Corsica Guide

Despite being our closest Mediterranean island, Corsica remains relatively unknown to British holidaymakers, which is a shame given the sublime mix of astonishing scenery and thriving culture...

Ajaccio

Corsica History

Corsica wears its history lightly, but for the keen eye the layers - from the neolithic to the contemporary are everywhere apparent.

Local villagers

Culture, Language & Religion

Corsicans are a proud people, generous and free spirited and you will not find more hospitable hosts.

Nap in a hammock on Saleccia Beach, Northern Corsica

Weather

Corsica weather, as with the rest of the Mediterranean, is influenced by the winds with the temperature moderated by the mountains.

Beach

Beaches

Corsica has 1000km of glorious coastline and close to 200 beaches; and due to the island's diverse landscape there is a similar variety in the makeup of the beaches.

Calvi Citadel, Calvi, Corsica

Nightlife

Nightlife in Corsica is generally fairly low-key and tends to be based around dining at one of the many restaurants or cafés which can be found in towns and tourist resorts.

Catch of the day

Food & Wine

Corsican food could be said to something of a microcosm of the island itself: somewhere between French and Italian but with many distinctly Corsican flavours unique to the island.

Local food market

Shopping & Markets

Corsica offers a great variety of gastronomic delights including maquis-flavoured honey, a wide range of chestnut-based products, charcuterie and cheeses.

Polyphoniques Festival, Calvi

Festivals & Events

Corsica is an island with a thriving local and international culture and is rich with an abundance of music, art and cultural festivals.

Road through red porphyry rocks, Calanche de Piana, Gulf of Porto

Getting around

For the freedom to explore deep into the island's dramatic scenery, the majority of visitors to Corsica choose to get around by car.

Regions of Corsica

Despite being our closest Mediterranean island, Corsica remains a mystery to most Brits; it has a lot to offer and many different layers to discover. Described by the French writer Balzac as “A French island basking in the Italian sun” there are both French and Italian influences plus a uniquely Corsican flavour.

 

View across harbour to town and citadel, Calvi

Calvi & la Balagne

Long favoured by the discerning British traveller, la Balagne is the perfect introduction to Corsica.

Erbalunga

St Florent & the North East

Drive north east from Calvi and Ile Rousse, through the wild Désert des Agriates, and you’ll eventually come to the calm oasis that is St Florent.

Rondinara Bay

L'Extrême Sud

L'Extrême Sud comes alive in the summer season with an abundance of activities on offer and an array of stunning beaches.

Olmeto

Valinco & the West Coast

Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoléon, breathes elegance and sophistication within its pastel-shaded rainbow of pavement cafés, promenades and gracious squares.

Corte

Central Corsica

Corsica "that mountain in the sea" is a land of grandiose landscapes sprinkled with villages, offering an infinite variety of scenery at every turn.