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Guide to Elba

Exile yourself to this unique, beautifully situated Italian Island

Made famous as the place of exile for Napoleon in 1814, Elba is an island where many would love to be exiled today. A network of underground springs ensure the landscape is green and verdant, while a coastline packed with fantastic beaches and a mountainous backdrop makes it one of the most dazzling destinations in the Mediterranean.

Elba is the largest of the Tuscan archipelago situated in the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea, which also includes Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio and Giannutri islets. It has a colourful history, with influences from many nationalities including Genoa, the Medici family, Spain, Turkey and also France, which can be seen in its architecture and even cuisine. The yachting crowd turned up here in the 1950s but it has been kept a relatively well-kept secret for the discerning traveller, apart from the month of August which sees visitors in their droves coming in to enjoy the summer buzz.

More than 150 beaches line Elba’s coastline, each one different to the next. Some boast fine white sands, while others are rocky and rugged, but with so many to choose from it’s easy to find a secluded spot of paradise to soak up the sun and enjoy views over the waters and magnificent granite cliffs. The Marina di Campo beach is perfect for swimming, particularly with children, while Fetovaia, Seccheto (surrounded by smooth granite rocks) and Caoli in the south offer spectacular views.

Inland, the lush landscape ensures a haven for cyclists and some important cycling competitions are held on the island throughout the year. A popular path to follow is one in the southeast corner of the island which is dominated by Monte Calamita - an iron-rich mountain with a mix of asphalt and bumpy gravel tracks. The scent of wildflowers and Ginestra bushes in the warm Mediterranean sun is enough motivation to keep you going until you reach the top and enjoy the wonderful views.

Lined by a rugged coastline which creates a number of fantastic views, Elba boasts all the enviable characteristics of the cruising grounds of Italy.  If you are interested in visiting the island of Elba, or if you are feeling inspired and want to start planning your next yacht charter adventure, view the entire fleet of superyachts available for Italy yacht charters.  

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Reasons to Visit

The wine - the Romans called Elba ‘the island of good wines’ and its still proud of this reputation
The incredible variation and abundance of beaches
Beautiful care coloured, mixed-influenced architecture
The harvesting of grapes and olives in spring and early summer

Good For

  • Snorkeling
  • Nightlife
  • Monuments
  • Marine Life
  • Nature
  • Diving
  • Shopping
  • Fine Dining
  • Anchorage

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