Corsica is the perfect place to enjoy a family holiday during May half term, especially when there's a discount involved...
If you’re considering a holiday with the family, why not head to Corsica? Being just 2 hours away it’s an easily reached destination, and with pleasant May/June temperatures hitting the mid-twenties, there are some fantastic family-friendly activities awaiting those who embark on a May half term holiday. And, if that doesn’t quite entice you, how does a child discount of 10% sound?
Our top family activities to enjoy during May half term
Recommended by Amandine, our very own in-house Corsica expert, these activities are perfect for sightseeing, trying new things and making the most of the beautiful Corsican scenery…
1. Calvi’s Trinighellu or ‘little train’ is the perfect way to sit back and experience some of Corsica’s most beautiful coastal vistas. Stopping at some stunning coves and sandy beaches along the way, you’ll eventually make it to L’Ile Rousse (which is around 40 mins from Calvi), where you can admire the authentic markets and grab an ice cream or two on the white sandy beach.
2. Boat trips are another all-time favourite family activity of ours, and there are certainly plenty to choose from no matter where you choose to stay. From Calvi, you can take a boat ride to Girolata and the Scandola Nature Reserve, where you’ll witness some impressive scenery and enjoy lunch in the sunshine.
3. Pony trekking is a wonderful choice for animal-loving families, and where better to explore than Corsica’s beautiful la Balagne hills? Showcasing some inspiring natural beauty, it’s a great opportunity for a memorable family activity, and some great photos.
4. Heading further south to Corsica’s l'Extrême Sud region is where’s best to enjoy sandcastle-making as its finest. Palombaggia Beach is one of the island’s most picturesque bays, with white sand and shallow turquoise waters, similar to Santa Giulia, another coastal gem in the area.
Above: Palombaggia Beach
5. Impressive hilltop towns also grace the south of the island, with Porto Vecchio boasting superb elevated views, where you can enjoy authentic food and ice cream until your heart’s content. Or, head to the southernmost tip of Corsica where the fortress town of Bonifacio can be found. Board a glass bottomed boat for some views beneath the waves, or enjoy the little train which snakes its way from the bottom of the town to the top of the fort.
Above: Porto Vechhio
Our favourite self-catering properties for families...
Résidence les Oliviers | Palombaggia | Bristol – Bastia
Imagine unspoilt beaches within walking distance, a beautiful natural setting and a wonderful homely character and you have Résidence les Oliviers. A great choice for families with older children, the two pools, fantastic hillside location, option to hire paddle boards and electric bicycles all offer the opportunity for some good old fashioned family adventures. There are some stunning beaches within the area, including Palombaggia, and your personal bergerie boasts a private terrace with barbecue, ideal for al fresco dining.
Apartment Maria Stella | Calvi | Stansted – Calvi or Bristol – Bastia
A contemporary top floor apartment, Maria Stella boasts a fantastic central location close to Calvi’s sweeping white beach and Citadel. Sleeping up to four, you can make use of the shared pool, or explore the sights and sounds of Calvi’s bustling town.