The 18 most beautiful beaches in Corsica

18 most beautiful beaches in Corsica

Are you looking for the most beautiful beaches in Corsica? Then you’ve come to the right place. During my 14-day road trip on the island, I discovered a treasure trove of breathtaking coastal locations. From expansive white and golden sandy beaches to secluded coves with crystal-clear water, each spot has its own unique charm. In this blog post, I share my favorite beaches with all the tips you need to make your beach adventure an unforgettable experience. Get inspired and get ready for a journey filled with sun, sea, and the hidden treasures of Corsica’s stunning coastline.

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The coastline of Corsica

Corsica, also known as the ‘île de Beauté’ (island of beauty), is renowned not only for its untouched nature and majestic mountains but also for its enchanting coastline stretching a remarkable 1047 kilometers. Within this picturesque landscape lies a diverse variety of beaches, each distinct in character, captivating even the most discerning beach enthusiast.

These various types of beaches range from expansive sandy shores to picturesque pebble beaches and rugged rocky coastlines. While the most popular beaches are situated in South Corsica, you can discover lesser-known, secluded beaches, and hidden coves scattered across the entire island. What makes these gems particularly special is that they are often accessible only by car, sometimes even only on foot or by boat.

Renting a car in Corsica is a wise choice to easily access these lesser-known but breathtaking locations. Public transportation in Corsica may be limited, especially when exploring less touristy areas. With a car, you not only save time but also gain the freedom to efficiently travel from one beach to another without relying on strict schedules. Thus, your exploration along the stunning coast of Corsica becomes an unforgettable adventure.

Tip: Reserve a rental car before you embark on your journey. I always opt for Sunny Cars. The significant advantage of renting a car with Sunny Cars is that all insurances are already included in the price. This way, you won’t be faced with unpleasant surprises in the form of extra costs when picking up your car.

Want to learn more about driving in Corsica, finding accommodations, currency matters on the island, and other crucial details for planning your vacation? You’ll find all my tips in my blog post ‘10 Corsica travel tips you need to know before you go’

The most beautiful beaches in Corsica

Corsica harbors an overwhelming number of stunning beaches. Since it is impossible to cover them all here, I have selected my absolute favorites.

In this guide, I share information about the beaches by region, making it easy for you to find the perfect beach locations depending on which region you plan to visit. For each region, I also provide some tips on where to stay on the island.

For each coastal location, I provide comprehensive information about accessibility, parking, and facilities so that you know exactly what to expect when deciding to visit a particular beach. This way, you are well-prepared for a carefree and enjoyable beach experience.

Here is a useful map to help you locate each beach.

Cape Corse 

Cape Corse extends like an elegantly outstretched finger into the Mediterranean Sea, located in the northern part of Corsica. It is renowned for its breathtaking cliffs, enchanting villages, and pristine nature, making it an indispensable destination for those seeking to experience the authentic charm of Corsica.

The region is characterized by a dramatic landscape, where steep cliffs rise from the azure blue sea, and picturesque coves are nestled among the rocks. The winding coastal roads take you past picturesque villages where time seems to have stood still.

Cape Corse is not only a visual feast due to its natural beauty but also houses historical landmarks, such as ancient Genoese towers standing along the coastline as silent witnesses to a rich past.

The best things to do in Cape Corse, Corsica

Choose accommodation with a convenient location, allowing you to effortlessly explore the nearby surroundings. Some recommendations include Hôtel Pineto in Biguglia, Hôtel Casa Mea in Bastia, Hôtel La Dimora & Spa in Saint Florent, and Aethos Corsica, situated between Saint Florent and Bastia.

Plage Nonza 

We kick off with one of the most unique beaches in Corsica, namely Plage de Nonza. This beach is located near the mountain village of Nonza on the Cap Corse peninsula.

What makes this beach so distinctive is its dark gray, almost black color. The unusual hue is attributed to waste rock from a 1950s asbestos factory nearby.

