Several beaches near Bonifacio are exposed to strong and reliable winds, making them suitable for water sports such as windsurfing and kite surfing. Others are more sheltered, so ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
As with many beaches in Corsica, those near Bonifacio are largely undeveloped so retain their wild beauty, and are endowed with sparkling turquoise waters and white sands.
There are two small coves actually in Bonifacio (Plage de la Catena and Plage de l'Arinella), on the opposite side of the harbour to the Old Town (reached by a path next to the Aragiuone campsite). These can however be impacted by pollution from the harbour. There is also a tiny, pebbly cove below Bonifacio's citadel, accessed by steps from Avenue Charles de Gaulle.
With a car, some great beaches in the vicinity of Bonifacio can be enjoyed. A sample is reviewed below, with useful information on beach facilities, directions and parking. The interactive map shows the location of each beach (press the Satellite button for an aerial satellite image). Zoom into the maps using the Plus/Cross Sign on the left hand side.
For a preview image and beach information, click on the beach names below.