Panoramic view of Elba sea from mountain
Panoramic view of Elba sea from mountain

Elba Island, coasts to summits

Level
2
Distance
53 km
Duration
6 days | 5 nights
period
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
price from
€ 578
CO2 footprint
99 Kg/person
  1. Italy
  2.  | 
  3. Self-Guided
  4.  | 
  5. Tourcode ITSW140

Both Venus, Roman Goddess of Beauty and Napoleon, all-powerful French emperor, chose Elba as a great place to take a walking tour through picturesque fishing villages, along rugged coastlines, mountain ridges and on the dreamy, sandy island beaches. 

We really don't find it hard to believe - but want to take you into the lesser known side of the island, where you can admire the sea from up above and the air is filled with the scents of rosemary and myrtle

Medieval villages overlooking the sea, fortress and lighthouses, and the views getting more beautiful every day: from the Mediterranean sea fo the Corsica, through the Tuscan archipelago and the islands of Capraia and Montecristo, with the sea always present and ready to welcome you for a refreshing dip to top your walking day with.

Highlights

  • Walk through varied landscapes, from the lush Mediterranean to the Alpine in just a few km
  • Take a stroll in Marina di Campo, a lovely fishing villages and Marciana Marina, a trendy village with nice boutiques
  • Explore historical sights of all ages, from 3000 BC to the present day
  • Take a bath in the crystal clear waters of the Island.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Marciana Marina

Arrive in Marciana Marina

From the airport go to the nearest train station and take the train to Piombino. Then board a ferry and marvel at the magical emerald blue Mediterranean Sea as you make your way to Portoferraio.  At the port, a transfer will take you to your accommodation in Marciana Marina

Day 2

Selection of walks in Marciana, 10 or 15 km

Selection of walks in Marciana, 10 or 15 km

After breakfast take the local bus to Marciana where both walks starts. In the afternoon take the local bus back to Marciana Marina. Today you can choose between 2 scenic walks.

WALK A: Marciana to Poggio (10 km)
This is an easy walk on the northern side of Monte Capanne, the highest of the island from where you have spanning views of Marciana Marina and other villages.

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +425/-515 m

WALK B: Marciana & Madonna del Monte Sanctuary round walk (15 km)
Start climbing on the Monte Capanne ridge to the panoramic point of “La Tavola”, from where you have great open views of the Eastern side of the Island and of the Islands of Pianosa, Montecristo and Capraia. Then gradually descend to the most important chapel of Elba: the “Madonna del Monte Santuario”. A shady descend leads you across some streams back to Marciana. Afternoon local bus back to Marciana Marina.

Distance: 15 km

Elevation gain: +800/-800 m

Day 3

San Piero in Campo round walk, 8 or 10 km

San Piero in Campo round walk, 8 or 10 km

A morning transfer takes you to the village of San Piero in Campo. Here starts a panoramic round walk with spectacular coastal views. Walking through the Mediterranean vegetation you will encounter some “Caprili”, ancient stones huts once used by the shepherds for milking the goats and making cheese. Afternoon private transfer from San Piero in Campo to the lovely fishing village of Marina di Campo characterized by a long sandy beach and below a beautiful pine tree forest. 

Distance: 8 or 10 km

Elevation gain: +365/-365 or +565/-565 m

Day 4

Marina di Campo round walk via Monte Poro, 10 or 13 km

Marina di Campo round walk via Monte Poro, 10 or 13 km

The day’s walk takes you up to Monte Poro and Colle di Palombaia along a panoramic ridge path running along the cliff edge. Most of the walk is in the shady woods and there are good views on Monte Capanne and Monte Calamita.  

Distance: 10 or 13 km

Elevation gain: +345/-345 m or +375/-375 m

Day 5

Marina di Campo round walk via Monte Fonza, 15 km

Marina di Campo round walk via Monte Fonza, 15 km

The day’s walk climbs on the ridge of the Monte Fonza from where you can admire the whole of the Gulfs of Marina di Campo and on the other side of the mountain the bay of Lacona. You can go swimming at the end of the bay of Marina di Campo or at the small pebbly cove.

Distance: 15 km

Elevation gain: +410/-410 m

Day 6

Depart Isola d’Elba. Arrivederci!

Depart Isola d’Elba. Arrivederci!

The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have booked extra services with us. 

Details

Is this for me?


This is a great trip to experience Elba Island in a more active way, possibly after spending a few days basking in the sun of its beautiful beaches. Every day you'll be able to choose among excursions of different level, but we do not recommend this trip as a first walking holiday because some of the excursions are quite challenging. This trip is not suitable for vertigo sufferers. 

Included


What is included

  • 5 Nights in double room in *** hotels with breakfast
  • 1 dinner
  • transfers as described in the program
  • luggage transportation
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary in digital form, app
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
  • travel documentation in printed form (maps and detailed description of the itinerary), shipped to the first hotel

Accommodation


Hotel Yacht Club Marciana Marina
Hotel Yacht Club - Marciana Marina

Hotel Yacht Club is only 50 meters from the beach at the end of the seafront of Marciana Marina. Rooms are well-furnished, clean and spacious. These have comforts like TV, minibar, air conditioning/heating, telephone and free Wifi. Some rooms have a balcony or a terrace. Highly breakfast is rich, both savoury and sweet. Staff is welcoming and helpful. 

https://www.hotelyachtclub.it/

Hotel Punto Verde Marina di Campo
Hotel Punto Verde - Marina di Campo

This family-run hotel is located within walking distance from Marina di Campo town center. The structure has been recently renovated and offers 34 bedrooms with hand-painted walls and amenities such as flat-screen TV, minibar, air conditioning, and hairdryer. Buffet breakfast is rich and varied.

https://www.puntoverdehotel.it/

 

When to travel


The  climate  in Tuscany  is  generally  very mild  with  differences  depending  on  the geography  of the  region,  from  coasts  and valleys to the continental areas.The warmest months are generally July and August,  with  temperatures  ranging  from 23°C up to 30°C; the valleys can often see higher  temperatures  and  38°C  to  40°  C  is not uncommon.While  June  and  September  offer  both  nice warm weather. Of course, there are always exceptions  or  dry  spells  that  cause  a  few days to get really hot.Spring    (April    and    May)    and    Autumn (October   and   November)   are   dry, with sunny  days  but  the  chances  of  rain  are high.The  weather  can  change  very  quickly  and you must be prepared forrain, mist, wind, fog   (and   even   hail   or   snow   at   higher elevations) –especially   in   springandautumn. 

What to bring


Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive


As an alternative to the direct plane, you can get to the Elba Island by ferry: from Pisa or Florence airports, reach the relative train station and take the train to Piombino Marittima. From Piombino Marittima board the ferry to Portoferraio. From Portoferraio or Marina di Campo airport, a private transfer will take you to Marciana Marina.

The main companies connecting the mainland to the island are Moby LinesToremarBlu Navy and Corsica Sardinia Ferries.

If you are taking your car on Elba, it is always recommended to book the ferry IN ADVANCE. 

Consider that a private transfer is included from Elba airport or Portoferraio harbour to accommodation in Marciana Marina on arrival day, and from accommodation in Campo nell'Elba to Portoferraio harbour on departure day.

Mobile App


Use the SloWays APP for iOS and Android smart phones in combination with the written documentation provided.

The App has the detailed tracks and maps that you can use offline and without roaming. Thanks to the phone’s internal GPS, you can check your exact position on the map, so you always know exactly where you are. It also helps you self-navigate you way while travelling. More information on how to use the App inside the roadbook documents.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track.
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background

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