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
4.5 based on 1893 reviews
Reviewed By Xenia_Serene - Moscow, RussiaMoscow, Russia
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
4.5 based on 1231 reviews
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
4 based on 1387 reviews
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
4 based on 619 reviews
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
4.5 based on 317 reviews
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
4.5 based on 221 reviews
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
4.5 based on 83 reviews
Reviewed By Chris Z - Exeter, United KingdomExeter, United Kingdom
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
4.5 based on 146 reviews
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
3 based on 439 reviews
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
3.5 based on 232 reviews
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