Discovering Portoferraio beaches and thermae

Portoferraio has much to offer in terms of sea attractions, such as city beaches, small natural oasis within walking distance and also some spots for the bravest ones, not to mention thermal baths.

Beside these dreamy beaches, Portoferraio also boasts high natural value baths, built where once the Salt pans were, in San Giovanni. As salt mining halted, it was discovered that coastal water had incredible healing properties.

So, what’s better than relaxing by the sea and enjoying thermal treatments all in the same trip?

The trip could start just from San Giovanni and then continue towards the several beaches that you will find along the northern coast, near Portoferraio town centre. The choice ranges from city beaches like “Le Ghiaie” and “Le Viste”, appreciated by divers for their crystal-clear waters, to other destinations that can be reached just walking a few minutes more.

“Sansone” beach lies between “Capo Bianco” and “Capo Enfola”. This beach is fairly quiet and intimate, with its silvery water made famous by the perfume “Acqua dell’Elba”. A half moon of pebbly beach, with waters to put Maldives to bitter shame.

Cala dei Frati” beach too consists of white pebbles and white, coarse-grain sand and from there you can actually see the Medicean Fortresses and Portoferraio coast. This beach is really quiet, as the only way in is via the sea – just for the bravest!

Padulella” beach shows all its suggestive beauty in a blaze of turquoise shades. Wild and never too crowded, even during the high season. It is visible and accessible from “Le Ghiaie” beach.

“Forno” beach, named after the neighboring village, is characterized by pastel colors and a wide range of facilities. “Enfola” beach is rich in contrasts and chiaroscuro effects, with its coarse black sand and crystal-clear sea.

  • Portoferraio - Villa Romana delle Grotte

    Villa Romana delle Grotte

    Lose yourself in the eternal charm of the Roman remnants and feel the calm lavished by this special place which has been overlooking the sea since time immemorial.

  • Portoferraio - Spiaggia di Capo Bianco

    Capo Bianco

    It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Elba, bathed by the crystal clear sea and surrounded by white cliffs.

  • Portoferraio - Spiaggia della Padulella


    A stunning white beach, a paradise for snorkeling lovers.

  • Portoferraio - Spiaggia Le Ghiaie

    Le Ghiaie

    It is the magic beach where (according to Mythology) the Argonauts landed while on their way to Colchide.

  • Portoferraio - Spiaggia Le Viste

    Le Viste

    Its crystal-clear waters, especially when the southern wind blows, make you want to take a swim.

  • Portoferraio - Cala dei Frati veduta aerea

    Cala dei Frati

    A wild and uncontaminated beach reachable only by sea, where you can rest in the shade of the headland and dive in its turquoise-blue waters.