While it may not be the coziest beach for sunbathing and is not recommended for swimming due to strong currents, it poses no harm to health. It’s important to note that swimming here is not very safe due to the currents. Nevertheless, it’s a sight to behold!

Plage Nonza, Cape Corse, Corsica
  • Type of Beach: The beach consists of dark gray, almost black stones.
  • Location and directions: Plage de Nonza is located near the village of Nonza, approximately 20 km from Saint Florent and 50 km from Bastia.
  • Parking: Parking is available along the road (D80) north of Nonza, and there is a small parking area south of the village center.
  • Accessibility: From the village, the beach is only accessible on foot via a steep staircase.
  • Facilities: There are no facilities available on the beach. However, in the village center of Nonza, you can find eateries and bars. Nonza is renowned for its delightful restaurants.
Plage de Lotu 

Plage de Lotu is a stunning location on the Gulf of Saint-Florent. However, the beach is nestled in the Agriates Desert, making it not easily accessible. But for a 400-meter white sandy beach with crystal-clear blue water and rocks teeming with marine life, a little effort is well worth it, isn’t it?

Plage de Lotu is also renowned for hosting the largest concentration of dolphins in Corsica. So, if you’re lucky, you might spot them.

Furthermore, the surroundings offer breathtaking views, with Saint-Florent in the distance and the mountains of Cap Corse as a backdrop. Swimming is delightful in the shallow waters, creating a true paradise for snorkelers.

Lotu beach Corsica
  • Type of Beach: White sandy beach.
  • Location and accessibility: Plage de Lotu is situated in the Agriates Desert, approximately 10 kilometers from Saint Florent along the coast. The route from Saint Florent to Plage de Lotu along the main road is about 25 km. The beach is not accessible by a regular car. Believe me, we tried this ourselves but had to turn back as soon as we reached the unpaved road. You can only reach the beach on foot, by boat, or with a 4×4. Walk along the coastal path from Saint Florent to Plage de Lotu. This route is approximately 10 kilometers long, taking about 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a boat from Saint Florent or Calvi or opt for a 4×4 excursion. Below, you’ll find my favorite tours on GetYourGuide.

  • Facilities: There is a small bar along the coastal path near the beach, but it is only open during the summer.
Plage de Saleccia 

Plage de Saleccia, located on the Gulf of Saint-Florent, is an enchanting beach with a white sandy stretch of over 1 km. It presents a colorful spectacle with soft white sand dunes, rugged desert rocks, sparkling turquoise water, and the imposing mountains of Cap Corse in the background.

Similar to Plage de Lotu, Plage de Saleccia is situated in the secluded natural area of Désert des Agriates, making it a bit more challenging to reach but undoubtedly worth the effort.

Did you know that Saleccia has a history dating back to submarine missions during the resistance and later served as a filming location for the World War II movie, The Longest Day?

Plage de Saleccia, Corsica
  • Type of Beach: White sandy beach
  • Location and accessibility: Plage de Saleccia, like Plage de Lotu, is situated in the natural area of Désert des Agriates. It is slightly further south from Saint Florent. This beach is also not accessible by car. Walk along the coastal path or the inland path from Plage de Lotu to Plage de Saleccia. Both routes take approximately one to one and a half hours. During the summer months, 4×4 shuttles operate between Plage de Lotu and Saleccia. You can also take a boat from Saint Florent or Calvi or opt for a 4×4 excursion, often combining a visit to Plage Saleccia with a visit to Plage Lotu. Below, you’ll find my favorite tours on GetYourGuide.

  • Facilities: Plage de Saleccia has a few restaurants, but they are only open during the summer months.

More tips on what to do in Cap Corse can be found in my blog post ‘The most beautiful sights in Cape Corse’

Balagne 

Balagne stretches from Calvi to L’Île Rousse, forming a semi-circle that embraces the base of the imposing Monte Cinto massif. This region, also known as the garden of Corsica, takes the spotlight for its fertile soil, extensive olive groves and vineyards, and charming historic towns.

