Sunbathing and swimming without a swim-suit? As for naturist possibilities, Corsica is divided into two in a funny way:
|the official naturist resorts and diving centers are on the Eastcoast;|
|there are possibilities in plenty for nude recreation on the beaches of the Westcoast, although not officially recognized.|
|On the Westcoast of Corsica there are no naturist possibilities like on the Eastcoast. There are beaches though, that can be described as "clothes optional"-beaches, because there's a lot of nude recreation. But I have to say with that, that these beaches aren't officially recognized or assigned. At best, nudism is tolerated, but sometimes it's even prohibited. This means that, as a nude user, you are at some risk! Be aware of that!|
The D80 is the road, that follows the shoreline of Cap Corse from Bastia up to the Northern Cape and eventually ends at the other part of the Corsican 'finger', in St Florent. From the most northern point, take the D253 towards Barcaggio, park there. From there, walk about one or two kilometres to the east, to the tower on the spit of land. There should be a good nudist beach around the mouth of l'Aqua Tignese.
Opposite reports about la Plage di Calla, that lies just before Punta di Agnello. According to La Vie au Soleil naturism is officially prohibited here; other sources say though, that naturism nevertheless does appear here.
Reports 2000/2002/2009: No nudist recreation?! Jan writes in 2002: "beautiful beach, but no nude recreation seen".
Geir writes in 2009: "Indeed no nude recreation seen. Plage di
Calla sparesly populated on a Saturday, everybody rigorously dressed. Some nice
rocks/low cliffs on the headland before you get to the little bay beneath the
tower where you can have a swim in partial seclusion, I undressed, fantastic
water, but no nude recreation to be seen anywhere."
In St Florent, take the D81 in southern direction, towards l'île Rousse. After about 12 kilometres you pass the town Casta. About 3,5 kilometres beyond this place is a signpost indicating (Plage de) Saleccia. An unpaved road, in fact only suitable for 4WD's, takes you 12 kilometres through the
Désert des Agriates. At the very end lies the idyllical beach of Saleccia, once the set for the movie The Longest Day. Follow the path along the shore to the Anse de Faggiola.
An alternative route is given by la Vie au Soleil: take from St. Florent the D81 in southern direction and immediately after the metal bridge that crosses the river to the south, turn right. Drive all the way down this road that leads past many camp-sites.
Reports 2002, Patrick: "Although it appears only once in a while, my experience is that naturism is possible here."
Right from l'île Rousse, follow the N197/N1197 in northern direction and after about 8 kilometres, at Lozari/Ogliastro, turn onto D81 towards St Florent. Turn off at Pilve onto the unpaved road along the little river Ostriconi towards the Pointe d'Acciola. Park at the dunes. This is also the first naturist possibility at the Westcoast after the crossing of Corsica via Ponte Leccia.
Reports 2003/2009. 2003: Daphne and Giel: "indeed there was nudism, be it very little".
Geir (2009): "Beautiful beach in a terrific natural setting,
but very crowded in the afternoon even on weekdays and difficult to find
parking. Some naturism on the far end of the beach, mixed with other clothed
sunbathers. I personally didn't much like the atmosphere, and anyway too crowded
for my taste."
Follow the N197 from l'île Rousse towards Calvi. Directly after the sign 'end of built-up area of Isula Rossa' (l'île Rousse, as the Corsicans call it) watch carefully. After a few hundred metres you pass the entrance of camping le Bodri. Take the next turn right, to U Bodre. There's a parking lot. Proceed by walking down, crossing the road and passing the little station on your right. You follow one of the sandy foot paths to the sea, the right part of it is clothes optional. A marvelous fine-grained white sandy beach with a beautiful sea, but depending on the weather some seagrass might wash ashore.
Reports 2002, Jan: "little nude recreation possible."
Luckily, there's an 'escape': there's a small footpath from the beach towards l'île Rousse. The hiker passes a few quiet little bays, often visited by naturists. Feel free to go skinnydipping yourself!
Close to Plage de Renalta there should be another naturist possibility: Plage de Corbara. This can also be reached from le Bodri, walking in southern direction via a little footpath along the coast. With the little tourist-train you can drive up to the roadside station of Palaja, the first stopping-place, coming from l'île Rousse. And if you go by car, on the N197 turn right after about two kilometres from l'île Rousse. Coming from the south turn left about one kilometre after Curzo. Park as close as possible near the little railroad-track and from there, it's about a 200 metres walk.
Follow the D81 from l'île Rousse towards Calvi. After about nine kilometres you enter Algajola. Turn right there, cross the railroad and proceed on the other side of the track in opposite direction (so you're actually turning around). Drive past restaurant Stella di Mare. Behind the restaurant there are parking facilities.
