The Elba Island is the largest island of the Tuscan archipelago. This is where the colours of the sea blend with the luxurious Mediterranean bush.
With its rich fauna and flora, it is characterised by a variety of beaches, all different from each other, derived from its geological formation, and distinguishable in three different areas:
- Eastern Elba, characterised almost exclusively by the presence of tectonic overlapping sedimentary units;
- Western Elba, dominated by cone-shaped Mount Capanne, with a magmatic origin and surrounded by its metamorphic ring;
- Central Elba, where one can find both sedimentary and magmatic rocks.
The nature of the rocks itself determines the shape of the landscape and its surface, as well as the appearance and the granulometric and chromatic dimensions of the products of pebbles and sands. The result of this millenarian game of minerals is a rainbow of hues and types of beaches made up of white pebbles with black dots-azure like the white beaches of Portoferraio, thick sand with granitic composition in the central-western beaches, beaches made of mixed materials: sand, gravel and varied pebbles, deriving from the sedimentary rocks in the east, fine black hematitic sand or red rocks, and mineral beaches in the eastern coast.
You can relax on a different type of sand every day during your Elba vacation, admiring a unique and extraordinary landscape that will make your holidays an unforgettable event. Most of the free entrance beaches are pet friendly between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. (In some cases between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.).
We cannot report on all the island’s beaches, but we are glad to mention a few that are particularly significant:
Rocks and pebbles
In the Portoferraio area:
Thin white sand
In the municipalities of Campo nell'Elba:
Marina di Campo
Sant'Andrea deserves a special mention: the small beach gives way to a wonderful cliff.
In the municipalities of Capoliveri and Porto Azzurro:
Madonna delle Grazie