Visit the beautiful island of Elba and continue reading to plan your stay at the best luxury hotels in Elba. Elba is the biggest island of the Tuscan Archipelago and is part of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, the largest marine park in Europe. What Elba is really famous for is it’s renowned clear and blue sea and beautiful beaches. The richness of its landscapes, both land and marine, turns the island of Elba into a unique destination in Tuscany.
Elba is the perfect place for outdoor activities. You can enjoy diving and snorkeling here thanks to its rich seabeds with lots of different species of fish. Outdoor lovers can also enjoy hiking, mountain biking, golf, sailing or complete relaxation at the thermal baths of San Giovanni. Favignana is the main island of the Egadi archipelago, located close to the Sicilian west coast, near the city of Trapani. The island is only 9 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide, with a characteristic butterfly shape split in half by mount Santa Caterina, the islands highest peak. Favignana is surrounded by warm crystal waters with a seafloor rich in marine which is ideal for sea lovers of all kinds. Continue reading to learn and plan your vacation to Favignana, and to discover the best luxury hotels in Favignana Sicily. Visit all of the best beaches of Italy here or visit us on Pinterest.
Elba Weather – Best Time To Visit
The best times to visit Elba are between late September and October and between April and May. During these months, you will find comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds. During September and October, the crowds thin and the temperatures drop into the low 70s, making fall an ideal time to visit. In April and May, you’ll beat all the summertime visitors and you’ll enjoy kind temperatures in the 70s. In the summertime, the average highs are in the upper 80s. This is the busiest time for tourism, so it will be crowded with visitors. You should also keep in mind that many restaurateurs, hoteliers and shopkeepers go on vacation in August, closing their doors to tourists. If you want Elba all to yourself, visit during the winter, but it will be cold with plenty of rain.
Best Elba Beaches
Cavoli Beach is on the southern coast of the island. Its 300 meters of fine white sand and is considered the coolest on Elba because there’s always plenty parties and young people there. Cavoli beach is usually quite crowded, so it is not ideal for those looking for peace and tranquility.
Sansone Beach is located after the beaches of Acquaviva and La Sorgente, and before the Enfola headland, along the road from Portoferraio. Sansone Beach is a white pebble beach that has wonderfully crystal-clear waters. It is quite popular and a perfect backdrop for photographs!
The town of Fetovaia is about 8 km from Marina di Campo. It has breathtaking views of the Punta di Fetovaia, stretching out to the sea, and it also boasts golden sandy beach, and crystal-clear waters, with the mountains and rocks in the backdrop.
Chiessi Beach is on the west side of the island and has a pebble beach, bordered by unusual rocks with smooth sides. If you like to slide off rocks and have fun in the water, this is your place!
Sant’Andrea Beach is a wonderful small sandy beach with big rocks on the sides, in the Sant’Andea creek in the north-west side of the island, about 6 km from Marciana Alta. The tiny beach of Cotoncello, located at 800 meters on the right side of Sant’Andrea, also deserves a visit.
Best Elba Tours & Activities
Tuscany Experience Tour
This is a unique opportunity for you to spend a day with a local driver-guide, a day off the beaten path where you will visit villages and locations where Italians go and spend their time. We will explore the coast and the countryside of Tuscany, we will stop for lunch where “WE, Italians” go, a day like no other to make you experience the real Italian and Tuscan lifestyle. You will enjoy a relaxing, simple and stressless day! Book Your Tuscany Experience Tour Here.
Exclusive Maremma from Florence: The Secret Wines of Suvereto
You will discover its secrets by visiting two top quality wineries, that employ a unique blend of the old and the new. What strikes you first is the modern architecture combined with traditional, organic practices. This trip combines refinement with simplicity and aims to offer you a memorable experience in the secret land of Suvereto wine area. Book Your Exclusive Wine Tour Here.
Guided Cycle Tour by E-Bike on the Island of Elba
For this experience with an expert local guide, you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the area and its naturalistic, landscape and cultural peculiarities in complete tranquility. Together with the guide you will be able to customize the route based on your physical preparation and your passions and curiosities. Book Your Guided Cycle Tour Here.