Reports 2001/2005. 2001: The right part of the coarse-grained sandy beach is quite visited and about half of the visitors are undressed. A fine location. William (2005) writes: "indeed the unclothed/clothed aspect is entirely natural there. Years ago there was a section designated at naturist, but now the whole thing is free either way." Geir (2009) writes: "I can confirm your reports, a certain stretch of the far section is a mixed zone. I personally liked it a lot, even though I usually prefer more secluded beaches. Populated, but not too crowded, usually 10-20 naturists, very relaxed atmosphere."
Probably non-existent anymore. Eating and drinking… naked. Café Plein Soleil, on the east side of Calvi, has a naturist pavement that is visually seperated from the (non-naturist) beach. The little tourist-train, the tramway de la Balagne, also passes it.
Reports 2002/2005. In 2002, we recieved a confirmation of the existence of Plein Soleil, without any further comments. But in 2004 and 2005, the Café couldn't be found anymore.
Right after the signpost that says: 'Lumio', turn left, at U San Pedru. That road is about two kilometres long. Cross the railroad after that and park at the beach, at restaurant Matahari.
Reports 2002: we received some contradictory remarks. Doubtfull, unclear status.
Departing from Galéria, take the D351 in northern direction (Calvi). Park after 2,5 km and after that, walk to the beach in about five minutes towards the Genuese Tower. The beach consists of fine rocks. It's because of that this beach is also called Plage Caillouteuse.
Reports 2002/2005, Jan: "excellent nude beach". In 2005, we visited the beach
ourselves and had a great time here. The middle of the beach is the best part
for naturism. Shoes are indispensible! Geir (2009) does not agree about the
shoes, because: "the small gravelly rocks are nicely rounded.
Very nice, long beach in a beautiful and tranquil setting, few visitors the day
Coming from Galéria/Calvi, go towards Partinello and (12 kilometres before Porto) turn to the right onto the D324. Turn left at the end of it, and there you will find a pebblebeach where naturism is possible.
Coming from the direction of Galéria/Calvi turn to the right about five kilometres before Porto, onto the D724 (towards Bussaglia). Drive down the entire road (that's almost the only option by the way) and park at the road houses at the end. Turn left on the beach and walk ahead untill you reach a big rock.
Reports 2001: "barely naturism! Naturists are hugely outnumbered on this beach, you can hardly call this beach a naturist beach. It isn't right in both meanings, because only a few people on the far end are sun-bathing without any clothes, and most people don't think of a bunch of big round rocks when they hear the word 'beach'. It's still strange, in a good way, to hear the sound of rolling pebbles in the breakers, the sound even more amplified by the high rockwall directly behind the beach. Rockin'!" Geir (2009) confirms "Very few naturists at the very far end, some tension between naturists and rock-climbers. But I still quite liked the beach, very beautiful at sunset, nice swimming when the see is calm (rarely, it seems), and nice big waves when there is more wind. It is by all means a beach, not very big, and a pebble beach. Pebbles similar to those at Riciniccia, although the beaches and especially surroundings are quite different."
Southwest of Piana, at the mouth of the little river l'Arone, naturism is tolerated. Follow the D824 from Piana up to Port d'Arone. Once you arrive at Port d'Arone it's still a few hundred meters south, towards the Golfe de Topiti.
Reports 2002, Jan: "Beautiful beach, clear water, but no nude recreation to be found anywhere".
Geir (2009): "Jan is right and your report is outdated: Nude
recreation on this beach is now forbidden! There is a decree from the local
council with a lot of rules governing this beach, posted at both ends, clearly
outlawing naturism. A pity, the beach is very pretty, although quite crowded."
Follow the D81 North from Cargèse and turn left after about seven kilometres past club Med. Follow this road towards the coast. Naturism is possible on the left side of the beach.
Follow the N193 from Ajaccio towards Mezzavia and take the D81 towards Tiuccia there. About 3 km northwest of this town (between Tiuccia and Sagone) naturism is possible, just north of the mouth of the river Liamone. Walk past the first bay.
Reports 2003, Petra and Koert: "Beautiful, quiet, partly really naturist (on the northern side of the mouth of the river). Spectacular waves when the wind is stronger." We visited this beach in 2005 and it appeared to be outstanding, indeed! Larry and Jane have sent a 'trip report' (2010, September): "Plenty of naturists to be found north of the mouth of the river. The easiest way to get there is to park on main N183 road next to La Liamone Beach Restaurant & Pizzeria; walk down the path next to the restaurant and turn right. Naturist section of the beach starts after a short walk past the pile of rocks beyond the lagoon formed by the river."
Phil Vallack also reports a little more nude recreation a little more southwards, past the river the Liscia, but 400 meters northeast of the Thomson Hotel San Sebastiano. The beach consists of granular sand with a rather steeply sloped, rocky bluff. That makes it hard to swim with a rough sea, sometimes.
Follow the D111 from Ajaccio in western direction (along the solar-energy plant of Vignola) and take the D111B on a certain moment on your right.
Ignore the sign for the Plage and follow the signs for the
Paillotte restaurant. Naturist section starts just after 'Fine de Zone de
The site is known for it's dunes, rocks and fine sand, but it does have dangerous waves when the sea isn't calm as usual.
