2016-07-04 Barbatoia to Golfo di Viticcio, Isola d’Elba

The beach goers are already claiming their lounges at the beach
The beach goers are already claiming their lounges at the beach early this morning
We depart from this pleasant anchorage after a couple of relaxing days here
We depart from this delightful anchorage after a couple of wonderful relaxing days here in this beautiful bay
Once out of Barbatoia we decide to go up the west coast of Elba
Once out of Barbatoia we decide to go up the west coast of Elba as we did not have the opportunity to do so last year
Along the south west coast is the well known beach called Le Tombe
Along the south west coast is the well known beach called Le Tombe with it’s pebbles and grey sand
Approaching the village of Pomonte
Continuing along the coast we approach the village of Pomonte
Another very hot and humid day in Elba
Another very hot and humid day in Elba so being by the water is the perfect place to be
The long beach of Pomonte
The long beach under the cliffs next to the village of Pomonte
The village of Pomonte
The village of Pomonte overshadowed by the high mountains behind
Further around the coast is the village of Chiessi
Further around the coast is the village of Chiessi which also has a lovely beach
 We continue on past Chiessi heading north (
We pass Chiessi and continue heading north up the west coast
Punta Polveraia is the western point of Isola D'Elba
Punta Polveraia with it’s white lighthouse is the mid western point of Isola D’Elba
The Mickey Mouse boat excursions take you to many popular places around the island
The Mickey Mouse boat excursions takes it’s day trippers to many popular places and beaches around the island every day
The very rugged west coast has many small hilltop villages
The very rugged west coast has many small hilltop villages

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The unusual rock formations where sun bathers sit under their umbrellas, resemble the long fingers of a hand
Sun bathers positioned under their umbrellas make the most of the unusual rock formations
The entrance to the popular holiday town of  San Andrea on the north west coast
The entrance to the popular holiday town of San Andrea at the western end of the north coast
The pretty San Andrea bay is only suitable for mooring in when the sea and wind is totally calm
The pretty San Andrea bay is only suitable for mooring in when the sea and wind is totally calm
In the past, San Andrea was a commercial port where the prized Elban wines were embarked
In the past, San Andrea was a commercial port where the prized Elban wines were embarked
Magnificent villas have been built high above the sea to captivate the views
Magnificent villas have been built high above the sea to captivate the views
There are many small stoney beaches at the foot of the steep rocky coast (
There are many small stoney beaches at the foot of the steep rocky west coast 
Still wonderful calm conditions as we approach Punta Del  Nasuto
Still wonderful calm conditions as we approach Punta Del Nasuto
Marciana Marina comes into view with the lovely beach of Fenicia in the foreground
Marciana Marina comes into view with the lovely beach of Fenicia in the foreground
We arrive in the port of Marciana Marina and drop anchor in the bay
We arrive in the port of Marciana Marina and drop anchor in the bay
Ric desperately needed to find a Tim shop to buy more data etc for his phone
Ric desperately needed to find a Tim shop to buy more data etc for his phone
While I waited aboard I watched a training session of some local rowers
While waiting aboard I watched a very vocal training session of some local young rowers
The town of Marciana Marina looks really stunning from the water
The town of Marciana Marina looks really stunning from the water
The port has a small beach in the clean harbour which is surrounded by pastel coloured houses
The port has a small beach in the clean harbour which is surrounded by  nicely painted pastel coloured houses
Once the phone issues were sorted we left the port to find a nice anchorage nearby for swimming and anchoring overnight
Once the phone issues were sorted we left the port to find a nice anchorage nearby for swimming and anchoring in overnight
We stop for a couple of hours to swim in a small bay in south of Golfo della Biadola
We stop for a couple of hours to swim in a small bay in south of Golfo della Biodola
It was a lovely little bay however Ric thought we may have an uncomfortable night here if we stay
This was a lovely little bay however Ric thought we may have an uncomfortable night here if we stay, as there was already a small swell developing
We pass the wonderful homes on Forno Beach in Golfo Della Biodola
We pass the wonderful homes on Forno Beach in Golfo Della Biodola

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In the northern corner of Golfo di Viticcio is a small busy beach with car access
In the northern corner of Golfo di Viticcio is a small busy beach with car access
It is a popular beach with a bar and restaurants
It is a popular beach with a bar and restaurants ashore
We drop our anchor in a nice quite position in southern end of Golfo di Viticcio, away from the crowds
We drop our anchor in a nice quite position in the southern end of Golfo di Viticcio, away from the crowds
It was hard not to go for a swim in the crystal clear water here with the water temperature being mid 20's
It was hard not to go for a swim in the crystal clear water here with the water temperature being mid 20’s
In the distance in the corner of the bay is a hotel with a small beach
In the distance in the corner of the bay is a hotel with a tiny beach
The Carabinieri are checking papers of some boats in the bay!! Not us though!!
The Carabinieri are checking papers of some boats in the bay!! Not us though!!
Another nice bay to enjoy dinner outside
A perfect place to enjoy dinner tonight!
My turn to cook a nice mussel rissotto
My turn to cook a nice mussel rissotto
Ric opens a nice red to have with our rissotto
Ric opens a nice red to have with our rissotto
Looking towards Capo d'Enfola
Looking towards Capo d’Enfola
Another wonderful sunset
Another wonderful sunset

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