A precious Portofferaio feature is represented by its city beaches. The proximity to the sea is perfect as it allows those just passing through the city to take a dip in the blue waters of “Le Ghiaie” and “Le Viste” beaches.
The closeness between the sea and the town centre is what makes Portoferraio renowned. In fact, it is possible to reach the beach “Le Ghiaie” in just five minutes from the docking bay: blue sea, natural beauties and little restaurants on the sea shore where you can enjoy Elba salt air and sun.
At the same time, “Le Viste” beach is a few steps from some historical sites such as “Forte Stella” and “Villa dei Mulini”, official residence of Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile in Elba.
The wonderful crystal clear seabed distinguishes both beaches, above all when sirocco wind blows. In these two beaches there are a pedalo and boat rental service, restaurants and areas equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds.
Both “Le Ghiaie” and “Le Viste” beaches are a real paradise for snorkeling lovers, even near the shore. Both are marina protected areas, this is the reason why they are perfect for scuba diving: fauna and flora are unforgettable.
The star shaped and red brick fort dominates the northern cliffs of the Gulf of Portoferraio.
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.