A Guide to Holiday in Corsica

Where is Corsica ?

Saint Barthelemy is the smallest West Indian island in France. One of the most precious commodities in Saint Barthelemy is the opportunity to live life at the pace of nature. When you visit this beautiful island you will swim with turtles, dive from the rocks, sail the turquoise waves and anchor the yacht etc.

West Indian cuisine is popular at Saint Barthelemy, with steamed vegetables and fresh fish. The Creole dishes tend to be more aromatic. Gastronomic activities are hosted throughout the year, including dishes such as fresh grilled lobster, spring roll of shrimp and bacon, coconut-milk with Chinese noodle salad, and grilled beef fillet etc. Read on to find more about Saint Barthelemy, its top attractive sights, things to do and how to go about preparing for your holiday at Saint Barthelemy. Before then:

Corsica has a spectacular natural landscape with breathtaking beaches and mountains. Traditionally, Corsicans consume more meat than fish, avoiding maritime areas due to the danger of pirates. As well as a great selection of fresh seafood, on more conventional menus, you’ll find plenty of robust meat dishes.

 

Must see Places in Corsica

You should visit the Citadel, stroll around the mountains, travel to Capo Pertusato (the southern tip of Corsica), go to the beach of Saint-Antoine-which gives spectacular views of the mountains.

Bonifacio Cliffs

Gustavia is the red-roofed capital of Saint Barthelemy and is a small harbour town and the main shopping destination in Saint Barthelemy. The avenues are filled with chic boutiques, duty-free stores and art galleries, luring tourists from the numerous cruise ships that call here, and gourmet restaurants offering mouth-watering French-inspired cuisine.

Visit the remains of Fort Gustave which is the key for spectacular views during the Swedish period. You can also head to the top of the 29-meter hill for Shell Beach views in the middle of Fort Karl’s few remaining stone walls.

Drive through the Calanques of Piana

The two-street fishing village of Corossol is often called the “straw village” along the western shores of the island, owing to the women of existing island families who make straw hats and crafts from palm fronds.

One of the major attractions at Corossol is the “Inter Oceans Museum” composed of over 9,000 shells. Corossol Beach’s tranquil waters mark a port of call for local fishermen.

Visit the hills of la Balagne

Time appears to be on a standstill here, so a visit to these lovely villages is a must if you live in the north. Clinging to the mountains above the sea, they provide a snapshot of the old days in Corsica and provide breathtaking views.

Scandola Nature Reserve

The Gulf of Porto coast is one of Corsica’s most prominent scenery, and understandably so-with its spectacular sculpted red rock and broad bays, it must be seen to be believed. The pinnacles and ravines of the red granite Calanches climb out of the sparkling blue waters, surrounded by the jagged peaks of Paglia Orba.

Gorges of Restonica & Tavignano

The Corte in the Central area presents breathtaking natural scenery, two of which are magnificent glacier-shaped gorges in the Mediterranean right on the doorstep of the town of Restonica and the Tavignano valleys. Such valleys echo with tumbling rivers, rock pools and deeply sculptured cliffs.

Lavezzi islands

Set between Corsica and Sardinia, the archipelago of Lavezzi is a majestic sight and a paradise. The 10 tiny islands feature a variety of secluded beaches, coves and natural lakes, and the underwater provides the finest diving experiences in the world.

Exciting things to do in Corsica

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Go walking

Gouverneur Beach is a secluded stretch of soft white sand with green hills behind it. This gorgeous beach is a popular island that also seems untouched and quiet, and the water is typically calm and perfect for swimming.

Unlike other beaches, the parking lot at Gouverneur Beach is near the sand. People that want shade do carry an umbrella to the beach.

Eat traditional Corsican cuisine

Traditional Corsican cuisine is diverse and original, with flavors born from the fragrant herbs of the maquis and the forests of the chestnuts. Look out for their exquisite charcuterie-crafted from free ranging wild boars that have worked their way through lots of chestnuts-ethically grown veal, tasty honeys and cheeses.

Visit Clos d’ Alzeto winery

Mild winters and long dry summers, fewer rain and more sunlight than elsewhere in continental France, a range of soil styles and altitudes, and a refreshing sea breeze, both of which combine to create outstanding wine-producing conditions.

One of the notable wineries to visit is the Clos d’Alzeto winery which boasts the biggest vineyards in Corsica.

Visit historic Citadel towns

Two of the most notable historic towns in Corsica are Calvi in the north and Bonifacio in the south. They have ancient Citadels and the views from the Citadels are breathtaking.

