Most holidaymakers staying in our self-catering accommodation will receive a complimentary welcome pack on arrival but will want to visit the markets and shops to stock up on provisions. The larger towns have a choice of supermarkets as well as smaller specialist shops and markets. Local specialities are available in the épiceries, boulangeries and charcuteries and for the opportunity to find out more about the products visit the centres of production such as the mountain bergeries or vineyards.
There are souvenir shops in the main resorts but if you are looking for something traditionally Corsican then we suggest you try handicraft shops or craftsmen's workshops where efforts to revive the ancient arts of knife-making, pottery, stoneware, basket-weaving and glass-blowing are proving increasingly popular.
Corsica offers a great variety of gastronomic delights including maquis-flavoured honey, a wide range of chestnut-based products, charcuterie and cheeses. The best place to sample and purchase local produce is at the lively colourful markets in the main towns.
There is a local market every morning in the covered market place (7am - 12pm) with stalls selling fish and seafood, local charcuterie, cheeses, wines, honey and locally grown fruit and vegetables.
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There is a daily indoor market every morning on Rue Pandolfi where you can buy locally grown fruit and vegetables.
It's well worth visiting the daily market on Place César-Campinchi which is one of the largest fresh produce markets on the island and although not cheap, the quality is second to none. Alongside bright freshly cut flowers and fruit and vegetables laid out under striped awnings are stalls selling delicacies such as fig jam, honey, wild boar sauces and ewe's milk cheeses as well as Muscat wines and myrtle liqueurs.
The fresh produce market takes place every morning (except Monday) on the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville with stalls that sell vegetables, fish, Corsican specialities and even clothes.
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