When you’re looking for the classic Italian holiday, you really needn’t look any further than the beautiful island of Elba.
This Mediterranean Tuscan island, 20km from the coastal town of Piombino, typifies the Italian experience. It boasts beautiful scenery and fascinating historical landmarks within a modern setting of exciting restaurants and nightlife. It is a hidden gem of an island.
Elba is served by the airport of Marina di Campo (http://www.elbaisland-airport.it/en), however the nearby airports of Pisa and Florence may be more accessible. During high season, ferries arrive from Piombino every half hour, and upon arrival there is a highly efficient bus service to get you around the island.
In fact, the main problem you’ll encounter is when you arrive ... what to do? Should you absorb the beautiful views of Fetovaia Beach? Perhaps explore the Capoliveri countryside? Even enjoy the 18th century urbanistic structure of Marciana Marina’s old town?
A choice many are taking when faced with this dilemma is climbing Mount Capanne. And who can blame them? This 1,019 metre mountain, which is part of the Arcipelago Toscano National Park, is a great choice for the explorer’s among you. It takes you from the highest village in the island, Marciana, through Matorral Shrublands & Woodlands, to a summit which offers beautiful views of the Nivera valley and an even better panoramic view of the island as well as part of the Tuscan coastline. There really is no excuse not to witness it, a cable car takes you to there in 14 minutes ...
However the beauty of this island is not restricted to land. Elba Island aquarium is one of the finest Mediterranean aquariums you will find. With over 150 different species of marine organisms within 150,000 litres of water, it is the second largest aquarium in Italy.
After visiting this attraction, you may discover a new urge to get more personal than ever with Mediterranean Sea life. Fortunately, this new urge to dive from one of the Elba’s 28 diving sites along the north coast of the island with depths of up to 52 metres is catered for by Diving in Elba, providing an excellent service for this special activity.
Believe it or not, you can get even more personal still with Mediterranean Sea life. There is a mouth watering range of seafood restaurants on the island, offering as wide and delicious a variety of seafood dishes as you are likely to find. From boiled octopus to spaghetti with margherita crab, seafood in Elba is something special, especially as whichever restaurant you choose, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty of both sea and land...
Just as the island’s wonders are not restricted to land, they’re also not restricted to the island itself. It is about the people. It is about the tales and traditions of past generations, and a culture of dance, music and vibrancy. You can experience this attractive way of life all year round with annual events such as the Grape Festival, Rowing Race and Walking Festival, bringing the people of this exciting island together and inviting you to join them.
After the excitement of one of these joyous occasions, you may wish to take a quick breather at the Archaeological museum, located in the island’s largest city, Portoferraio. For a mere 2 euros entry fee you’ll find artefacts spanning from the eighth century BC to the fifth century AD, originating from all over the Tuscan archipelago. This museum is in direct proximity to the ancient Roman Villa Linguella, so in the unlikely event of you becoming bored of our villas, you’ll have a ready alternative! Speaking of villas, you can visit one in Portoferraio called Villa dei Mulini, it was the residence just under 200 years ago of a certain Napoleon Bonaparte...
But please don’t just think that history, natural beauty and culture is all this island has to offer. There is a bustling social scene with fantastic bars and clubs never too far away. Garden Beach, found on the seafront of Marina di Campo, is a great place to start your evening with drinks and live music. If you wish to enjoy Elba into the early hours you can visit one of the many top quality clubs such as Club 64, found in the heart of Elba, Portoferraio.
Or perhaps you would prefer a quieter evening, eating out in one of the island’s brilliant restaurants. At La Carretta in Portoferraio, you may be tempted by the range of seafood, or you might stick to traditional Italian cuisine and try one of their many pizzas. Whatever evening you do choose, you will find yourself surrounded by the beauty of this truly unique Italian island.
For rental accommodation on the Island of Elba please browse from the selection below or click to see our Elba villas.
Luxury villa on island of Elba - Situated on a private 840-acre natural park enjoying a secluded, peaceful location, with stunning views over the Tyrrhenian sea, Buzzancone is a lovely seaside villa, 30 minutes' walk (or a short cyvle ride across the estate) from the nearest sandy beach.
Elba island holiday villa - This is a stylish property with stunning sea views and enjoying a spectacular vista across pine woodland to the sea and as far as the islands of Montecristo and Pianosa on a clear day. The sea is in close proximity, and the closest sandy beach is approximately a 30-minute walk.
Luxury holiday villa Elba island - This is an elegant property in a country style with spacious areas in which to relax both inside and outside the house. With stunning sea views, a sandy beach nearby and facilities close at hand, Villa del Fiore is ideal for a really relaxing break.