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Holiday houses & apartments on Elba

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Delve into history and culture at holiday homes in Elba

Famous for being home to French Emperor Napoleon during his exile in 1814, the island of Elba is the biggest in the Tuscan Archipelago. Stay in a holiday home in Elba to discover Europe’s largest marine park – Elba, along with eight other islands, forms the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago. Check out the archaeological findings of the island’s glorious past in the museums and marvel at the Napoleon-era homes, fortresses, and military constructions such as Volterraio Castle.

Revel in the sights and sounds of Elba

Located in the Mediterranean, Elba is 6.2 miles from Piombino, a coastal town in Italy. The island offers many delights, and a holiday home in Elba is the ideal way to get the most out of your stay. Explore the underground mining complex of Ginevro, or go snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of Capo Sant’Andrea. Hike to the summit of Mount Capanne to admire the view of the entire Tuscan Archipelago.

Napoleon Bonaparte spent nine months in Elba and developed its infrastructure to exploit the island's iron mines. Spend time tracing Napoleon’s footsteps and step back in time. Visit Villa dei Mulini (Villa of the Mills), nestled between two windmills, where Napoleon stayed during his exile. It now functions as a museum and has a few pieces of furniture from Napolean's time.

Stay in a beachside holiday home in Elba

Many of the holiday apartments on Elba are close to one of the Tuscan island's 70 family-friendly beaches. Be mesmerised by the white beaches at Capo Bianco, the black pebbled beach of Tombe, and the golden sand beach of Cotoncello. If you’re seeking a Caribbean-style beach, head to Sansone, which has white sand and a crystalline seabed.

Some of the beaches in Elba are famous because of local folklore. Locals will tell you that Innamorata (Sweetheart Beach) is where Maria drowned herself to save her beau, Lorenzo, and left her scarf on the rocks at the beach. Another local legend states that the Argonauts halted at Ghiaie Beach during their search for the Golden Fleece, whereas Paolina Beach is named for Napoleon’s sister, who used to live at the beach.

Have an adventure snorkelling in Elba

Elba is renowned for its variety of sea beds, all teeming with marine flora and fauna. Among the sandy sea beds, you can spy red gorgonians, black coral, green posidonia and sometimes even rare red coral. The azure Mediterranean water is home to dentex, lobster, shrimp, starfish, eels, grouper, bluefish, and occasionally sunfish.

Capo Sant’Andrea and its surroundings offer exceptional snorkelling opportunities. Book a holiday home to visit these sites easily. The best place to snorkel and see rare species is by the rocks of Ogliera. Here, you can spot lobster, rockfish, and Mediterranean amberjacks. For the adventure of a lifetime, go to Pomonte to explore a merchant ship that sank in 1972.

Experience the Tuscan culture in Elba

Elba is quintessentially Italian, and you can learn a lot about Tuscan and local culture here. Book a holiday home in Elba just in time for Polpando e gli antichi sapori, a delicious food event held in mid-April. The festival focuses on octopus and the many ways it can be cooked – be prepared for a gastronomic adventure!

Visit the Archaeological Civic Museum to learn about the island’s history. Elba also has numerous architectural and religious sites worth exploring, such as the ruins of the Roman-era Linguella Villa in Portoferraio and the Monumental Cemetery at the entrance of Marina di Campo.

Exploring nearby attractions from your holiday home in Elba

Don’t restrict your holiday to Portoferraio – there's plenty to explore beyond the town. Must-see places such as Capoliveri, Rio Marina, and Magazzini can be reached easily from holiday homes in Elba.

On Capoliveri, in the southeastern part of the island, the main attractions are the stunning beaches, such as the sandy beaches of Barabarca and Calanova and the sand-and-gravel beaches of Remaiolo and Margidore. Visit Forte Focardo, an erstwhile Spanish base, the apse of the Parish Church of San Michele, and the Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie, standing tall between vineyards and pine trees.

The seaside village of Rio Marina sits blissfully between the sea and the mountain on the eastern side of Elba. Rich in iron oxide, the area has a long mining history, which you can learn about at the Museum of Minerals and Mining. Other worthwhile attractions here are the Calamita mines, Church of San Rocco, 16th-century clock tower, and Fort of Jupiter.

