Between the island of Corsica and Italy’s western shore - the shore of Tuscany - the deep blue Ligurian Sea is spotted with a string of gems known as the Tuscan archipelago. The most prominent of these islands is Elba, a charming holiday destination that combines aspects of the breathtaking Tuscan countryside with the pristine and secluded island culture. Elba is the third largest of all of Italy's islands, with just Sicily and Sardinia bigger in size. A holiday apartment in Elba provides a perfect location for family holidays as well as romantic weekend getaways, and is commonly cited as a favourite among both international and Italian travellers. Things to do on Elba include a wide range of water sports, land based sports, historical sightseeing and a vibrant nightlife. Or, for those who wish to simply relax and bask in the Elban sun, endless stretches of white sandy beaches are yours for the taking. Marina di Campo is a wonderful beach in Elba. Not only is it beautiful, but it stretches out quite a bit, allowing for people to find seclusion away from the crowd – or pitch their parasols, scoop ice into their lime daiquiri and begin to soak up the sun.
Discover the Napoleonic history of this island
For history buffs staying in a holiday apartment in Elba, the perfect tourist attraction is the Villa de San Marino, where Napoleon summered. It’s recommended that you visit this attraction in order to gain some historical perspective on how the masters enjoyed Italy. A more serious look at footprints of the Emperor’s reign over Elba can be found at his old home, Palazzina dei Mulini, which includes a vast collection of amazing artifacts that were owned by Napoleon.
Take in the beautiful view of the evening sky
It's worth booking a rental property in Elba purely to see its renowned stunning skies during winter season. When the sky flares into breathtaking reds, oranges, purples and, finally, black, and when the beach side resorts light up and the music starts to trickle out of the bars, this is the signal that another night of fun and entertainment has begun on this island. Porto Azzurro has a recommendable collection of nightclubs and discos to keep the party rolling till the early hours of the morning.
Get involved with sporting activities on your holiday
A holiday in Elba villas never gets boring. Yachting, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, jet skiing, canoeing and a variety of other water sports are commonly enjoyed by visitors, while land-based sports such as beach volleyball and tennis at the resorts – and cycling through the lush splendor of the island’s countryside – are all delightful things to do with the family, or in pairs, on this island. Your holiday villa in Elba will make a great launching pad for these exciting activities.