Where to stay on the Island of Elba: where to go on holiday with and without children

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The Island of Elba is an authentic natural paradise about 10 km from Piombino, the famous port on the Tuscan coast. After Florence, this island represents the second most visited place in the Tuscany region, And is one of the most beautiful Italian islands.

The reasons they lead nearly 3 million tourists to visit the island every year are many. But in general they are its characteristic villages and villages, and the beauty of the landscapes and the almost uncontaminated nature present on the island.



With a length of 28 kilometers and a width of 19 kilometers, the island offers so much to see and do. It is also great starting point for visiting the other islands of the archipelago such as: Pianosa, Capraia, Giglio, Giannutri, ...

The island is an excellent destination for lovers of hiking and trekkingthe for lovers of horseback riding and cycling. The highest peak on the island of Elba is Monte Capanne, from where you can enjoy splendid panoramic views of the island

Where to go on holiday on the Island of Elba

Spectacular beaches and coves bathed by crystal clear waters, villages perched on the mountain, characteristic and lively villages, many paths for hiking or mountain biking, the Island of Elba is all this and much more.

Then all that remains is to book a wonderful holiday in this natural paradise. The first step is to book the accommodation. But in which area of ​​the island? What are the best places to stay on the island of Elba?

Although all of them are beautiful and interesting to visit, we have selected the 5 best places to sleep and to go on holiday on the Island of Elba, to better enjoy the island, also according to the needs and tastes of the tourist.



Staying in Portoferraio

Portoferraio, Elba Island - Tuscany - Photo from Istock

Portoferraio, so called because it was once a port from which iron was exported, is the largest and most important city on the island. The city still retains the charm of the Renaissance in its sixteenth-century walls of great architectural beauty.

One of the most beautiful aspects of the city is its Old Town, very characteristic Do not miss even one stroll through the streets leading from the old port to the two fortresses of Portoferraio: Forte Stella and Villa dei Mulini.

Portoferraio is a great choice where to stay, both because it will most likely be the port of arrival on the island and because it is an excellent starting point for visiting the other places on the island. Furthermore, there is so much to see, to do, and there are many hotel facilities, from the cheapest hostels and B & Bs, to luxurious 5-star hotels.

Recommended accommodation and hotels in Portoferraio

Residence Hotel Villa Mare 

Hotel Residence Villa San Giovanni

Baia Blu Apartments

Acquamarina Hotel 

Hotel Airone del Parco & Terme

Staying in Marina di Campo

The locality Marina di Campo is one of the most popular and chosen destinations to stay on the Island of Elba. Known for its easily accessible white beaches, hosts new and modern hotel facilities of various kinds.


It is a great choice where to stay for family holidays with children, since the beach is very close, easily reachable on foot, there are many bars, restaurants and shops, and there is also an aquarium, dedicated to the Mediterranean aquatic fauna.


Marina di Campo is very coveted also by youngstersthose looking for evening entertainment, places to party until dawn, and in the summer even beach parties. As it is one of the most popular locations on the island, very early booking is recommended.

Recommended accommodation and hotels in Marina di Campo

Hotel Montecristo

Maricampo Apartments

Residence Elite

Gelsomino Apartments

Hotel La Barcarola

Staying in Porto Azzurro

Porto Azzurro, Elba Island - Tuscany - Photo from Istock

Located east of Capoliveri and of Spanish origin, Porto Azzurro is a beautiful and lively coastal town. The main attractions of the cities are some 17th century forts and the XNUMXth century sanctuary of the Madonna di Monserrato.

Staying in Porto Azzurro is a good choice either if you are traveling with children, either without. There are two small beaches, La Rossa famous for its red sand and free umbrellas; and La Pianotta, a pebble beach with crystal clear water.

Recommended accommodation and hotels in Porto Azzurro

Hotel Villa Wanda

Residence of the Moon

Hotel Due Torri 


Royal Residence 

Staying in Rio Marina

Rio Marina, Elba Island - Photo from Istock

Rio Marina is an important tourist location on the eastern side of the Island of Elba. This fishing town, known for its iron mines, is a good destination and choice for a holiday with the whole family.

It is a quiet and relaxing place, where to rediscover the values ​​of the simple life. The beaches are equipped with many amenities and are easily accessible, making it a good destination for those traveling with children.


Recommended accommodation and hotels in Rio Marina

Filomena Summer Apartments 

B&B Il Melo Quince

Le Venelle village

Camping Village Canapai 

Staying in Capoliveri

Capoliveri is one of the most characteristic villages of the island of Elba. Located near the south coast, on top of a hill, it offers a beautiful panorama of the surrounding areas. If you are looking for budget accommodation, this location has various accommodations and hotels with affordable prices.

If you are young it is a good area to stay, there are many clubs, pubs, restaurants and shops. In the evening in the streets of the center there is a decent nightlife with many clubs that organize parties and events.

Recommended accommodation and hotels in Capoliveri

La Valdana Tourist Village

Mandel Club

Serena Apartments

Residence Hotel Baia del Sole

Cheap hotels and accommodation on the Island of Elba

The island offers over 1000 accommodation and hotel facilities of various kinds. If you are looking for an economic accommodation, not during the high season, when almost everything is booked, even the extra luxury facilities, and make your reservation well in advance, you will find various economic choices.

I know if I close one low cost holiday on the Island of Elba, better to prefer the low season, and certainly avoid the months of July and August, and as a universal rule always book well in advance.

Le cheaper areas they are Capoliveri, Marciana Marina, Cavo and Rio Marina.

Among cheaper accommodation, we suggest:

Elbadoc Camping Village in Cavo

Camping Village Canapai in Rio Marina

Hotel Imperia in Marciano Marina

Residence Golfo Della Lacona in Lacona

Le Venelle village in Rio Marina

Camping Lacona a Capoliveri

When to go to the Island of Elba

The island is can be visited at all times of the year, however, there are periods that are more suitable than others. The best time for those looking for beach holidays it is the summer one, even if it is also the one with the highest rates for accommodation, especially for holidays in the months of July and August.

La spring andautunno these are 2 very pleasant periods to enjoy nature, take long walks and visit the towns and villages. In these periods the hotel rates are not high and you can "taste" the island better.

Winter is the cheapest period, because the least requested, except for the Christmas and New Year holidays, when there is a good tourist movement. On good weather, it can still be enjoyable to get around and visit the island.

How to get to the Island of Elba

To get to the Island of Elba it is advisable to reach the port of Piombino, where they start from numerous ferries daily to the 3 ports of the island: Cavo, Portoferraio and Rio Marina.

Il cost of the ticket for adults it ranges from 15 to 23 euros, to which a supplement must be added, if you also transport bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, cars or campers. For example, the supplement to also embark the car ranges from 30 to 40 euros.

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