Welcome to Nonza
Arrayed around a rocky pinnacle that’s crowned with the remains of a Genoese watchtower, Nonza is much the most attractive village on the western coast of Cap Corse. Its diminutive central square, at a sharp curve in the D80 – high above the coast at this point – is a hubbub of activity in summer, while its schist-roofed stone houses look ready to tumble down the hillside onto the black-pebble beach far below.
That beach, accessible via a rocky footpath, is a legacy of an asbestos mine that closed 50 years ago. Locals don’t seem to worry about potential pollution, though – it’s packed with holidaying families in high season.