianosa is a little, levelled island not at great distance from the isle of Elba;

The Islands of Gorgona and Montecristo have no open passage: there is a special penal institution on Gorgona while Montecristo is a natural reserve that can only be visited with a special authorisation.


[Photo Credits: PrinceVlad]

Sailing schools in Tuscany:

  • Circolo Nautica Foce Cecina

Località Porticciolo, 57023 Cecina Mare (LI)
Tel: 0586 620 602

  • Circolo Velico Artiglio

Porticciolo di Torre.del Lago, Viareggio (LU)
Tel: 0584 351 211

  • Circolo Vela Mare ASD Viareggio

UISP V. Leonida Repaci 1, 55049 Viareggio (LU)
Tel: 0584 407 270

  • Aquaria Natura Club

via Lago di Varano 47, 58100 Grosseto (GR)
Tel: 338 501 0513

  • Circolo della Vela Marciana Marina

Viale Regina Margherita 52, 57033 Marciana Marina (LI)
Tel: 0565 990 27