People who go on holiday in Tuscany often forget that this fascinating region also includes beautiful islands! as the largest of the Tuscan Archipelago islands, Elba is a green oasis with beautiful golden beaches.
The volcanic island has a coastline of 147 miles of beautiful white beaches. Do you like surfing, sailing, snorkelling or scuba diving? Then you have to go to one of the beautiful bays of Marina di Campo and Lacona. The unspoiled nature of the island will surprise you. By renting a bike you can enjoy once again the beauty of this island.
In addition, Elba island boasts a rich history; discovered by the Etruscans and later occupied by the Romans, it was also the island where Napoleon was exiled. He stayed in Portoferraio for 10 months, leaving many traces of his stay. The vast vineyards in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park and the seaside town of Marciana Marina will not disappoint.
Average summer temperature: 23 degrees
Villa dei Mulini in Portoferraio, where Napoleon stayed.
Mountain huts, the highest peak on the island of Elba
Tuscan hills with the beautiful wineries
Snorkelling with the whole family; thanks to the beautiful, crystal clear water, which is rich in fauna and flora, the island is very popular for those who enjoy snorkelling and especially diving. Children can play safely on the beach, having fun looking for shells and beautiful minerals of all colours.
It’s not possible to have a shopping spree on the island of Elba, but small boutiques and colourful markets will are always interesting to visit. You'll find many sellers who specialise in minerals such as crystals and precious stones.
If you love outdoor sports, you can climb up to the mountain huts. From Schiaccia the sea views over the beautiful Tuscan hills are breath-taking!
The island of Elba is also known for its delicious breads and pastries. Try the drunken crushes (cake with raisins and walnuts) the almond biscuits and almond ‘Corolli’ (aniseed buns).