Tamaricciu Beach Corsica is the little sister of famous Palombaggia: white sand, turquoise water... as dreamy but with grey boulders rather than red rocks. Below is my guide with photos to help you plan your visit to Tamaricciu.
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Why visit Tamaricciu Beach Corsica
Famous without its name
Tamaricciu is visually more famous than Palombaggia yet its name it not very well known.
One of its little coves between the main beach and its neighbour Palombaggia is one of the most photographed spots in Corsica.
It is considered Postcard-perfect with the giant grey boulders, the transparent water and the lone pine tree.
It is often cropped smaller, but here is a panorama people love to shoot:
But I think, Tamaricciu should be more well-known. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in South Corsica.
It is not very wide but it has a long bay of fine white sand.
The water is crystalline with a turquoise color. It is very inviting!
However, one of the reasons it is not as famous as Palombaggia is that it is not as easy to park and to access.
According the this French nature conservatory website, Tamaricciu take its name from the African Tamaris. This protected species can be found is the area behind the dunes.
Tamaricciu in Video
Before I share more pictures and some tips to plan you visit, below is a short video to give you a snapshot of Tamaricciu Corsica:
How to get to Tamaricciu Corsica
Tamaricciu beach location
Tamaricciu beach carparks
There are 3 options to park:
- At the East end of the beach, there are a few parking spots along the main road as you can see in the picture below. Parking here is free of charge. From this carpark, the access is down hill (see later in the article)
- At the West end of the beach is where you find the restaurants. They have private parking. You have to be a customer of the restaurant to park here - easy access to beach
- Or you can pay to stay on a carpark at the west end. From there, it is an easy flat access to the beach
- Carparks fill up fast in Summer, come early
It is one of the most sought-after beaches in South Corsica. So in Summer it gets overcrowded.
Tamaricciu Bay - view from above
If you are lucky enough to be able to park for free along the road, you are in for a treat.
Once you (carefully) cross the road, you have a beautiful view from above of the vegetation, the turquoise water and the giant boulders.
On the picture below, you can see part of the famous cove to the East of the beach. You can see the giant size of the boulders!
On the picture below is the rocky islet of Folacca. Apparently it is a great spot for snorkeling.
And if you look towards the West, you can spot the white sand, some of the restaurants and the next rocky head called Capu di Acciaju.
I love this view that is a great representation of South Corsica:
- Small hills plunging in the water
- red rocks
- turquoise water
- white sand
- and dense green vegetation
Access to Tamaricciu Beach
If you parked on the West side (paying), you don't need explanation to get to the beach.
However if you parked on the free spots along the road, know that you have to walk for a couple of minutes.
You will see a path leaving from the road, down the hill.
It is a mix of path and steps (around 55 steps)
Every time there is a crossing I recommend choosing right.
You will always end up at the beach, but I took left on the way down and the path was significantly longer.
And the reward is here! Inviting, isn't it?
Famous picture of Tamaricciu / Palombaggia Beaches - Pointe de Colombara
Now let's share a bit more about the famous cove of Tamaricciu.
Once you arrive at the beach on the picture above, turn left on the beach. The cove is not far.
It is located on the Pointe the Colombara, the head between Tamaricciu bay and Palombaggia bay.
As you can see in those picture, the giant boulders are very photogenic.
Plus there is a lone pine tree that is guarding the beach. It is really pretty against the blue sky.
In 1991 a fire damaged the whole area. Most of the vegetation was burnt, but this single tree was left standing.
And it becomes more red as you keep going towards Palombaggia:
Back on the main bay of Tamaricciu, this is the view of the tree from the other side.
Sandy beach of Tamaricciu, South Corsica
The colors of Tamaricciu are absolutely stunning. It is very inviting.
Although note that Posidonia leaves can arrive on the beach at any given time, so you never know how a beach will look like before getting there.
As you can see the sandy area is quite long but not very wide.
Be very respectful of this environment. This beach is fragile and will probably disappear.
It does not have any river feeding into it and the dune behind is fragile.
A lot of work is done to try and protect the dune and beach, but who knows if this will be sufficient.
Even if you don't swim, a walk along the transparent water is idyllic.
Tamaricciu Restaurant beach area
At the west end of the beach, you can find restaurants and private areas with chairs
This is a very touristy place, so expect expensive prices.
I visited early, out of the main season, so it was not yet all set up but the music was already too loud... grrrrrrrr....
Where to stay near Tamaricciu beach
- BY THE BEACH - If you want to stay as close as possible to the beach, you can consider the villas of Casale di Mare. Only 2min walk and you are on the sand! - Check out photos and availability
- LUXE IN NATURE - if you are OK with being a bit further away, check out the Chambre d'hotes Casa di Luru where you can enjoy great services surrounded by nature - Check out photos and availability
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