Saturday, 23 November 2013

Something for everyone (aka the stunning beaches of Northern Corsica)

The only way to fight the incoming apathy and sense of depression due to a November rainy afternoon, was to look back at our pictures and notes from our week in Corsica and write about some of its beautiful beaches! Since last time we were in this gorgeous Mediterranean island 2 months ago, memories are still fresh.


One of the things we love more about Corsica (other that good food and wine and an extraordinary mix of French and Italian cultures) is the fact that it has something for everyone.
Mountain? Ticked!
Amazing sea? Ticked!
Sandy beaches? Ticked!
Rocky bays? Ticked!
Beautiful ancient towns? Ticked!
(And we don't want to repeat ourselves about food & wine!)


But let's go back to beaches...and let's start with an easy one: Plage Aregno. Easy in terms of access because is just by the town of Algajola and there is a quite spacious parking. No facilities there other than a kayak rental. But the beautiful landscape on one side, the view of the now privately owned ancient Genoese fort on the other and crystalline waters just in front of you will do the job.


Only walking distance but inside the town there are also other spots both with sand or rocks where to stop.

Very close to Lumio, is Plage Arinella. Here there is a sandy part and also some flat and smooth rocks where lying down to sunbath. The beach is quite large: the first part is not perfectly clean plus walking a bit further it is quieter. What is really impressive is the splendid colorful maquis behind the beach and the amazing fishes in the water. It was full of sea breams and sea basses...and seabirds looking for their dinner!



Getting closer to Ile Rousse, there are a couple of other beaches worth visiting. Just before entering the town (coming from Lumio) there is a blue totem saying `Plage` . Follow the road and in a few minutes you will find a large parking. During high season you will have to pay but in September it was free. Once left the car, a 5-10 minutes walk (crossing an apparently abandoned railroad track) will take you to the first of the 2 beaches, Plage de Bodre.



Bodre is a very nice long stretch of sand with a bar on its Eastern side, but it was a bit too busy for our standards, so we decided to follow a path indicating Plage de Ghjunchetu. After a 5-10 minutes' walk through the maquis, we arrived to this charming and much less crowded beach of fine and light sand with some rocky corners.

 


The seabed is sandy with plenty of little soles.There is also a bar, but at the time of our visit it was closed.
The place was very quiet and relaxing.




And just looking at pictures we can still feel the warmth of that September afternoon.....

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