There are several beaches in and around Ajaccio in south-west Corsica, including a beach in the town centre, but if you are looking for beaches that are particularly picturesque we suggest you travel a few kilometres west to the Capo-di-Feno, and the Petit Capo and Grand Capo beaches.
The two beaches are joined by a footpath across the headland at the north end of the Petit Capo beach (or southern end of Grand Capo...) This path only takes a few minutes to follow and is also quite scenic, so we suggest you do it even if only to see the other beach.
Note for both beaches: this is one of the best known places for surfing in the region around Ajaccio, which of course means the seas can be rough and can become dangerous!
The most southerly of the beaches is Petit Capo. Parking is available, and the beach is a popular stop with coach tours. It is an attractive beach with a large modern bar literally on the beach, although at about 250 metres long the beach is quite small.
Petit Capo is a mix of large sand and grit which perhaps makes it less ideal than some Corsica beaches, and we thought the large car park behind the beach rather detracted from its appeal, but it is very popular with visitors to Ajaccio. If you are passing time on this beach we suggest you head to the furthest end (to the north), where red rocks in the water and a small promontory add further charm to the setting.
There is a small hamlet behind the beach where a handful of people live all year round, called Capigliolo.
This beach is sometimes called the Plage de Sevani
This beach is longer (about one kilometre long), sandier and more picturesque than the Petit Capo beach: it is one of the loveliest beaches in the region. Some facilities such as a small cafe are also available on this beach.
To get to Capo-di-Feno, start by following the Route des Iles-Sanguinaires from Ajaccio towards the Parata peninsula. You can then take a small road to the north that leads to Petit Capo and Grand Capo, or park at the Iles-Sanguinaires viewpoint and walk along the coast path to reach the beaches.
We strongly recommend the second of these options (see Iles-Sanguinaires for details) but walking is rather more hard work than driving, although the road D111B to the beaches can be quite rough in places.
This area is also known as the Apse de Minaccia (Minaccia Cove)
Places to visit nearby
Of course, you will want to explore Ajaccio while you are in this region of Corsica, and the scenic paths around the Parata peninsula (now a Grand Site of France) to see the Iles-Sanguinaires are the other main highlight.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Corsica guide.
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Address: Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud, Corsica, 20000, France || GPS: latitude 41.962082, longitude 8.591373
Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Iles Sanguinaires: grand site of france (9km)
- Archipel des Sanguinaires: site of natural beauty (9km)