From stern to bow: discovering the island of Elba by boat

From stern to bow: discovering the island of Elba by boat

A day or vacation on the island of Elba by sail or motor boat is an unforgettable experience that holds extraordinary surprises, the discovery of secret places and accessible only from the sea, fantastic views and some of the most beautiful sea beds in the Mediterranean, which embrace it from all sides.

Elba's highly rugged and varied coastal vistas conceal hidden and wild places, ready to be explored and experienced in unforgettable experiences, alone, in the company of friends or in intimacy with one's partner . The boat allows free access to almost any beach. By stopping a short distance from the coast, at a safe distance, it is possible to enjoy your favorite sandy shores without having to think about parking or the journey to reach them. This is the case with some beaches on the island of Elba that, while beautiful such as Lacona and Fetovaia, are difficult to reach or find a free spot there during the high season.

Some beaches are easily visited only with access from the sea , such as Acquarilli and Remaiolo, in the municipality of Capoliveri, Zupignano and Cala dei Mangani, in the territory of Rio, and Cala dei Frati, in the municipality of Portoferraio. There are beaches, such as in the Pomonte area, with seabeds where you can make exciting dives to discover wrecks or visit some hidden and mysterious caves-always with due care.

Experiencing Elba by boat, from anywhere off the coast, allows you to take advantage of a strategic location for wonderful snorkeling sessions . Once you find a quiet spot, you can take a leisurely swim or dive to contemplate the underwater flora and fauna of the Elban seabed, famous for its biodiversity and richness.

Another unique experience is to admire the many islets of the island of Elba , with wild nature, where time seems to stand still. Palmaiola, Liscoli, the Ogliera, the Paolina reef and the islet of Ortano are just a few names among many possible, it is up to you to find your favorite (P.S. Some are private property, like the islet of Cerboli. So not visitable!) .

Did you also know that the island of Elba is included in the " Pelagos Sanctuary "? A marine oasis dedicated to cetaceans where, in the southwest area of the island towards the island of Pianosa, there are real routes in which it is possible to spot whales and dolphins passing through.

Ph: Roberto Ridi

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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.
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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.

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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.

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

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Sanctuary of Monserrato

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