Water Sports in Bonifacio
Club Atoll. This PADI-endorsed club offers a variety of water sports for all skill levels, along with equipment rental and training. Rte. de Porto-Vecchio, Cavallo Morto, Bonifacio, 20166. 04–95–73–02–83.
Club Bonif'Kayak. Stand-up paddling on large surfboards is popular for both kids and adults. The club is on a stretch of beach facing Ile de Piana. Plage de Piantarella, Bonifacio, 20169. 06–27–11–30–73. www.bonifacio-kayak.com.
Club de Voile de Bonifacio. On one of the most beautiful spots of Corsica, Club de Voile offers lessons and equipment rental for catamaran sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing. Reserve in advance, especially during high season. Plage de Piantarella, Bonifacio, 20169. 06–83–17–37–17. www.ecole-windsurf.com.
Driving north from Bonifacio, head east off the N198 on a long, winding road to reach Palombaggia, the most famous beach on Corsica. Considered one the best beaches in Europe for its shallow crystal waters and umbrella pine backdrop, this pristine two-mile stretch of white sand rivals even the Caribbean as the perfect family vacation spot. Diversified terrain and powdery beaches continue to extend nearly 10 miles up to Porto Vecchio, one of the richest regions in Corsica that attracts the world's most famous jetsetters and their glimmering yachts each summer. Considered the island's "St-Tropez," it boasts a large marina and historical old town with cobblestone streets lined with cafés, restaurants and boutiques. On Sunday mornings, merchants gather at the center's La Place du Monument where they sell local produce, meat and cheese. As the island's main exporter of cork and tangerines, Porto Vecchio backs onto Corsica's largest cork-oak forest, L'Ospédale. An excursion across the forest on D368, climbing 49 km (30 miles) to the mountain pass of Col de Bavella, is one of the island's best tours. Take the flat, straight road (N198) up the east coast only if you have a boat leaving Bastia in two hours.
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