Santa Giulia is a truly spectacular, beautiful large lagoon-type beach with unbelievably turquoise water and pearl-white soft sands.
It will take your breath away, even when jam-packed with tourists (which it undoubtedly will be from early season). A paradise for water sports enthusiasts too!
With incredibly white powder-soft sand and dazzling electric aquamarine sea, Santa Giulia is as stunning as any Caribbean beach. The dazzling colours alone are sure to impress. The sea is exceptionally shallow and calm, with small areas of reef that you can easily wade out to. Beachgoers enjoy paddling around in the knee-deep water, soaking up the unique atmosphere. Santa Guilia is an ideal beach for small children, although inevitably gets very busy with families.
Santa Guilia beach is backed by maquis and flanked by mountains and pines, adding to its exquisite natural beauty. There is limited shade under the trees, but these areas get taken quickly, so do bring adequate sun shade or hire loungers/sunshades.
Numerous boats moor in the northern side of Santa Giulia bay, however there is a cordoned area for swimming in the centre. Snorkelling is best along the reefs towards the southern side of the crescent, where the water deepens.
There are fantastic facilities catering for all the water sports you could hope for, including diving, windsurfing and some of the best sailing centres in the region, and lifeguards are present.
Boat trips are also available. A great beach for kids who get bored easily!
Immediately behind the beach is a derelict holiday village, however the shells of these buildings are screened from the beach by vegetation.
Beach /bar restaurant There are several cafes and restaurants to choose from, ranging from cocktails to grills. In the centre of the beach is a large, attractive bar restaurant with plenty of shade under the trees. There is a simpler beach bar on the northern end of the beach (by the parking). Some of the bars are also popular at night.
Plenty of sunbed loungers ("transats") are available to hire from the restaurants and sporting clubs, costing around 15 Euros a day, or 10 Euros for half a day from 15.00.
Water Sports Excellent facilities for a wide range of water sports. Club Nautique Santa Guilia offers catamaran, kayak, surfboard and funboard hire, and sailing and surfboarding lessons are available in English and German.
Santa Guilia Ski Club provides water-skiing lessons. Diving schools based at Santa Guilia are Aztech Marine and Oxygene. Pedalo hire costs 10 Euros an hour or 7 Euros half an hour.
Motor boats can be hired from Santa Guilia, to explore the many idyllic coves and beaches in the vicinity that are inaccessible by car. Lorcosa charge 110 Euros per day in high season and 80 Euros in low season.
For sea excursions/boat trips depart from Santa Giulia contact "A Dieu Vat" (06 09 56 02 44) or "Djinn" (04 95 70 56 61).
Quad bike hire is also available.
Parking There is limited free parking at the end of the road running to the beach, however this quickly fills up. There is a free overflow car park on a turning to the right as you drive towards the beach - try this first, as there is not much space to reverse out if the other parking by the beach is full. The beach is a 400 m walk from here down a gentle slope, past a derelict holiday village.
Additional paying car parking is available for 5 Euros by a beach restaurant - access is via the free overflow car park.
The parking in the "Marina di Santa Guilia" holiday complex is private only.
Santa Guilia is just 7 km south of Porto-Vecchio, and is easily accessed and signposted from the main Porto-Vecchio/Bonifacio road (N198). One option is to head south from Port-Vecchio on N198 and take turning signposted for Moby Dick and Santa Guilia. Pretty pink and white flowers line the approach road to the beach in summer.
Approximate drive time to Santa Guilia from Porto-Vecchio is 7 minutes.