Denmark’s Baltic island escape
By April, temperatures in Corsica should be well into the teens, but France’s most Mediterranean corner won’t yet have put out all the beach chairs. If you want to steal a march on the crowds, head to the south of the island now. Porto-Vecchio plays the role of St Tropez in these parts: the hillside town overlooks a sail-specked bay, with seductive beaches close to hand. Best of all is the milelong arc of Palombaggia, poised between pine trees and turquoise waters. This region has seen much less seaside development than the Côte d’Azur – if you follow the rocky, indented coast clockwise from Porto-Vecchio, past the astounding clifftop port of Bonifacio, you’ll come to even wilder spots, such as Plage de Roccapina (pictured). Many beaches can be reached only on foot or by boat.
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On a hillside above Palombaggia Beach, Littariccia is a B&B with a dreamy pool and a spa (from £70; littariccia.com). Direct flights from the UK to Corsica don’t properly get going until May, but out of main season you can fly via Paris, Marseille or Nice to Corsica’s four commercial airports; Figari is the southernmost (from £130; airfrance.co.uk and aircorsica.com).