Sea, nature, food and history... Called Kallistè "the most beautiful" by the Greeks, Corsica is all of this and more...
For an exotic holiday in the Mediterranean Sea's very own island paradise.
In Désert des Agriates, hidden behind punta di l’Acciolu, appears
one of the moste preserved beaches of Corsica, l’Ostriconi.
In recent years, French celebrities build their vacation houses all along the Corsican coast.
In a promanade one could come across a politician’s or an artist. They are here to enjoy the calm and
voluptuousness of the island. Corsicans are very caring with them, and that's what they are looking for.
The waterfront house in rondinara bay belongs to one of famouse French actors, Daniel Auteuil.
A small cove of fine sand and
turquoise water Falocca beach of southern Corsica,
Mortella beach and its tower full of history.
On 1793, the French had occupied Corsica and the Mortella tower was being used by the French Navy to
bombard any ships that tried to seize the island. The Corsican people asked the
British Government for help and two battleships were sent to take the tower the following year.
On 9 February 1794 it was finally captured by the British after two days of fighting. to follow...
The Mortella Tower had withstood the combined force of 101 cannons being fired from two English battleships
during this time and was only defeated after a fire broke out inside the tower.
The British Navy were so impressed with the strength of the tower that Nelson tried to demolish.
So before they left Corsica they took its measurements,
which formed the basis for the size and shape of all English Martello Towers.
The Saleccia beach is located in Corsica, in the Agriate desert, a territory whose name evokes ‘farmlands’,
which are nothing like a ‘desert’, a title that you would be better off forgetting...
Petite Sperone. a feast for the eyes when you arrive!
The finest sand of the island, a historical beach with remain’s of
Romaine vestige Pallae,
underneath the famous Sperone Golf, with the view on Lavezzi, and Cavallo islans.
The island of Cavallo, the most beautiful of the Lavezzi archipelago belonging to Corsica. One of the most exclusive in the Mediterranean. 4 km from Sperone Golf, in southernmost tip of Corsica (to see more of Cavallo click on photo galeries)
Taking a carriage between Seleccia beach and Lodo, is possible, but walking on coastal path, is accompanied by
birdsong and the trailing scent of the maquis, and passing numerous small rocky coves,
and pockets of beaches, some pebbly, others with ice-white sand.
Porto Vecchio once known as Salt City in reference to the salt marshes which still cater for most of Corsica's needs.
Porto Vecchio prefers to refer to itself as the 'Pearl of the South' - a claim which is hard to dispute.
A floating pontoon has been installed for the embarkation / disembarkation of
passengers on a daytrip. Each year the pantoon is removed due to winter storms.
Lodo unspoilt beach offers a special charm
Fautea Genoise tower, Constructed at the end of XIVth centaury
Known as the Anse de Fautéa (Cove of Fautéa), attractive small Fautéa beach is located
on the Côte des Nacres (Mother of Pearl Coast), north of Porto-Vecchio towards Solenzara.
la commune de Sainte Lucie de Porto-Vecchi
This little explored archipelago is in the Strait of Bonifacio that
separates Corsica from Sardinia. There are a number of secluded beaches and coves.
They are relatively easy to access by boat companies operate out of Bonifacio.
For more info please see Lavezzi in photo galleries.
Saleccia beach is where the film ‘The Longest Day’ was filmed in 1962.
During visits in the 1960s, the Americans considered
the Normandy coasts as too disfigured by cottages to shoot the film with Robert Mitchum.
A short distance from the Île Rousse Coast, Ostriconi Beach is a beach that gets its name from the beautiful Ostriconi River
that flows into its waters. Almost a hidden local secret, Ostriconi Beach is popular with Corsicans simply because
of its isolation. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Ostriconi is so isolated that even its
shops and kiosks are surrounded by nature.
In the second world war, Saleccio was the site of submarine missions to supply the
Resistance hiding out in the desert. It is 15km north west of St Florent, and considered as one of
the most beautiful beaches on the island.
With access being difficult, it is protected during busy summer periods.
we often find friends on Plage de Saleccia and its
half-mile strand of dazzling white sand shelving gently into turquoise sea.
If you just want to see cow’s on the beach, don’t miss Rondinara,
you'll enjoy walking on the powder-soft white sand along the turquoise clear waters.
10 minutes from Bonifacio medieval city.
