Elba Island

Travel Guide
Elba Island which includes rugged coastline

Famed for being the home of Napoleon during his time in exile, this little island in the Tyrrhenian Sea has sun-kissed beaches, imposing fortresses and thermal baths.

Explore the rugged mountains and soaring sea cliffs of Elba Island, the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago. The island’s dramatic landscape is the setting for a captivating history, from the days of the ancient Etruscans to the exile of Napoleon in the 19th century. Discover extraordinary beaches framed by rough rock precipices or cruise the mountaintop trails with your bicycle. Dive to the bottom of the ocean floor and experience the protected waters of Europe’s largest marine park.

Most visitors begin their trip to Elba Island in the harbor town of Portoferraio. Stroll around the compact town center where portside cottages huddle around the natural cove. Admire Renaissance fortifications such as Forte Stella and check out the 18th-century lighthouse. Explore the history exhibits in the Museo Nazionale housed in Napoleon’s official residence, the grand Palazzina dei Mulini. Learn about the French Emperor who spent 300 days on Elba Island in exile. You can also see Napoleon’s country villa, San Martino, in the craggy inland foothills. Ascend Monte Capanne via the ropeway and look out across the entire island from the summit.

Visit the town of Marciana Marina to find a beautifully preserved promenade that showcases the town’s 18th-century heritage. Admire the prettily painted façades in Porto Azzurro and learn about the precious metals that were mined in Rio Marina.

You’ll find idyllic beaches tucked into the notches between cliff-edged headlands. Go to Campo nell’Elba or Cottoncello and stretch out on a sun lounge. Enjoy the wide-open ambiance of Capo Bianco or go camping at Lacona. Dive in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park and come face-to-face with the coastline’s marine life. Embark on a high-octane tour of Elba Island’s mountain trails with your bike or hike between the craggy peaks that shelter olive and chestnut groves. Soothe tired muscles in the thermal baths at San Giovanni.

Elba Island is in the Tuscan Archipelago. Ferries carrying vehicles depart from the port of Piombino and arrive in Portoferraio after approximately 70 minutes. If you are traveling without a car, catch the fast ferry and reach the island in 40 minutes.

Where to stay in Elba Island

Gabbiano Azzurro
Gabbiano Azzurro
3 out of 5
Viale Principe Amedeo 48, Marciana Marina, LI, 57033
The price is €80 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Marciana Marina. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Marciana Marina Beach and Spiaggia La Fenicia ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (79 reviews)
atalian job
"Was basic, but overall was OK as we were there to visit family. Only world news in English no other English channels, disappointing considering other hotels had some."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2015

Gabbiano Azzurro
Hotel Hermitage
Hotel Hermitage
5 out of 5
Via Biodola 1, Portoferraio, LI, 57037
The price is €424 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Portoferraio. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (16 reviews)
Excellent five star family fun
"very nice resort - excellent beach sand, swimming and sunbathing - excellent tennis facilities (must be the best tennis on the island), good walking on the hills, food was excellent we did half board and were spoilt every single night. The staff make it special, very experienced and great teamwork, ..."

Reviewed on 1 May 2019

Hotel Hermitage
Hotel L'Approdo
Hotel L'Approdo
3 out of 5
Via Vittorio Veneto 18, Porto Azzurro, 57036
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €92 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Porto Azzurro. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (27 reviews)
"Good location and very helpful staff. Room was a bit small with little work space and our view was the dirt from the mountain behind the hotel. Parking existed but was limited."

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2019

Hotel L'Approdo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Isola Verde
Isola Verde
3 out of 5
Via San Giovanni 26, Marciana Marina, LI, 57033
The price is €94 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 3-star residence in Marciana Marina. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the convenient parking in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (36 reviews)
3 day stay was lovely
"We stayed for 3 days and had a lovely stay with our three children. The staff were very relaxed and friendly and the area itself is lovely. There is a market on a Tuesday and we picked up some bargains. We would definitely recommend."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2015

Isola Verde
Residence Elite
Residence Elite
3 out of 5
Via Fucini, 299, Campo nell'Elba, LI, 57034
The price is €112 per night from 28 May to 29 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Campo nell'Elba. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (28 reviews)
Good value
"The stay at the property overall was really great. We only stayed for two nights, spacious rooms with no frills. Bathroom and room very very clean but a bit dated. Close to the bus stop from Portoferraio and about a 5 minute walk to the Main Street and beach in marina di campo."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2019

Residence Elite
La Turistica
La Turistica
2 out of 5
Localita Punta Morcone, Capoliveri, LI, 57031
Stay at this residence in Capoliveri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Morcone Beach and Pareti Beach are located nearby. ...
3.3/5 (6 reviews)
"Super Terrasse mit einem genialen Panorama"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021

La Turistica
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.