Corsica

Get ready for an awesome time in Corsica

Discover wild French beauty in the Mediterranean. Mesmerising cliffs taper down to implausibly clear turquoise waters. Take in the fabulous sandy slice of paradise and feel the sun-bleached sand crystals burn beneath your feet. Perceive the rich aromatic vegetation from afar with high majestic mountains standing guard. Get lost in the maze of captivating small villages atop the mountain side.  Welcome to Corsica.

Separated from mainland France by the Mediterranean, Corsica has its own unique culture. It is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Cyprus, Sardinia and Sicily islands. Corsica covers 8,680 sq km, slightly larger than Crete and roughly one-third the size of neighbouring Sardinia. Corsica has 1,000km of coastline with over 200 beaches. One of the best is Calvi beach which is located to the north west of the island. The mountains of Corsica reach 2706m in elevation and the highest summit is called Monte Cinto.

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The following are 5 things you have to do in while in Corsica

Diving and snorkelling

The waters around Corsica are perfect to go exploring because of their clarity. Grab a snorkel and go diving. Discover a whole new world as you try out Marinella in the west close to Ajaccio, Loto in the north, Roccapina, Rondinara and Palombaggia in the south.

Visit a wine estate

Corsica has more sunshine than anywhere in mainland France with less rain and mild winters, which are excellent conditions for producing wine. Fantastic wineries that offer tastings are open to visitors including Clos Landry, Domaine Orsini and Clos Culombu, which are all in La Balagne, Domaine Saparale in Sartène and Domaine de Torraccia close to Lecci, Porto-Vecchio.

Enjoy some Corsican cuisine

Traditional Corsican cuisine is varied and unique. Try out their excellent charcuterie, which is made from free roaming wild boar with ethically produced veal, cheeses and wonderful honey.

You have to try out these traditional delicacies—brocciu (cheese), figatellu (pork and liver sausage) and fiadone (cheese cake).

Visit Maison Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte was Corsica’s most famous son. His birthplace, now a museum, has become a site of great importance and interest on the island. Napoleon’s status in world history has led to the Maison being classified as a historical monument.

Go back in time and take in Maison Bonaparte’s preserved furniture and the family’s personal possessions. Napoleon lived here until the age of nine after which he left for a military school near Troyes in northern France. The Bonapartes arrived in Ajaccio in the late 15th century and owned the property from 1682 to 1923.

Visit the Palais Fesch-musee des beaux-arts

Founded by Cardinal Joseph Fesch (Napoleon’s uncle), the museum has the largest collection of Italian paintings in France outside of the Louvre. Works by masters such as Bellini, Titian and Botticelli are on display in the elegantly designed gallery. The museum celebrates Corsican and Italian artworks from the 17th to 20th century. What makes this place stand out and has given the museum such a buzz is its collection of Napoleonic pieces, including sculptures.

Immerse yourself in drawing lessons, artistic workshops and guided tours.