Red granite rocks, white cliffs, towering mountains, vast beaches and a sea like nothing else you will ever have seen. With many castles and citadels dotted around the medieval towns, it is clear that Corsica lives up to its nickname ‘Ile de Beauté’.
This sounds a little cliché, but when you get to Scandola you must visit the nature reserve. Truly breathtaking nature, rare birds flying over your head, the most unusual, diverse plants and you can discover the very colourful underwater world is very impressive. The coastline is characterized by high red cliffs and sandy beaches, so it’s not surprising that Unesco has placed this on the World Heritage List. This is Corsica at its best.
White water rafting, diving, cycling, mountain biking, hiking are all available if you fancy an active holiday. Culturally it's fantastic; the capital Ajaccio is where Emperor Napoleon and his brother Louis Napoleon were born. After Paris, it holds the largest art collection in France, expensive yachts in the harbour, fishing boats with their catch, a beautiful cathedral and chapels. Also visit Bonifacio, nestled high atop the white cliffs, what a magnificent view!
Average summer temperature: 27 degrees
Bridges, squares, towers and fortresses of Genoa
Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Polenta with smoked meat and chestnut sauce
Vases, baskets, honey, chestnuts and spirits
The largest port in Corsica is in the city of Bastia. This, after Ajaccio, is the largest city and was founded in the fourteenth century by the Portuguese and influences of the Middle Ages are still visible.
In the centre of Ajaccio there are some great restaurants. If you like to take home some goodies visit the two large markets in ‘Place Foch’. In ‘Rue République’ is the fish market.
On Corsica for decent shopping you need to turn to the markets in various towns. The lively atmosphere of the island will not disappoint and we recommend the markets of Ajaccio, Bastia and Calvi.
Filitosa is a small town in the hinterland and is famous for a valuable archaeological site; the ruins cover a time span from the beginning of the Neolithic period to the Roman era.