Beach Cala Seregola
Also called Capo Pero, the water at this beach is crystal clear with a wide variety of fish; the magnificent sandy sea bed is also rich in minerals that glitter in the sun.
In the past, Cala Seregola was where the iron extracted from the Rio Albano mine, situated behind the beach – once one of the most important on the Island of Elba – was boarded for shipping; when the mine was closed down the beach was opened to the public, and today the only traces of the past are the mining sheds, the wash house and the loading wharf, sad to say now in ruins.
The wide beach, about 190 metres long, is never really busy, and there is a large, free car park next to it. It consists of red and black ferriferous sand mixed with light coloured pebbles and black, shiny fragments of hematite. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There is an excellent, small bar/restaurant in this somewhat “surreal” ex-mining area, that is open all day, and also offers sun bed and sun umbrella rental.
An opening has been cut out of the rocks in the northern part of the promontory of Capo Pero through which you can get to a less attractive part of the coast, perfect, small areas for those who want to sunbathe in peace.
From Cala Seregola you can see the tiny island of Palmaiola and the coastline of Punta Ala on the horizon, and on clear days even the Island of Giglio.
You will see the sign for the beach after about 5 kilometres along the road from Rio Marina to Cavo, and once there follow the grit road for about 400 metres and you will come to the spacious car park behind the beach.