This beach takes its name from Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister, who came to Elba during his exile, and is characterized by the nearby tiny island covered in lush, Mediterranean bush.
It was originally called Castiglione, so this is nothing but a legend started by a crafty businessman in the 1960s – Paolina arrived on the Island of Elba in October; due to the tiny island opposite the beach, the crystal clear water and the dense woods rich in holm oaks at its back, the beach is without a doubt unique and fascinating.
You can get to the beach by following a rather steep path across the woods that is for pedestrians only, but is not suitable for the disabled. It is about 100 metres long and only 10 metres wide, and consists of sand mixed with pebbles and dried Posidonia, and although it gets the sun in the morning, at the end of the summer it is already in the shade by the early hours of the afternoon.
The Bagni Paolina bathing establishment, on one part of the beach, provides sun bed, sun umbrella, pedalò and small boat rental, as well as a restaurant service.
There is a tiny island facing the beach that you can easily swim or walk to, and on it there is what is left of a small building dating back to Roman times.
There is a car park on the main road, but it isn’t very big.
You will easily see the sign on your right on the road for Marciana Marina, about 1,5 kilometres after you leave Procchio.