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Europe's Secret Beaches: Ortolo Valley, Corsica, France

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Ortolo Valley, Corsica, France

Thanks to feisty locals with little patience for outside intrusion, the Mediterranean island of Corsica remains relatively undeveloped—despite its bright blue, perfectly clear water, rugged mountains, and bracing pine and eucalyptus forests. The Ortolo Valley, once a wine region, is especially peaceful. Explore the walking trails and small beach coves from Domaine de Murtoli, a compound of 16 renovated shepherd villas. murtoli.com

—Alexandra Marshall

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