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10 things not to miss in Corsica

Updated on Nov 27, 2023 by Jo Wedeman

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Ensure you get the most out of the island during your trip by visiting some of its most stunning attractions and famous locations, presented in our top 10.

Corsica is a diverse and fascinating holiday destination, boasting wonderful strips of sand, breath-taking mountain landscapes and some beautiful old towns and villages, all full of tradition. Holidays in Corsica can easily be spent lazing on the beach or hopping from aromatic restaurant to local bar; but for an all-round experience of the island, make sure you consider our suggestions for the 10 things not to miss in Corsica…

 

1. A walk in the mountains

The mountainous landscapes of Corsica are a haven for those who have packed their hiking boots. This is one of the best ways to absorb the island’s stunning scenery, with several routes on offer from gentle strolls to energetic hikes.

 

2. Visit Scandola Nature Reserve

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most memorable locations in Corsica. One of the best ways to experience the reserve is on a boat trip where you will have the chance to spot seals and dolphins beside the giant red cliffs.

 

3. Corsican music

At various points through the year the streets of captivating Calvi come alive with music and singing across a range of festivals and events. Arguably the most impressive and culturally relevant is that of the polyphonic singing, a range of a cappella, spiritual songs dating back as far as the 12th century. An annual festival takes place in Calvi each September. 

4. Hit the beaches of Désert des Agriates

Among the most isolated and picturesque beaches on the island, beach bums will rejoice in the sun, sand and sea encountered at Désert des Agriates. Loto and Saleccia are two of the best beaches here, while many beaches are only accessible by foot or via boat.

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5. Be enchanted by Bonifacio

The fortress town of Bonifacio is a remarkable destination. With its Citadel perched precariously on the clifftop, its narrow cobbled streets and its endless charm, Bonifacio is a hub of Corsican character.

6. Set foot in the Balagne villages

The traditional villages spread across the hilltops of La Balagne have changed very little over the centuries. These attractive little settlements provide a comprehensive window into the Corsica of old along with the most awesome views.

 

7. Wander Calvi Citadel

Calvi’s Citadel is one of the true awe-inspiring attractions in Corsica’s north. Take the cobbled streets and alleyways to the town’s cathedral from where you can enjoy the finest views across Calvi Bay. If you are one to enjoy a sundowner, stop by in the evening for a glass of local wine or a cocktail from the bar located at the top for a wonderful sunset.

 

8. Navigate natures playground

Explore Corte's fascinating old town with immense heritage and some of the most rugged landscape of the island. Head into the glacier-moulded gorges of Restonica and Tavignano and paddle, swim and jump into the tumbling rivers and rock pools amid forests and Corsican pines. There are parts all over the island to enjoy natures playground, whether you are staying in Calvi with and enjoy Bonifatu forest or further south at Cavu. Just remember your water shoes!

 

9. Tuck into the local food

Does anything define a destination quite like its food? Corsican cuisine is unique and tasty, best discovered across a range of local restaurants. Don’t leave the island without trying the incredibly fresh seafood or the signature civet de sanglier – better known as wild boar casserole. With Italian and French influences, the choice caters for all tastes.

 

10. Tackle some water sports

For those that want to get active in the water, there are a number of water sports opportunities available across the island. Whether it’s sea-kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing, diving or even jetski, Corsica is ready for you to make a splash.

With so much to see and do, add Corsica to your bucket list. Check out our holiday ideas page for even more inspiration or find your perfect holiday to Corsica.

Have we missed anything from your personal Corsica top 10s? Let us know by commenting below.

 

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