Recently, the region has also attracted artists, craftsmen, and ecological farmers who continue the centuries-old Corsican traditions here. In the lush hills of the Balagne villages, you can still witness the crafting of local specialties using ancient methods.

Moreover, this region hosts some of the most breathtaking beaches in Corsica.

11 prachtige stadjes in Balagne Corsica

Here are my recommendations for an amazing stay in this region:  Campo Di Fiori in Calvi, Casa Legna near Pigna, Hôtel Restaurant Villa Joséphine in L’Île-Rousse, and Hotel A Piattatella in Monticello. 

Plage de L’Ostriconi 

Plage de L’Ostriconi is located at the southern boundary of the natural area Désert des Agriates and near the lively town of L’Île Rousse. In contrast to Plage de Lotu and Saleccia, this beach is accessible by car.

Plage de L’Ostriconi, an enchanting golden sandy beach surrounded by clear water and lush vegetation, is renowned for its pristine beauty. It is also known as Peraiola beach because it is situated in the Peraiola bend.

The semi-secluded location ensures that the golden beach is almost never overcrowded. The view is stunning, with the Ostriconi River springing from green mountains and winding through fragrant broom and sand dunes, extending to a 700-meter coastline scattered with bleached driftwood.

Plage de l'Ostriconi, Corsica
  • Type of Beach: Golden sandy beach
  • Location and directions: Plage de L’Ostriconi is located approximately 15 kilometers from the lively town of L’Île Rousse. The beach is accessible by car. Follow the T30 and take the exit towards the Ostriconi camping. Drive past the camping until you reach a parking area. There, you can park for a fee.
  • Parking: There is a paid parking area.
  • Accessibility: From the parking area, it’s a 15-minute walk to the beach. This trail is beautiful and well-marked. However, before reaching the beach, you need to cross the Ostriconi River that flows into the sea. Keep this in mind.
  • Facilities: There are no facilities available at Plage de L’Ostriconi.
  • Extra Tip: From Plage de L’Ostriconi, the coastal path of 35 kilometers to Saint Florent begins, passing through Plage de Saleccia and Lotu. If you like hiking, this is definitely a trail to consider.
Plage de l’Arinella  

Nestled near the beautiful Balagne village of Lumio, situated between Calvi and L’Île Rousse, you’ll discover the stunning Plage de l’Arinella hidden among the rocks.

This small sandy beach is only a few hundred meters long, but its location between the rocks, overlooking the Gulf of Calvi and the green hills of Balagne, makes it exceptionally unique.

This fantastic spot with shallow waters is ideal for a day of water fun

Arinella Plage Lumio
  • Type of Beach: Sandy beach combined with fine pebbles.
  • Location and Accessibility: Plage de l’Arinella is located 20 kilometers from L’île Rousse and 12 kilometers from Calvi. The beach is accessible by car. From both cities, follow the main road T30 and turn towards the coast at Lumio. Continue on this road until you reach the parking lot at the beach. Plage de l’Arinella is also accessible via the Tramway de Balagne, a coastal train that runs between Calvi and L’Île Rousse. Get off at the Lumiu-l’arinella stop and walk down the street to the coast.
  • Parking: There is a parking lot at the beach.
  • Accessibility: From the parking lot, you can directly access the beach via a wide staircase.
  • Facilities: There is a restaurant on the beach that also offers sunbeds and umbrellas.
Plage de Calvi 

The historic town of Calvi also boasts a beautiful beach that stretches for several kilometers, bordered by pine trees.

The clear, turquoise water of Plage de Calvi and the fine white sand attract both locals and tourists. Although it can get busier, especially during the summer season, the beach retains its natural beauty.

You can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. As the beach is located close to the town center, you’ll find numerous facilities available.

