Beach of Cannello
The Beach of Cannello is one of Elba’s most beautiful beaches of mining origin, and this is why there are still very clear signs of the mining activity of the past all over the surrounding countryside. In many parts, the layers in the rocks are rust coloured, proof of the iron oxidation that has filtered over the years.
It is on the southern side of Monte Calamita, in the Commune of Capoliveri, an area that was once rich in iron mines, so this aspect plus the rugged scenery around the beach give it an almost magical appearance.
There are several other small beaches on either side of Cannello, a very popular beach among sailing fans; it is 350 metres long, and consists of white and black pebbles that get smaller and smaller as you get nearer the water’s edge.
The only way to get to this beach is by boat from the nearby beaches in Golfo Stella. In actual fact a grit road across the Calamita mine takes you down to the beach, but for safety reasons it is no longer open to the public.