Corsica Travel Guide

For a 'French' experience with a twist, head to Corsica off the south east coast of the country. This Mediterranean gem has a distinctly different feel to its motherland and enjoys a long, rich history of which its locals are very proud of. Although it has been a part of France for over 200 years, everything from the customs and cuisine to the language is completely different. 

Corsica also boasts an outstanding geographical diversity, with the landscape morphing from glittering bays, stunning beaches, valleys and dense forest to quaint hilltop villages. If you love the outdoors and breath-taking valleys, along with lush forests and beautiful beaches, Corsica could be the perfect destination for you. 

Places to visit

Ajaccio

The capital of Corsica and a main port on the islands rugged coastline, Ajaccio is also the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, his ancestral home, Maison Bonaparte, is now a museum to the family. 

Bastia

A bustling port town, Bastia is filled with historical neighbourhoods, atmospheric streets and boutiques, perfect for a days shopping. 

Calvi

Famous for its beaches and stunning crescent shaped bay, the town of Calvi lies on the northwest coast of Corisica. 

Things to see and do

Citadel

Lining the coast line around the town of Calvi is the imposing Citadel, offering fantastic panoramic views from its five bastions. 

Cathédrale Ste-Marie

Dating back to the 17th century, Bastia's cathedral is one of the most ornate and richly decorated churches in the city. 

Réserve Naturelle de Scandola

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the protected Reserve Naturelle de Scandola is blessed with an incredibly wilderness and incredibly marine biodiversity. 

Aiguilles de Bavella

One of the most strikingly beautiful features of Corsica's landscape, you may even spot a few wild mountain sheep. 

Statue of Napoléon Bonaparte

As one of the most famous exports of Corsica, the statue of Napoleon serves as the centerpiece of the town of Bastia, in its largest downtown square. 

 

Additional Information
Useful Information
  • Flight time from London: 2hr 17min
  • Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport: 7km from the city centre; transfer time about 26min
  • Currency: Euro
Places to eat

Le Piano chez Toinou

A charming, typically Mediterranean restaurant located just a 10 minute walk away from the beach in the town of Porticcio.  

 

Le Tantra

Offering an alternative to the hearty Mediterranean cuisine, Le Tantra is an Asian restaurant with it's own sushi bar, all located in the idyllic town of Bastia. 

 

Octopussy

Ideally located in the bay of Calvi, on Corsica's northwestern coast, this restaurant not only offers modern European dishes with a local dish, but also stunning panoramic views. 

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