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The 10 most popular and beautiful beaches of the Island of Elba


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 famous 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 what the 10 best beaches on the Island of Elba.



1 - Sansone beach, Portoferraio

Wonderful beach with transparent water it's a calm and crystalline sea. Perfect destination for snorkelers thanks to a wide variety of rocks, caves and ravines and 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 bathhouse with umbrellas, sunbeds, bar and canoe rental, ideal for taking a short excursion and enjoying the fantastic panorama.

  • summer tourist bus or by car take the Portoferraio - Enfola provincial road and after about 4,5 km there is a pedestrian street on the right, 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 nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 99,00 per room -

2 - Padulella beach, Portoferraio

Reachable via a short walk where you can admire a beautiful panorama, the Padulella beach is located in the north of the Island of Elba. With a length of 170 meters the beach is formed by white gravel and algae, bathed by clear turquoise waters, ideal for snorkelers. Rather breezy, it is ideal for those in search of relaxation without sacrificing the convenience of services (bar, sun beds, umbrellas and boat rental).



  • take the road that leads from Portoferraio to 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
  • Type: Sand and pebbles
  • Ideal for: snorkeling, relaxation and fun
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 99,00 per room -

3 - Felciaio beach, Capoliveri

Composed of gravel and sand, this beautiful one completely free beach it is divided in 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 place perfect for snorkelers. There's a bar offering catering service.

  • from the provincial Portoferraio - Porto Azzurro / Capoliveri 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: Hotel and b & b starting from € 145,00 per room -

4 - CaFlights beach, Campo nell'Elba

CaFlights beach is one of the best known and most popular on the Island of Elba, and owes its fame to the extremely clear and beautiful sea grainy sand.
The climate is mild and you can easily get tanned even out of season. The beach is located within a beautiful cove and is divided into two parts, one equipped and one free.



  • the beach is 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 nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 160,00 per room -

5 - Cala dei Frati, Portoferraio

Cala dei Frati is one small bay accessible only by sea, and is located between the beaches of Le Ghiaie and Paduella. Facing 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.

  • reachable only by sea or on foot from Le Ghiaie beach, covering 80 meters and getting wet to the waist - Get directions
  • Type: White sand and pebbles
  • Ideal for: snorkeling
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 99,00 per room -

6 - Forno beach, Portoferraio

Small and quiet beach located in the Gulf of Boiodola is composed of sand is quartzite, the seabed is shallow and the water is crystal clear, ideal for young and old. The beach is equipped with a small beach, 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.


  • 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 nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 99,00 per room -

7 - Nisportino beach, Rio nell'Elba

Pretty beach small but lovely, with its 120 meters long and 20 meters wide 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.

  • 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 walk
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 159,00 per room -

8 - Beach of S. Andrea, Marciana

Located in front of the hamlet of Zanca, this small beach it is one of the most evocative 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 lovers of underwater activities.

  • 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
  • Type: Golden sand
  • Ideal for: relaxation and snorkeling
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 140,00 per room -

9 - Fetovaia beach, Campo nell'Elba

La Fetovaia is one of the best known beaches on the Island of Elba. It is located in a bay, is protected by the tip of Fetovaia and is an ideal destination for a pedal boat excursion.
Sheltered from the winds, it is a tailor-made place for families with children.

  • 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 sport
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 160,00 per room -

10 - Laconella beach, Capoliveri

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

  • 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 leading to the beach - Get directions
  • Type: Fine white sand
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling and sport
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 145,00 per room -

Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip: info on hotels and tours

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 leaving absolutely everything you need for snorkeling.

  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 115,00 per room -
  • Elba Island: Walking tour in the town of Portoferraio
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