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Macinaggio Holidays

Corsican coastal charm

On the northeast coast of Corsica, the small port of Macinaggio has a dramatic history out of all proportion to its size. It was here that Corsican independence leader Pascal Paoli fell to his knees and kissed the ground after his return from exile in England in 1790 – a few years later Napoleon Bonaparte passed through as well. Today, Macinaggio holidays are most likely to focus on the colourful marina and excellent local produce, as well as its position at the edge of some of Corsica’s wildest landscapes.

During holidays to Macinaggio you can explore miles of extraordinary coastline. The Site Naturel de la Capandula is a protected reserve, with the Sentier des Douaniers footpath taking you to beaches, coves and cliffs inaccessible by road. Hike, swim and explore this unique landscape to your heart’s content, and be back in Macinaggio for an excellent Corsican dinner.

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Your Macinaggio questions, answered

Set in some of the furthest reaches of Cap Corse, Maginaggio is accessible by road. Parts of the Site Naturel de la Capandula cannot, however, be reached by car.
Corsican cuisine combines Italian and French influences, infused with the character of the island’s own produce. The local speciality is wine from the Clos Nicrosi vineyards.
Macinaggio has warm, pleasant weather year-round and it’s rarely freezing. If you’re looking for a hiking and exploring holiday in Macinaggio, the months from March to May or September are ideal. These are sunny days with little rain. June to August are perfect for lazing on the beach, with hot, dry days and warm seas. August also brings the Festival de Musique d’Erbalunga to the Cap Corse with three days of outdoor live music. The village has a livelier atmosphere, with the bars and restaurants opening until late.
Macinaggio is on the Cap Corse, a large peninsula in the north of Corsica, making it ideal for exploring a variety of beaches. You have Macinaggio’s main beach just a short walk away, plus a couple of other beaches within hiking distance. However, it’s worth hiring a car so you can explore the many beaches that are just off the beaten track, including the unspoilt beaches on the north and west. You might even choose to sail around the peninsula, which gives you even easier access to quiet beaches.
The Cap Corse is 40 kilometres long, with summits above 1,000 metres and wild, beautiful coastline. With so much to explore, research routes ahead or consult a local guide.
Macinaggio is worth visiting if you want to explore the Cap Corse and see the natural beauty of Corsica. The village is tucked away down winding mountain roads and is surrounded by lush greenery, so it feels like a rural retreat. Many people arrive in the village at the port, often as a stop while sailing around the cape, but it’s worth staying longer for the peaceful atmosphere, unspoilt beaches and hiking trails. You can also enjoy a selection of seafood and traditional Corsican restaurants along the waterfront.
Macinaggio is perhaps best known for its port, where sailing boats and yachts arrive during high season. It’s also known for its tranquil atmosphere for most of the year while, during the summer, it becomes a little livelier. The beaches close to Macinaggio are also well-known as there’s a mixture of light sands and wild, pebbly areas, with turquoise seas that will make you want to jump in.
During the summer months, Macinaggio has a fairly lively atmosphere at night. There are lots of visitors arriving by boat, so the bars and restaurants along the waterfront are usually buzzing, and they tend to stay open late into the night. There’s also the occasional beach party and a few small festivals held in nearby towns. Outside of the summer, the evenings are usually quiet, so you’ll either have to travel to towns such as Bastia or simply enjoy a glass of wine on your balcony.
Macinaggio is popular with families. Families who enjoy sailing will stay here, either as a base or as part of their travels by boat, and the village welcomes kids of all ages. There are plenty of family-friendly apartments and hotels, and you’re close to several beaches where kids can swim safely. If you’re a family that enjoys walking and hiking, there are many trails nearby so you can stay active on your holiday.

Hotels in Macinaggio

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