Between the coast of southern France and Italy, Corsica lies in the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. With its sunny climate and diverse landscape, the island lures some 3 million visitors a year thanks to its reputation for the best beaches in Europe, historic cities, unique gastronomy and mountainous interior.
Reach it by ferry from mainland France or by air.
Where to go in Corsica
Corsica is part of the continental alpine system and is broadly divided into two parts. The dividing line between these two main parts runs roughly from St. Florent in the north, southwards to Corte, then southeast to Solenzara and the eastern coast. The island has two departments Haute-Corse and Corse du Sud.
If you’re after a beach holiday, you’re really spoiled for choice in Corsica. 1000km of coastline, some 200 beaches, white sandy bays, secluded coves, fishing villages, swanky resorts, sun-bleached cliffs and pretty pebble beaches that are perfect for a sunset stroll.
We love Palombaggia beach with its white dunes and background of shady pines, turquoise water tempting you in for a swim. And Calvi beach which has wonderful views across the bay. And Lozari beach which the locals love. There are just so many to choose from.
What to see and do
Lovers of the great outdoors will find plenty to keep them happy here. Hiking, cycling, golfing, horse riding and diving - you’ll never be bored. And for thrill seekers, there’s paragliding, kite surfing, rock climbing and even canyoning.
And for those days when you just want to chill, the alure of sunbeds at your villa or the sandy beaches await, or take a boat ride out to the Lavezzi Islands, a little paradise that many visitors miss.
The island’s stunning interior can be wild and dramatic, peppered with tiny hamlets and hilltop villages like medieval Sant’Antonino, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Dsicover UNESCO listed Piana and photogenic Bonifacio, the historic village perched on a cliff, world-famous for its exquisite views over Sardinia.
There are cycle routes galore, and the GR20 hiking route is exceptional, its stages along a 200km trail take you through forests, alongside lakes and over mountains. Though you might not want to walk the entire length, a day on the trail will reveal some of the beauty of this magical island.
Or visit the Parc Naturel Régionel de Corse, with its tumbling streams and deep gorges
Culture vultures are not forgotten. The prehistoric site of Filitosa is fascinating with its carefully preserved 8000 year old standing stones. There are museums in several of the major towns; Bastia, Corte and Ajaccio boast fine collections.
Don’t forget to try Corsican wine, the rosés are perfect for sunny days. And Corsica is famous throughout France for its cheese and charcuterie.
Outstanding natural beauty, friendly folk, marvellous Mediterranean weather, breath-taking beaches, glorious countryside, mouth-watering gastronomy – Corsica is a holiday paradise…
Discover more to do on the island at the Corsica Tourist office website: visit-corsica.com/en
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