Cycling in Elba: 4 recommended routes
This time we suggest you 4 routes to explore the almost unpolluted nature of the Island of Elba riding your mountain bike. These itineraries are the best way to discover the territory of the island of the Tuscan Archipelago, which is mostly mountainous.
The itineraries are characterized by continuous “up and down” which constitute a challenge for bikers who will find an infinite number of perfect trails on which to indulge themselves.
From Campo ai Peri to Colle Reciso, among woods and sunny beaches
Length: 5 kilometers
Duration: 2 hours
The trail begins and ends at Capoliveri, in the area of the iron mines that still converse many interesting examples of industrial archeology. The path is wide and well kept. It goes through the Mediterranean maquis that is gradually reclaiming the land with its broom and rockrose as well as acacia, mimosa and, higher up there are cork and pine forests. Here we can see partridge and hare, but above all, it is the ideal habitat for the countless herring gulls that have “given” their name to a section of the coast, Golfo dei Gabbiani.
Towards Mount Calamita, among ancient iron mines
Length: 12 kilometers
Duration: 4 hours
This path goes along the island’s central ridge, offering vistas of landscapes to the north and south. It traverses different types of vegetation, from briar woods to the shady pine forests that are home to countless species of birds such as the great titmouse, the cuckoo and the short-toed tree-creeper, and may interesting butterflies. After crossing a holm oak forest the path ends at the top of Colle Reciso where the Fonte di Schiumoli spring is located. There are several options for detours to the sunny beaches of Golfo Stella or taking the Portoferraio road, to the ruins of the Roman villa known as “Le Grotte”.
From Golfo di Campo to Golfo Stella, in search of Linaria
Length: 11 kilometers
Duration: 3 hours
This itinerary winds its way along three splendid bays: Campo, Lacona and Stella. The Mediterranean maquis that reaches almost to the shoreline, features broad stretches of briar, rockrose, rosemary, broom, myrtle, lavender and helichrysum. In the Fosso dell’Inferno the vegetation is even more untamed and we can find Linaria of the archipelago, a flower that only blooms on the Tuscan islands. Springtime offers an unforgettable sight, the dune plants, such as pancratium and sea daffodils in bloom at Lacona, or the thorny euphorbias on the rocks at Capo Stella.
From Marciana to Chiessi: breathtaking for the views and the difficulty
Length: 9.5 kilometers
Duration: 3 hours
This is a trail for real experts and offers stunning views of the islands of Capraia and Corsica. From the evergreen forests near the sanctuary of the Madonna del Monte and a natural spring, we proceed to the foot of Monte Capanne, dominated by granite and mufflons and where amidst the selfheal and broom we can see the ruins of old Romanesque churches. Then, after crossing holm oak and chestnut forests that are home to wild boar and marten, we will arrive at Chiessi with its terraced vineyards.