The Gulf of Rondinara forms a small inland sea. One cannot help but be struck by the beauty of this shell-shaped beach, whose ends brush against each other, sheltering yachtsmen and swimmers in a quiet and protected cove.
The bay of Rondinara and its bewitching curve are ideal for a swim with the family: in fact, its waters are always calm, protected by its particular conformation and characterised by gently sloping seabed. Of course, the sand is very fine, the nature magnificent, the waters as crystal-clear as in the Caribbean.
In summer, the fame of Rondinara beach makes it one of the beaches most frequented by tourists. But don’t panic: most people stay near the entrance to the beach and it is enough to move away from the car park to find more secluded corners.
You can reach the Rondinara bay comfortably by car from Porto-Vecchio: you have to take the N198, towards Bonifacio, then continue on the D158, a small winding road, which will take you to a large car park. The daily cost is €5.
Rondinara is very popular, especially with families. The swimming is gently sloping and the sea is always very calm. There are no major facilities but there is a hut/bar on the beach, equipped for light lunches.
If you wish to swim in a more secluded and wild place, you will find a second beach, south of the bay. However, this beach is much less sheltered from the wind and the water is much rougher. To the north, on the other hand, near the Prisarella pond, you will encounter far fewer people, but you will have to walk along a dirt path to get there.
Rondinara is a beach as beautiful as it is crowded, which becomes unlivable during the summer months: in August it is often difficult to find even a metre to lay your towel on.
The first thing we recommend is to go to the beach at a different time than most tourists: the effort of waking up early to get there before 9am will be repaid by the absence of people and will allow you to enjoy the beach in the cooler hours. Or you could decide to visit after 5pm, in which case you will admire the sunset but will not see the famous transparency of the sea. Another time that is definitely less crowded is between 11.30am and 1.30pm: this is the lunch period, the hottest time of the day, when the sun is so hot that the beach is impassable, especially if you are travelling with children.
Another solution that will allow you to enjoy the sea and the beach alone is a boat trip. Daily mini-cruises depart from Porto-Vecchio that will guarantee you solitary relaxation and privileged access to the most crowded beaches.
Rondinara beach is a secluded cove in a natural setting that has remained almost completely intact. A few kilometres away there are some charming structures where you can spend a restful and relaxing stay.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to stay in a town with a lively nightlife and then move on during the day to the sea areas, then we recommend a hotel in Bonifacio or Porto-Vecchio: in fact, both are only 21 kilometres from Rondinara beach.
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The beach of Rondinara is located exactly halfway between the towns of Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio: in fact, it is 21 kilometres from both.