As with many beaches in Corsica, those near Bonifacio are largely undeveloped so retain their wild beauty,
and are endowed with sparkling turquoise waters and white sands such as plage de Canetto Bonifacio South Corsica
Between high limestone cliffs and corsica maquis, the little creek, Canetto marks the entry to the splendid
Gulf of Sant'Amanza which is worth a visit
Gear up with a mask and snorkel ...the rich fauna and flora near rocks will surprise you
Rondinara, a beautiful cove surrounded by two peninsulas, well sheltered from the wind and washed by
shimmering crystal clear waters
Fazziu island that houses the Fazziu sandy family friednly beach, in Bonifacio
The Plage of the Lodo in Agriate is shared between the communes of
Santo Pietro di Tenda from west and Saint Florent to the east.
la plage de dolche vita, near Porto vecchio 25km from Bonifacio
Don’t leave Porto Vecchio without visiting the prehistoric sites of
Castellu di Tappa and Castellu d’Araghju Bronze Age ruins...see bellow
Castellu d'Araghju is an impressive defensive edifice built on imposing rocky outcrops.
It is one of the most representative of the great Torrean buildings where you will distinguish
the remains of habitat of the Bronze Age civilization. A wall four meters high and two meters thick
leads to the ruins of a monument that reflects the architectural skill of warrior people present in Corsica from 1600 BC.
The first name of Porto Vecchio was Syracusanus Portus, founded by the
Phoenicians in the period of the early 5th century BC
palombaggia beaches, 25 km from Bonifacio at the southern end of
Isle of Beauty!
Palombaggia, the most famous beach on the island. One of Corsica's finest and therefore one of its most popular.
It was recently voted one of Europe's top 20 in a poll in the Times. An exquisite blend of fine white sand guarded by huge red granite rocks and fronted with gorgeous blue seas, and lined with beautiful pine trees.
It can be crowded in high season, but at any other time of year is well worth a visit.
From Ostriconu beach to Ghignu beach, crossing agriate desert leads straight to heaven.
Roccapina takes you to a charming village built on a plateau with
splendid view on the Bay of Figari and the small islands of
Bruzzi renowned for its Genoese towers and preserved coastline and the beautiful Erbaju beach.
The proud "rock of the lion" in Roccapina, lying lazy, seems to muse on while looking at the skyline over the sea.
(right side of the picture)
Roccapina beach is found beneath the famous "Lion de Roccapina" granite landmark in "commune de Sartène"
After a short but unforgettable hike and a breathtaking walk on the spine and crown of the rock of the lion you can land on two of the most famous beaches of Corsica (Roccapina and Erbaju).
Rondinara bay 10 min. from Bonifacio south corsica
Calalonga is an attractive beach of coarse sand, set in a compact cove.
The clear, sparkling sea slopes away from the shoreline fairly steeply, making it ideal for snorkeling.
The Ancient Greeks called it Kallisté, “the most beautiful”… With high-altitude lakes
bordered with pines, fine sandy creeks with crystal-clear waters,
porphyry-red or chalk-white cliffs, granite canyons and impenetrable maquis [scrub], Corsica is the greenest,
best-preserved, most mountainous and most varied of the Mediterranean islands
First beach of the Great south or last beach of the east coast, Pinarellu is a bay situated 7km north of Porto Vecchio.
The 500-year old well-kept Genoese tower situated on a small island like a crown in the middle of the bay,
along with the pine forest surrounding, give the place a unique feel. The transparent knee-deep water
that stretches far out and the white sand complete the scene and have made the place one of the
most popular beaches around Porto-Vecchio.
A scenic place Paraguano Bay near the Fazzio Cove in Bonifacio
Spectacular cove with Fazzio island in the entrance.
Beautiful circular bay, surrounding Fazzio island in Bonifacio
Cala Rossa is a picturesque beach with glistening turquoise waters and reddish sand.
The beach is backed by a verdant hillside lined with prestigious villas and set against the beautiful
backdrop of the mountainous Bavella Needles.
Bordering the Gulf of Figari and the village of Pianotolli, 20 km from Bonifacio these
secluded and unfrequented coves are just delightful – the gorgeous samara dora and its golden sand
spread around a shallow turquoise bay, and porto nueva, Pianottoli-Caldarello’s blocks of rock that stand like
sentinels against the littoral
Calalonga beach 10min away from Bonifacio ideal for water sports
Golfe de Santa-Manza Bonifacio
Golfe de Santa Manza has many beaches including the Plage de Maora, and its small snack bar.
The sand has large granules (ideal when windy) and there are many coves for swimming and water sports.
Rondinara... magnifique well protected bay, a sailing paradise...