The Island of Elba is a small paradise in central Italy: easily reachable by ferry from Piombino (Livorno), it has a mountainous and hilly conformation and offers towns and beaches that are the envy of the most renowned foreign seaside locations .
The Island of Elba is divided into 8 municipalities, for a total of 33 thousand inhabitants, and is very organized from the point of view of accommodation, while leaving ample space for nature and wilderness areas .
Let’s see together which are the 10 best beaches on the Island of Elba .

Map and photos of the beaches
1 – Photo of the Sansone Beach (Portoferraio)

2 – Video of the Padulella Beach (Portoferraio)

3 – Photo of the Felciaio beach (Capoliveri)

4 – Photo of the Cavoli beach (Campo nell’Elba)

5 – Photo of the Cala dei Frati beach (Portoferraio)

6 – Photo of the Forno beach (Portoferraio)

7 – Photo of the beach of Nisportino (Rio nell’Elba)

8 – Photo of the S. Andrea beach (Marciana)

9 – Photo of the Fetovaia beach (Campo nell’Elba)

10 – Laconella beach (Capoliveri)

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1 – Sansone beach, Portoferraio
Photo by Carlo Pelagalli. Wonderful beach with transparent water and a calm and crystal clear sea . Perfect destination for snorkelersthanks to a wide variety of rocks, caves and ravines and to the presence of colorful fish, next to it there is a rock much appreciated by young people who love diving.
On the beach there is a small bathing establishment with umbrellas, sunbeds, bar and canoe rental, ideal for taking a little excursion and enjoying the fantastic panorama.

  • How to get there: summer tourist bus or by car take the Portoferraio – Enfola provincial road and after about 4.5 km on the right there is a pedestrian street, with the indication for the beach. After the Sorgente beach, leave the campsite entrance on the left and go up the hill – Get directions
  • Type : white gravel
  • Ideal for : relaxation, fun, snorkeling, canoe excursions, diving from the rocks and sunsets over the sea
  • Where to sleep in the surrounding area : Hotels and b & b from € 99.00 per room – see the offers

2 – Padulella beach, Portoferraio Padulella beach
can be reached via a short walk where you can admire a beautiful panorama and is located in the north of the Island of Elba. With a length of 170 meters, the beach is made up of white gravel and algae , bathed by clear turquoise waters, ideal for snorkelers. Rather breezy, it is ideal for those looking to relax without sacrificing the convenience of services (bar, sun loungers, umbrellas and boat rental).

  • How to get there: take the road that leads from Portoferraio towards Le Ghiaie and follow the signs for Padulella, Enfola. After passing the Le Ghiaie beach for 300 meters, take the small road with the bar for cars – Get directions
  • Typology : Sand and pebbles
  • Ideal for : snorkeling, relaxation and fun
  • Where to sleep in the surrounding area : Hotels and b & b from € 99.00 per room – see the offers

3 – Felciaio Beach, Capoliveri
Composed of gravel and sand, this beautiful beach completely free and divided into two: on the right there is a partly natural and partly artificial cliff that forms a swimming pool, perfect for diving enthusiasts. This is also a perfect place for snorkelling enthusiasts . There is a bar that offers restaurant service .

  • How to get there: from the Portoferraio – Porto Azzurro / Capoliveri provincial road, follow the road to Valdana. From the paid parking (€ 7.00 per day) take the narrow dirt road that leads to the beach in 300 meters – Get directions
  • Type : Sand, rocks and gravel
  • Ideal for : relaxation and snorkeling
  • Where to sleep nearby : Hotels and b & b from € 145.00 per room – look at the offers

4 – Cavoli beach, Campo nell’Elba
Photo by it: User: Civvi. Cavoli beach is one of the best known and most popular on Elba Island , and owes its fame to the extremely clear sea and the beautiful grainy sand .
The climate is mild and you can get tanned easily even out of season. The beach is located inside a splendid inlet and is divided into two parts, one equipped and one free.

  • How to get there: the beach is located 5 km from Marina di Campo, and is well signposted. There are both paid and free parking spaces – Get directions
  • Type : White sand and rocks
  • Ideal for :
  • Where to sleep in the surrounding area : Hotels and b & b from € 160.00 per room – see the offers

5 – Cala dei Frati, Portoferraio
Cala dei Frati is a small bay that can only be reached by sea , and is located between the beaches of Le Ghiaie and Paduella. Exposed to the north-east, it is sheltered from the winds and is kissed by the sun for a few hours a day. Formed by well-polished white pebbles and white sand , in the water there are very characteristic brownish rocks. The beach is bathed by clear waters, so much so that a mask will not be necessary to admire its seabed and its fauna. The beach has no services .