By the way, this location is often confused with Capo di Feno at the foot of the mountain Trinit, where the former area of Les Amis de Neptune was located.
Reports: Larry and Jane (2010): Excellent beach - on one September Sunday over a quarter of this attractive bay was occupied by naturists.
South of Campo dell'Oro, the airport of Ajaccio, naturism is possible past the Tour de Capitello. This location can be reached from Porticcio (Purticciu). From Ajaccio (Aiacciu), after the bridge over the Prunelli, take the first exit to the right, onto the D555. Next, turn right again at the first crossroad: the D55. In Purticciu the road to the Tour is indicated by a sign, near a Shell-gasstation. Drive to the end of the road and park by the beach. A footpath will take you to the Tour and the beach from here.
Reports 2004: we visited this place ourselves. A beautiful spot! Probably never busy, but it does have an amount of steady visitors. It's certainly worth while!
Take the D155A from the D155. Drive to the end of this road and follow the road along the coast. It's not about the first bay, but about the two following ones. Very fine, white sand, set off with pine trees: An excellent location.
Reports: 2005 (June), Peter: "Most distant bay (of 3) was an excellent naturist beach. Popular with families during the heat of the day because it offers plenty of shade among the rocks, it became a nude neach towards the end of the afternoon and early evening. While always mixed, there were enough nude bathers to make novices like my wife and I feel comfortable and confident. Best was the final evening, around 20:00 hrs when we had the entire beach to ourselves and could celebrate our 40th anniversary walking naked, hand-in-hand along the shoreline in the evening sun". Also Morten (2005) says: "A nice naturist beach, but use the most distant beach. U have to pass through a stony area, but it is easy and may be done barefeet."
Take the N196 towards Propriano from Ajaccio. You pass Olmeto and after 3 km you turn right: the D157. A beautiful coastal road with nice viewpoints! Drive ahead up to Abbartello. Park, where the road veers away from the shoreline. Here, go to the sea. It's by the mouth of the river, with beautiful sand that your kids can play with.
Reports 2004: Naturists are hugely outnumbered here. A lot of kite-surfers use this beach. That slightly prevents the rest to enjoy the sun and water undisturbed. Only a few people completely undress. But for the children it remains fantastic to play next to the high sandbanks of the river.
The beach by the Tour de la Calanca lies several kilometres closer to Propriano; in fact immediately after the exit to the D157. It is the beach by the Genuese Tower, there. We have read some contradictory reports about this beach. Recently, we've got an email from Morten: "The beach by the Tour de la Calanca is absoluteley not a nude beach". Therefore we advise you to go to Olmeto Plage, or, even better, to the now following beautiful Plage de Propriano.
From Propriano, follow the D196 towards Sartène. After a few kilometres you cross a little bridge over the little river the Rizzanèse. Directly behind the bridge you veer to the right, the D121 towards Portigliolo and airport Campomoro. The nudist beach in fact lies behind the airport. Park your car at one of the many creeks (this, by the way, is not completely safe), when you have turned away from the airport. Walk towards the beach via the strip of protected nature reserve.
Reports 1998: A fine location. Sometimes you need a little courage to go naked first. Now and then we came upon an (almost) entirely dressed beach, but our example got followers after a little while. Like they had been waiting for our signal. We had a great time!
Follow the N196 towards Bonifacio from Sartène. Quite soon after that you take the D48 towards Tizzano. Shortly before the town itself, take the road towards Camping de l'Avena. Then you park on the left, at the Plage de Tradicetto and you proceed over the rocks to Cala Barbinara.
Also the bays west of Tizzano, towards Punta di Senetosa, are often visited by naturists.
Driving from Porto Vecchio/Bonifacio on the N196 in the direction of Sartène, one passes inevitably tourists taking pictures of the famous Rocher du Lion. Somewhat further (about 17 km after the bifurcation of the D859 in the direction of Porto Vecchio), is Auberge Coralli. Turn left just before this restaurant and drive all the way down to the parking place at the end. Follow a small path in the right corner of the parking place, going right into the woods. After a walk of about 45 minutes one reaches Plage d'Erbaju, a beautiful beach.
Reports 2007: A beautiful clothes-optional beach with enough space for both naturists and textilists.
Departing from Bonifacio you take the N196 towards Sartène. Turn left after 9 km, the D358 towards Tonnara. Park there, on the left side, and follow the path towards Stagnolu Bay, on the southern side of Plage de Tonnara. It's a walk of about 10-15 minutes. Opposite the little lake lies the fine-sanded beach. According to "Dossier Plages 2002" this beach would even be authorized, but that is most doubtful.
Reports 2009: Superb! Clothes-optional. A visit of the beach is excellent in combination with a visit of Bonifatio: a few hours on the nude beach and the rest of the day in the beautiful city.
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|Plagenat with reports (une site francais avec des témoignages)|
|In French: Globetrotter|
|A review of (non-naturist) Corsican beaches from Corsica Isula|