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Orti di Mare - best campsite on Elba

Updated: Sep 9, 2023

A place by the sea .......

A hidden gem of a campsite tucked away behind Lacona beach set amidst organic farmland.

It was on our second trip to Elba, when our whippet Tiggy made friends with a gorgeous young husky cross called Luna (we of course never knew the owners’ names!), that we first heard about Orti di Mare. We got chatting and Luna’s owners mentioned they were considering staying at Orti di Mare the following year having heard great things about the site from friends. We were very happy at our campsite right on the beach but it was expensive and had facilities for youngsters we no longer needed so we decided to wander up and check it out.

We were immediately captivated by the charm of this campsite. Whilst there are no water views here at Orti di Mare, the setting is very picturesque amidst the vines and olive groves and a short walk or even shorter bike ride has you at the beach in no time. The main part of the campsite has all the facilities you could want, including a wonderful low key restaurant, bar and organic shop. The pitches are artfully dotted around the site rather than in rows and it has a rustic feel while being extremely well maintained and clean.

Next door is a small, separate motorhome area (Sosta Camper), for those who have their own on-board facilities where you are in an olive grove with just the basics; water and waste disposal. We absolutely love this little spot and our outdoor van shower (see our van blog post) has come in very useful given the limited facilities. It offers extremely good value for money and for our van, 2 people, a dog and electricity in September on a double sized pitch worked out at 25.50 euros per night which we think is brilliant value for money. Note these are 2022 prices and may increase year on year.

Despite it’s remote feel, this site is close to everything and we even have wi-fi so we can work as we travel.

The lovely cafe/restaurant and bar operate around sustainable principles, offering local artisan products, mostly made in house and the menu is made up of simple and local fare that is freshly made to order. They also have fabulous artisan bread, focaccia and pizza slices in the morning as well as particularly good croissants or “brioche” as they tend to be called here. The home made gelato, with flavours changing daily, is highly recommended as is the local aleatico passito dessert wine for which Elba is famous and best enjoyed with a few “fatto in casa” biscotti to dip in.

Aleatico Passito

The desert wine, aleatico passito is Elba’s most celebrated wine. An intensely flavoured desert wine, the process of drying out the grapes prior to fermentation is key to it’s rich notes with fermentation techniques being handed down through families for generations. Read more about this amazing wine here.

We will continue to return to this fabulous spot for the lovely daily routine, everything on our doorstep while feeling totally away from it all. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a chilled stay in your van in an idyllic setting. Cheers to that!

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