Holidays in Corsica

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Corsica Overview

Visiting Corsica

Corsica has the power to surprise you. Rocky and mountainous by reputation, it is also gloriously green, with two-thirds of this other ‘emerald isle’ given to national parks. So, as you might imagine, walking is a favourite pastime here, from relaxing strolls for nature lovers to one of Europe’s most difficult but spectacular walks, where awesome views will strike you dumb (but not literally).

Feel Corsica

Officially a region of France, Corsica has its own carefully preserved history and culture. From coastal citadels to wonderful Baroque churches and the mighty Menhirs, made comically famous by Asterisk and Obelisk. Yes, the Romans came here too.

Explore Corsica

Corsican? Course I can… The Corsican’s approach to looking after their island’s natural resources ensures a pristine environment for exploring. The landscape’s flora, fauna and forests will delight your senses. The snow-capped peaks in Spring will melt your heart. And away from Mother Nature you can actively participate in some serious sunbathing, sightseeing, shopping and serendipity.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

While Corsica is a small island most famous for its wonderful beaches and dramatic scenery, there are also plenty of lovely towns and ancient buildings to discover here:

Porto Vecchio
Sometimes called the St Tropez of Corsica, thanks to its elegant marina and the host of fashionable bars and restaurants around the port and old town, Porto Vecchio has charm to spare and a host of historic buildings and fortresses to enjoy.

Corsican Regional National Park
Corsica is a nature-lover’s paradise, with a rich variety of flora and fauna to discover. Little wonder then that more than 3,500 square kilometres of this beautiful island and its surrounding sea enjoy National Park status.

Musée Jerôme Carcopino
Lying in the hilltop town of Aleria, and housed within the 13th century Fort Matra, the museum is a vast repository of wonderful Roman remains and artefacts taken from the nearby excavation site, which is also open to visitors.

Vivario is a delightful and picturesque little town nestled amongst the trees in the high mountains and also the ideal place to stop and enjoy a stroll to the wonderful ruins of the Fortin de Pasciolo, with its spectacular views over the Vecchio gorges.

An attractive town in the heart of the island, Corte offers the visitor a high citadel, which is a difficult but rewarding walk from the town, together with the impressive Museum of Corsica, which explores the island’s anthropological history.

Stunning from a distance and delightful from within, this 15th century Citadel stands on a hill overlooking a stunning bay and mile after mile of white, sandy beach. The port is also a delightful place for a stroll, or to enjoy lunch overlooking the marina.

The Fesch Museum
Located inside the Fesch Palace in Ajaccio, the Fesch Museum offers a superb art collection in a quite exquisite setting, with paintings on display by artists including Titian, Veronese and Manetti.

Train travel in Corsica is a delight, with charming old trains allowing you to make the very most of the stunning scenery. Ponte-Leccia stands the point where the tracks that dissect the island meet, making it an ideal place to stop for a stroll.

The ancient capital of Corsica, Ajaccio is a substantial city with a pretty harbour overlooking the Gulf of Ajaccio. There are also many fine squares and buildings to divert you, with the Casa Buonaparte, where Napoleon was born, particularly worth seeing.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Watersports in Corsica
With clear, azure waters all around you, Corsica is a delightful place to enjoy watersports at a host of locations, including diving at Ajaccio, Propriano, Calvi and Porto, and windsurfing and sailing at Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio.

Horse Riding
While the island’s geography looks challenging from the air, there are a wealth of riding trails here, with equestrian centres available at Bastia, Calvi, Ile Rousse, Lama and Monticello.

As you might expect on such a mountainous island, climbing is very popular here, and you will find climbing opportunities throughout the interior, most notably at Batis, St Florent, Niolo and Ponte Leccia.

The entire island is criss-crossed by ancient footpaths, making Corsica a delightful place to walk. However, many serious hikers come here for the famous GR20 trail, which runs for 220km, yet can be joined at many points along the way.

Unmissable events in Corsica

Calvi Jazz Festival
Held every year in early June, this grand festival has now been a staple of the European jazz scene for more than 20 years, attracting an eclectic mix of mainly European artists.

Lama Film Festival
Taking place annually in late July and early August, this venerable film festival features all of the world’s big film, as well as many smaller, independent productions.

Latin American Music Festival
St Florent plays host to this joyous festival in early August every year, making it a popular attraction with lovers of Latin American music.

Erbalunga Music Festival
This annual festival takes place every August in the town’s main square overlooking the gorgeous fishing port. Mainly offering big French pop acts, you will also find rock and jazz artists here.

Places to visit - Eating out

While the food tends to be fairly hearty here, as with most mountainous regions, Corsican cuisine owes more to its proximity with Italy than to the fact that it is officially a French territory:

  • Salami – Corsican salami is often regarded as the world’s finest, and you will see it on every menu here.
  • Figatelli – These gourmet sausages made from pigs liver and pork loin are regarded as a real delicacy here.
  • Boutargue – Also known as Corsican Caviar, Boutarque is actually mullet roe which has been cured and dried.
  • Wine – Corsican wines are excellent when enjoyed young, with the white Vermentino and red Sciacarello amongst the finest and most popular.

Apartments in region

Belgodere Palasca Pool
Belgodère-Palasca | Belgodère-Palasca

If you fancy waking up in one of the most beautiful natural sites in Corsica, take a trip to La Balagne and discover deep cobalt bays, pale sand beaches and a jagged, mountains backdrop.

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Borgo Pineto Beach
Borgo 'Pineto' | Borgo

South of Bastia, Borgo is stretched over an endless, fine, sandy beach, in an exceptional Belambra resort which is located at the heart of a stunning 45-acre pine forest.

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