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Marina di Campo in Elba island
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Visiting Elba with children

Sandy beaches, clean water and shallow swimming areas

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Elba is only an hour away from Piombino and yet it seems like another world. One of the best aspects of the island are its natural treasures: towns, plant life and especially clean beaches and clear water, perfect for children. There's a wide range of beaches on Elba: sandy beaches, stony inlets, black sand, white beaches, granite shorelines. There are restaurants, bars, boat rentals, umbrella rentals, diving centers and parking areas and much more. 

Not far from Marina di Campo, is the town of Cavoli. Definitely the most beautiful beach in southern Elba, the so-called Sunny Coast, this beach is long and sandy with shallow waters, perfect for children. Lacona is one of the longest beaches; it gets deep gradually  but then remains shallow for several meters out from the shore, so perfect for kids. There are trees along the shoreline, so no need for umbrellas. 

Le Ghiaie is the town beach for Portoferraio. Its position sets it apart from the town and protects it from the harbor traffic. There's every comfort available on this beach: beds, umbrellas, and it's easy to get to from the center of town. There's a nice park not far away with bars and restaurants. Also near Portoferraio are the beaches of Biodola and Scaglieri. They also offer everything a family with children might need.

In the town of Marciana there's a special Marebus, a shuttle bus that goes to the loveliest beaches on the west coast, including La Paolina, Procchio and Campo all'Aia. Children will also enjoy the acquarium of Elba near Marina di Campo, or a train ride through the mines of Rio Marina, within the Porto Azzurro Mine Park.