Challenge yourself with a tough hike in Corsica

The GR20 is a trekking path dissecting diagonally through Corsica, from Calenzana in the northwest to Conca in the southeast. This is known to be one of the hardest paths in Europe, reaching a cumulative distance of 180 km.

Take a boat to Bonifacio

This involves two of Corsica’s most popular activities: a boat ride and a ride to the island’s most fascinating clifftop area. Bonifacio impresses with the pacific, with its citadel built confidently on top of a rough limestone bluff. When on property, the city is a joy to visit.

Explore historical landmarks

A mysterious megalithic site in southern Corsica, Filitosa provides a view into the ancient history of the island. The icon is a series of large stone walls and sculptures decorated with faces and shapes.

Where can I eat delicious food in Corsica?

Whether you’re searching for a beachfront restaurant or a brasserie in a hilltop town, Corsica has several restaurants to attract tourists.

Octopussy

Octopussy is a beachfront restaurant accessible from mid-April to late September and is strategically situated on the north-west coast of Corsica, in the Bay of Calvi. Menu highlights involve grilled organic salmon steak cooked a la plancha, Milanese veal and a variety of robust pasta and risotto dishes.

Auberge de la Restonica

Auberge de la Restonica is a cozy, cottage-style restaurant situated outside the picturesque and isolated hilltop village of Corte. The recipes include the popular Filet Restonica meal – a tenderloin cut of beef eaten with soft Corsican cheese flambéed in brandy – and the main guest is the boar stew with pasta.

 

L’Arbousier

This place overlooks blue waters and the Sanguin Islands in the background. Focusing on typical Mediterranean and, in particular, Corsican cuisine, Lorenzoni provides classics of fresh ingredients and new twists with fish dishes and a variety of local recipes.

Le Piano chez Toinou

Le Piano chez Toinou is a cozy, modern Mediterranean restaurant is a 10-minute walk from the beach in the tiny and vibrant town of Porticcio. Le Piano chez Toinou’s menu includes classic Mediterranean and exotic Corsican dishes influenced by local produce and seafood.

Coquillages De Diana

Rest inside the wooden houseboat restaurant on the lagoon while watching the sunset over the sea. The specialties are Salade de Poulpe, Plateau d’huîtres, Soupe de poisson, Loup Grillé, Moules Farcies, Plateau de Fruits de Mer and Brochettes de Gambas as well as Pasta de Prawns.

Café De La Plage

Enjoying a panoramic view of the craggy cliffs of the blue Mediterranean Sea, Café de la Plage is remarkable with a cozy open-air couch situated in the center of a plantation. The lounge room even has a comfortable bed for further rest.

Restaurant Le Santana

Experience entrances such as Finger Foie Gras with Muscat Corsica and Rhubarb, Raviolet, Corsican Veal, Blanquette and Cuttlefish along with Scallop Risotto, Seared Duck Breast and Tagliatelle with Lobsters.

U Taravu

Tucked away in the village of Zevaco, Auberge U Taravu is a cozy homely restaurant surrounded by verdant plantation. Restaurant owners raise pigs at the same position in the mountain field, and pigs are well trained for 18 months to cook high-quality on-site charcuterie.

What are the best Bars in Corsica?

There’s a number of places in Corsica where you can have a good time – but these are the best 3 bars in the city.

Chez Tao Calvi

Perhaps Corsica's most popular nightlife location, Chez Tao became the first island club to open in 1935. This is hidden away in the ancient town of Calvi, with its gothic castle and charming historic core.

Le Patio Porto-Vecchio

This elegant, open-air bar is the perfect night out for Porto-Vecchio. You may drink sparkling drinks on one of the lavish sofas or, when things get crowded, party-goers join across the seating areas, swaying the music performed by sought-after local DJs.

B’52 Bonifacio

One of the most popular nightlife locations in Corsica, B'52 is in the picturesque port town of Bonifacio. Accessible throughout the summer months, it's well known for its inventive night club parties and exclusive DJ sets.

What are the best Beaches in Corsica?

The options for water, sand and sea worshipers during Corsica’s holidays is limitless, with the island boasting around 200 beaches along a breathtaking 1000 km coastline. We have selected the best 10 beaches based on reviews.

Swimming in Calvi Beach

Offering breathtaking views of the city and its majestic Citadel, Calvi Beach is a wide bay of polished white sand boasting the clearest water on the island.

Arinella Beach

Arinella Beach in Corsica is a quiet place with green hills and sparkling turquoise sea.

Palombaggia Beach

For me, Palombaggia Beach is the best beach on the island. The place in the south of Corsica is host to a variety of nice beaches, but overlooking Palombaggia during your Corsican holiday is a huge mistake.

