Corsica is beautiful at any time of the year but in May the island is especially captivating. It’s quieter than in the height of the summer and you can enjoy some great prices on various holidays too.
The island’s landscape is stunning in May, colour abounds as snow-capped mountains tower above the flower-filled meadows and the tumbling marquis sending its wild scent into the air. Outdoor activities are especially enjoyable with the temperatures in the low to mid 20s, the heat of high summer can be a bit too intense for hiking and climbing but in May it is pleasurable in the warm air.
Cycling is another outdoor activity that May is perfect for, the roads are much quieter and with the snow-capped mountains, some of the views you’ll experience in the mountains are beyond incredible. The quieter roads also make driving an easier prospect should you want to get out and explore the island in your hire car, quicker too so you can fit more into your precious time.
Restaurants and cafés which have been closed during the winter have opened their doors, ready for an influx of tourists while historic Corsican towns with boutique shops and cobbled streets are waiting to be explored. The sea may be a bit chilly for some but with up to 10 hours of sun a day, relaxing on a beach isn’t out of the question and they are certainly less crowded than in the high season.
As May is quieter across the island, it’s also cheaper! You’ll find more availability for flights and accommodation and more space in your favourite restaurant. Whether you are looking to travel as a couple, a group of friends or a multi-generational family, as well as evading the summer crowds, you could also just bag yourself a bargain.
Where to stay in May?
The photo says it all doesn't it? This villa certainly has the wow factor with fantastic views of the west coast and can sleep up to four.
Three individual villas in the south of Corsica which can be booked separately for up to four people, or together, perfect for a multi-generational family who might like their own space. Rural and peaceful location.
Casa di PrunoVilla Bicu Rossu
A perfect spot for two! An adult-only escape, the landscaped gardens are pristine and are just a short walk from the town centre and the fabulous crescent of sand which frames Calvi bay.
It’s not every day you get the opportunity to stay in a citadel, and this age-old house is a wonderful treasure. The views across the bay to the mountains beyond are best enjoyed from the patio with a glass of local wine.
A great location on the rocks below Calvi Citadel, this is a popular hotel with guests returning year after year, and with only 48 rooms, it does get booked up, so we advise booking early.
Hôtel St Christophe
Sitting next to the sea and facing the lovely town of St Florent across the bay, this smart hotel benefits from a top-class restaurant which is well known in the area, and so is the wine list and cellar!
Hôtel La Roya
Coast, countryside or central location? Hôtel Villa Josephine, on the outskirts of the charming market town of L’Ille Rousse, features the best of both worlds.
Hôtel Villa Josephine
Part of our Calvi collection, this modern hotel boasts a great location on the hillside above the town, just a stone’s throw from Quai Landry and the stunning curve of Calvi beach.
Another villa with the wow factor; nestled into the hillside with spectacular views of the bay and private pool, Villa Kallisté is a fabulous contemporary villa.
A modern, comfortable apartment enjoying a superb location just 500m from the beach, Rivages de Calvi provides an ideal base to explore the north coast of Corsica.
Rivage de Calvi