posted by admin on Apr 27
Corsica remains one of the hidden gems of the Mediterranean. The island remains surprisingly untouched despite its central location and its beauty. One of Corsica’s greatest asset is the diversity of its landscape over a very limited space: Corsica’s greatest length is 183km and width 83km. However, a day-trip across the island could enable you to take a swim in coastal turquoise waters and sun-tan on a white-sand beach on the south-east coast, then drive 200 km across lush oak and pine forests and climb snow-capped mountains, dominated by the Monte Cinto (2706m).
However,ing Corsica is all about taking time rather than rushing through a one-day speed dating. Time to enjoy the diversity of its landscapes, time to the n way of life, the village life and appreciate the hospitality of the ns who will be glad to open up their houses and share their life stories if you engage them in the right way (not that difficult!).
So where should you go in Corsica? This question does not lead to a straight answer. However, the following tips should help you make up your mind. As mentioned above, the variety one can find on the island has created regions with a distinctive character and their own activities.
Seven regions can be roughly defined:
- the “Cap Corse” with the capital city of in the far north
- the Balagne and city of in the north west
- Central and the inland city of Corte
- the West Coast
- the East Coast
- and the Taravo and Prunelli valleys
- the Great South with world-renowned Bonifacio
Obviously, what you are expecting from yourwill determine where to go.
Are you a true sun-worshipper and party lover? Then the Great South is for you, with some of the most beautiful beaches north of Porto-Vecchio and also the best clubs, bars, and jet-set crowd in summer, in Porto-Vecchio. Not to forget the scenic cliffs of Bonifacio, which will make for a nice day out if you get sun-burnt.
Are you all of the above but would still like toa little more of the inland life and some scenic hikes? Then the Balagne and are probably right for you. The scenic and deserted beaches of the “Desert des Agriates”, trendy and the scenic mountains of Balagne should fulfill your expectations.
Are you looking for rugged coast and isolated beaches? Then try the West coast: the clear waters and boat-only reachable coast of the Scandola natural reserve, one of Unesco’s protected sites, as well as the red rocks of the Calanques of Piana will both leave you speechless and ecstatic.
and the Taravo combine the beauty of very scenic trails in the mountains, long stretch of beautiful wild beaches, such as Capo di Feno,and a rich cultural scene, with ’s “Musee Fesch” (probably the most interesting museum on the island), the Napoleaon history or the prehistoric site of Filitosa.
The Cap Corse will be the set for great seain the most scenic fishermen villages of the island (Centuri among others) and a fabulous and unusual landscape that combines mountain and coast on a narrow stretch of land, making for dramatic views.
Central Corsica and Corte are extremely popular with hikers and people keener to discover the inland: from the beautiful water springs of the Restonica valley to the stunning lakes and snow-capped mountains of the Niolu, there are hundreds of hikes, each offering something new to discover. The famous GR20 trail notably goes right across this region and boasts some of its most popular hikes here.
Finally, the East Coast of Corsica is often left aside in travel guides while it has a lot to offer. It is often a more affordable place than the rest of the island if you are on a tight budget while its long stretch of beaches, such as the stunning Mare e Stagnu, are often left uncrowded. Furthermore, some of the richest mountain areas, such as the Castagniccia, are within very close reach.
As you may have already guessed, the best way to fully discover Corsica is to come back!