Lapped by turquoise waters, fringed with pine trees and graced with gorgeous views of the Îles Cerbicale, the long sandy crescent of Plage de Palombaggia, 10km southeast of Porto-Vecchio, is widely acknowledged to be Corsica's most beautiful beach. Coming from Porto-Vecchio, follow the T10 south then turn left onto rte de Palombaggia, which winds around the coast.

Across the first headland south of Plage de Palombaggia, Plage de la Folacca (also known as Plage de Tamaricciu) is no less impressive. Continue a few kilometres further south, over the Bocca di L’Oru pass, to reach another gem of a beach, the gently curving Plage de Santa Giulia.

The coast north of Porto-Vecchio is also peppered with scenic expanses of sand. The gorgeous, translucent seas off the beaches at Cala Rossa and Baie de San Ciprianu are sure to set your heart aflutter. Further north lies the stunning Golfe de Pinarello, with its Genoese tower and yet more beautiful expanses of sand lapped by shallow waters.

Various operators offer boat excursions from Porto-Vecchio’s marina to Bonifacio and the Îles Lavezzi.