Ostriconi Beach

A quick drive from L’Ile Rousse and discovered between the mountains and the sea, this beach is home to the magnificent Ostriconi Beach.

Saleccia Beach

Saleccia beach is listed among the best beaches in Corsica, and is still popular over the world. This white sandy beach in the Agriates Desert includes turquoise waters bordered by pine trees.

Lotu Beach

Lotu Beach is another lovely beach you can locate in the Agriates Desert. This beach is smaller than Saleccia, but just as stunning with its white sand and transparent seas. Lotu is a wild resort.

Nonza Beach

Let’s travel farther north, on the west coast of Cap Corse, to explore a totally different experience on the beach of Nonza. This black pebble beach is situated underneath the village of Nonza. The pebbles are the remnants of the former asbestos mine.

Ficajola Beach

Ficajola Beach is the only beach in the Calanques de Piana you can go on foot. From Porto, travel to the village of Piana and ride for 1 km. Instead turn right and take the short, twisting path to the car park. This little pebble and sandy beach is beautiful, but easily packed!

San Cipriano

There is a bay near Porto Vecchio, surrounded by a bright blue shore. The beach is long and surrounded by trees. The whiteness of the sand is nearly hidden.

Lozari

You can see the beaches of the north coast of Corsica from those on the south side. It is calm and surrounded by a lovely setting, you can go to Lozari via Ile-Rousse.

What is the easiest way to get to Corsica?

1. Book a flight

Corsica is operated by four airports- Bastia, Ajaccio, Calvi and Figari-with daily year-round flights from other French mainland airports. The island is within sight of several of Europe's capital cities, and low-cost airlines sell affordable services from France, Belgium , Germany or the United Kingdom. The direct flights come from mainland Europe, with Air France and CCM being the main operators. The most widely used entry route to Corsica is by ferries. They travel from France and Italy, taking around 4 to 6 hours to get to the island.

2.By ferry

Corsica comprises of six ferry ports Bastia, Calvi, Ajaccio, Porto-Vecchio, L'Île-Rousse and Propriano which can be accessed from cities of Toulon, Nice and Marseille and from the Italian ports of Savona, Genoa and Livorno. The most comfortable way to travel around the island is by hiring a vehicle. While Corsica is small, the interior roads are narrow. If you want to explore the whole island, you can hire a car from major carriers at any airport.

Interesting Facts you don't know about Corsica

If you are thinking about Corsica for your next walking or cycling holiday, you might like to find out more about this beautiful and fascinating island.

Known as the fourth biggest island in the Mediterranean, after Sardinia, Cyprus and Sicily islands.

In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio (Ajax), one of Corsica’s main cities. He was born into a wealthy family, and at the age of nine he was taken to a military school near Troyes in northern France.

Corsica is commonly referred to as one of the 26 French regions, but it is technically a federal collectivity in statute, which implies it has far more far-reaching rights than other French regions. The island is split into two departments: Corsica-Sud and Haute-Corse.

The climate is generally Mediterranean, with hot dry summers and cool yet rainy winters. However, there are parts of the island consisting of  various “microclimates” depending on where you are situated.

Classic Corsican food specialties include Brocciu (cheese), Figatellu (pork), Fiadone (cheese cake) and Miel (honey).

Holiday Lettings in Corsica

You won’t enjoy your time in Corsica if you do not have a suitable place to stay. Read on as we have provided some lettings for you in Corsica based on reviews.

 

Best Western Hotel du Roy d’Aragon

 

i Caseddi di Filitosa

le Santa Maria

Hotel Acqua Dolce

Hotel gite d’etape San Pasquale

Paese di Lava, Grand Ajaccio

Casa san salvadore

Relais de Bravone

Mariana Plage

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Porto-Vecchio is the perfect location for families seeking to live in Corsica. This lovely town is situated on the south coast of the island. Here you’ll find an ideal combination of incredible mountain scenery and gorgeous beaches.

Corsica is host to uncommon animals and plants in the world, many of which can be found in the Parc Naturel Régional de Corse, a natural park preserving threatened species. … Parc Naturel Régional de Corse provides views of the highest mountains on the island, and it’s worth a tour.

More contemporary, Corsica is known for its scenic and diverse coastline, smelly cheeses and great hiking trails. The tallest point, Monte Cinto, is second to Mount Etna. It’s a famous tourist destination for the people of Northern Europe.

However, given the waves of tourists (and waves of elderly French) who  visit the island during the summer, Corsicans still stay independent and wary of outsiders. Even if they are polite and accepting, they would not consider you as anything but an outsider.