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Warmest beaches for swimming in May--Corsica? Sardinia?

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Warmest beaches for swimming in May--Corsica? Sardinia?

Hi there!

I'll be travelling in May with a companion who is a little bit fussy about wanting the warmest possible ocean swimming situation. We're looking at either Corsica or Sardinia (but I'm open to other European locations with warm ocean swimming in May!). Which of those two places might have the warmest water temperatures in mid-May? Any particular beaches in either of those places that you would recommend as being more likely to be warmer?

We're in our 40s, mellow, love beautiful scenery, poking around villages, local flavor, museums & the like. He really loves beautiful beaches, so for our first trip to Europe together, I thought I'd try to find him some lovely and swimmable ones. We'll be renting a car. All suggestions so appreciated! Many thanks!

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1. Re: Warmest beaches for swimming in May--Corsica? Sardinia?

The one thing that could be said about beaches on Corsica or Sardinia in May is that you would have them pretty much to yourselves. Temperatures are typically in the low 60's in May. And ocean temps are still pretty chilly. If you do go swimming, you will likely be the only people in the water wherever you go.

May is very early in the "season" for Corsica or Sardinia, but you should find most hotels, restaurants and shops open, particularly in late May.

Both Corsica and Sardinia are stunningly beautiful but neither island has a sohisticated tourism infrastructure.

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2. Re: Warmest beaches for swimming in May--Corsica? Sardinia?

This site will show you average sea temperatures for Corsica - and everywhere else.

seatemperature.org/europe/france/ajaccio.htm

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3. Re: Warmest beaches for swimming in May--Corsica? Sardinia?

Hi SoloTraveler323,

Corsica is the not the place to go to in May if you are looking for beach and swim. This being said, if you have to pick one destination, Sardinia or even better Sicily would be the two warmest European swim spots in May, Cyrprus and Crete could also be considered (if your definition of Europe extends there). As a technicality, there is no warm 'ocean' swims in Europe (Ocean is freezing cold in May, even in Canaria islands!), only the Mediterranean sea is somehow warmish.

Enjoy Europe

VillaFanny-Corsica

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4. Re: Warmest beaches for swimming in May--Corsica? Sardinia?

The further south the better, so Sardinia would win out over Corsica. But it's perfectly possible to swim in either place in late May. Early May might be pushing it, especialy since air temperatures won't be much above 22C at best.

Edited: 12 November 2013, 03:40
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5. Re: Warmest beaches for swimming in May--Corsica? Sardinia?

The other thing to say is that obviously beaches that are shallow and well protected will be warmer than more exposed, deeper ones. For example, one August I visited Rondinara beach in SW Corsica, which is round, almost a lake, and very shallow, and found it was a good 3-5 degrees warmer than the steeply shelving surf beach of Algajola in the north - too much so, actually, not at all refreshing in August, but it might be lovely in May. Calvi and St Florent are shallow and warmer too.

The southern beaches in Sardinia are renowned windsurfing spots so these might less good for warmth than you'd expect from their latitude.

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