10 Travel Tips for Corsica

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One of our team members recently spent her vacation in Corsica. It was the first time she has been to the island and she was blown away by the diversity Corsica has to offer. From long sandy beaches and picturesque small towns to the mountains in the inland, there is plenty to see and do during your villa holiday. Here’s 10 travel recommendations of what to see and do whilst in Corsica.

 

1. Spend a day Plage de Santa Giulia

Take a good book and your snorkelling gear and enjoy a relaxing on this 600 meter long beach with the finest white sand. The beach is only a 15 minute drive from Porto Veccio and is great for a full day of relaxation on one of the best beaches on the island.

Santa Guilia

 

2. Visit Bonifacio – a lovely old town, just an hour away from Sartene.

The town is set on top of the cliffs where you will find local markets, restaurants and shops. Today still 95% of the population of Bonifacio lives in this old town. From there you have the opportunity to walk into the cliffs on King Aragon’s stairs and enjoy beautiful views on the sea. From the harbour there is the possibility to explore the sea around Bonifacio with guided boat tours. They leave every hour and bring you to hidden caves and bays and also to the famous cliffs on which Bonifacio is built.

Bonifacio

 

3. Do a day trip to the ‘Iles de Lavezzi’

Relax on the beach, take a walk exploring the island or delve into the underwater world with your snorkelling gear. The boat leaves from Bonifacio harbour several times a day and takes you on a small tour along the coast visiting the cave of Bonifacio, passing along the famous cliffs, the ‘grain de sable’ and the King Aragon Steps before arriving to the uninhabited islands.

Iles de Lavezzi

 

4. Visit Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavelle needles)

The rocky spikes on top of the Bavella massif in the heart of Corsica. Take your own picnic before embarking on an afternoon hike on one of the many picturesque paths around the area.

Aiguilles de bavella

 

5. Hiking the Restonica Trail

Another great hiking trail on the island is the Restonica trail close to the city of Corte. Enjoy a day out in the mountains hiking to the different lakes from where you have an amazing view on the valley. There are different routes lasting from two hours to full day trips, all offering a great experience out in the beautiful mountains of Corsica.

 

6. Try the local delicatessen, goat cheese pancake

These freshly made pancakes can best be found in local markets and are a great treat for breakfast. From plain goat cheese pancakes to pancakes with different herbs, vegetables or local hams there is something to satisfy everyone’s taste.

 

7. Visit Porto

A lovely small village on the west coast of the island with many restaurants, a promenade from where you can go on a guided boat tour discovering the surrounding area or even rent your own small boat. If you prefer to stay on the ground the pebble beach with its crystal clear water is waiting for you. The visit to Porto is a perfect day trip if you stay in a villa in Calvi. It is a scenic 1.5 hour drive from the city. Further attractions in the beautiful regions of the island which has been designated UNESCO world heritage site are the Scandola Nature Reserve, the Gorges de Spelunca and the Calanches de Piana.

Scandola Nature Reserve

 

8. Canoeing in the mountains

Discover the rivers, valleys and mountains of Corsica on a guided canoeing tour. The tours are offered in different locations on the island each with their own unique routes to explore.

 

9. Visit Porto-Vecchio

A stylish coastal town on the east coast of the island with a lovely old town with numerous boutiques and a lot of restaurants offering delicious local food. Down by the port the marina is perfect for a romantic evening walk along the harbour – finish your evening with a sundowner in one of the many bars and watch the yachts come in and out during the sunset.

Porto Vecchio

 

10. Visit L'Île Rousse

L'Île Rousse is located in the north western part of the island, not far from Calvi. The village lying on the River Balagne was founded in 1758 by Pascal Paoli as a harbour. Today it is a modern city famous for a gentle climate and its beautiful sand beaches with crystal clear water.

 

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