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Palombaggia


Palombaggia beach is said to be one of the most beautiful (if not the most beautiful) beach in Corsica. With its red rocks, stone pines, white sand, turquoise water and its view over Cerbicales Islands, it is indeed postcard perfect. In addition, underwater exploration awaits here. Head to the rocky area rimming the northern end of the beach: here, in a water depth of just a few meters, posidonia meadows, sandy areas and rocky outcrops shelter a thriving marine life.
How to get there?

Palombaggia beach is located in southern Corsica, about 5 kilometers south of Porto Vecchio city center. The access roads are small and often crowded in summer, making it sometimes complicated to come during high season. Parking options are limited around the beach: there is one free parking lot (located lot north of the beach) and several toll parking areas, with limited capacity : arrive early, or opt for the shuttle service (during high season only). Once on the beach, walk northwards (on your left when facing the sea) until you come to the first rocky point.

Water entrance

Enter the water from the sandy beach, close to the red-rock line closing the bay, facing Jet Liberty.

Aerial view

Exploration

Snorkeling in Palombaggia is a delight: a gorgeous backdrop, clear, warm water and a preserved marine life all make for an enjoyable exploration.

As anywhere else in the Mediterranean Sea, marine species are often attached to a specific environment. Sandy areas are loved by schools of silver fish and small groups of thicklip grey mullets. Try to spot a sole or a small octopus almost perfectly fading in the backdrop. The meadows are the place to spot salema porgy, going by in sometimes big schools. Hiding in posidonia are the most interesting fish to spot, such as peacock wrasse and broadnosed pipefish – this one is another camouflage expert. Finally, the most colorful fish all dwell in the rocky areas, where water is oxygenated by waves: look for wrasses and painted combers there.

Snorkeling Palombaggia Corse
Underwater landscape in Palombaggia

The site is part of Bouches de Bonifacio marine reserve (the largest of metropolitan France) where fishing has been regulated since 1999: as a consequence, the density of fish and variety of species is particularly important here.

Palombaggia is over-frequented during summer: expect traffic jams, lots of people in the water, jet skis and boats roaming around. If you come during high season, be mindful of your environment during your snorkeling experience.

Restaurants and accommodation

Palombaggia hosts many restaurants, private beaches and beach snacks along its kilometer of sand. You will have no trouble finding food and beverages here.

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