A Sailing Adventure

Porto Azzurro, Elba

There are strong winds to the north and south of us, but just here in Elba we have a relatively calm patch, presumably because we are in the lee of Corsica. We took the opportunity to make a few miles south by sailing from Portoferraio, on the north side of Elba, to Porto Azzurro, which is on the southeast. We didn’t have a lot of wind today but the sea was quite big! Porto Azzurro is at the head of a large bay and is fairly well protected, although we are getting a bit of a surge into the harbour this evening. It is a lovely little town, like a mini Portoferraio with a fort, tall houses, green shutters and narrow, steep streets. Apparently, during the 19th and 20th centuries, the fort was a prison for political and mafioso criminals and the town went by the name of Longone. You can still see a lot of barbed wire and watchtowers around the perimeter of the citadel. The town has since been reinvented as a tourist resort, no doubt helped by the lovely new name!

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Porto Azzurro – the harbour is backed by tall red mountains. Elba used to be a centre for iron ore mining and there are several magnetic anomalies around the coast

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Rio Marina on the east side of Elba. The island is lovely and green and quite mountainous

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