Corsica: breathtaking beaches and unique culture in one holiday
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Corsica in brief

 

Visit Corsica for a huge range of beaches, amazing cliffs, mountain scenery, excellent water sports, natural beauty and unique traditions.

Location:

Mediterranean Sea, between southern France and Italy’s west coast

Nearest airport:

Ajaccio and Bastia

Key resorts & areas:

Porto Vecchio, Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Calvi, Propriano, Porto, Ostriconi, Algajola, St Florent, Cap Corse, Bastia, Costa Verde

Major sights & activities:

Les Calanques, Filitosa, Scandola Nature Reserve, festivals, hiking, golf, cycling, surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, diving, sailing

Best time to go

May to October; July and August is the peak season

Did you know?

Ajaccio is one of the sunniest towns in France with 59 days of bright sunshine in the summer, compared with 27 days in La Rochelle, 16 in Biarritz and Paris, and 14 in Brest.

 

Beach holidays in Corsica

 

Corsica is the place to go if you’re looking for a beach holiday in a truly beautiful and unique destination. While the island is officially part of France, it has developed a culture that is significantly different to the mainland and well worth exploring.

The main draw, of course, is the glorious beaches, which can be found all around the island. There are also stunning natural sights to behold, such as the unforgettable Les Calanques cliffs, as well as a host of historical attractions. Let’s not forget the wide range of water sports and delicious Corsican cuisine, too!

These are some of the main destinations to consider for beach holidays to Corsica:

Porto Vecchio

This is the most popular beach destination in Corsica and features the famous Palombaggia beach with its white sand and sparkling blue seas. It’s worth visiting outside of the peak season to enjoy a bit more peace and quiet than you would in July and August. Santa Giulia and Pinarello are a couple of the other great beaches near Porto Vecchio.

Ajaccio

Ajaccio is a popular destination, mainly because it’s the capital and the airport is located nearby! However, it’s also a beautiful beach holiday setting in its own right. Ajaccio is the biggest city on the island and is located close to a number of lovely beaches, including the city beach of Plage St François, bustling Plage d’Agosta and family-friendly Ricanto. Ajaccio is an excellent base for shopping, sightseeing, dining and more. The popular Plage de Lava can be found further north.

Bonifacio

This fortress town is situated near Porto Vecchio at Corsica’s southernmost tip and has some excellent beaches nearby, including the golden sand of Rondinara, La Tonnara and its great water sports facilities, and the scenic beach of Petit Sperone. Bonifacio itself has an interesting old town to explore.

Calvi

This gorgeous 6 km white sand beach backed by pines is a popular destination for families, especially because of the shallow waters on the beach. There are quite a few cafes and restaurants nearby and numerous water sports facilities. The town offers more diversions for visitors - the walls of the citadel jut out into the sea and contain attractions such as historical churches.

Propriano

Located in the Gulf of Valinco, Propriano is a popular resort in south-west Corsica. It has several town beaches, including the busy Plage du Phare. Further afield, Campomoro, Plage de Baracci and Portiglio offer more options for sunbathers and swimmers.

Porto

The Gulf of Porto boasts spectacular red cliffs, the unmissable Scandola Nature Reserve and pretty beaches such as Plage de Bussaglia and Plage d’Arone. The town of Porto has some interesting sights, including a Genoese watchtower and an aquarium.

Ostriconi

Ostriconi is relatively uncrowded thanks to the 1 km steep path leading up to the beach, making for a quiet setting for your beach holiday. Relax on the sand and enjoy the views of the spectacular Désert des Agriates.

Algajola

This is one of the largest beaches in the north-west of Corsica and is perfect for indulging in water sports. The eastern end has the most sand, while the western side is more developed and can get busy at times.

St Florent

The town beach here is a top draw for visitors, especially those interested in pursuits such as sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Quieter beaches can be found further along the coast, including the white sands of Plage de Loto.

Cap Corse

This part of Corsica is fairly rocky, so good beaches may seem thin on the ground. However, there are some gems, including Plage de Farinole and Plage de Barcaggio. It’s also worth visiting Plage de Tamarone for walks to the Site Naturel de la Capandula.

Bastia

Bastia is a bustling town with a pebble beach, which is usually highly popular in the peak summer season. It’s worth heading to Plage de l'Arinella if you want to indulge in some water-based pursuits.

Costa Verde

Moriani Plage is the primary resort along the 14 km beach that stretches along the coastline. Other destinations include Plage de l’Alistro and Plage de Prunette. The main draw of this area is the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea - perfect for swimming and active pursuits.

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