The Island of Elba is the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago, lying about 10 kilometres from the coast of the mainland. It has 7 municipalities, of which Portoferraio is the most populous. It greets visitors to the island with its old Darsena Medicea harbour and the town walls built by Cosimo de Medici.
Napoleon also fell in love with the town, and during his exile on the island he presented it with a white flag with a red stripe and three bees, still the symbol of the Island of Elba. With thousands of years of history reaching down from the Romans to modern times, on its north-facing coast Portoferraio has some of the island of Elba's finest beaches, which attract many holiday-makers in search of a limpid, crystal-clear sea.
Altough it is only a kilometre from the old town and ferry terminal, Hotel Acquamarina s in a wonderful position, in a peaceful, green site, surrounded by beautiful, snow-white beaches.
The Padulella beach is next to the hotel, a short stroll away, while the Ghiaie and Capo Bianco beaches are 500 and 300 metres away respectively. They can all be reached on foot in a few minutes, and they are within the Island of Elba's only marine nature reserve, with limpid waters with all shades of green and blue, merging gently into the surrounding Mediterranean maquis.