Sea is the leading star of Portoferraio, food included. If you are a lover of the good cooking combined with a sweet view, here some “tips” in order to switch between the enjoyment of the beach and a delight for your taste. As they said: from the sea to the dish!
We can call Portoferraio the “house of beaches”, as you need only few steps to reach them from the town centre. Have a swim or dive in the blue water of Elba Island, then perhaps whet your appetite with a drink, a lunch or a dinner by the sea, in the true sense of the word.
There is a plenty of choice concerning both beaches and restaurants with their famous sea food dishes: “la Bussola” restaurant with its stunning terrace overlooking the pebbles and waves of “Le Ghiaie” beach, not to mention the fresh sea food and the tasteful “3B pasta” with salted codfish, bottarga and burrata…
Within walking distance to “Villa dei Mulini” (the Elba residence of Napoleon Bonaparte), the restaurant “le Viste” with a stunning view to the beach with which it shares the same name. A little gourmet temple enriched by an incomparable sea sight: a day and night destination you can never forget!
The Church of “Santissimo Sacramento”
The essence of Elba Baroque, hidden behind a neoclassical and rigorous facade.
Villa dei Mulini
Built in 1724 by Gran Duke Gian Gastone de’ Medici, it was then re-adapted by Napoleon who explained his wishes to the architect Paolo Bargigli from Livorno, in particular about the creation of a Ball room, that was lacking in the initial construction.
It is the magic beach where (according to Mythology) the Argonauts landed while on their way to Colchide.
Its crystal-clear waters, especially when the southern wind blows, make you want to take a swim.