We stayed in Portoferraio, Elba, the place where most of the ferries come in. It is not the most beautiful part of the island, but very convenient for our first visit because it is central to everything.
The port is impressive.
The town is worth spending some time in. We climbed up to the fort at the top only to find it closed…not to worry, it was an interesting area.
Our first discovery after Portoferraio was hilltop Capoliveri. We arrived at mid afternoon to find most things closed, but even when asleep the town is charming. The lovely piazza was no doubt bustling with people over the Easter break.
Marciana Marina is a lovely seaside town. There are some great shops and lots of restaurants to choose from.
Here I found the most gorgeous Aqua del Elba shop. The perfume and skin care shops are all over the island. The shops are blue…all over, just like the sea around the island.
Poggio is a seriously cute village high in the hills.
We had a lovely experience in Rio nell’Elba, a tiny town in the hills above Rio Marina.
A friendly man packing up his vegetable stand wanted to sell us some tomatoes. When we told him we had no kitchen he quickly offered to make us some lunch with them. He made delicious bruschetta and we were served at the bar beside his stand…wonderful Italy.
Porto Azzurro was our absolute favourite town on Elba. It is a little bigger than most of the other places we found. It is like Sorrento, Amalfi and Portofino all rolled into a tiny package. We will definitely be back to stay for a few days.
Here are some random photos from our stay on Elba.
We will return.