Corsica holidays itineraries trip a week by car

Guide Corsica, the best routes to travel in a week with the main things to see in moving car from Cape Corso to the Strait of Bonifacio.

Holidays in Corsica

Itineraries Corsica Recommended for visiting this island Mediterranean belongs to France along its territory from north to south. Corsica is the third largest island in the western Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily and Sardinia. The island belongs to France politically, the Strait of Bonifacio, a stretch of sea off about twelve kilometers, separating it from the northern coast of Sardinia, Piombino, located about eighty-two kilometers, is the location of the nearest Italian peninsula, while the coast French is about one hundred and seventy kilometers away.

To organize itineraries in Corsica must take into account that it is an island mainly mountainous, crossed from north-west to south-east by a chain of mountains that divide, under the geological and also administrative, in two regions. Many peaks are around 2,000 meters, of which the Monte Cinto is higher with 2706 meters of altitude above sea level, about a third of its territory is protected National Park, the coastline stretching for about 1200 km, of which only a fourth consist of beaches and located mainly in the eastern part of the island.

– Bastia is the main harbor of the island, located in the north and east facing Tuscany. It is an ancient town that extends to the base of Cap Corse, is pleasant to walk among its alleys and squares, visit the Old Port, Place Saint-Nicolas, where the statue of Napoleon, the Church of Saint Jean Baptiste, the Cathedral of Sainte Marie and the Church of Sainte Croix.

– Cap Corse, located north of Bastia, is also known as the “finger of the island”, a land that stretches into the sea north for about 40 km., Traversed throughout its length by a mountain range that reaches the maximum altitude of 1307 m above sea level with Monte Stello. The western side of the chain looks jagged and overhanging the sea, the eastern one is rather low and with several sandy beaches. Clinging to the rocks above the sea lie the villages of Nonza and Pino, with the base of the respective marine. In the area of Cap Corse worth visiting countries, Centuri, Erbalunga, Barcaccio, also there is a path called The Path of the Customs Officer that runs along the northern part of Cape Corso and can be undertaken from Macinaggio or from Centuri, is a very nice route marked by the Genoese towers.

– Among Nonza and Saint Florent is Heritage, famous for its vineyards that produce excellent wines, especially the moscato.

– Saint Florent, lively marina and starting point of the path that winds along the coast of the Desert des Agriates, is a very charming, situated between the sea and the mountains, including beautiful beaches, rocky cliffs, and secluded bays, as well that being a protected natural area by the public French Conservatoire du Littoral. The route is 36 km long. and ends in Ostriconi.

– Continuing meet Ile Rousse, pretty town founded by the father of the race Pasquale Paoli, during the brief period of independence of Corsica and Calvi with its waterfront, its citadel and the beauty of its beaches. In the summer period from Ile Rousse is an express train, “the Trinighellu” that stops in all the beaches and up to Calvi By committing about an hour of time.

– Corte was the capital of the independent state in the eighteenth century, is located in inner island and is considered the historical and cultural center of Corsica. The oldest part is the fortress that overlooks the city from a rocky promontory. In the old town are the National Palace, the Musee de la Corse and ‘University of Corsica Pascal Paoli. Court is also a good base for excursions in the Regional Natural Park.

– Ajaccio, capital of the department of southern Corsica, overlooking the west coast of Corsica in the middle of a bellissmo Gulf and is an important port as well as a city of art. Ajaccio is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte and the birthplace has been turned into a museum. Near Maison Bonaparte, is the beautiful Cathedral Notre-Dame of Mercy of the sixteenth century, where Napoleon was baptized. Very intereressante Museum Fesh for his valuable collection of Italian art.

– Bonifacio is located at the southern tip of Corsica. Its origin dates back to 830, when Boniface, Count of Tuscany, built a castrum, as a defense against the Saracens. The upper town, perched on top of a limestone cliff, has preserved its medieval appearance with the Bastion de l’Etendard, the Place d’Armes, the Church of Saint Dominique, which has elements in Gothic style, the church Sainte Marie Majeure, the Church Sanit-Jean, the scale of the King of Aragon, carved on sheer cliffs, and the marine cemetery, one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. From the upper town you can admire a beautiful view of the Straits of Bonifacio and Sardinia. Departing from the port there are boats to visit the caves, cliffs, and calanches Strait of Bonifacio, Lavezzi islands and Cavallo.