Portoferraio is the capital of Elba and everyone who will be visiting this place will be impressed by a rich history and its beauty that you can admire as soon as you arrive by boat. The town of Portoferraio has the main port of the Elba Island with a lot of ferry traffic to the mainland Piombino and one active small marina. As soon as you enter the port of Portoferraio, you will see the numerous Medici fortifications: Forte Falcone, Forte Stella (indicated by the lighthouse) and the tower of Linguella built in 15th century to protect the town. It’s suggested to take a long walk along the harbour and within the walls of the centre as the view it’s amazing and beautiful.
A walk along the harbour from the port up to the city walls of the old part of the town is beautiful and worth to see. You cannot miss the opportunity to follow the footsteps of Napoleon and visit a specially built for him the famous Villa dei Mulini, the official residence of Napoleon and his court, surrounded by small garden overlooking the bay. A must to go and see in Portoferraio are as well: the Church of the Reverenda Misericordia, the Romanesque church of Saint Stephen, the Civic Archaeology Museum, inside the Medicean Linguella Fortress and the Foresi Picture Gallery. Each and every corner of Portoferraio should be seen by the visitors, with its characteristic houses with their pastel coloured walls and balconies full of colourful flowers, its narrow alleys, its lively squares, the bars, the characteristic restaurants, the specialized shops and boutiques, as well as the traditional weekly market when you need to fill your storeroom and last but not least the breathtaking view you have from there.
The marina in old town of Portoferraio is well protected and sheltered from practically every type of wind, one of the safest ports and offers several facilities as well as water and electricity supply, individual or assisted mooring, wi-fi and anything else guests may need. The public showers are next to the Town Council building, just off the landing place. In the high season it’s well suggested to book the berth by phone or internet in the marina as it might get busy and for late sailors, there may not be free berth.
If you will not able to find spaces in the marina located in the town centre, you might head to another marina located about 1 km from the town centre: Esaom Harbour, which has private areas with security and video service, may berth 175 boats up to 35 m., electricity and water on the quay, toilets with showers, Wi-Fi and other services.