Expect to be blown away by Corsica, with its rugged yet beautiful landscape of mountains, forests, myrtle-scented maquis and countless miles of sandy beaches. Its proud and welcoming people add a special flavour to all encounters. You will never want to leave.
Cascades de Polischellu
Close to the Bravella Massif, the Cascades de Polischellu are crystal clear waterfalls, creating sparkling emerald pools. One of the most scenic sites in Corsica and perfect for a picnic!
The largest city in Corsica, and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Enjoy a stroll along the palm tree lined seafront or simply wander through the colourful alleyways next to the Citadelle.
This fantastic guitar festival has in the past attracted the likes of Joe Cocker, Robert Plant and Tom Jones. Recently Jeff Beck performed along with a variety of other musical performers. Definitely not to be missed!
Corsica has many unique tasting and pungent honeys. Try the different varieties produced each season, and also Maquis honey which is slightly darker in colour.
“Expect great weather and breathtakingly beautiful beaches of course but active families rave about the unspoilt mountain centre too. Would recommend hiring a car when setting about discovering the most on this amazing island.”
Holidays to Corsica are about revelling in a natural, ever-changing paradise. This sun-drenched Mediterranean island is chock-full of beauty, from breathtaking mountains and exquisite beaches to sheer cliffs and maquis-scented hillsides. Add chic harbour ports, sun-baked Roman ruins, colourful street markets and medieval villages and the combination is truly special. The upshot is that holidays to Corsica can be whatever you want them to be. Longing for a restful beach holiday? You've got it in shores of gorgeous white sands, secret coves and luminous turquoise seas. The island's pin-up beach is at Santa Giulia, where visitors come to polish their tans in a blissful bay. Elegant Porto Vecchio has a gleaming marina and smart eateries. Untouched Erbalunga or thesuperb beach and old town of Calvi will more than oblige. And whatever you want to do here lounge in the sun, live like a Corsican or experience the breath-stopping landscapes and coastline bit by bit - our new parc Marina d'Erba Rossa gives you the perfect base.
What to eat and drink in Region Name
If you're into food, you'll be in heaven in Corsica. Blending classic French cookery with a big dollop of Italian know-how, Corsican dishes combine quality meat, poultry and game, fresh, seasonal produce and fragrant herbs and spices to create hearty country-style fare with a hint of haute cuisine. What's more, with the kind of Franco-Italian heritage the Corsicans have, you won't be surprised to hear that they take their food very seriously. Typically present on a traditional menu will be delights like 'tianu' - a rich game stew cooked slowly for maximum flavour and tenderness - 'agnellu' - barbecued lamb served with fried peppers - and 'cingale' - wild boar marinated in red wine and brandy and infused with herbs and fennel. Not to mention the usual arrayof fresh fish and seafood. For a real treat, try 'aziminu', Corsica's own version of bouillabaisse. The island is also famous for its ricotta-like 'brocciu' cheese, made from goat or ewe's milk and often used in pasta dishes, as well as a tasty liver sausage called `figatellu'. Oh, and don't forget to leave room for dessert. Decadent, calorie-stuffed temptations include ubiquitous favourites like tiramisu and crème brulée, as well local specialities such as 'fiadone', a lemon cheesecake flambéed in brandy. As for liquid accompaniments to your meal, Corsica produces a range of good quality wines, most of which now have AOC status. The reds and roses are generally better than the whites, although there are some particularly good sweet Muscat dessert wines from the north of the island.
What to see and do in Corsica
Corsica has 1,000km of coastline and more than 200 beaches. So whether you like a big, open stretch of powdery Caribbean-style sand or a small, secluded pebbly cove sheltered by rocks, you won't be disappointed. What's more, with many beaches which are extremely safe for swimming and have the bonus of resident lifeguards, Corsica is a great choice for families. You'll also find plenty of watersports available in the bigger resorts. It's generally agreed that the best beaches are in the south east of the island around Porto Vecchio, and on the north coast around Calvi. One of the most gorgeous examples is Rondinara, between Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio, which is almost certain to be familiar to you, simply because it's been photographed so many times. Or there's Campomoro on the south west coast if you like your beaches with a good selection of bars and restaurants nearby. There's also an impressive Genoese watchtower to add a touch of scenic grandeur. Alternatively, if you really want to get away from it all and visit a famous movie location at the same time, take a boat trip to Saleccia beach on the island's north west coast. This unspoilt, UNESCO-protected site was used as a substitute for one of the Normandy D-Day landing beaches in the Second World War movie 'The Longest Day'. The centre of attraction for shoppers is naturally the capital, Ajaccio, which has a range of big stores, as well as small, family-run establishments. Most of the other major resorts also have reasonable shopping facilities, where you can pick up souvenirs or gifts. Best buys include handmade baskets, pottery, jewellery, perfumes and local produce, such as honey, olive oil, biscuits and cheeses. Most of the villages along the route have cottage industries, where you can buy direct from the artisans working in their studios. Another shopping experience not to be missed is a visit to one of Corsica's colourful street markets. Most of the main towns have them and you'll be amazed at - and no doubt tempted by - the rich variety of produce available, including charcuterie, cheeses and honey, flavoured with the unique taste of the maquis, Corsica's trademark heathland. The biggest and best produce market is the one at Ajaccio, held every day on Place César-Caminchi. Brightly coloured awnings adorn stalls selling everything from cut flowers to fig jam.