Patresi Beach


A cove on the western side of the island of Elba that runs below the Punta Polveraia lighthouse, with Capraia and Corsica as a backdrop for spectacular sunsets.

The beach is made up of large and not very easy pebbles, but it is precisely its wildness combined with its tranquility that is its strong point. The sea water is sparkling, crystal clear, and the seabed is populated with many species of fish, crustaceans, and marine flora, popular with those who enjoy snorkeling, underwater photography, or fishing. At the beginning of the beach on the concrete platform, adjacent to the small boat towage area, sunbeds and umbrellas can be rented. On the jetty, children can play and dive into the water.

Type of beach

Sand and pebbles

Recommended with winds of:

East Wind (E), Sirocco Wind (SE)

How to get there

Patresi Mare is reached by descending a winding road, along which parking is possible coming from Patresi - loc. la Guardia. You have to follow the signs to Patresi Mare for about 1.2 km. During the season (July-September) the Municipality of Marciana provides a "Marebus" passenger service between the beach and nearby hamlets (Zanca, Patresi, Colle d'Orano, Sant'Andrea).

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Snack bar
Ideal for sport lovers
Ideal for families
Aquatic equipment rental
Underwater landscape
Car park
Free beach
Equipped beach

Pet friendly

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

Explore the beach in 360°

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