Sports in Elba

Sports in Elba

For those who love sports and physical activity, Elba is the right terrain to challenge themselves, at all levels

The long-dreamed-of time for the vacations has finally arrived, and you find yourself needing to organize the essentials: a costume, a mask, a pair of running shoes or a comfortable backpack. This is enough for you to enjoy Elba all-around with some athleticism. Everything else is not that necessary.

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Morphologically diverse and lapped by a generally mild climate, the island of Elba is an ideal place to keep fit and indulge in all kinds of sports and physical activities. Whether by land or sea, the possibilities are almost countless-it all depends on your passion and thirst for challenge.
Can’t get away from the sea and the saltiness? Let the wind guide you with a sail, or try your hand at modern SUP (aka “Standing Up Paddle”), coming straight from Polynesia and Hawaii. If dominating the waves is your thing, however, you can choose from surfing, wind surfing, and kyte surfing. In addition, as a national exclusive, you can literally fly over the surface of the sea with the jet-lev flyer, London-born and Elban by choice, using the very powerful water thrusters.

Do you prefer to keep your feet on the ground? Why not enjoy a nice game of golf or tennis surrounded by nature? Or maybe try archery and participate in a real medieval costume challenge, feeling like a period archer? For fans of magnesite and quickdraws, climbing and bouldering routes are available for all levels, whether overlooking the sea or rocky peaks, where you’ll be sure to cross paths with parkour and free-running enthusiasts. And if you should find yourself in the vicinity of old military facilities, don’t be frightened if a soldier in full uniform stands in front of you: you are simply witnessing the latest soft-air operation, a recreational-sports activity based on military tactics.

What, on the other hand, are the ideal activities for those whose head is always in the clouds? If you love to fly and are thrilled by the idea of gliding from high altitudes with a paraglider, know that there are several facilities on Elba to try this exciting discipline. The thrill of sailing along with the seagulls as you fly over the island’s spectacular scenery is indescribable.
In short, whatever your favorite discipline and aptitude for sports, you will always find professionalism and courtesy on the island.You will have the opportunity to learn about aspects of the area that will surprise you and make you fall in love with it.

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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