we went to elba from rome instead of the greek islands because of rolling transport strikes in Greece. so glad we did. who knew elba had so much to offer??!!
i was determined to find the idyllic village by the sea, and Marciana Marina is just that. we rocked up in the island's main town porto ferraio on a moby ferry from piombino, hired a motor scooter from auto chiappi (excellent service and price from Davide and family, right in front of where the ferries dock) and headed west.
no reservations, right at the end of the summer season - most places were shutting down (though the few that were open were charging around 70+ euro per night). the primula was not our first choice since it didn't have a sea view but so lucky for us they had room and were staying open a few days longer than the others. just 48 euros per night for a wonderful corner room on 3rd floor (room 311 i think) with views of the mountains behind the village. best room we stayed in the 6 weeks we were away. clean, airy with little balconies and tall shuttered windows, big bed, comfy pillows, tub, english cable tv and free wifi. excellent supermarket across the road, bankomat and just 2 minutes walk to the pebble beach for evening beers and bruschetta. excellent breakfast for italy, with a couple of hot choices.
the primula (and elba) is no doubt packed to the rafters during summer (apparently hugely popular with german package tourists) but the last days of sept, first few of October were hot, quiet and memorable. lovely helpful staff and a great base to visit the island. btw, we did travel around on our scooter and the town and hotel were the pick of the island i think.
if you want to have an even more magical experience, we also went on an overnight yacht trip with Laura and Francesco on the boat Esperia, right out of the Marina. they'll take you to capraia island, a hidden gem. if you an afford it, do it. O.M.G. http://www.elbazzurra.it/
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