Sperone beaches, Corse-du-Sud: visitors guide
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The two beaches of Petit Sperone and Grand Sperone, south-east of Bonifacio, are among the most picturesque beaches in Corsica - indeed, they are among the most lovely beaches we have seen anywhere in France.
Visiting the Grand Sperone and Petit Sperone beaches
The beaches are a few kilometres south-east of Bonifacio, at the furthest point on the peninsula. The easiest way to reach the beaches is to park for Piantarella beach and then walk south along the beach.
At the southern end of Piantarella you can follow the footpath across the headland to reach Petit Sperone - I seem to recall this easy walk took about 10 minutes but I didn't actually make a note of the time so please accept my apologies if it takes a little longer!
Note: Piantarella beach is perfectly pleasant, a long sandy beach that is popular with windsurfers, but we think you will be pleased if you continue to the Sperone beaches!
Situated in a small natural bay, Petit Sperone beach has lovely fine white sand, turquoise blue sea, and a rocky point to either side of the beach covered with plants that provide shelter to the beach. No facilities are provided.
France This Way comment: this is one of our favourite beaches in Corsica, even if the absence of ancient trees and rocks make it slightly less photogenic than beaches such as Palombaggia and Tamaricciu a little further north along the coast!
Although it is quite a small beach, and is well known for its natural beauty, the fact that it involves an effort to reach helps ensure it is less busy than the more popular beaches in Corsica.If Petit Sperone is too busy you can always continue to Grand Sperone...
To reach Grand Sperone you need to walk another few minutes across another headland. This walk was not very clear when we visited and involved a bit of squeezing betwen the maquis but was otherwise an easy walk.
Your efforts are rewarded with a lovely south-facing beach of white sand. Grand Sperone has 90% of the charm of Petit Sperone and its more remote location mean it has less visitors so you just need to decide which is more important to you! Either way you won't be disappointed.
As you walk between Grand Sperone and Petit Sperone you will notice that you are crossing a golf course. I don't play golf, but imagine the stunning location of Sperone Golf must make it a great course for those who do - and don't mind the rather strong winds on the exposed position!
Of course, if you are visiting the Sperone beaches you will also want to spend a day exploring Bonifacio!
You can find more local travel ideas in the Corsica guide.
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Chapelle de Santa Reparata (Bonifacio): religious monument (6 km)
- Sartene: town of art and history (34 km)
- Eglise San Giovanni Battista (Carbini): religious monument (35 km)
- Eglise de Santa Maria Assunta (Santa-Maria-Figaniella): religious monument (37 km)
- Chapel de Sainte Marie Assunta (Quenza): religious monument (44 km)
- Golfe de Propriano: site of natural beauty (46 km)
The French version of this page is at Sperone beaches (Francais)