  • Type of Beach: White sandy beach
  • Location and directions: The beach is within walking distance of Calvi and 24 kilometers from L’île Rousse. The beach is easily accessible by car. From L’île Rousse, Plage de Calvi is also reachable by the coastal train. Additionally, Calvi is accessible by public transportation from Bastia and Ajaccio and by ferry from the mainland.
  • Parking: Paid parking is available at Parking de la Plage.
  • Accessibility: The parking is just a few minutes’ walk from the beach.
  • Facilities: There are numerous facilities such as restaurants, bars, rental of sunbeds, umbrellas, and opportunities for water sports activities.
Do you want to discover more beautiful spots in this region? Be sure to read my blog post about the most beautiful villages in Balagne.

The Gulf of Porto

On the western coast of the island stretches the enchanting Gulf of Porto. This captivating region is located within the Regional Natural Park of Corsica and is home to breathtaking landmarks such as the protected Scandola Nature Reserve and the imposing Calanches de Piana, with red cliffs rising up to 900 meters high.

The Gulf of Porto is further characterized by stunning coastlines, rugged cliffs, and lush green hills, making it an ideal destination for adventurers and nature enthusiasts. In addition to its natural beauty, the region also offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Corsica, surrounded by authentic coastal and mountain towns.

Prepare for enchanting sunsets, where you can witness a true spectacle as the sun bathes the granite rocks in golden-orange hues!

De mooiste bezienswaardigheden langs de Golf van Girolata, Corisca

For a fantastic stay in this region, you may consider  L’Aiglon in Serriera, Hôtel Capo Rosso near Piana, and VILLA FLAKA Boutique Hôtel in Cargèse.

Spiaggia Girolata 

Located in the Gulf of Girolata amidst the Scandola Nature Reserve, Spiaggia Girolata is only accessible by boat or on foot. This uniqueness adds to the charm of the beach.

Gulf of Girolata, Corsica

Spiaggia Girolata may not be the most beautiful beach in Corsica, but it undeniably possesses one of the most authentic and charming atmospheres.

Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing boat trip or taking a stroll, this is the perfect place to unwind. Don’t be surprised if you’re accompanied by friendly local cows. And, most importantly, don’t forget to explore the picturesque village of Girolata while you’re here.

Girolata, Corsica
Girolata, Corsica
Girolata, Corsica
Girolata, Corsica
  • Type of Beach: Pebble beach
  • Location & Accessibility: Take a boat trip from Porto, Calvi, or Cargese. Explore the various options below through GetYourGuide. Another option to reach Girolata is via Sentier de Facteur, a stunning hiking trail of about 10 kilometers that takes you along beautiful secluded beaches, provides breathtaking views, and offers you a good workout.

  • Facilities: Along the coastline, you’ll find various bars, restaurants, and shops. In the village, just a few minutes’ walk away, you’ll discover even more charming dining options.
  • Tip: If you enjoy hiking, the Sentier de Facteur trail is highly recommended. On this route, you’ll pass by a few more gems, including Plage de Tuara. From the rocks located at the southern border of Spiaggia Girolata, you’ll also have a magical view over the Gulf of Girolata.
Plage de Porto 

The most well-known beach on the Gulf of Porto is Plage de Porto, near the picturesque coastal town of Porto. This easily accessible and expansive pebble beach is the perfect location for a day filled with water fun.

The beach not only offers a phenomenal view of the majestic red granite cliffs adorning the surrounding landscape but also hosts an impressive Genoese tower proudly standing atop the rocks, overlooking the coastline.

Dating back to the 16th century, this square tower has recently undergone restoration and is now open to visitors. Climb this tower for a stunning panoramic view of the Gulf of Porto, making this location even more worthwhile to explore.

