Unlike many modern, cookie-cutter marinas, the attractive resort of Marciana Marina has character and history to complement its pleasant pebble beaches. The port is 18km west along the coast from Portoferraio. From it, a twisting 9km mountain road winds inland up to Marciana, the island's oldest and highest village (375m).
Marciana's stone streets, arches and stone houses with flower boxes and petite balconies are as pretty as a picture, and it's worth exploring them before heading uphill from the village to Elba’s most important pilgrimage site: the Santuario della Madonna del Monte.
Between the two Marcianas, along a twisting and precipitous road, is the mountain village of Poggio. Set on the SP25, it's famous for its spring water and has steep cobblestone alleys and stunning coastal views.