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Elba, Italy Travel Information

According to elaineqho, Elba (Italian: Isola d’Elba) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea (Europe) that is part of the Tuscan Archipelago (Italy). Elba is located just 10 kilometers from the Italian west coast near the Italian city of Grosseto. The capital of Elba is Portoferraio. A number of major cities on Elba are: Marciana Marina, Campo nell’Elba and Capoliveri.

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Elba is known for its peaceful nature, impressive mountains and beautiful coastline. The coastline consists partly of rock formations and partly of sandy beaches. Inland you will find many nature reserves and beautiful landscapes, the highest point of which is Monte Capanne with an altitude of 1019 meters. Around the island you can practice various water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and diving (snorkeling). The island is often visited by water, which is reflected in the many marinas. The economy of Elba mainly revolves around viticulture and tourism. Elba is also known as the island where Napoleon Bonaparte was in exile from 1814 to 1815. There are still several museums on the island that deal with Napoleon.

Where is Elba located?

Travel information of Elba

Official name: Elba
Continent: Europe
Area: 224 km²
Capital: Portoferraio
Country code: IT, ITA
Population: 32,162 inhabitants (2014)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,019 m (Monte Capanne)
Distance (Amsterdam – Portoferraio): 1,134 km
Flight time: approx. 2 o’clock

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Elba that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs from Elba, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Elba. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Elba?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay on Elba at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Elba has a Mediterranean climate. The island generally has warm summers (average 25 degrees) and cool winters (average 10 degrees).
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Elba can be found on our extensive weather page.

Best time
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Elba. In these months you have the best chance of summer temperatures and the least chance of precipitation.

Italian is the official language on Elba.
Would you like to translate from or into Italian for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Italy: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch Consulate in Livorno (also for Elba): netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Italian Embassy in the Netherlands: amblaja.esteri.it.
Italian consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Elba.

Money and Currency
On Elba you pay with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs on Elba can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on Elba are slightly higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +10% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (8% cheaper), food (27% more expensive), imported beer in catering (14% more expensive), cigarettes (17% cheaper) and public transport (48% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

It is not customary to tip on Elba, but it is appreciated. If there is no service charge on the receipt yet and the service is good, tip approximately 5-10%.

Time difference
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time on Elba is equal to that in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Elba can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Elba you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Elba.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Elba.

On Elba you may need a travel plug in some cases.
More information about common plugs and sockets on Elba can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap because of the chlorine content. This can cause stomach or intestinal complaints.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Elba can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Italy (Elba) can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Elba end in.it.
Official website of Elba: elba.org.

The country code (international access code) to call someone on Elba is 0039 or +39.
(You must leave the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Elba? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(You must omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Elba Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in Elba’s Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Elba.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos of Elba.

An overview of all public holidays in Italy can be found on Beleven.org.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Elba, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Elba?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Elba. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Elba can be found on Protected Planet.
Elba is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Elba? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or do business with Elba, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Elba, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Elba.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 16.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0 for novice drivers up to 3 years old).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Elba has been inhabited since the 5th century BC?
…Napoleon was in exile on Elba for 10 months?
… Elba mainly lives from tourism and the export of wine?
…More and more Dutch tourists are discovering Elba?
… Elba is only 10 km from mainland Italy?