Five Must-Sees in Elba that make it a great holiday Destination

The Mediterranean island Elba in Tuscany is brimming with natural landscapes and diverse aquatic life. Elba is a part of the Archipelago Toscano National Park and the third largest island in Italy, after Sicily and Sardinia. The island home to more than 100 gorgeous beaches and abundance of nature makes the island an ideal beach destination. Here are some reasons why Elba makes to the top of our bucket list –

Port town of Portoferraio

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1 Fortress of Volterraio

Crowning a cliff at an altitude of 394 m overlooking the city of Portoferraio is the oldest fort of Elba. The fort and its tower with a commanding view over entire coast helped spot any kind of invasion aiding in defensive preparedness.The strategic position of the fort which makes it difficult to reach remained unconquered over the period of time when the Turkish pirates attacked the island on numerous occasions. The sturdy walls of forts acted as a refugee for the Elbans during the 10 years of sieges from 1544 and 1554. many Elbans found refuge and protection within the massive walls of Volterraio. Though the climb up the hill is more of a tough task but worth the efforts for stunning views all along and the breathtaking views of the city and bay of Portoferraio from the fort ramparts. The imposing ruins and the magnificent walls are undergoing restoration work under the project by National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago.

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2 Capanne Mount

Mount Capanne is the highest mountain of Elba and a part of the Arcipelago Toscano National Park offers a marvelous unobstructed panorama of the island and the neighboring islands on a clear day. The cable car rides up the mountain starting from Marciana darts through the dense thicket of chestnut trees reaching a height of 1,000 meters above the Mediterranean Sea. The cableway is open from early spring until early October. One can choose a 3 hr hike up the mountain winding through the dense woods and experience one of the most amazing nature trails on the island exploring historical sites and diverse flora fauna. More here.

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3 Pomonte Beach

Right at the foot of the Capanne Mount on the western coast of the island of Elba in the small village of Pomonte is a stretch of azure waters of Pomonte Beach. The beach is popular with the local and tourist alike who come to spend some peaceful time and for the spectacular sunsets. The beach is favorite of the scuba divers who enjoy exploring the shipwreck Elviscot. The wreckage that lies just 20 off the beach at the depth of 10 meters is small cargo ship that sank in the 1972 storm.

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4 Fetovaia Beach

Some 5 km south of Pomonte Beach and about 10 km from Marina di Campo is a stretch of white granite sand beach tucked away in the bounty of verdant nature. The shallow beach and its turquoise waters make for an ideal family getaway. The crystal clear waters also make it an ideal destination for snorkeling and diving.

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5 Elba Aquarium and Wildlife Museum

Aquariums are always a cardinal choice when traveling with kids. Chhavi had loads of fun at the Lisbon aquarium and so the aquarium of Elba will definitely make to the list. Elba Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the Mediterranean Sea and exhibiting incredible biodiversity of the marine life of the Island of Elba. The wildlife museum is located in the same building and houses around 150 different species of birds and mammal habitats of the Elba island. The Aquarium of Elba is opened from April until early November. More here.

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How to Reach

The ferries to Elba run from the Italian town of Piombino to the port of Portoferraio on the Elba Island.

These attractions have put Elba on our wishlist. Have you added Elba to your bucket list yet?

 

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10 Comment

  1. Naomi says: Reply

    I love everything about Italy, but those little islands and coastline are to die for! I especially like that Elba is not all about the beaches (although they look very appealing) but I’d definately would want to visit the fortress! Looks amazing.

  2. The Fortress of Volterraio reminds me of the forts in the Sahyadris of Maharashtra, India. Italy looks so beautiful through your pictures. You helped us see a new side to Italy.

  3. Elba has everything I could want in a trip. Beautiful beaches, cliff side towns, and gorgeous scenery. A 3 hour hike up Mount Capanne sounds perfect! I’m going to have to add this place to my list:)

  4. Ivy says: Reply

    This is my first time learning about Elba! We’re visiting Tuscany in a month and I wish we had more time so we can visit Elba. I like how it has a mixture of everything, including a beaches and a mountain. I bet the food there is amazing, too? Coastal towns never fail with great seafood!

  5. Gareth says: Reply

    I must admit that, even having been to Tuscany before and loved it, I had never heard of Elba until now. Surprising certainly, when you consider all the things there are to do and see here although really, as a bit of a history aficionado, the fortress looks really cool. If I’m feeling a little more energetic however, a hike in those mountains looks pretty blissful, albeit exhausting

  6. Soraya says: Reply

    I would love to spend more time in Italy because I just love this country. Fetovaia Beach looks exactly like my type of beach, especially for its turquoise blue waters. The Fortress also sounds very interesting. I’m glad to hear that Elba is making great efforts to restore it.

  7. I haven’t heard of Elba, which is a shame given how beautiful it looks. I am not surprised that there is a gem like this because the Mediterranean is booming with options when it comes to beautiful attractions. I like the co-existence of the natural sights with historic and cultural structures!

  8. Fetovaia beach looks absolutely stunning! The view of and from the fort are incredible. My daughter would love a visit to the aquarium.

  9. These are beautiful tourist destinations! I like them all. The Fetovaia beach looks like a good place to meet fellow travelers too. Are there restaurants in that area?

  10. Italy has so much to offer. Thanks for showing us a different side to Italy. Fortress of Volterraio. Looks like my kind of thing. I enjoy visiting places with rich history.

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