With seventy beaches stretching across her coastline, Elba Island, Italy is referred to as a pearl from Venus’ necklace which fell into the Tyrrhenian sea forming a small collection of quaint islands along the way of the Tuscan archipelago.
Seven in total they are: Elba, Giglio (now world famous because this is where the Costa Concordia cruise ship sank on January 13, 2012 and 30 people died), Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Giannutri and Gorgona.
With only a week to explore we made the best of it and fit in a diverse itinerary of hiking, hanging out at the spa on a rainy day and of course exploring as many beaches as possible.
There were sandy beaches, rocky beaches, pebble beaches and boulder beaches. I’m not a big fan of the small stones, they hurt my feet and the bigger pebbles are okay but I have always been a sandy beach kinda gal.
I brought along some water shoes and this helped a great deal on those tiny tortuous stones but surprisingly, my favourite beach was Sant’Andrea, which is what I refer to as a ‘boulder beach’. These larger than life boulders were shaped in such a way that it was like walking on the moon. When you arrive at the beach you first don’t realize there is a hidden path leading to these mammoth rocks. Along a pathway to the left we crossed over a small bridge with a grotto below and a formation that looks just like a dinosaur that fell asleep in the water and turned to stone.
The water is crystal clear and when I went in, there was a very friendly, colourful fish circling around my legs. I’m so white, it probably thought I was a giant whale and it was looking for some scraps of food. I actually had another fish bite me not once but three times! Don’t worry, it didn’t hurt, but it gone quite annoying after the third time. There were also black sea urchins tucked in the crevices of rocks below so you don’t dare put your feet down unless you see what you are about to step on first!
I had some great photos to add to this post but I’m on the iPad and my connection in the country is abit sketchy whenever I try to load them. I promise to follow up with some when we get back to the city.
Renovations are ongoing and it feels like we are just putting a bandaid on a gaping wound some days…I will try and update on the reno progress soon.
Ciao for now!