Portoferraio - Biodola (Elba)
Portoferraio has retained its charm and its history, attracting tourists from all around the world. With more than twelve thousand inhabitants, Portoferraio can be considered the undisputed “capital” of the island. The current city was built in 1548 on the ruins of Fabricia, which was the ancient Roman name for the town. Much of Portoferraio tourism is directed towards the exploration of the ancient Roman villas and caves. It is also famous for the legacy of Cosimo I de Medici, the Florentine lord, for which the name “Cosmopolis” was born. The most important fortifications of the city are Fort Stella, Fort Falcone and the recently restored English Fort. The English Fort is evidence of Napoleon’s imperial presence. In the beautiful harbour of Portoferraio you can visit the Martello Tower, which is actually the entrance to the old port. There are also a number of other forts and buttresses. Visitors will enjoy beautiful views of Portoferraio beaches, cheerful and lively bars, quaint traditional restaurants, speciality shops, charming boutiques and the traditional indoor market where supplies for the galleys of ships are purchased. There are several attractions you can visit in the city. For example, you can visit the historical residence of the Mulini, the Napoleonic theatre called “Dei viglilanti”, the fantastic church Chiesa della Misericordia, the Fortresses of Stella and Falcone and the cherry on top of the cake: The English Fort.
Biodola Coming from Portoferraio, half way along the road it’s impossible not to notice one of the most enchanting and best known gulfs in Elba: this is Biodola. The beach consists of a natural amphitheatre made up of the surrounding hills of Serone delle Cime, Capannone and Colle Pecorara, all covered in a copse wood of Mediterranean bush that, along with Monte Perone and Monte Capanne (1019 m) in the background stand out against the sea. It is exposed to the north-western winds but sheltered from those from the south. Right in the heart of strong Elba’s nature, Biodola beach can be described as a an absolutely beautiful painting: six hundred metres of fine, golden sand, Mediterranean scrub that goes right down to the beach, beautiful hotels and a campsite right next to the beach.