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Corsica is sophisticated, flashy and one of the best places for water sports in the Mediterranean. The island's stunning coastline extends for over 600 miles and the few visitors outside of high season make finding a deserted beach or secluded cove almost a certainty. Palombaggia near Porto-Vecchio is the most famous beach of all and perhaps the most beautiful.
Playa Palombaggia, on the southwestern corner of the island, is a breathtaking, long cove of white sand, framed by turquoise waters and backed by sand dunes shaded by gnarled umbrella pines.
The Palombaggia beach area, faces the Cerbicales islands near Porto-Vecchio, and consists of six magnificent beaches, that form a long necklace of fine, white sand, separated by red rocky peninsulas.
The water here is usually clear as glass, clean, shallow, and underneath, the sand fine making it a wonderful beach for families. The beach is no longer a secret and gets quite crowded during summer. If crowded, the solution is to walk as far along as possible until you reach a secluded spot. The best time to visit the beach is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Even in high season though, there are fewer crowds here than at better known Med beach hotspots. The beach has lifeguards during high season and is cleaned regularly.
Anyone seeking some peace and solitude in one of France's most beautiful locations
THINGS TO DO
Hire Mountain Bikes
Visit the fortress town of Bonifacio
Walking - Corsica is a walker's paradise.
Go into the mountains
Scuba diving - Corsica will show you as good a time as you'll find anywhere in the Mediterranean
Swim in the clear waters
Unwind and enjoy Corsica's natural beauty
Air France (www.airfrance.com) has daily services from Paris and Lyon to Bastia and Ajaccio. From Bastia, take the eastern coastal route along the N193/N198 around Corsica's southern tip.
SEA SNCM (+33 1 49 24 24 24) operates ferries from Marseille, Nice and Toulon to Ajaccio, Bastia and Propriano.
Travel here is an adventure. One tortuous road circles the island, while another nail-biter dissects it.