The best beaches of Corsica

Palombaggia Beach, photo by Pictrues/flickr

Corsica is a spectacular island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located west of Italy, southeast of France and north of the Italian island of Sardinia. Although the island is closer to Italy than to the French mainland, politically Corsica is part of Metropolitan France. It is a perfect place for the lovers of sun and sea. There are several fantastic beaches on the island, of which some are located closely to Porto-Vecchio, a commune located right in the centre of Corsica’s most impressive coastline. The beaches are characterized by soft and white sand, dazzling clear blue waters and luscious green countryside. Most of them are family-friendly, having shallow waters. The beaches are also perfect for watersports-lovers, as there are several sport facilities here.


Palombaggia Beach


Palombaggia is situated about 12 km south of Porto-Vecchio, approximately a 15-minute drive. It is considered the most famous beach of Corsica, and has been voted one of the top 10 best beaches of Europe. The beach faces the archipelago of Cerbicale which are some small, uninhabited islands. Palombaggia Beach is 2 km long, having spectacular fine, white sand and crystal clear blue waters. The landscape is gorgeous, as the beach is flanked by mountains, being part of a protected natural area. It is good news for families with little children that the beach is lifeguarded during the season. It can be very crowded in summer, so if you prefer peaceful beaches, Palombaggia may not be the right choice for you. Windsurfing, jet skiing and kayaking are just some of the watersports facilities of the beach.


Palombaggia Beach, photo by Pictrues/flickr


Santa Giulia Beach


The beach of Santa Giulia is considered the second best beach of Corsica. This spectacular and large lagoon-type beach is located only 7 km south of Porto-Vecchio. The sea is exceptionally shallow and calm, some small areas being home to wonderful reefs that can be easily seen, as the waters are perfectly clear. Santa Guilia is also an ideal beach for little children. Just like Palombaggia, it is flanked by mountains and pine trees. On the beach there are several cafes and restaurants, ranging from cocktails to grills. There are also fantastic watersports facilities, including diving and windsurfing. Some of the best sailing centres in the region can be found here. Santa Giulia is also lifeguarded during the season.


Santa Giulia Beach, photo by Phillippe AMIOT/flickr


Plage de Saleccia


One of the best beaches of Corsica, the half-mile Plage de Saleccia is a popular, although hardly accessible beach. The sand is dazzling white and the waters turquoise blue. The beach is framed by lush vegetation and pine trees and is definitely the right beach for total relaxation. You can also visit the nearby town of Saint Florent with its attractive harbor. It has several cafes and bars. There is also a campsite just a few hundred meters inland from the beach called Camping U Paradisu.


Cala Rossa Beach


The scenic beach of Cala Rossa is situated closely to Porto-Vecchio, about a 10-minute drive from the town. Cala Rossa is named after the reddish color of the sand and the surrounding rocks. The beach is backed by gorgeous hillside full with luxurious villas. There is a sailing school here. Windsurfing and kayaking are some of the watersports facilities that are available.


San Ciprianu Beach


Located about 15 km north of Porto-Vecchio, San Ciprianu Beach is a large moon-shaped picturesque beach. Backed by pin trees, red rocks and a lagoon, the beach has spectacular landscapes. It is the right choice for the lovers of watersports: catamarans, water-skis, kayaks and pedal boats can be hired. Diving is also available. San Ciprianu is also recommended for families with children, as the bay is gently-sloping and there are plenty of activities for children.

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