There are a range of fascinating Corsica festivals to encounter in 2018, ranging from rural food festivals to vibrant music events.
Throughout the year on the island of Corsica, and especially when the summer months arrive, a wide selection of atmospheric, intriguing and memorable festivals and events take place, fascinating holiday-makers who happen to stumble across these diverse celebrations. Attending a festival in Corsica is a fantastic way of gaining an insight into the character, culture and traditions of the island and its people, as well as adding some variety to your holiday experience.
Whether it is an indulgent food festival, a vibrant music event or an annual cultural celebration, there are plenty of options for those hoping to book a Corsica holiday which overlaps with one of these festivals. For some ideas and inspiration, below are some of our favourite 2018 Corsica festivals and events.
A Fiera di U Casgiu | Venaco | 5-6 May
The most popular and famous cheese festival on the entire island. This is the perfect venue in which to sample some of Corsica's most delicious local cheeses, as well as plenty of other local produce.
Fiera di U Vinu | Luri | July
You've got your fill of cheese, now its time to tick wine off your list! This fair functions as the primary gathering for wine producers across the island, with the public invited to sample Corsica's most prestigious bottles of the good stuff.
Fiera di l'Alivu | Montegrosso | July
Each year, up to 10,000 visitors descend on Montegrosso to pay tribute to the mighty olive. Set in a beautiful olive grove landscape, visitors to this atmospheric festival will enjoy everything from olive production exhibitions to the chance of purchasing and sampling a wide variety of local produce.
Calvi on the Rocks | Calvi | Late June/Early July
The most youthful music festival on the island of Corsica, Calvi on the Rocks combines features such as electronic and rock music with a digital arts festival, the majority of which is held along Calvi's alluring beach.
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Les Nuits de la Guitare | Patrimonio | Late July
There aren't too many settings to rival that of the amphitheatre in Patrimonio, host of the well-renowned Les Nuits de la Guitare which welcomes some of the world's finest guitar players to the island.
Image credit: Jose Mesa | Flickr
Recontres Polyphoniques de Calvi | Calvi | September
One of the focal points of Corsican culture and tradition, polyphonic singing is celebrated throughout Calvi during the month of September, with countless musicians and performances populating this atmospheric town for an authentic celebration.
Historical and cultural festivals
Bastille Day | Across the island | 14 July
A celebration held across France to commemorate the French Revolution, various parades, evening entertainment and firework displays light up the villages, towns and cities of the island, including Calvi (pictured below).
Les Fêtes Napoléoniennes | Ajaccio | 15 August
A day to celebrate the birthday of Corsica's most famous son, the Corsican capital, Ajaccio, comes alive with period processions and fireworks displays throughout 15 August.
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