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
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.
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.
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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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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If you beach lover then you should definitely not miss a visit to the Amalfi coast in the south which is a treasure for gorgeous beaches. Check out the things to do in Amalfi Coast.
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.
How to Reach Elba
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?