BEACHES IN SOUTH CORSICA
The beaches around Porto-Vecchio are some of the best in Corsica, with beautiful crystal-clear waters. Top quality restaurants, comfy sun loungers, water sports and massages all on offer, you will never want to leave!
Just a 10 minute walk from Villa Luna, Palombaggia is the closest beach, which has been voted top 10 in Europe. Palombaggia comprises 3 beaches with the largest being our closest beach. Fantastic restaurants, rock pools, beautiful white sand and turquoise waters make Palombaggia the perfect place to relax for a day at the beach. You can stand-up paddle board or take a jet ski out, but whatever you do, we can promise it will be relaxing.
Just a 10-15 minute drive away, Santa Giulia is possibly our favourite beach (that and Cala Rossa). In the evening, there is a great fine dining restaurant called Santa Marina, or during the day wonderful places for afternoon cocktails. The bay of Santa Giulia is simply beautiful with wonderful rock pools and extremely safe water for young children. You can do most water sports including: diving, wake boarding, sailing, sea kayaking, pedal boats for children, windsurfing and jet skiing.
This is a wonderful beach and the Grand Hotel Cala Rossa serves excellent food with great service. With a beautiful view over the gulf of Porto-Vecchio, it feels like you're in the Caribbean. Be aware that in the height of summer, it can be a 30-45 minute drive from the Villa.
This large crescent-shaped sandy beach is great for children, the beach is shallow and is shaded by lovely pine trees. With spectacular views of Aiguilles de Bavella mountain range. The parking is free and close to the beach. There is a selection of top class restaurants that also rent out sun loungers for the day. There are excellent water sport facilities including floating pontoons for children to jump off.
This picturesque beach with gorgeous white sands is located an hour's drive from the villa. The beach is very similar to that of Palombaggia. A popular, family friendly beach that is ideal for young children, perfectly overlooked by the Genoese watchtower. There are two main sections of beach; the smallest and closest is the busiest, so it is well worth the walk through the pine trees to access the quieter and more peaceful areas. Lots of water sports are on offer, with several good restaurants and snack bars. Parking is also free.
PETIT SPERONE BEACH
Located near Bonifacio, this is truly a beautiful spot but can be difficul to access. Petit Sperone is a small cove with fine white sane. You will need to do some walking to get to the beach, but then you might have it all to yourself! There are no facilities here so bring plenty of water and food.
This beach is set among the red rocks in the Gulf of Santa Manza and is made of fine, red pebbles, giving it a unique feel. There is a great restaurant on the beach, which is perfect for lunch. This beach is beautiful and well worth a visit; parking is free. Also a great starting point for coastal walks, just follow the tracks through the maquis.
Perfect, white sand and clear water; this beach is small - so gets crowded in July & August, but out of high season, is one of our favourites. Just off the road, mid way between Bonifacio and Sartene, above the beach is the 'Lion of Roccapina', a natural rock structure, crowned by an old Genoese watch tower, which was built at the start of the 16th century.
The west coast can be a bit wild and windy, so it's great for kite surfing. There are excellent water sports facilities such as wind surfing, kite surfing and jet ski hire, as well as 2 small beach restaurants, serving refreshments. This lovely, sandy beach is a beautiful place to watch the sunset.
As the name suggests, this is a gorgeous ‘round’ bay with fine, white sand. This beach is very rural so don’t be surprised to find a few cows there in between the sunbathers. Situated between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, it can be accessed off the N198 via the winding D158. Sun loungers and parasols can be rented from the restaurant there.
GULF OF FIGARI & PIANTOLLI
Bordering the Gulf of Figari and the village of Pianotolli, these secluded and unfrequented coves are just delightful; a gorgeous string of narrow, sandy creeks spread around the shallow, turquoise bay. These beaches are not crowded during high season, so a perfect get away for a quiet beach experience.
If you want the most perfect day trip, the Lavezzi Islands should be your first choice. With a boat ride to the island, these perfect little coves are utterly divine. There is a choice of lots of beaches and plenty of history, but don't forget to take food and drink with you as this island is uninhabited and has no restaurant or shops. This little explored archipelago is in the strait of Bonifacio that separates Corsica from Sardinia.