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The Beaches

La Fenicia

La Fenicia is in the town of Marciana Marina, about eighty metres long and 20/24 metres at its widest point, and is in a north-north west position. It is at the end of the sea front, right under the Pisan Tower, and consists of large, white smooth shingles.

There are two big, well equipped bathing establishments on the beach, offering restaurants right on the beach, bars, cabins and rental. One of them even has a swimming pool about ten metres from the sea with a wooden terrace that looks out onto the sea. The disabled should have no problem in getting to this beach because access is directly from the road.

There are beautiful rocks with a tiny beach on the left hand side, and more rocks under the tower, where you can either do some diving from or spread your towel out if you want to sunbathe.

You have a perfect view of the Island of Capraia facing the beach.

Il Moletto
The beach in Marciana Marina, part sand and part pebble, runs along the sea front of the town.
The beach isn’t very wide so it is perfect for those who are staying in the town and do not wish to take their car, also because all the facilities you may need can be found on the promenade. There is also a bathing establishment with deck chairs and sun umbrellas.
Halfway along the beach there is a pier where boats for daily trips to Pianosa and Corsica dock.

From Marciana Marina to Procchio

Crocetta
An enchanting beach just before Marciana Marina, on a bend at the foot of the cliffs. Seen from above, the large, cream coloured stones reflected in the sea give the beach an even more unbelievable aspect.
You can see the beach from the road just before the bend, and access is on the right hand side, down a long staiway over the rocks. The beach itself isn’t very comfortable since the stones aren’t vey pleasant to lie on, but a swim in the crystal clear water with the sea bed made of crumbled stones from the cliffs will make it more than worth it.

Here too you have to park your car at the side of the road; there are a couple of spaces at the end of the bend and fifteen or so at the next bend at the top of the road.

Paolina
This beach takes its name from the tiny island on the left hand side, a few metres from the shore, that takes its name from Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister. A short swim takes you out to the tiny island, and from there you can see the part of Elba that goes from Capo Enfola to the Guardiola promontory, to the right of Procchio beach.

The beach is right under the road, with some wooden steps down shaded by ilexes, at the back of the beach. There is no car park, unfortunately, so you will have to leave your car at the side of the road, width permitting.

There is a small bathing establishment on the beach, “Bagni Paolina”, where you can hire sun umbrellas and sun beds, and pedalòs. The beach gets the sun only in the morning, and is in the shade from early afternoon onwards.

It consists of sand and tiny stones, with a thick layer of posidonia. There is a concession on about a third of the beach, but the remaining area is free. It is a very narrow beach, about 5/7 metres at its widest point, and about a hundred metres long. Access by the disabled is not possible.

Redinoce
Shortly after the sign saying La Paolina beach on the road from Procchio to Marciana Marina, you will see signs for Redinoce beach.

It is a 300 metre long, grit road that is no problem to go down even by car. There aren’t many parking spaces along the road. Once you get to the bottom, a short pedestrian path takes you to the beach. There is also another way to get there, by following the main road as far as the Le Briciole hotel. The beach is at the end of a valley.
There are many facilities on the beach: the Redinoce bathing establishment, with cabins, a nice bar, and sun umbrella and sun bed rental, as well as canoe hiring. The establishment has “created” an area for its visitors, by building a large terrace covered in sand.

On the left of the beach there is a barrier of jaggy rocks you can’t cross, while on the right the free beach area for sunbathing is very small, (about 100 metres long) made up mostly of medium/large sized stones. There are, however, some areas where the large stones have been removed, and the tiny stones mixed with sand have been levelled off, so here if you wish you can open out your beach towel.

The beach is on the left of the tiny La Paolina island, which you can see and swim to from the beach. There is also a wharf for mooring small boats.
It is in a north-north east position.

The view goes from the Enfola promontory to the Guardiola promontory, on the right of the large Procchio beach.

Le Sprizze
On the road from Procchio to Marciana Marina, and past the beaches of La Paolina and Redinoce, you’ll come to Le Sprizze beach.

You have to park on the side of the road, width permitting; go down a beautiful path, made from large granite stones, that runs in the shade under a small heather wood, with terracing on either side dating back to years ago when every square metre of land was cultivated. Be careful, because it is very discontinuous and steep.

There are some small rocks at the start of the beach where you can lie back and relax as you admire the wonderful view that goes from the Enfola promontory to that of Guardiola, that is to say, the gulf of Viticcio.

The beach gets the sun from morning to early afternoon; it consists of small/medium sized dark, almost black shingles. It is actually two small beaches divided by rocks, the first being very small, the second undoubtedly much bigger. There is a lot of posidonia on the beach. The small holm-oak wood behind the beach goes along the coast as far as the next beach, Bagno.

Bagno
The beach is clearly signposted, and you get there by following a concrete path, then going down about forty steps. There is no car park, so you have no choice but to try and find a space at the side of the main road.

The beach consists of medium large shingles, mostly grey or multicoloured. The old tuna fishing port is here, and the boats pulled up on the shore make it unique and enchanting. It is about 70 metres long, plus another 40 metres on the left facing the sea, where the pebbles are much bigger.

A small rocky area on the left means rock lovers can sunbathe and do some diving. A few houses behind the beach, and some old, fishermens’ houses that have now become villas overlooking the sea.

The view is beautiful, and goes from the start of Enfola to Procchio beach.

The beach has no facilities and no access for the disabled.

Procchio
Ancient Cervinia, one of the biggest and best equipped sandy beaches on the island, used to be an important area for working iron and copper. Proof of this lies in the extraordinary archeological remains – a furnace and a Roman ship with its precious cargo of amphoras still on board – that have been found here, all in perfect condition.

You can get to the beach by car from Campo all’Aia, or, on foot only, from Procchio down the road that leads straight to the beach. There are many facilities on the beach, as well as many nearby places to park.