Plage de Porto, Corsica
  • Type of Beach: Pebble beach combined with larger stones
  • Location & directions: From Porto, follow the D81 towards Piana and then turn right towards ‘Rive Gauche’. Find parking under the shelter of imposing eucalyptus trees.
  • Parking: There is a large free parking lot right by the beach.
  • Accessibility: From the parking lot, it’s just a few minutes’ walk across the beach to the coastline.
  • Facilities: There are a few bars where you can eat and drink. Additionally, you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas. For diving enthusiasts, there are several diving schools and clubs offering diving experiences.
  • Tip: At the base of the tower lies the Musée de la Bruyère, where you can gain in-depth knowledge about the history of the heathland.
Plage Ficaghjola 

In Piana you can find one of the most enchanting beaches in Corsica. Nestled within the embrace of the Calanches de Piana is the hidden gem known as Plage Ficaghjola, surrounded by imposing red granite rocks.

plage Ficaghjola, Corsica

It’s an idyllic bay dotted with pebbles and rock formations, surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise water. Along the coastline, there are authentic fishing huts, while the surrounding rocks house various small caves to explore.

The secluded location among the rocks adds to the pristine and serene atmosphere, perfect for a few hours of relaxation. This beautiful, secluded bay is the ideal spot if you are seeking an authentic and tranquil experience.

plage Ficaghjola, Corsica
plage Ficaghjola, Corsica
plage Ficaghjola, Corsica
  • Type of Beach: Rocky and pebble beach
  • Location & directions: This hidden bay is not easily accessible. You can reach Plage Ficaghjola by boat or through a sturdy hike from Piana. Additionally, you can also reach it by car. Drive from Piana towards Ficajola and Arone (D 824). After passing the small village of Vistale, turn right onto the narrow and very steep road downhill towards Ficajola beach. The road ends at a parking lot.
  • Parking: There is free parking available. The parking lot is not very large, so during peak season it may fill up quickly.
  • Accessibility: From the parking lot, you need to descend for about 15 minutes along a rocky hiking path to reach the bay.
  • Facilities: There are no facilities at Plage Ficaghjola.
  • Tip: This is the perfect spot for snorkeling! Don’t forget your snorkeling gear.
Plage d’Arone 

Plage d’Arone is famous for its pristine surroundings and crystal-clear water. This secluded gem exudes a serene atmosphere, ideal for those seeking peace and relaxation.

Amid lush green hills and a touch of untouched nature, Plage d’Arone also forms a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

With its fine sand, a length of about 500 meters, a gradually sloping water depth, and numerous facilities, the beach is particularly suitable for families.

Plage d'Arone, Corsica
  • Type of beach: Sandy beach
  • Location & directions: From Piana, which is about 12 kilometers from the beach, take the D 824 towards Arone. This road will lead you to the beach.
  • Parking: Parking is available for a fee at the restaurants and bars along the road. Please note that it can be very busy here during the high season, making it more challenging to find a parking spot.
  • Accessibility: From the parking near the restaurants, you can directly access the beach.
  • Facilities: In the vicinity of the beach, numerous facilities are available, such as restaurants, bars, campsites, and vacation rentals. Additionally, you can enjoy various water activities like kayaking, jet skiing, and windsurfing. It is also an excellent spot for snorkeling and exploring the underwater world.
  • Tip: On the way from Piana to Plage d’Arone, you have a stunning view of Capo Rosso.
Want to discover more of this region? Be sure to read my blog post about the best things to do along the Gulf of Porto.

South Corsica 

In the southern part of the island stretches the region of South Corsica, featuring remarkable cities such as Ajaccio, Bonifacio, and Porto-Vecchio. However, it is not only these cities that make the region special, but also the imposing peaks of the Bavella massif and the most enchanting beaches of the island can be found here.

South Corsica offers a fascinating journey of discovery with a striking diversity of landscapes. Lush green hills meet rugged mountains, while enchanting coves and pristine beaches adorn the coastline. The combination of this varied environment with beautiful cities and charming villages makes South Corsica an extraordinary and unforgettable destination.

