Months of planning and preparation are complete and we’re off the dock and cruising again!
Portoferraio is usually the first destination for those who visit Elba island.
From the sea, the city appears immersed in an inlet protected by ramparts: Portoferraio was in fact built around a series of de Medici fortifications requested by Cosimo I de Medici in the 16th century. The historic center has a unique charm and develops along the side of a small hill. North-west from the center you can reach the beautiful white beaches of Le Ghiaie, Capo Bianco, and Padulella.
The beauty of this city also enchanted Napoleon himself, who chose Portoferraio as his main residence. When arriving in Portoferraio, be sure to pay attention to the ferries. It is a very busy ferry lane. It is best to cross the ferry lane as quickly as possible and by the shortest possible route. Reaching Portoferraio, you can moor in the ancient mooring “Darsena Medicea”, or in the mooring of the yard “Esaom Cesa”. You can have also a safe anchorage.
Tips for anchoring
We highly recommend the beautiful little sandy bay of Fetovaia, where you will be moored at about 10 metres. The Elviscot wreck is but a short way away. In addition, Lacona Bay is also a perfect place to moor in winds of up to 25 knots. There is, however, limited protection against stronger winds and waves.
Don’t miss Marina di Campo!
When you reach Marina di Campo, you will find the largest beach on Elba Island right next to it. You can anchor in front of it and go for a stroll on the beach or visit the village and the lighthouse.
The place is magnificent. The village, the sunsets, the beach and the surrounding natural spaces contribute to the cozy and warm atmosphere of this place.
The anchorage offers a solid hold and is protected from Northerly winds.
We set sail to the enchanting Porto Azzurro at sunset is amazing, located in the largest gulf of the east side of the island, the Gulf of Mola. Arriving at sunset is a breathtaking spectacle, as the sky tinges with red behind the hills of the gulf. In the evening the streets come alive with stalls in a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere. Piazza Matteotti, the most beautiful square on the island is perfect for romantic walks. Stroll along the Carmignani promenade, a panoramic path that stretches along the coast of Porto Azzurro.
The 2nd option is the anchorage of Porto Azzuro, located in the bay just west of the marina. The anchorage can accommodate dozens of boats. The bay is protected from all winds except those coming from the West.
With a sandy bottom guaranteeing good holding and clear water, the anchorage is very popular.
You have the possibility to go to the village with your dinghy to enjoy its many entertainments, cultural and bucolic activities and don’t miss POLPO BRIACO!
In spring, during May and early June, you’ll encounter delightful sailing conditions as the whole world blooms and the islands resemble a fragrant botanical garden.
Happy sailing and may the wind be at your back! Biggi & Ambra