The tiny fishing hamlet of Magazzini is located on the Gulf of Portoferraio's southeastern side. The village has a secluded shingle-and-sand beach with crystal-clear and shallow water ideal for kids. The seabed is covered in posidonia, and the beach is fringed with tamarind trees that provide a cool respite from the sun.

Visiting Elba from England

The closest airport to Elba in mainland Italy is Pisa International (PSA), followed by Florence Airport (FLR) and Rome-Fiumicino International (FCO). SilverAir Elba operates flights to the island from Pisa, Florence, Milan, and Lugano, while SkyWork Airlines flies from Bern and Zurich. You can fly into Pisa from England and then book an onward flight to get to your holiday home in Elba.

Buses operate seasonally from Pisa International to Portoferraio, and four ferry companies (Corsica-Sardinia Ferries, Blu Navy, Moby Lines and Toremar) connect Elba to the mainland. The busiest route is Piombino to Portoferraio, but there are also ferries to Rio Marina and Cavo.

The best time to visit Elba

Elba is a year-round destination and boasts a pleasant climate most of the year, other than a few weeks in winter. The island’s weather is somewhat temperate, with the hottest period being between June and August.

If you're looking forward to diving, swimming, and other outdoor activities, book holiday apartments in Elba during summer. In autumn, you can still go surfing, trekking, and windsurfing, and all year, you can sit in wine bars, restaurants, and pubs to savour local wines, dance, or enjoy live music.


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  • San Giovanni by Portoferraio, Elba

    Holiday apartment for max. 5 persons

    Property no. 1366355
    + 4 more
    from USD 1,125
    for 1 week
    Approx. 75 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (on request), satellite TV, Wifi, dishwasher, non-smoking property,
    4.6 out of 5 (8 Customer reviews)
    There are 4 further property types with 4 accommodations for this complex
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  • Magazzini, Elba

    Holiday home for max. 7 persons

    Property no. 1566396
    from USD 936
    for 1 week
    3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, satellite TV, Wifi, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, water approx. 1 km, ,
  • Porto Azzurro, Elba

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Property no. 1213611
    from USD 619
    for 1 week
    Approx. 72 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (max. 1) (01/01/2020 - 31/12/2020), TV (01/01/2020 - 31/12/2020), Wifi (01/01/2020 - 31/12/2020), washing machine (01/01/2020 - 31/12/2020), sandy beach approx. 5 m
  • Ortano, Elba

    Holiday apartment for max. 5 persons

    Property no. 1323820
    + 1 more
    from USD 465
    for 1 week
    Approx. 38 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, TV, Wifi,
    4.0 out of 5 (3 Customer reviews)
    There is one further property type with one accommodation for this complex
  • Campo Nell'elba, Elba

    Holiday apartment for max. 5 persons

    Property no. 1149132
    from USD 351
    for 1 week
    Approx. 60 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (on request), TV
  • Nisportino, Elba

    Holiday apartment for max. 5 persons

    Property no. 1718519
    from USD 614
    for 1 week
    Approx. 45 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, satellite TV, beach approx. 600 m,
    4.7 out of 5 (7 Customer reviews)
  • Rio nell’Elba, Elba

    Holiday apartment for max. 5 persons

    Property no. 1720674
    + 2 more
    from USD 671
    for 1 week
    Approx. 45 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (max. 1), TV, beach approx. 250 m, ,
    3.5 out of 5 (2 Customer reviews)
  • Campo Nell'elba, Elba

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Property no. 1481813
    from USD 469
    for 1 week
    Approx. 70 m², 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (on request), TV, Internet, Wifi, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Campo Nell'elba, Elba

    Holiday apartment for max. 10 persons

    Property no. 1614627
    from USD 1,807
    for 1 week
    Approx. 200 m², 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets are allowed (on request), TV, Internet, Wifi, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Campo Nell'elba, Elba

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Property no. 1614636
    + 3 more
    from USD 582
    for 1 week
    Approx. 45 m², 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (on request), TV, Internet, Wifi, washing machine
    There are 3 further property types with 3 accommodations for this complex
  • Capoliveri, Elba

    Holiday home for max. 6 persons

    Property no. 1370629
    from USD 532
    for 1 week
    Approx. 80 m², 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, TV, dishwasher
    4.0 out of 5 (1 Customer review)
  • Campo Nell'elba, Elba

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Property no. 1614613
    from USD 541
    for 1 week
    Approx. 50 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets are allowed (on request), satellite TV, washing machine
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