The 10 Best Things to Do in Portoferraio, Province of Livorno

Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. It is the island's largest city. Because of its terrain, many of its buildings are situated on the slopes of a tiny hill bordered on three sides by the sea.

1. Spiaggia di Sansone

Bivio Enfola, Viticcio, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
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4.5 based on 1893 reviews

Spiaggia di Sansone

Reviewed By Xenia_Serene - Moscow, RussiaMoscow, Russia

WOW! :)

La Sorgente Sansone is the best beach on Elba island: picturesque location and really warm water – what else is needed. However, bear in mind that you have to overcome many-many steps to get down to the beach. Also, it gets crowded quite fast, so you shou

2. Spiaggia di Capo Bianco

Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1231 reviews

Spiaggia di Capo Bianco

Reviewed By nata28k - Lviv, UkraineLviv, Ukraine

The new "stone" experience of sunbathing and swimming

If you are tired of the ordinary sandy beaches, than Elba's ones are the right choise. Covered of many white, white-and-black, and partially colorful stones, Elba's beach makes the difference. The water is transparent and seems to be more salty in compari

3. Spiaggia Della Biodola

Strada Provinciale Della Biodola | Località Biodola, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
Excellent
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4 based on 1387 reviews

Spiaggia Della Biodola

Reviewed By 216milan_ - Niederurnen, SwitzerlandNiederurnen, Switzerland

Half day to find a parking

Nice place but hell of cars around, spent a day to find some parking (but on the road, not real one). All "offical" parking not available or already full at 10:00 in the morning.Beach ok for kids, sand and restorants near by.

4. Spiaggia delle Ghiaie

Viale delle Ghiaie, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
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4 based on 619 reviews

Spiaggia delle Ghiaie

Reviewed By jongable - Bloomfield Hills, MichiganBloomfield Hills, Michigan

Nice, easy to reach beach

This beach is only a 5 minute walk from the cruise ship port. However, it is actually on the other side of the harbor's peninsula. So, you have no noise from the ships. However, it is the first beach that tourists can get to so it may be a bit more crowde

5. Padulella Beach

57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
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4.5 based on 317 reviews

Padulella Beach

Reviewed By Brun066 - Florence, ItalyFlorence, Italy

Lovely beach, also walking distance from Portoferraio downtown

We experienced this beach only a few hours of an afternoon in June, down from a direct private path from "Acquamarina" hotel. The pebbles and the white cliffs are attractive and unusual.As others have written, this place is even more valuable, because it'

6. Sottobomba Beach

Viale Luigi Einaudi, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

Sottobomba Beach

Reviewed By Universe888 - FloridaFlorida

A local's favorite

White pebbles (some quite big!), you can always find a tiny peaceful corner. No bars and a swimming paradise for those who like crystal clear waters. No ideal for children or for those who can't walk a large number of stairs (to get to and back from)

7. Castello del Volterraio

Via del Volterraio 1 | Strada Provinciale 32, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Castles
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Castello del Volterraio

Reviewed By Chris Z - Exeter, United KingdomExeter, United Kingdom

Panoramic view!

Well worth the 45 minute hike (from hotel mare) to Castello Volerario. Highly recommend sun rise/sun set for the best pictures. Great work out and well signposted up to the top.

8. Spiaggia La Sorgente

Litoranea Viticcio-Enfola, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
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4.5 based on 146 reviews

Spiaggia La Sorgente

Reviewed By Martin P - Olomouc, Czech RepublicOlomouc, Czech Republic

Lovely beach with great landscape

Very nice white stone beach. Try to avoid passing through the camping directly as they warn they would call police on of the signs. We went there when the sky was overcast, but I am sure it is long enough for everyone to find the right spot.

9. Villa of San Martino

Off Via Banchi di Sotto | Localita San Martino, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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3 based on 439 reviews

Villa of San Martino

Napoleon's "country/summer home", only about 5 kilometers from town.

Reviewed By SusanP196 - Victoria AustraliaVictoria Australia

A summer home for someone in exile

Napoleon Bonaparte stayed on Elba for less than 10 months but, as well as his main residence in the city he also had this smallish summer home, a short drive from Portoferraio. It is well worth the visit, although the gardens could do with a renovation. L

10. Palazzina dei Mulini

Piazzale Napoleone 1 | National Museum of Napoleonic Residences, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy Museums, History Museums
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3.5 based on 232 reviews

Palazzina dei Mulini

The official residence of Napoleon and his sister Paolina. The palace contains many personal items and other relics of the period.

Reviewed By M H - Citta della Pieve, ItalyCitta della Pieve, Italy

A good way to pass an hour or so

Napoleon museium houses examples of furnishings and decor of the era. Not sure if they are authentic to his stay there but in beautiful condition and well displayed and the entrance fee of 5 euros each wasn't excessive. The gardens could do with a green t

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