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beach with the main town and citadel in the background. November.
is blessed with a mild south Mediterranean climate, magnificent red
and grey rock outcrops, little development compared to the French
mainland and is awash with terrific beaches, just about every cove
around the island shows some white sand so there's plenty of seclusion
available if you choose to be an adventurous beach-goer. However,
here are some options on the more popular north and east coasts...
(picture above), the northwest coast:
The best overall beach resort of the island, with warm, shallow,
kid-friendly water, soft white sand, an historic (though unexciting)
citadel and pleasant town overrun with north Europeans in the summer.
Needless to say, any facilities required will be within a few metres
of your sweaty body. Calvi is a summer ferry port as well as being
near another northern port, Ile Rousse.
Rousse beach, November.
Corsica's centre-north coast port is a comfortable if uninspiring
town from where you can watch ferries unloading more desperate sandbaggers.
Ile Rousse is a few minutes drive east of Calvi, west of masses more
bleached beaches and half an hour's drive from the sensational hikes
(Beach) de Saleccia.
off the Désert des Agriates on the north coast and west of
Saint-Florent. Bastia is the nearest large town and ferry port. Saleccia
is perhaps the Corsica's best beach, large, little visited, with perfect
soft sand, clear azure water and a natural backdrop. BUT, the drawback
is a total lack of facilities and difficult access, mainly by 4WD
or a summer ferry from St-Florent.
north coast, off the Désert des Agriates and near St-Florent,
Loto is similar to Saleccia in location, beach size and quality but
also in lack of facilities and access.
beach out of season (November); the unpleasant fencing is visible
on the right, though it doesn't continue all the way round the bay,
it's only protecting the sand dune section.
de Palombaggia (picture above) and ***Plage de Santa Giulia,
both on Corsica's southeast coast near Porto-Vecchio with splendid
crescent bays, warm, turquoise water and fine sand backed by protected
pine trees. Palombaggia would be the hands-down winner but for:
a) considerable development in the area (but not on the beach which
just offers one café) - however, the large numbers of nearby
small hotels a couple of kilometres away could be an asset for people
who want to stay near the beach.
b) a veritable spaghetti of long and winding access roads makes getting
c) the authorities are now protecting the dunes with unsightly fencing
that also limits beach space.
Giulia beach is only just off the main road between Porto Vecchio
and Bonifacio and has some discreet low-rise accommodation including
the perfectly situated Moby Dick.
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south-east Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio, but nearer
As Corsica's beaches become discovered and developed beach-wallies
have to trudge further and further in search of the elusive perfect
strand. Rondinara is beautiful and easy to find yet mostly commerce-free.
A little, winding lane off the N198 has been recently extended to
a new car park adjacent to Rondinara that can probably handle a couple
of hundred cars at peak times.
Small guest houses and camp sites are scattered around though most
will still require wheels to reach the beach.
If Rondinara's too busy for you then get jump in a motor, drive around
and be prepared to walk to find your piece of perfect sand.
Cala Erbaju in the island's south-west is well off the regular tourist trail, a dazzling yet unfrequented white strip of sand unspoilt by north European beach bums and commercial paraphernalia.
Why not? Well, it's short of shade and long on access, needing a 45 minute walk along a delightful coastal path to reach it. The nearest road is at Roccapina and don't forget anything. There are no facilities there and it's a hefty walk back to the car.
best time to travel around Corsica is May, June, and September when
there is plenty of sunshine, flowers and less visitors, though July
and August are fine if you like it hot and book ahead. It's a 40-minute
flight from Nice or a few hours by boat from Marseilles or Nice Car Ferry.
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