De mooiste bezienswaardigheden in Zuid-Corsica

The region extends from east to west with a mountainous inland, making the journey from the east to the west coast somewhat challenging. Keep this in mind when choosing accommodation. Along the southwest coast, you can enjoy a delightful stay at A’mare Corsica. If you prefer a central location around Bonifacio, you can opt for Hôtel Version Maquis Santa Manza or Hôtel & Spa Version Maquis Citadelle. For an unforgettable stay on the east coast, near Porto Vecchio, Domaine de Casanghjulina is highly recommended.

Plage de Cupabia 

Plage de Cupabia is a lesser-known sandy beach on the west coast of Corsica. It is somewhat more secluded but offers a broad stretch of coastline. Although the beach itself is not particularly long, there is ample space to find a spot of your choice.

Plage de Cupabia, Corsica

Surrounded by imposing mountain peaks and lush vegetation, the beach gives you a sense of seclusion and tranquility. In short, it’s the ideal destination if you’re looking for a quiet beach with a bit more privacy.

Not only is the beach beautiful, but the crystal-clear water invites you for a refreshing dip in the sea. This location is also perfect for snorkeling or diving. Additionally, you can enjoy beautiful walks in the immediate surroundings.

Plage de Cupabia, Corsica
  • Type of beach: Sandy beach
  • Location & directions: Plage Cupabia is situated between Ajaccio (40 km) and Propriano (26 km). The beach is somewhat secluded but easily accessible by car. From Propriano, follow the T40 and turn off at D157.
  • Parking: There is parking near the beach. During weekends and the peak season when it’s busier, parking may become more challenging.
  • Accessibility: From the parking area, it’s just a few minutes’ walk to the beach.
  • Facilities: There is a beach bar where you can enjoy a drink or a snack.
  • Tip: Plage Cupabia is 14 km from Filitosa, a prehistoric site. It’s ideal for relaxing on the beach after your visit to Filitosa.
Plage Roccapina  

The most iconic and beautiful beach near the seaside resort of Propriano is Plage Roccapina. This expansive sandy beach, located in a protected natural area, is surrounded by imposing rocky hills, where an ancient Genoese watchtower proudly stands. According to legend, Indian gemstones are said to still be hidden here by bandits after a shipwreck in 1887.

Plage Roccapina, Corsica

Nature has clearly left its mark on this breathtaking landscape with the remarkable presence of the Lion of Roccapina, an imposing granite formation that takes the shape of a seated lion.

Lion of Roccapina, Corsica
  • Type of beach: Sandy beach
  • Location & directions: This beach is accessible via the N196, which runs from Sartène to Bonifacio. Near Coralli Inn, take the road to the right.
  • Parking: There are two parking lots at the edge of the beach. One is on the west side and is more convenient for reaching the Lion Rock. The other is on the east side and is closer to the beach.
  • Accessibility: From the parking lots, it’s a few minutes’ walk to the beach.
  • Facilities: There are no facilities at Plage Roccapina.
Plage de la Tonnara  

Plage de la Tonnara is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting beaches near Bonifacio.The beach is surrounded by majestic mountains and the breathtaking nature of the region, making it a true idyllic paradise.

Here, you can relax on the sandy beach, adorned with light brown rocks, impressive pebbles, and lush vegetation along the coastline.

Plage de la Tonnara is also renowned for its powerful waves and strong winds, making it a beloved spot for surfers and sailing enthusiasts.

Additionally, the beach hosts several small islets just 30 meters off the coast, making it an ideal destination for those seeking more privacy and tranquility.

