Beach of Calanova
With pinasters and cork-oaks that go down as far as the beach, Calanova is what can be described as an unbelievably beautiful beach on the Island of Elba. Although it isn’t very easy to get to, the peace and quiet once you’re there makes it more than worth it.
It is on the eastern side of Capoliveri, south of Naregno and Straccoligno, and has lush, Mediterranean bush at one end, and a small pine grove at the other.
The beach is 80 metres long and consists of sand and small stones; there is a famous restaurant as well as a bathing establishment that rents out sun beds and umbrellas, and thanks to a small landing wharf the beach is popular among those who have a boat.
Facing northwards, the water is crystal clear, and from here you have a breathtaking view not only of the Spanish Focardo Fortress but also of the coastline of Porto Azzurro.
Malpasso is on the left and Istia is on the right of Calanova, and the nature in all three is completely untouched and intact.
If you start off at Capoliveri follow the road down towards Straccoligno for about 3 kilometres, then keep going for about another 1,5 km along a grit road until you get to the chain that allows you no further; turn left and you’re at the beach.