Elba is in the Tuscan Archipelago National Marine
Park and the protection afford by this status has
ensured many of its 70 beaches have been awarded the special
blue flags that denote clean waters.
Sailing, as well as all the activities typically found on
the beach are there to be enjoyed.
by the Falcon and Stella Forts and the Windmill Villa, all
of which can be visited, is Portoferraio
the biggest town on the whole island. It was here that during
his year in exile as governor of Elba Napoleon
undertook many public works, even if they were intended to
help lure his Austrian guards into a false sense of security
the island still benefits form them.
When you come down the 5km from Relais delle Picchiaie
to Portoferraio at night take a walk on the mainly pedestrian
only water front to admire the yachts, making sure to stop
for a drink or an ice cream at one the inviting bars.
Panoramic Mount Capanne
The view from Relais delle Picchiaie is
outstanding but from Elba’s highest the panorama is
the best on the island. On a clear day you can see the continent
and the nearby islands of Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Giglio
and Napoleon’s birthplace Corsica. The best way up is
by cable car from Marciana.
The ideal place to buy gifts is the small hill top town of
Capoliveri. In addition to bars and two night clubs it has
a colourful street market with all kinds of hand crafted goods.