The sun-drenched Mediterranean island of Corsica, our region of the month, is a fantastic holiday destination that gave me a whole new taste of France. This, if you like, is France on the edge – a small yet intense area of rugged traditions and landscapes to match, of glorious seascapes and mountains, sweeping beaches and hilltop villages that feel untouched by time.
The island is divided into two distinct regions - Haute-Corse in the North and Corse-du-Sud in the south. In Haute-Corse, nestling at the back of a magnificent gulf, is the fascinating Roman city of Saint Florent. Between land and sea is a marina with splendid yachts from around the world. This laid back, authentic summer resort has much to offer visitors. I particularly enjoyed walking along the quays, admiring the landscape and stopping at one of the numerous restaurants or bars for refreshment along the way.
For the culturally minded, there is the 12th Century Cathedral Santa Maria Assunta with its mysterious relic of Saint Flor and wine lovers can explore the fruits of the region on La Route des Vins. Owner-growers of vineyards were happy to invite us to taste their wines and learn from their authentic experiences. The 33 estates of the Patrimonio AOC are concentrated on almost 500 ha in the hills which surround the resort of Saint-Florent.
At beautiful beaches such as Plage de la Roya and Plage du Lotu it’s fun to follow the Chemin des Douaniers, from fragrant ‘maquis’ scrubland to expanses of fine sand with crystal clear waters inviting you to take a dip.
Our photo shows Bonifacio. Right on the tip of Southern Corsica, this beautifully restored old town is magnificently situated on a limestone promontory looking out towards the Island of Sardinia. Boat excursions explore the limestone cliffs and caves and even cross to Sardinia. A short drive from Bonifacio are some magnificent beaches and a spectacular golf course that any afficianado of the game will want tick off their 'played' list.
Both of these traditional resorts are great places to stay on Corsica and French Connections has a range of self-catering apartments, villas and gîtes in both areas starting from just £300 per week
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