Beach of Pomonte
Pomonte, on the western coast of the island of Elba, is one of the island’s most natural areas; it has three, beaches that will suit everybody, and thanks to the shipwreck that is just off the beach and very easy to get to, it is a paradise for snorkelling lovers.
The scenery both above the water and below is breathtaking, and the whole area is very peaceful and quiet. A mild, sea breeze makes it perfect for windsurfing, but the sea is always calm, and if you stay there until dusk you will be able to admire the unforgettable show of colours as the sun goes down over Corsica.
If you go down from the town, you will get to the first beach, consisting of pebbles and pebbles that the crystal clear sea over the centuries has made smooth. If you’re a lover of rocks, head towards the right, and you will get to the mast that is a copy of the original crane used in the past for loading the blocks of granite on to the ships, and here you can sunbathe and relax on the smooth rocks that go right down to the sea.
On the other hand, if you head towards the left and cross the wooden footpath, you’ll get to the second beach, Ogliera, or Quartiere as the locals call it. It consists of flat, small-medium pebbles and although it is only about 80 metres long, there is a bathing establishment where you can rent sun beds and sun umbrellas, windsurfs and pedalòs; there is a also a small bar.
The tiny Ogliera Rock sticks out of the sea at a distance of only 200 metres; it is very popular among snorkellers and deep sea divers because here, on January 10th 1972, the Elviscott ran aground, so was later sunk and now lies peacefully on the sea bed.
The shipwreck lies about twenty metres from the rock, at a depth that goes from 3 to 12 metres, and the sea is so clear that you can practically see it from the surface as well as the many different species of fish that have made it their home, to the point that it looks more like a giant aquarium! If you want, you can sail out to it by pedalò, or even swim there with your children, and if you want to get a better view or even touch it, just hold your breath and swim under water; if you feel up to swimming inside you won’t regret it!
The third beach, Giardino, is for those who love privacy and peace and quiet, and is about a hundred metres long. It consists of dark coloured sand mixed with pebbles, and is completely untouched by man, and you can either wade there from Ogliera beach or follow the path down from the top of the roadside.
Don’t forget that to the right you have Tombe, other completely natural beaches that are still untouched by man and that you can get to by sea.
Start off at the main square and follow the road down for a few hundred metres.