The island is often referred to as the most mountainous island located in the Mediterranean Sea and much of the island is formed through volcanic eruptions.
The island measures 183 km in length and 83 km wide and as there is around 1000 km of coastline, there are plenty of beaches and resorts to be enjoyed by tourists.
The variety of beaches that are available on the island of Corsica means that there is something for everyone. There are plenty of tranquil spots which can only be reached by boat as well as tourist beaches which attract hundreds of people each day. The beaches on the island are renowned for their cleanliness, making them ideal for spending a day in the sun relaxing or for having fun with the family. Water sports are popular in the region including windsurfing and wake boarding. It is worth finding out more about individual beaches ahead of your visit as there are a large number of beaches that do not have lifeguard patrols, which means that those who want to go swimming need to do so with care or ensure they use a beach that does have lifeguards.
Ajaccio Gulf Beaches
The beach at Ricanto is a popular family options and it is just a short distance from the centre of the town. This beach does have lifeguards and those who spend time there can also find out more about the conservation projects taking place along the coast in this area. The Plage d’Agosta is a long beach that is popular with water sports enthusiasts. This is one of the busiest areas of the islands during peak holiday season. The Plage du Monachie is a secluded beach which is reached on a narrow track and is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busier areas.
St Florent & Oletta Beaches
The main beach in this area is Plage de la Roya and it is just to the west of the town centre. Water sports available here include sailing, jet-skis and diving and this is one of the busier beaches on the island.
Alternatively, travellers might want to opt for the isolation of the Plage de Loto which is reached only on foot or by boat. The isolation means that taking along a parasol for shade and a picnic for refreshments is essential. The Plage de Saleccia is also not really accessible by car but can be easily reached on foot or by mountain bikes. The beach measures 12 km so finding a spot to relax in should be fairly easy.
The main beach at Calvi boasts fine white sand and stretches for around 6 km. It is considered to be a great beach for families as the waters are gentle and sheltered and there is plenty of space to play. In addition there are plenty of amenities close by such as restaurants and cafes. Lumio beach offers views of the Calvi Citadel and this is a very sheltered beach for those who want to stay away from the busier areas. Davia has two small beaches and these are rarely crowded so are the ideal antidote to the larger touristy beaches. L’ile Rousse is ideal for those who prefer resort beaches and it does get busy during the summer months. This has a lifeguard service and there are plenty of water sports for those who want an active holiday.
Things to do
Those who are interested in exploring will find that Corsica has plenty of things to see and do away from the beach. History enthusiasts can pay a visit to the church at Aregno or take a trip to the ancient fishing village of Algajola. Both of these are in the north west of the island. In the same area there is a Jazz festival which takes place in June each year at Calvi and there are artisan workshops at Pigna for those who want to pick up some of the local crafts.
Moving away from the coast visitors will find the Cascades d’Evisa, a popular tourist attraction and there is also the Museum de Levie for those who prefer something a little more cultural. In addition, the Citadel at Corte attracts large numbers of visitors each year. At Vivario the Fort de Pasciolo is worth a visit and makes a great day out for all the family.