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ELBA >> Capoliveri
The Beaches
It is easy to reach the beaches on the Lacona and della Stella Gulfs from Capoliveri and the first place to stop is Cala dell'Innamorata, to which you get from the end of the asphalted road leaving Capoliveri. The immediately facing reefs, characteristic for the Gemini islands, are united with the sandy sea-beds. By following the signs along the road you easily get to Pareti beach, suitable even for families with children thanks to its' protected location, the sandy bottom and the low water. Fine pebbles and sand characterize Morcone beach, well protected by the homonymous peak. The signs showing the way to the sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie allows you to also reach both the beach with the same name and the small and well protected Peducelli. beach. By walking a few minutes over the reefs at beach Madonna delle Grazie you get to Maretto beach, a very small gulf where natural pools are formed, framed by a small beach with exclusive pebbles. The beaches Stecchi Uno and Stecchi Due are somewhat harder to reach. Take on to Via Barbarca, near the fork for Zuccale, infront of a small chapel from where you head down until you reach the sea and where two beaches, that have taken their name from the fact that there are many dry branches brought onto the pebbles by the currents, spread out. At the outskirts of the della Stella Gulf you find Barabarca beach, well indicated on the road and just splendid, especially because of the bush that almost reach all the way to the sea and the delightful transparent water. Zuccale beach with its mixed sea-bed of sand and pebbles is both well protected and well-equipped and never too crowded. Lido di Capoliveri is an open and bright beach, exceptionally well-equipped and therefor suitable for those who do not want to give up any comforts, just as the adjacent beach Calanchiole, also wide and suitable for families with children, although the sharp reefs require some prudence when crossing them.
Naregno beach is very wide and well serviced with motorboats connecting it directly with Porto Azzurro. It also offers large shadowy areas to rest under during the days' most torrid hours. A small bay, settled within the much larger della Stella Gulf, hides the beach Felciaio which waters are protected by natural rock bastions. On its sides, three pebble coves spread out, ideal for those who would like to be to themselves. From the parking at Capo Norsi you get to Acquarilli beach, a well-known resort, visited for its beauty, where crags and the rocks frame a cove with crystal-clear water. From the same parking you get to Norsi beach, with a dark pebble sea-bed, is wide and well-equipped. Its panorama opens over the peninsula Calamita and during clear days, you can even sight Montecristo. The cove Capo Pini tiny and surrounded by rocks, is well protected inside the della Stella Gulf and thanks to the low water-level and the crystal-clear color, it is ideal for those who want to discover its bottoms. From Lacona road you get to Margidore beach, the first in a continuous series of beaches that characterize the Golfo della Stella. The scenery formed by the eight small beaches at Capo della Stella, is incredible, but can only be reached from the sea and is characterized by almost black pebbles of volcanic origin and a breath-taking sea. It is well worth the half hour walk along the trekking path leading to Capo della stella, in order to get to Cala Chiara. The snow-white pebble sea-bed, the pure water and its location, wedged in between the rocks, makes it absolutely charming, but should be avoided during days when the sea is rough as it is very exposed to waves. Only three beaches instead, form the small bay Casa Canata, or Stella Mare, well protected inside the Lacona Gulf it is only accessible from the camping "Stella Mare". In the heart of the Lacona Gulf the homonymous beach spreads out aswell as the almost one kilometer long Laconella beach which is perfect for families with children thanks to the large amusement park just behind the beach. The small cove Contessa beautiful and particular, is composed of dark-green pebbles and framed by very eroded cliffs that guarantee an extravagant scenery of gorges and small caves. The only way to get to the cove is by walking from Lacona and Laconella beach, the latter wide with a sandy bottom but almost too busy with visitors from the camping which also is the only access to the beach. From Capoliveri, going along a coast-line that heads towards Porto Azurro, you easily reach the beaches at Capo Calamita,almost all accessible only from the sea and without doubt some of the most beautiful on the island thanks to the water quality and the superb natural scenery. Calone Calone beach is a typical small bay, narrow, wedged in between rocks and embellished with crystal-clear water, a true jewel that can only be reached from the sea. The remainders from mining makes up the ground at Francesche beach, intriguing for mineralogy lovers but bristling with dangers for children, just as the nearby lying and significantly called Miniera di Calamita, only accessible from the sea. A boat is necessary to be able to enjoy the charming beauty of the white strip Cannello that stretches along sapphire colored water that is well-protected between Punta Calamita and Punta dei Ripalti. Punta Rossa, is especially appreciated by recreation lovers because it offers good possibilities of mooring. It is surrounded by bush and accessible from the sea or by crossing the reefs from Remaiolo, rather out of the way but one of the few beaches that can be reached by car along this coast-line. It is located inside the Cala dei Gabbiani that has gotten its name from the fact that marine birds nest here and wander about tourists looking for left-overs. If you like industrial archeology you should visit Ginepro beach that can be reached from land. The two small beaches spread out on the sides of the mine Ginepro's drain that tower the coast with a somewhat particular charm from its abandoned plants and the main one abound with dry branches and trees dragged there during harsh winters. Punta Bianca is probably the most beautiful beach on the entire island and it is well worth taking on the long path that connects it with the private road on Costa dei Gabbiani. The white veined Lo Stagnone and Capo Calvo beach by foot, where the water is incredibly clear and form natural pools, suitable even for children. Those who like discretion can follow the indications for Sassi Neri, heading down the private road at Punta dei Gabbiani. After few meters walk through the bush, three small sand-beaches spread out before you, framed by a small lake just behind them. Still following the same road at Costa dei Gabbiani you find indications for Punta Nera where the scenery of luxuriant and uncontaminated Mediterranean bush opens up to two delightful beaches, surmounted by rocks. Still following the Costa dei Gabbiani you get to Buzzancone, Istia and Calanova beach, where the sea-beds are lovely and you can enjoy the protection from the pine-woods behind them. Malpasso, Ferrato and Straccoligno beach are somewhat harder to reach but on the other hand they offer lovely natural scenery, peace and discretion. Following the indications for Forte Focardo you get to Capo alle Perle beach with a fine pebble sea-bed, protected by the headland on which the Forte raises. In front of the ruins you take on to a path that leads down to the sea. A bottom of rough stones characterize Fontanella beach that because of its decay condition almost always is empty. It is rather hard to get there since there are no indications, but if you get on to the road in front of Hotel Elba International it is situated along the road from Golfo della Mola to Naregno. Ripa Nera, Cala del Fico and Capo di Poro beach can only be reached from the sea, but it is well worth renting an old crock to land on a stretch of the coast, dotted with a few sandbanks, that is a true paradise for scuba-divers and embellished with some of the most transparent sea-beds on Elba.

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