Corsica is often named “the island of beauty”, and it is a real paradise for those who love the beach and outdoor sports. From sandy beaches of an exceptional beauty to the rugged landscape that tempts every hiker to explore it, to the seaside ports and towns and the tradition-filled countryside, a holiday in Corsica is all you need, wish for, imagine... and more.
A famous “character” of this island was Napoleon Bonaparte, born in the town of Ajaccio here, which is actually a perfect place to begin your holiday in Corsica. This is the capital of the island and it has a beautiful setting, with sandy beaches and snow capped peaks in the distance. See the Maison Bonaparte here, the Musee des Beaux Arts and other attractions. Another great place to rent a holiday home in Corsica in is the fortified town of Bonifacio, with its medieval feel and the old winding streets, buildings and architecture. A fabulous historic town is also Sartene, known also as the City of Art and History, entered in through an arched medieval gateway, with a prehistory museum among others and the Carnival of Corsica each year in May. The ancient town of Sant Antonio is perched on a hilltop and besides its historical feel, it also offers some breathtaking views of the sea and the surroundings. Can you say “no” to all this beauty?
The culture of this island is pinpointed in its fabulous attractions and its many beautiful towns, such as Calvi, with sandy beaches, an ancient citadel and its summer jazz festival. The little village of Piana displays unique traditions as well, and it is easily reachable from a holiday villa in Corsica, as well as a perfect day trip. This little village has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it has a unique landscape at the entrance to a rose-colored granite rocky inlet. This island is said to be among the top 10 most romantic destinations in the world.
The nature of Corsica is simply sunning in its variety. From sandy beaches to a rugged landscape, this is the place where you can have it all: relaxing and sunbathing, hiking and adventures. Take the Gulf of Porto for a chance, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can take a coastal drive through the Calanques de Piana. In this area you will also find the Scandola Nature Reserve, with steep cliffs and clear waters that leap against them, with hidden coves and a wonderful marine life. This place is only reachable by boat and scuba diving and snorkeling here are magnificent. The Bouches de Bonifacio is actually the largest nature reserve in the country and is found in Corsica, boasting a much varied vegetation. The beaches of the island, such as the ones around Porto Vecchio, are very popular and simply spectacular. The Désert des Agriates is also a protected area with a varied landscape, the chestnut dominated area of Castagniccia is an amazing hilly and forested landscape in itself, and if you gte the chance, stop at the Cape Corse peninsula in the north of the island as well, with vines, fruit and olive groves.
There is all sorts of water in Corsica, no doubt. And to this effect, you can also enjoy here some great natural springs, stone pools, balneotherapy, thalassotherapy, spa centers and so on. The essence of relaxation can be encountered on a holiday in Corsica in all its facets; Domaine de Riva Bella Spa Resort, Les Bains de Caldane, beauty and relaxation centers.
If you travel by car or rent a car on your holiday in Corsica, you should not miss a scenic drive through the Col de Bavella. As you probably know as well, Corsica is one of the top hiking destinations, thus it is no surprise that it's here that you find the GR20 Hiking Trail, said to be the most difficult long-distance hike on the Old Continent. It traverses the island from north to south and it reveals along the way some of the most breathtaking views that you will ever see. And now back to the water... and to the Lavezzi Islands Marine Reserve, the most famous place for scuba and snorkeling. Then again, climbing the highest mountain on the island, Monte Cinto, will show you snowy peaks even in summer.
Corsica is a very low stress destination, thus a family holiday in Corsica is a great idea. Some of the top beaches for families are La Balagne in Calvi, Palombaggia and Santa Giulia in L'Extreme Sud, Lumio and L'Ile Rousse in La Balagne and many others. Build sandcastles on the beach, enjoy water sports, snorkeling diving. Go hiking together as a family, visit adventure playgrounds in Porto Vecchio and Calvi, go horse riding, go for a train trip and see the Balagne coastline, go karting or play tennis. A holiday in Corsica is simply excellent!
Fish and seafood is definitely a specialty in Corsica, yet there are many other dishes here that are worth tasting. Cured meats, sausage and hams are delicious on this island. Try also the Agneau Corse, the Corsican lamb; the Veau aux olives, veal with olives; the Civet de sanglier, wild boar, etc.
Hiking, walking around, sightseeing, going to the beach... a holiday with your pet in Corsica is made of all these and much more. The entire island is very much dog friendly, there are many dog-friendly beaches too, even in Ajaccio and Bastia. Rent a pet friendly holiday home in Corsica and have the time of your life here with the entire family.Points of interest, a “must see” list in Corsica:
A holiday in Corsica is so much stress-free, so simple and relaxing and yet a most beautiful experience that you will live. The land of “you can have it all” in matters of vacationing is surely here.
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