Elba may be the biggest of the seven isles in the Tuscan archipelago and after Sicily and Sardinia already the third largest island of Italy.
Mild weather, pristine beaches, small fishing villages and ancient fortresses make it a unique and striking destination.
Even by walking a few kilometres you can start off at the sea and end up to a granite mountain more than 1000mt high with a breathtaking view. You can be visiting the remains of an Etruscan fortress and then, after walking a few hundreds metres, find yourself swimming in the sea.
In Elba Island you just need to go around a bend and be faced with an unexpected and completely different landscape.
There are many beaches to visit on the island, from little coves to long beautiful ones, sandy, white or black pebbled and rockery spots of all kind! The paper map you can get at any tourist office in Elba indicates something like 100 beaches which can be reached without a boat. Most of the big ones are close to a road, some of the small ones ask for a bit of a walk. Whether pebble, rock or sand, they come in all shapes and sizes.
The beauty of the water of each beach is related to its exposure to winds.
Casa Pineta is on the south part of the island, the water in Marina di Campo beach will be really beautiful on a day where northern winds blow, like Grecale or Maestrale. The same is true for all the beaches on the north side of the island, their water will be crystal clear on Scirocco days, the wind that blows from south.
Here is a list of our favourite places to swim in the North and South of beautiful Elba island.