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Corsica


Corsica at a Glance

With a glorious position in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, the island of Corsica is located 170 kms from the French coast and 80 kms from the Italian coast.

Nicknamed “Mountain in the Sea”, Corsica has more than 100 peaks soaring above an altitude of 2,000 m, many of which remain snow-capped until late spring and in some cases July. The island is the greenest Mediterranean island anyone has ever seen, making it like no other. There is 1,000km of varied coastline and a Regional Natural Park that covers two-thirds of the island.

Beyond its stunning natural attractions, Corsica has many exclusive port cities dotting its coastline and interior. Citadels, beaches, fabulous restaurants, cultural fairs and more await you.

Not to be Missed If you have the time, it’s advised to tour the entire island. But if your time in Corsica is limited, these are three of the best towns to visit:

  • Ajaccio: Renowned for its restaurants and the Palais Fesch – Musee des Beaux-Arts, home to France’s largest collection of Italian paintings outside of the Louvre in Paris.
  • Porto (Portu): The best diving on the island, and an ideal starting point to hike the Reserve Naturelle de Scandola and Les Calanques.
  • Calvi: A gorgeous port city, formerly a military outpost with a stunning 6 kms stretch of beach.

Uniquely Corsica Grand Randonne (GR) 20 is an extreme long-distance footpath that crosses through Corsica’s mixed terrain. Regarded as the most challenging walking train in Europe, the GR20 is not for the light of fitness. Your hike will have you crossing windswept plateaus, lush forests, extraordinary gorges, Alpine lakes and more. Lodging is available along the way, and you can arrange to have your luggage transported from outpost to outpost.

Good to know about Corsica You know the Mediterranean island of Corsica is your ideal vacation locale, now you need to the know the practical details:

  • Climate: As you would suspect, Corsica has a Mediterranean climate, meaning hot summers and moderate, dry winters.
  • City Transportation: Buses are readily available year-round to travel from city to city on the island. The most recommended way to travel place to place is train, as you will experience scenery not visible from the motorway.
  • Accommodation: Choices are varied, with something that will suit every type of traveller. See Corsica Hotels for more details.
  • Eating Out: Cuisine is authentic, relying heavily on local farmers for every ingredient in the meal. Island specialties include figatellu (liver sausage), lonzu (dried fillet) and coppa (dried sirloin), all of which are pork products. In summer, of course seafood from the Mediterranean is abundant.

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