Venturing out on two wheels along the Island’s ancient communication links, a fun and unusual way of discovering the rich and varied landscape of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. A network of trails through the woods or high up, overlooking magnificent beaches and coves, single-trekking between the boulders, ascents and descents that have played host to the Mountain Bike World Cup races; these are some of the many opportunities for tour cyclists, expert bikers, free riders or simply nature lovers offered by Boutique Hotel Ilio atCapo Sant’Andrea. Wild and unexplored itineraries, difficult, steep tracks and gentle flat trails. All surrounded by a landscape of stunning richness.
With a good quality mountain bike and helmet, a must, we are ready to discover, or rediscover, the pleasure of a mountain bike excursion in the most secret and fascinating part of Elba. Boutique Hotel Ilio on Capo Sant’Andreaoffers all the necessary information and itinerary advice for your own technical capabilities. Beginners’ trails, tortuous single tracks for the more expert, adventurous descents for free riders, an embarrassingly wide choice. There are also expert centres offering courses and excursions for beginners.
The tour of the Island of Elba by road bike
Relive the emotion of the Tour of Italy in the tracks of the great champions, a must for everyone! Leaving from Sant’Andrea, we take the hill road towards Patresi, continuing to Chiessi and Fetovaia and then, from Marina di Campo, we follow the road east, touching on all the most attractive places along the coast (Lacona, Porto Azzurro, Rio nell’Elba, Volterraio, Portoferraio, Procchio), and then uphill to Marciana and from here, return to Sant’Andrea.
For more expert bikers
On the Island of Elba, there are some routes we must point out. One of the more accessible routes is the ascent to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Mountain, after which there is a wonderful, flat road followed by the descent to Chiessi, through a marvellous chestnut wood and coasting the granite blocks of Aquila.