Corsica’s 1,000km of coastline is a fabulous and endlessly discoverable mix of iconic sandy beaches, secret bays only accessible by boat, dramatic, windswept cliffs plunging into the sea, untouched coves lapped by translucent aquamarine waters, picturesque fishing harbours and bustling international ports.
In terms of beaches, there’s something for everyone. Some have lidos, watersports and restaurants, others are more off the beaten track, hidden away in nature reserves. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find something in our list of favourite beaches in south Corsica.
Where: a 30-minute drive north of Porto Vecchio.
Description: over 1km of fine sand stretching from the little hamlet and marina of Pinarellu, which is overlooked by an old Genoese tower. The shallow waters make it ideal for young children, and there are some good water sports opportunities for older visitors, including windsurfing and boat hire. There is a good selection of restaurants in the village, a few beach bars and one lido offering sunloungers.
Access: easy, by car. There are some parking spaces by the marina and other bays along the beachfront.
Where: a 20-minute drive north of Porto Vecchio.
Description: a lovely crescent shaped sandy beach with plenty of facilities for children and some very good restaurants and cocktail bars. There are also a couple of lidos renting out sunloungers and umbrellas.
Access: easy, by car with good parking.
Where: a 15-minute drive south of Porto Vecchio.
Description: with its soft white sand, pink granite headlands, many blue-hued waters and green pine forests, Palombaggia is arguably one of the most picture-perfect and popular beaches in Corsica. There are life guards, water sports facilities, lidos and several bars and restaurants in the summer season. It is popular with families and good for children.
Access: easy, by car. There are several parking areas, one of which is free.
NB two of our villas, Tamaricciu and Fontana are within walking distance of Palombaggia beach, close to the southern less busy section.
Where: a 15-minute drive south of Porto Vecchio (25 minutes north of Bonifacio), just beyond Palombaggia.
Description: a secluded bay with white sand and shallow waters, quite Caribbean in feel. A wooden pier stretches into the water and there are plenty of water sports on offer. There is also a restaurant.
Access: easy, by car via a long, winding, panoramic road. There is free parking available if you get there early.
Where: between Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio, around a 30-minute drive from both.
Description: an unspoilt, horseshoe-shaped sandy bay next to a little salt-water lake. Part of a nature reserve, Rondinara has few facilities, but there is a small bar serving refreshments. The beach is popular with windsurfers.
Access: easy, by car followed by a walk down to the beach.
Plage de Balistra
Where: a 25-minute drive northeast from Bonifacio.
Description: a lovely remote sandy beach between the sea (to the east) and Balistra Lagoon (to the west). The area is part of a protected nature reserve and there is some lovely walking. There are no facilities so make sure to take water and provisions.
Access: easy, by car.
Where: a 15-minute drive northeast of Bonifacio.
Description: a long stretch of sandy beach with facilities, including a lido and restaurant, at the base of a deep north-facing bay, which is also home to a couple of other small beaches.
Access: easy, by car.
Where: a 15-minute drive due east of Bonifacio.
Description: a small, unspoilt sandy beach for those who love a more off-the-beaten-track location. A stretch of reef makes it popular with snorkelers. There are no lidos but there is a good beachfront bistro (U Caru Lunga).
Access: easy, by car and a short walk.
Where: a 15-minute drive northwest of Bonifacio.
Description: a long sandy beach spread over a couple of bays. It doesn’t tend to get crowded even in the peak summer months. The water is beautifully clear and great for snorkelling. There's a restaurant and a few other facilities, making it a great spot for a day out.
Access: easy, by car.
Where: on the south coast, a 35-minute drive west from Bonifacio.
Description: a small bay of crystal clear turquoise water with white sand flanked by red rocky cliffs. This is a beach for those who prefer simple natural surrounding – there are no facilities so you should take provisions and your own shade.
Access: on foot via an uneven rocky path – we recommend you park near the Auberge de Coralli and walk from there.
Where: in the village of Campomoro, a 25-minute drive southwest of Propriano.
Description: a small, quiet sandy bay renowned for its crystal clear waters. There are a few restaurants and bars along the beach and in the village.
Access: easy, by car. There is parking along the seafront and in the village.