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Elba Family Holidays & Breaks

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Overview

Set just 10km from the Tuscan coast and the third-largest Italian island after Sicily and Sardinia, Elba is an unusual but delightful choice for family holidays. As in the rest of Italy, the general love of children is accompanied by fabulous, child-friendly food, and there is also a good choice of family-friendly hotels and other accommodation, beautifully clear water, fine white-sand beaches and a lush wooded interior perfect for walking and cycling. 

Le petit general, Napoléon, tends to dominate Elba's history, but at different times, the island has come under the rule of the French, Turks, Spanish and a myriad of Italian peoples (Romans, Etruscans, Medicis) – a cosmopolitan mix that has left its legacy on the architecture and the culture.

Things to do with kids in Elba

Laze by the pool or on the beach – Elba is great for relaxing family holidays. 

Cycle or walk through the forest and ascend Monte Capanne (1,019m) to glimpse the island's geographic diversity: it has wonderful views over craggy mountains, gentle slopes with olive groves and vineyards, dense pine forests, and the sparkling blue sea around.

Eat

Elban cuisine is simple and genuine, featuring lots of seafood. The best fish restaurants can be found in Marciana Marina and Marina di Campo, while Portoferraio has lots of cosy inns that have been in the same family for generations. But this being Italy, there are plenty of pizzerias for even the most unadventurous of kids.

When to go to Elba

The average temperature on Elba in July and August is 25°C, but these months the islands get extremely busy with mainly Italian and German holidaymakers, so it's worth trying to schedule family holidays for May, June or September. 

How to get to Elba

There are no flights from the UK to Elba. Several airlines, low-cost and regular, fly from the UK to Pisa, about 75mins' drive from Piombino, from which ferries serve Elba (taking 40mins–1hr). You could also fly to Florence, about 2hrs from Piombino.

If you want to take a car on the ferry, you need to book well in advance.

For train travel from the UK to Italy, see Man in Seat 61 (seat61.com).

Cost

Prices on Elba soar in the Italian peak holiday season of July and August, so aim to come in quieter months to keep family holiday costs down.

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