Known as the Isle of Beauty, Corsica is the perfect place to get plenty of sun. The jewel of the Mediterranean Sea is a beautiful island where you truly feel in paradise. Relatively unexplored by tourists from the US, Corsica offers visitors a wealth of memorable experiences. You may elect to bask in the sun on 620 miles of scenic coastline. Or take a hike through majestic mountains and valleys. Amateurs of fine cuisine will enjoy tasting its renowned charcuterie and AOC wines. And history buffs will learn more about the island’s fabled past
Outdoor lovers will enjoy the multitude of activities available year round. Corsica’s unique topography, with sea and mountains in close proximity, gives the island a very mild climate from April to November, allowing visitors to enjoy the natural diversity of its nine regions. With sweeping views of the sea from sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, and dramatic cliffs, enjoy diving trips to find marine coral, beach days in the sun, every water sport imaginable, and boat trips on crystal waters for a truly relaxing vacation. For the more adventurous, spend time exploring the island’s five nature reserves covering two thirds of Corsica’s land and sea area. Hike, mountain bike, or ride horses through 1,250 miles of marked trails in the island’s verdant flora. Climb one of 120 mountain peaks at over 6,500 feet. 0r take a rafting trip down one of 25 rivers. Visiting in the winter months also presents opportunities for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in the snow-capped mountains.
Famous beaches: Clic here to see all beachesA Culinary Culture Steeped in Tradition.... As expected upon visiting any region of France, Corsican cuisine is not to be missed. Corsicans work hard to preserve their culture and enjoy having visitors try the culinary delicacies in their shops, restaurants, yearly fairs, and expositions. A trip to La Corse would not be complete without sampling: charcuterie made from pigs that roam free in the island’s chestnut groves, aromatic local olive oil and honey, cheeses produced in each of the island’s valleys, world-renowned AOC wines cultivated at higher altitudes, and the many fresh offerings from the sea including local favorites: oysters, and sea urchins.
The Greeks, the Romans, the Moors, the Carthaginians, the Genoese, and for the past 250 years the French have assumed territorial control of Corsica. As in most European destinations, history surrounds you in Corsica. Visit pre-historic sites in the south near Porto Vecchio; stroll through the Genoese capital, Bastia, established in the 1300s; or explore Calvi’s medieval Citadelle. And experience its rich culinary tradition by eating an oyster, farmed on the east coast since Roman times.
The Citadelle (1/2 Day) - Walk along the winding cobbled streets of this 15th century Genoan fortress to enjoy the architecture of the old town, and the beautiful views from the ramparts. Visit the Cathedrale St Jean-Baptiste a church rebuilt in the 16th century that has weekly polyphonic chants. Reputedly the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, a plaque and sculpture of a boat mark the ruins of his possible birth home in the old town. Along the way Notre Dame de La Serra (1/2 Day) – At a two mile drive or 1hr 30min hike up a hill from the old town, this 15th century chapel boasts beautiful panoramic views of Calvi and its surroundings. Punta de la Revellata (1/2 Day) – Walk from the center of Calvi down the peninsula to visit the lighthouse