The Padulella Beach
Thanks to its truly suggestive beauty, it is one of the best loved beaches among the locals in Portoferraio. The brilliant, white cliffs around Padulella beach are in complete contrast with the turquoise, crystal clear sea, and the entire area is a kaleidoscope of colours and emotions.
It is at the far left side of the Scoglietto Marine Reserve for Biology Protection, as are the beaches of Cala dei Frati, Le Ghiaie and Le Viste, so you can be sure of coming across many different species of fish here and in between the sand beds, which means it is perfect if you want to do some snorkelling; the white cliffs of Capo Bianco seem to plunge right down into the water.
The beach is 150 metres long, and consists of small, smooth pebbles and dried Posidonia washed ashore by the waves. Since it faces north, it is best to go on days when a scirocco wind is blowing, because that is when the water is even clearer than normal.
Like Le Ghiaie, it is the perfect beach if you’re seeking peace and quiet in a completely natural and untouched environment.
In order to get to the beach, start off at Le Ghiaie, in Portoferraio, and keep going for about 500 metres. You will come to two entrances: the one on your right, with a bar across the road, means you can go no further by car, while the second one, 500 metres further along, starts off at the car park in Capo Bianco. Both roads are somewhat narrow and are for pedestrians only, but the first one is much more scenic.