Plage de la Tonnara Corsica
  • Type of beach: Sandy beach
  • Location & directions: The beach is approximately 10 kilometers from Bonifacio and is accessible by car. Follow the signs to Plage de la Tonnara from the T40 road that runs between Ajaccio and Bonifacio. Turn onto the D358 and follow the road to a parking area.
  • Parking: There is a spacious free parking lot near the beach. During the peak season, this parking area can fill up quickly, but parking outside the season is not a problem.
  • Accessibility: From the parking area, you can directly access the beach.
  • Facilities: There are two restaurants where you can eat and drink. During the summer, you can rent kayaks or jet skis.
  • Tip: Thanks to the wind, it’s an ideal spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing. However, you can also enjoy snorkeling around the islets.
Petit Sperone and Grande Sperone 

Discover two enchanting beaches near Bonifacio that are definitely worth a visit: Petit Sperone and the adjacent Grand Sperone. These coastal gems seduce with their secluded beauty, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and soft white sand. The sandy and shallow water characterizes this picturesque stretch of coastline.

Petit Sperone offers enchanting views of the Lavezzi Islands, while Grand Sperone impresses with its desolate character. Despite the lack of facilities, these places are ideal for relaxing in tranquility, surrounded by a stunning natural environment.

Petit Sperone, Corsica
  • Type of Beach: White sandy beaches
  • Location & directions: These beaches are located about 7 kilometers from Bonifacio but, unfortunately, are not accessible by car.
  • Parking: Parking is available at Plage Piantarella.
  • Accessibility: Follow the coastal path from Plage Piantarella towards Bonifacio. After about 10 minutes, passing a excavated Roman villa, you will reach Petit Sperone. After another 10 minutes of walking, you will arrive at Grand Sperone.
  • Facilities: There are no facilities at these beaches.
Plage Rondinara  

Plage Rondinara is renowned for its stunning bay, shaped like a turquoise horseshoe, surrounded by a breathtaking white coastline.

The unique shape of the beach creates the perfect spot to relax in the calm and warm waters, sheltered by the surrounding rocks. This has led to it being repeatedly voted as the most beautiful beach in France and even in Europe.

Within this shell-shaped bay, you’ll experience calm, sheltered waters, ideal for a relaxing snorkeling experience.

Don’t be surprised if you find a sunbathing cow next to you, as it is quite common for local animals to roam freely in this area.

Plage Rondinara, Corsica
  • Type of beach: Sandy beach
  • Location & directions: Rondinara is situated approximately northeast of Bonifacio (20 km), precisely halfway between Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio (18 km), and is easily accessible. Take the T10 between these two destinations and turn onto the D158 towards Suartone/Rondinara. This 3 km long road winds through the mountains, passing by the village of Suartone before descending to the beach.
  • Parking: There is a large paid parking lot near the beach.
  • Accessibility: The beach is easily accessible from the parking lot.
  • Facilities: Various facilities are available, including a restaurant, rental of sunbeds and umbrellas, and pedal boats.
  • Tip: Stop on the way to Rondinara’s parking lot to admire the shape of the beach from above.
  • Extra tip: South (to the right) of Rondinara’s beach is a quieter crescent-shaped beach. Accessible via a forest path, this beach has coarser sand and slightly rougher sea. The paths also offer hiking opportunities in the surrounding mountains.
Plage Santa Guilia  

Plage Santa Giulia is not only renowned as one of the best beaches in Corsica but has also received international recognition from UNESCO. With its clear turquoise waters, fine white sand, and some rock formations just off the coast, it evokes the stunning beaches of the Seychelles.

The beach exudes a luxurious atmosphere, partly due to the modern hotels, charming seafood restaurants, and trendy bars in the nearby village. Behind the beach, tall pine trees and oleanders provide a lush green backdrop. Along the coastline, you can find various facilities, offering amenities such as umbrellas, paddleboards, buoys, and boat rentals.

All in all, Plage Santa Giulia is the perfect beach for a day of water fun for the whole family. However, be aware that it can get quite crowded during the summer season.

