Why May is a great time to visit Corsica

Updated on Mar 15, 2024 by Polly Evans

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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?

Villa Bumortu & Villa Kallisté

These photos say it all don't they? Both these villas certainly have the wow factor with fantastic views of the west coast and each one can sleep up to four.

Villa Bumortu

Villa Kallisté

Villa Bicu Rossu, Casa di Pruno & Casa di L’Olivu

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


Le Home & A Merula

A perfect spot for two! Two adult-only escapes within pristine landscaped gardens just a short walk from the town centre and the fabulous crescent of sand which frames Calvi bay. 

Le Home

A Merula


Hôtel La Caravelle

A great location just a stone's throw from Calvi's beach, enjoy al-fresco breakfasts with amazing views of the town and its citadel.

Hôtel La Caravelle


Hôtel La Roya

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


Hôtel Villa Josephine

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


Hôtel Acquale

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.

Hôtel Acquale

Rivages de Calvi

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.

Rivages de Calvi


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