Visit Corsica this Summer: The Best Things to Do for Fun and Relaxation
mié. 19 abril 2023
Corsica - The perfect destination for young couplesOverflowing with sumptuous landscapes, the dreamy island of beauty is situated closer to Italy than France. This island in the Mediterranean Sea is over 3000 square miles and has fine sandy beaches, mountains, and rivers. With Ajaccio, the southern city of Corsica, and Bastia, the city of northern Corsica, there is no shortage of things to see. Brimming with sports activities, cultural heritage, and gastronomy, Corsica offers you a range of flavors with Mediterranean aromas. For young couples, Corsica offers a riveting nightlife with alternative restaurants, clubs, and bars. We recommend sipping a cocktail with your +1 and watching the sunset together here.
When to visit Corsica?Home to a Mediterranean climate and high mountains, you have the freedom to enjoy either intense heat or cooler temperatures (depending on the place and time)
- Spring: Recommended, especially if you like hiking and outdoor activities, spring is for you! You'll get some great views, so take your camera.
- Summer: Corsica is the ideal location for your summer vacation due to its warm weather. You could enjoy the beaches during the day and the long summer evenings by the water.
- Autumn: September is perfect if you have young children; the temperatures are pleasant, and you can easily walk through the island's narrow streets without too many people.
- Winter: Winter is an idea if you’re looking to spend Christmas in Corsica. There may even be snow, depending on where you stay.
Does Corsica belong to Italy or France?In modern times, Corsica is part of France. But this island's sovereignty is a fascinating subject due to its conflicting nature. The question of this island's ownership dates back to the 18th century. Corsica was part of the Republic of Genoa, a medieval country that existed until 1797 on the northwestern Italian coast. After the Seven Years' War and France's subsequent loss of its American colonies, the French wanted badly to reinforce its Mediterranean territory. At the time, Genoa was facing revolutionary forces in Corsica. The French took advantage of this and convinced Genoa to sign the Treaty of Compiègne in 1764. On paper, this treaty signifies France's commitment to helping Genoa squash the uprisings in Corsica. In reality, the French didn't send troops to reconquer the island. Instead, they led the Genoese Republic to squander money and get into debts they couldn't repay. Subsequently, due to the severity of the debts, Genoa was forced to recognize France as the legitimate mistress of Corsica. Thus, Corsica was officially part of the French overseas territory. Although officially French, you might get surprising answers if you ask Corsicans where they identify themselves. We'll save that for your visit to this island.
North Corsica: What to do?Set out to conquer the Haute-Corse and its hidden treasures. North Corsica is a must-see, a perfect mix between mountains, plains, and beaches.
Climbing Monte CincoAt 1.6 miles above sea level, Monte Cinco is the summit of Corsica. Seasoned hikers will be delighted to climb this mountain and take in a superb view of Corsica.
Visit BastiaDon’t miss out on a visit to Bastia in the capital city of Haute-Corse. After walking the colorful streets and the Citadel of Bastia, stop at the Old Port to sip a cocktail.
Exploring the artisans' routeIn the hinterland, between Calvi and Ile Rousse, discover the talent of Corsican craftsmen: from handmade soaps to jewellery and ceramics; there is something for everyone.
Discover CalviThe second most attractive city in Corsica is Calvi. Located between the old town and marina, it’s sure to amaze you. Go for a dip at Barcaggi beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in northern Corsica. Moreoever, the Ile Rousse is also accessible from Calvi and is worth a visit.
See the Agriates desertThis is not a real desert like the Sahara. It is a rocky and mountainous terrain with fauna and flora unique to the area . Between the south of Saint Florent and the Ostriconi, discover more than 16,000 hectares of unspeakable beauty.
Go and see the Cap CorseAs the name suggests, Cap Corse is located in the north of Corsica. This peninsula in Haute-Corse is rich in nature and wildlife and is home to beautiful villages such as Erbalunga.
The best places to stay in Haute-CorseThere is no shortage of hotels in Corsica. Between small budget hotels or luxury hotels, you have the choice.
South Corsica: the best activitiesFor slow travel lovers or enjoy a few lazy days at the beach, South Corsica is the perfect place for your holiday.
Explore BonifacioThe medieval city in the south of the island is a must-visit on your trip to Corsica. That's because it's also the perfect town for photography enthusiasts, surrounded by cliffs, narrow streets, the marine cemetery and the King of Aragon's staircase. Only 30 minutes by boat from Bonifacio, this archipelago of islands plunges you directly into paradise: fine sandy beaches and turquoise waters, your stay in Corsica will be unforgettable!
Discover the needles of BavellaFamous for hiking, the Aiguilles de Bavella is not to be missed. The best part? you will have a breathtaking view of Corsica and its nature.
Visit SarteneA typical and traditional Corsican village, Sartene is full of charm. With its cobblestone streets and charisma, get lost in the town and discover local shops perfect for Corsican souvenirs.
Lounging on Corsica's heavenly beachesDue to their impeccable beauty, the beaches of South Corsica attract many visitors every year. As such, here are some of our picks for the most beautiful beaches in Corsica:
- The beach of Palombaggia
- The beach of Rondinara
- The beaches of Lavezzi Island
- Saint-Antoine beach