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Take the challenge: top outdoor activities in the Tuscan archipelago

Here is a round-up of outdoor activities to experience on Elba island and throughout the Tuscan archipelago.

Between Corsica and the Tuscan coast there are 7 wonderful islands that make up the Tuscan Archipelago: Gorgona, Capraia, Elba, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio and Giannutri. They have clear, still waters perfect for a relaxing holiday. But if you’re longing for adventure, walks with a seaside view, an adrenaline rush, want to conquer a peak or explore the depths of the sea, the Tuscan archipelago offers plenty of options.

In spring and autumn, the weather is perfect for long walks and cycling, while in summer you can indulge in countless water sports. Here is a round-up of outdoor activities to experience on Elba island and throughout the Tuscan archipelago

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    Mountain Biking
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    Free Climbing and bouldering
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    Windsurf and kitesurf
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Mountain Biking

Elba island is made for bicycles. You can go almost everywhere with mountain bikes. There are well-marked paths to follow in the Capoliveri area, but for those looking for organized groups, you’ll find many options here. 

Mountain biking on Elba
Mountain biking on Elba - Credit: Visit elba


Explore the shipwrecks, shallows and rocks of Elba island departing from Campo nell’Elba and Marciana Marina. Since 2013, visitors have also been able to explore the sea bottom of the Pianosa island. We recommend asking for more information at authorized diving centers.

Diving in Elba
Diving in Elba - Credit: Visit Elba


Walking is man’s best medicine. From the mines to the top of Mount Capanne, from the alleys of the Giglio Island to the barren nature of Capraia: step by step, go deep into a green and blue landscape through the many marked paths.

On Elba Island, take the Great Elba Crossing, a roughly 60km excursion route that cuts across the island from east to west. If you have limited time, simply reach the Monte Capanne summit from Marciana Marina in 2 to 3 hours.

In Spring and Autumn, join the Walking Festival island excursions in Pianosa, Giannutri, Elba, Giglio and Capraia. Participation is free, but booking is mandatory.

Walking Elba
Walking Elba - Credit: Tuscany Walking Festival

Free Climbing and bouldering

Elba Island offers great places for free climbing, such as the granite cliffs on the western side or those in the Costa dei Gabbiani on the island’s southeastern side suitable both for expert climbers or beginners.


Discover the Tuscan archipelago from a unique perspective: rowing a kayak. Try this 15 km itinerary from Marina di Campo to Lacona or book an organized tour.

pianosa kayaking - Credit: Archivio Parco Nazionale Arcipelago Toscano

Windsurf and kitesurf

Challenge the wind! If you want to try windsurfing or kitesurfing, there are many schools and rentals for all levels and any ages from Marina di Campo to Capoliveri.


The Tuscan Archipelago is Europe’s largest marine park. Snorkelling lovers will all find hidden treasures on the sea bed: grottoes, sheer drops and even shipwreck sites.

In Pomonte (Elba Island) at a depth of 10 metres, you can swim down to the Elviscot shipwreck site that lies near Ogliera Rock. From courses to underwater excursions, there are plenty of activities for all the family.

Capraia - Credit: Filippo Bonistalli on Instagram

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