6 mind-blowing beaches in Corsica

By Stacey Parsons

The French island of Corsica boasts some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean. Here, the experts at Corsican Places pick their six personal favourites. Take a look at the photos below: they could be in the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean, couldn’t they? In fact, Corsica is just two hours flying time from the UK.

1. Santa Giulia – popular and picturesque

Located within the southern L’Extrême Sud region of Corsica, Santa Giulia Beach is one of the most photogenic beaches in the area. Sitting in a magnificent horseshoe bay with shallow, crystal-clear waters, you can choose to top up your tan on the white sands, partake in some of the excellent watersports, or admire the beauty of the coastline from one of the several cafés or restaurants.

Pinarello beach (2)

2. Pinarello – great for children

Another of L’Extrême Sud’s finest coastal gems, Pinarello beach is located 7km north of the picturesque port of Porto Vecchio. It’s ideal for families with little ones due to its shallow warm waters, and boasts some lovely views of the mountains and out across the azure ocean. Watersports including windsurfing, boat hire and Jet Ski hire can be found here, along with a selection of beach bars and restaurants.

San Ciprianu beach (2)

3. San Ciprianu – good for snorkelling

Located close to Pinarello beach in L’Extrême Sud, San Ciprianu is a beautiful 1km half-moon of soft white sand backed by pine trees and rocks of unusual pink hues. Good watersports are available here, including water skiing, pedal boats and kayaks, and when you’re ready for refreshments, there are also some lovely beach restaurants. The gentle slope of the sea bed makes this beach ideal for children, and there are also some great snorkelling opportunities amongst the shallow reefs of the little bay next door.

Roccapina beach

4. Roccapina – rugged and untouched

Although a wilder, more rugged and remote section of coastline, Roccapina beach still boasts calm blue waters and inviting sand. The south-west coast of Corsica is where you’ll find this gem, around 30km west of Bonifacio, and you’re sure to capture some great photographs of the surrounding wild landscape. Please note there aren’t any facilities here so you’ll need to pack a lunch, but it’s an ideal location for those in search of a more natural setting.

Palombaggia beach

5. Palombaggia – one of Corsica’s finest

The most famous beach in Corsica and voted one of the best beaches in Europe in the 2016 Travellers’ Choice awards, Palombaggia beach is ideal for couples, families and adrenaline junkies alike. Shallow warm waters and a lifeguard during the summer season means parents can feel more at ease, and a selection of watersports including kayaking, pedal boats, windsurfing and even a diving centre will keep the more active visitors entertained. Sun loungers and parasols can be hired here and there are numerous beach bars and restaurants.

Calvi beach (2)

6. Calvi – lots of nearby amenities

Located on Corsica’s northern coast and a popular area for international tourists, Calvi beach is a sweeping 6km bay of powder white sand with gently shelving clear shallow waters, making it ideal for families with younger children. Sun loungers and parasols can also be hired here, from where you can take in the impressive views of the Genovese Citadel. The beach is within close proximity of a variety of bars and eateries, or the town of Calvi itself is within walking distance.

All images courtesy of Corsican Places.


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