Porragia Island, France
Exploring giant boulders and shaded coves on a natural preserve: Lavezzi IslandsOn a recent trip to Corsica, I decided to bring my family to the Lavezzi Islands. Accessed by a one-hour ferry ride from the port of Bonifacio, the archipelago is a terrific destination for a day trip.
The main island is a natural preserve covered with easy walking trails that are well-marked, making it easy to explore. The island is dominated by rock formations that inspire the imagination with their size and bizarre shapes. There are inviting coves with small beaches of white sand and shallow turquoise water filled with fearless fish. Two nineteenth-century cemeteries and the intriguing stone ruins of a shepherd’s house are the only manmade landmarks.
Note to visitors: bring sun protection and plenty to drink and eat. The island is uninhabited and without public facilities, so bring everything you will need to spend a full day, as I am sure you will want to.