Cotoncello Beach


Cotoncello Beach

A little piece of paradise in the shelter of smooth rocks.

Small sandy beach, enclosed by wide, workable cliffs, offers a corner sheltered from winds and currents, almost a natural swimming pool. The cliff originates from a granitic magma, like nearby St. Andrew, and appears smooth and washed out with soft curves. Very busy, offering no services.

Type of beach

Fine gravel and pebbles

Recommended with winds of:

Sirocco Wind (SE), South Wind (S)

How to get there

From the Zanca-Sant'Andrea road, just before reaching the main beach, take a paved road a few hundred meters long on the right, via del Cotoncello. When you reach a pedestrian access after about a hundred meters, you arrive at the beach. Alternatively, you can walk to it from St. Andrew's beach via a beautiful cliff path. Another route, a bit longer and more difficult, goes over the cliff and down through the village houses and vegetation.

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Ideal for families
Underwater landscape
Free beach

Pet friendly

Elba is at the forefront of animal rights. The rule stipulates that each municipality may regulate access to strands more specifically.

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Mines of Rio Marina

Strategic location for the large amount of hematite and limonite immediately identified by the emperor as soon as he landed on the island as a strategic-military axis.
Location: Rio Marina

Paolina Beach

The beach is named after the islet a few meters from the shore, itself named after Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister who, according to a legend (probably created by a tourism entrepreneur in the 1960s) loved to sunbathe on these rocks.

Location: Marciana

San Martino Villa

Designated as a summer residence, Napoleon purchased the property from the Manganaro family in 1814, with the intention of transforming it into a comfortable and refined abode that would have nothing to envy from Parisian residences.

Location: Località San Martino (Portoferraio)

Mulini Villa

Built in 1724 by Grand Duke Gaston de’ Medici, it was Napoleon’s city residence during his first stay on Elba Island.

Location: Portoferraio

Sanctuary of Monserrato

It was built as a sign of gratitude in 1606 by José Pons y León of the Dukes of Arcos, Spanish governor of Naples and first governor of the square of Longone (part of the state of principals). In September 1814 Napoleon, accompanied by Pons and Bertrand wanted to visit the sanctuary.

Location: Località Monserrato (Portoazzurro)

MUM Mineralogical Museum

While the Elban economy today is based on tourism, the fact remains that the people of San Piero and the west coast (Pomonte) have also lived and continue to live off their granite and marble

Location: San Piero in Campo

Port and Tower of Marciana Marina

Visit the harbor where Maria Walewska landed and the armed watchtower visited by Napoleon himself in 1814

Location: Marciana Marina