  • How to get there: reachable only by sea or on foot from Le Ghiaie beach, walking 80 meters and getting wet to the waist – Get directions
  • Type : White sand and pebbles
  • Ideal for : snorkeling
  • Where to sleep in the surrounding area : Hotels and b & b from € 99.00 per room – see the offers

6 – Spiaggia del Forno, Portoferraio
Small and quiet beach located in the Gulf of Boiodola and composed of sand and quartzite , the seabed is shallow and the water is crystal clear, ideal for young and old. The beach is equipped with a small lido, which is quite crowded in summer. The main feature of the beach are the colorful houses behind it which are still unique compared to the beaches in the area.

  • How to get there: follow the signs for Biodola and turn right before the junction for Scaglieri – Get directions
  • Type : Fine golden sand
  • Ideal for : relaxation
  • Where to sleep in the surrounding area : Hotels and b & b from € 99.00 per room – see the offers

7 – Nisportino Beach, Rio nell’Elba
Rather small but charming beach , 120 meters long and 20 meters wide, it is very hospitable and is constantly being cleaned . It is made up of multicolored pebbles and coarse sand. The sea is transparent and the area is very windy.

  • How to get there: reachable from Bagnaia and Rio Elba, follow the directions for Rio Elba – Nisporto. Once in Nisporto, go up and down towards the sea for another 4 km – Get directions
  • Type : Beach and pebbles
  • Ideal for : relaxation and nature walks
  • Where to sleep in the surrounding area : Hotels and b & b from € 159.00 per room – look at the offers

8 – S. Andrea beach, Marciana
Photo by Carlo Pelagalli. Located in front of the hamlet of Zanca, this small beach is one of the most suggestive of the whole Island of Elba : located in the north-west of the island, it offers a crystal clear sea, breathtaking views and clear granite sand.
Very popular with diving enthusiasts.

  • How to get there: reachable by car from Marciana or Marina di Campo. From the intersection for S. Andrea, start descending towards the sea, and from there park at the well-marked parking lot – Get directions
  • Typology : Golden sand
  • Ideal for : relaxation and snorkeling
  • Where to sleep nearby : Hotels and b & b from € 140.00 per room – look at the offers

9 – Fetovaia beach, Campo nell’Elba
Photo by philiTizzani. La Fetovaia is one of the best known beaches on the Island of Elba. It is located in a bay , protected by the tip of Fetovaia and is the ideal destination for a pedal excursion.
Sheltered from the winds, it is a tailor-made place for families with children .

  • How to get there: 10 km from Marina di Campo, from the provincial road follow the signs for Fetovaia – Get directions
  • Type : Golden sand and rocks
  • Ideal for : relaxation, snorkeling and sports
  • Where to sleep in the surrounding area : Hotels and b & b from € 160.00 per room – see the offers

10 – Laconella beach, Capoliveri
And here is what for many is the most beautiful beach on the island of Elba : it is Laconella, located in Capoliveri in the final area of ​​the Gulf of Lacona.
Laconella is a splendid bay of white sand and its waters remain shallow for many meters: this is why it is a beach recommended for families with children. Much appreciated also by snorkelers, thanks to the purity of the water.

  • How to get there: take the road that leads from Lacona to Marina di Campo. Follow the signs for Camping Laconella and leave it on the left; from there take the path that leads to the beach – Get directions
  • Type : Fine white sand
  • Ideal for : relaxation, snorkeling and sports
  • Where to sleep nearby : Hotels and b & b from € 145.00 per room – look at the offers

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The Island of Elba is one of the most popular destinations for Italian summer holidays . Well connected to Piombino through ferries and hydrofoils with prices starting from € 13.00 per person and a duration of about 50 minutes, the island offers numerous beaches suitable for all ages and different needs. There are numerous natural and maritime beauties on the island, so for those who consider the island as the next destination for their summer holidays, we recommend not checking out absolutely everything you need for snorkeling.

  • Where to sleep: Hotels and b & b from € 115.00 per room – look at the offers
  • Recommended cards, tickets and tours: Elba Island: Walking tour in the town of Portoferraio
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