Plage Santa Guilia, Corsica
Plage Santa Guilia, Corsica
  • Type of beach: Sandy beach
  • Location & directions: Plage Santa Giulia is located about 8 kilometers from Porto-Vecchio. The beach is easily accessible by car via the T10. Turn towards the coast at Route du Golf de Santa Giulia until you reach the roundabout. From there, you can head in different directions to various parking areas. If you want to park as close to the beach as possible, take the first exit and drive until you reach the beach, where you will find parking.
  • Parking: There is ample parking available at various locations around the beach. On busy days, additional paid parking is available for a full day.
  • Accessibility: Depending on the parking you choose, there may be some walking involved to reach the beach.
  • Facilities: Along the beach, you can find numerous beach bars and clubs, all equipped with photogenic cabanas, comfortable sunbeds, and cocktail service. It’s advisable to arrive early, as these spots are very popular.
  • Tip: Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy one of the best sailing and windsurfing schools, offering lessons in English and German, as well as skiing and diving lessons. You can also rent a boat to explore the other bays nearby.
Plage de Palombaggia  

Palombaggia Beach is known as the most beautiful beach in Corsica, and it’s not hard to understand why. The golden sand and azure blue water create a breathtaking setting, surrounded by red rocks and majestic pine trees that provide refreshing shade on warm days.

Moreover, you can enjoy the enchanting view of the Cerbicale Islands, making the beach even more stunning.

Of course, this Corsican gem attracts many visitors. Both locals and tourists alike enjoy spending a day here. During the summer season, it can get quite crowded.

Plage de Palombaggia 
  • Type of beach: Sandy beach
  • Location & directions: Palombaggia Beach is situated approximately 10 kilometers from Porto Vecchio. The beach is easily accessible by car via the T10. Turn towards the coast at Route du Golf de Palombaggia, which will lead you to the beach. During the summer months of July and August, you can also use a tourist bus.
  • Parking: There is a large parking lot at the northeast border of the beach, but during the peak season, finding a parking space in the middle of the day can be impossible. So, try to arrive as early as possible.
  • Accessibility: It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the parking lot to the beach.
  • Facilities: Palombaggia Beach offers numerous facilities such as cafes, restaurants, sports clubs, and hotels. Not far from the parking area, you can rent snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, pedal boating, and scuba diving equipment.
  • Tip: For a stunning view of the bay, climb the rocks at the edge of the beach and admire the scenery from a higher perspective.
Plage Pinarellu  

Surrounded by tall mountains, picturesque villages, and dense forests, you can find the beautiful sandy beach of Plage Pinarellu in an expansive bay. The golden, kilometer-long beach borders warm, shallow water, making it perfect for the little ones. Moreover, you can seek shade under the pine trees on warm days.

This bay hosts both lively and tranquil areas, allowing you to enjoy privacy and silence. In the more southern direction, you can relax in an untouched environment, while heading north provides access to numerous facilities. Here, you can experience the best of both worlds.

Plage Pinarellu, Corsica
  • Type of beach: Sandy beach
  • Location & directions: Plage Pinarellu is located approximately 16 kilometers from Porto Vecchio. The beach is easily accessible by car via the T10. Turn off towards the D468 and continue until you reach a junction. Take the D1468 at the junction. If you follow the main road, you will see several access points to the beach through the pine forest.
  • Parking: Park your car along the road near the beach access.
  • Accessibility: From the parking area, it’s a short walk to the beach through the pine forest.
  • Facilities: In the shade of the pine trees, you can find restaurants and huts offering drinks, snacks, sunbeds, umbrellas, and more.

Want to explore more of Southern Corsica? Be sure to read my blog post about the best things to do in Southern Corsica.

That concludes the 18 most beautiful beaches in Corsica. I hope this guide, filled with useful tips, helps you discover the perfect beach destinations on this enchanting island. Whether you’re looking for tranquil coves, adventurous bays, or expansive sandy beaches, Corsica undoubtedly has something for every beach lover. Let yourself be captivated by the diversity and natural beauty of these beaches. And don’t forget your beach towel and sunscreen as you embark on a journey to discover the treasures of Corsica’s coastline.

Which beaches in Corsica are already on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below.

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Yours truly,

Sarah 

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18 most beautiful beaches in Corsica
The 18 most beautiful beaches in Corsica

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