Top Destinations on the Corsican Coasts
Discover Corsica, a real mountain in the sea also known as the Isle of Beauty! With its 1,000km of coastline – a mix of creeks, rocky islands, fine sandy beaches, nature reserves and wetlands – Corsica is a paradise for hikers, nature-lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Meanwhile, the island’s famous resorts cast their spell over visitors, charming them with their traditional way of life and a whole host of events and activities.
Bastia, the gateway to Corsica
Bastia is a city of art and history and the doorstep of Corsica. Wandering in the old quarter, discover a flamboyant Baroque heritage such as the St-John-the-Baptist and St-Mary churches and including the Oratory of La Sainte Croix, the only rococo oratory in France. A walk around the old port will take you to the Romieu Gardens leading then to the Genoese citadel. In this picturesque peaceful area where everything is an invitation to quietness and well-being, the “Palais des Gouverneurs” hosts the fascinating Musée de la Ville. In the many restaurants on the top of the battlements, sample the local gastronomic delights gazing at the sea. Visit Cardo, a typical village in the heart of Bastia located only 5 minute from the town centre. Fancy a wine tasting? The vineyards of Patrimonio are only at a short-drive.
Calvi, on the North-West coast of Corsica
Calvi is a Genoese citadel set on the sea and surrounded by rocky mountains that cast their shadow on the waters. Birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Calvi is the ideal setting for all types of holiday. The five-mile-long beach is home to popular activities including windsurfing, waterskiing, jet skiing and paragliding. Calvi also has a labyrinth of picturesque streets and a pretty port with bars and restaurants that offer fab dining experiences and nightlife. Around Calvi, there are plenty of natural wonders awaiting your visit. In the lush Balagne, 250km of walking trails are perfect, both for beginners and the more experienced. A day trip to Scandola Natural Reserve is a must and there are boat trips leaving from Calvi every day.
Enjoy the mild climate of the Balagne in l'Ile-Rousse in Northern Corsica!
Built on one of the most beautiful bays of the Balagne, the Ile-Rousse owing its name to the presence of a small islet of red porphyry is a blend of tradition and modernity. Visitors are invited to enjoy the enchanting scenery of “maquis” and granite rocks surrounding them. Discover the botanical park of Saleccia, an amazing natural wonder! A family walk on the Bassin de Vie trail, accessible to all levels, will enable you discover the local handicrafts as well as a great heritage crossing the nearby villages such as Pigna and St Antonio. The Ile Rousse is also a chic holiday hotspot with a vibrant atmosphere. In the evening, the streets of the old port bustling with bars and restaurants come alive.
Ajaccio, the regional capital of Corsica
Renowned as Napoleon's birthplace and the largest city in Corsica, Ajaccio can be easily explored on foot. Take a stroll along its palm tree seafront or wander through the small colorful alleys next to the citadel crammed with good restaurants where you can visit “Maison Bonaparte” where Napoleon was born. Stroll through the Palais Fesch museum which collections include some wonderful Flemish and Dutch paintings and an array of Italian Old Masters (Botticelli, Titian). Take a boat trip out to the Iles Sanguinaires, so called because they are composed of granite that glows red at sunset and located about 15 km from the city centre. The lush valleys will lead you to the nearby wine properties where you will be able to experience tasting of the local wines.
Porto Vecchio on the South-Eastern coast of Corsica
Porto Vecchio provides an endless supply of things to do from water sports to mountain trekking, rock climbing or simply “farniente” in a remote cove. The beaches around Porto-Vecchio are simply stunning including the idyllic beaches of Palombaggia and Santa Giulia with their white sand contrasting with the turquoise Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by lush countryside. Bustling with bars and restaurant boasting panoramic views across the valley, mountains and the harbor, Porto-Vecchio is the perfect spot for spending your holiday in a "relaxed chic" ambiance. Traditional Corsican mountain villages are also ideal places to find a tasty lunch, such as the Ospedale Forest and the dramatic Col de Bavella in the nearby mountainous Alta Rocca region.
The Sartenais Valinco Taravo, a land of contrasts in the South of Corsica
If you are looking for sunny beaches, lush mountains, authentic villages, and cultural traditions all in the same place, then the Sartenais Valinco Taravo area is the destination for you. With its relaxed atmosphere tiny streets and amazing beaches, the area of Propriano is a right place for both sun worshippers and water sports fans. Sartène, known as the "most Corsican of Corsica's towns" offers an authentic Corsican experience. Find out more about Corsican history in the Musée de la Prehistoire Corse et d’Archéologie. The area is also renowned for prehistorical sites such as Filitosa. Your stay wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the perched villages where you will be able to discover the traditional arts and crafts. And let yourself be amazed when you listen to the famous Corsican polyphony.