Jeep Tour at Ripalte
Spend a day on the vast private promontory south-east of the Island of Elba! Take part in an exclusive visit aboard a vehicle for over 1000 acres of estate included in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. At the Grand Jeep Tour spend leisure time at Ristorante Tenuta Ripalte for lunch and pair the Tuscan Cuisine with the wines Cantina Tenuta delle Ripalte. Book Your Jeep Tour at Ripalte Here.
Best Elba Restaurants
Ristoro Agricolo Montefabbrello $11 – 30
This organic restaurant on the Montefabbrello farm grows its own wheat to make pasta, grapes to make wine and olives to produce oil. Fruit and veggies are homegrown too. Tasty pasta dishes, homemade bread and plenty of rustic meat and game dishes (unusual on Elba) make it an essential stop on every foodie itinerary. Telephone: 39 0565 940020 Web: Ristoro Agricolo Montefabbrello
Locanda Lo Sgarbo $11 – 30
No resort-style glamour or pretension at this popular spaghetteria – just friendly down-to-earth service and exceptionally tasty seafood pasta served in a small dining room or at one of the outdoor tables. Everything is fishy and superfresh, and the homemade dolci (desserts) are legendary. Telephone: 39 348 298 7970 Web: Locanda Lo Sgarbo
Ristorante Salegrosso $11 – 30
Those on the hunt for Elba’s best fish dish need look no further – the fish stew here is a flavorsome pile of shellfish, tomato and saffron topped by a garlicky slice of bruschetta. Dine on it or other fishy treats, including excellent homemade pasta. Telephone: 39 0565 996862 Web: Ristorante Saiegrosso
Osteria del Noce $11 – 30
This family-run bistro in hilltop Marciana is the type of place where the bread is homemade and flavoured with fennel, chestnut flour and other seasonal treats. The pasta, seafood dishes and sweeping views from the terrace are all truly magnificent. Telephone: 39 0565 901284 Web: Osteria del Noce
The floor-to-ceiling windows at this formal, hillside restaurant at the lower end of Poggio village create the sense of eating in a classy treehouse, while the vistas from the stylish roof terrace make you feel you’re suspended above the sea. The refined Tuscan menu profiles fish and mountain produce, prepared with much pride and TLC by the Fontana family for 40-odd years. Telephone: 39 0565 99208 Web: Publius
Best Elba Nightlife
Steps lead down from the panoramic terrace at the far end of the central Piazza Matteotti to this party-hot enoteca (wine bar), a strictly after-dinner address cooking up well-made cocktails, excellent local wines, live music and piccola cucina (little snacks) made with local, often organic produce. Telephone: 39 389 8407711 Web: Fandango
Be it breakfast at dawn, mid-morning coffee and artisan pastries, an afternoon gelato, or cocktails at dusk, this beachfront bar has you covered all day and is the address in Marina di Campo to party until late. Homemade sushi and various fast-food bites pander to late-night munchies and live music kicks in at weekends. Telephone: 39 0565 976036 Web: Garden Beach
A local institution, this hybrid cafe-bar on a people-busy square is a quintessential spot to lap up local life over a chill prosecco, cocktail or what is rumoured to be the finest cappuccino in town. Telephone: 39 0565 938352 Web: Bar Rodriguez
Il Rifrullo is a well-established spot for listening to live music over a beer, cocktail, grilled meat or tasty pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven. Summer dining is on an attractive, greenery-draped verandah, and a roaring fire in the hearth warms the cockles on cooler nights in the red-brick and beamed-ceiling interior. Telephone: 39 0565 915432 Web: Il Rifrullo
Giannino Live Music
An old farmhouse on a hill overlooking Marino di Campo, 4.5km north of town along the SP25, is the on-trend venue for Elba’s biggest music club, firmly on the international DJ set circuit since 1980. Telephone: 39 340 3326868 Web: Giannino Live Music