Corsica: places to visit including beaches and charming villages

Travel in Corsica to discover the wonders of this island, where the beach holiday on the beautiful beaches can be combined with a visit to the city very interesting and a must see.

Corsica travel guide

Corsica is an ideal holiday destination to bask in the Mediterranean off from the coast south of France and Italy. Beautiful beaches, beautiful mountains, beautiful towns and villages immersed in the enchanting landscape, a mild climate all year round. The hundreds of beaches and over 1,000 miles of coastline form the basis of many holidays on the island, for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving or just sunbathing resting. The Corsican towns are very interesting as well as walking in the mountains to choose according to their capabilities. The Regional Natural Park of Corsica was established for the protection of the natural environment and includes some of the highest peaks of the island. Very beautiful nature reserve Scandola which is accessible only by boat.

Places to Visit in Corsica

For any kind of walker, you can find in Corsica the scenic path best suited choosing from the hundreds available. If you want a short path you can go in the large regional park in inquiring tourist office nearest you. The most famous trail is the GR20 in Corsica, also known by the name of Blessed Monte. It is a famous trail through the mountains of island starting from Calinzana, town located about 10 km north of Calvi, and continue across Conza, south-east and 20 km north of Porto Vecchio. The GR20 is 200 km long and can take more than two weeks to complete the entire route on foot. Although in some shelters is available a catering service is always advised to bring along supplies of water sufficient for the entire voyage. Although the route is well marked it is strongly recommended to bring a detailed map of the trails with you. For beginners, or for those who do not have enough time to walk the entire trail GR20, can be taken into account other less demanding beautiful trails including the Mare e Monti, from Calinzana Cargese in ten stages, the Mare Monte South, from Porticcio to Propriano in five stages, the Mare a Mare North treks, from Moriani to Cargese twelve-step, the Mare a Mare Centre, from Ghisonaccia to Ajaccio in seven stages. For those who are close to Saint-Florent, you can follow the coastal path that goes from Saint-Florent to Ostriconi, crossing the beaches of Saleccia and Loto, which requires little more than two days to be covered entirely, stopping in shelters Saleccia and Ghignu for the two nights.

– Ajaccio, a town of fifty thousand inhabitants in western Corsica, has a mild climate throughout the year, being in a sheltered position. The origins of Ajaccio date back to an ancient Roman city located on the hill north of the present city. Birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, contains sights on this character, from the birthplace of the museum. In the Renaissance cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Misericordia was baptized Napoleon, testified that from the baptismal font where he celebrated the sacrament. The Fesch Museum is renowned for keeping a collection of Italian Renaissance paintings.

– Aleria is a small town located between Bastia and Porto-Vecchio on the east coast of Corsica. Constitute the most important attraction Roman ruins, including the remains of the Roman city and the necropolis villa that once stood here. The Museum Jerome Carcopino contains some fascinating archaeological finds including busts, sculptures and ancient pottery depicting especially animal heads.

– Bastia is a commercial port in the north-east of Corsica, characterized by the contrast between the old city and modern yachts moored in the harbor.

– Bonifacio, the medieval town and the oldest of Corsica, is located south of the southern tip just 12 km from Sardinia with its harbor exclusive and elegant, with palm trees and restaurants that line the quayside. To visit the Scale of the King of Aragon to reach the historic center, the monument to the dead, the interesting churches inserted between the medieval houses.

– Calvi, situated in Balagne, is a port town with a white sandy beach long and narrow. The visit of the Cathedral of Jean Baptiste and a walk in the cobbled streets between the shops of the citadel is a nice way to spend an afternoon or evening quiet. A pleasant excursion is the one on the hill to the church of the Madonna della Serra from which you can enjoy a wonderful view.

– Cargese in Balagne is known as the greek village, located 20 km south of Porto. It ‘a country of white houses built on a rocky promontory overlooking a deep blue bay. There are a Latin church and a Greek church, both dating from the 19th century.

– Corte, a small town in the heart of central Corsica, was formerly the capital of island. It is located in an ideal location to explore the mountains, valleys and scenarios of central Corsica. Apart from the village, along with its rocky outcrop above the valley Tavignano, the main attractions are the citadel and the Museum of Corsica. The citadel is visible from anywhere in the area, being perched on a steep rock, and can be reached from the steep narrow streets of the hill. Do not miss the nearby viewing platform, which offers a great view not only of the citadel, but also of the surrounding mountains. