Top 10 beaches on Elba Island

Some advice to help you discover your favourite beaches in Elba island

Everyone has her/his own favorite beach: some like sand, others prefer rocky coastlines; some seek wild, natural beaches, others want beaches with well-equipped resorts.

The Island of Elba offers you all of these options: you just need to know where to go!

Cavoli

The beach of Cavoli lies on the southern coast of the island, at around 4.5 km from Marina di Campo, in the direction of Fetovaia. Its 300 meters of fine white sand are considered the coolest on Elba because there are a always a lot of parties and young people there. The Cavoli beach is usually quite crowded, so it is not ideal for those looking for peace and tranquility.

Cavoli beach
Cavoli beach - Credit: Serena Puosi
Sansone

The beach of Sansone is located after the beaches of Acquaviva and La Sorgente, and before the Enfola headland, along the road from Portoferraio. It is a white pebble beach that boasts crystal clear waters. It is quite popular and a perfect backdrop for photographs!

Sansone beach
Sansone beach - Credit: Serena Puosi
Fetovaia

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

Fetovaia beach
Fetovaia beach - Credit: Alessandro Gambadoro
Chiessi

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

Chiessi
Chiessi - Credit: Andreina Schoeberlein
Sant'Andrea

Sant'Andrea is a wonderful small sandy beach with big rocks on the sides, in the Sant'Andea creek in the north-west side of the island, about 6 km from Marciana Alta. The tiny beach of Cotoncello, located at 800 metres on the right side of Sant'Andrea, also deserves a visit.

The little hamlet of Sant'Andrea from above
The little hamlet of Sant'Andrea from above - Credit: Robsettantasei
Laconella

The "little sister" of the biggest and best-known beach of Lacona is really quiet and relaxing. The sea is cristal clear and the rocks under the water are full of fishes. Let us give you a friendly tip: have a experience on board of a kayak here!

The waters of Laconella beach from Punta della Contessa
The waters of Laconella beach from Punta della Contessa - Credit: Maurizio Abbiateci
Pareti

Pareti is one of the numerous beaches of Capoliveri. The sandy beach is approximately 50 meters long and, due to the protected position and the services offered, it is ideal for families with children.

Pareti beach
Pareti beach - Credit: patrizia_ricciarelli16 on Instagram
Le Ghiaie

Le Ghiaie is the "town beach" of Portoferraio, with crystal clear waters and a pebbly beach. It is also a protected area. You can also find gardens behind the beach.

Biodola

Biodola beach is the largest beach in the Biodola bay, where you can also find the beaches of Scaglieri and Forno. You can easily reach it; it is just 3 kilometres from Procchio. It has fine, white sand and all the necessary services and facilities for families.

Biodola beach
Biodola beach - Credit: Fabcom
Barabarca

Barabarca is situated approximately 1.5 km from the town center of Capoliveri. It is a small pebbly beach in front of the Capo Stella peninsula and is surrounded by green areas.

Barabarca beach
Barabarca beach - Credit: Fabcom

What are your top choices on Elba Island?

This article was originally written by Serena Puosi.

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