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Palombaggia Beach Corsica

Palombaggia Beach Guide

Palombaggia is the most famous beach in Corsica, and has justifiably been voted one of the Top 10 best beaches in Europe.

This much-loved, flawless beach inevitably gets exceptionally busy in peak season. Given its popularity it pays to arrive early in the morning and to reserve a good spot.

Beach Description

Flanked by mountains and umbrella-shaped pines, Palombaggia is a beautiful 2 km stretch of powdery golden sand and shallow crystal clear blue water (which deepens gradually). The pink granite headlands that enclose the beach add to the rich variety of colours in this delightful beach. Palombaggia beach is in protected nature site and is cleaned regularly. The beach faces the archipelago of Cerbicale (attractive uninhabited small islands).
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Palombaggia is lifeguarded in season, and offers various water sport facilities, making it an ideal beach for families with energetic children. Sea excursions to the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio, Cerbicales Islands and Lavezzi are also available. There are ample snack bars and sun-bed hire.

Beach Video

The crowds can be overwhelming in summer. It is therefore worth while walking further along this vast stretch of beach to escape the masses.

The northern end of Palombaggia beach (best parking) is the busiest, and also narrowest, part of the beach. Further to the south the beach widens and becomes less crowded.

There is a cordoned swimming area here, with some snorkelling by the rocky areas close to the beach.


Beach bar/restaurant

Numerous bars and restaurants, with sun-bed hire on offer.

Water Sports

A good choice of water-sports, with windsurfing, jet-ski, kayaks, pedal boats and a dive centre. Boat trips visit Porto-Vecchio and the nearby nature reserve islands of Cerbicale and Lavezzi.


There is a large free car park set among the pines near the northern side of the beach. The over-flow car park is paying (inspectors do patrol the area). There is limited parking further to the south, along a narrow pot-holed road, however parking here can be very awkward. There is additional parking associated with the beach restaurants.


Palombaggia is 12 km south of Porto-Vecchio, approximately a 15-minute drive. Access is via a long and winding road.

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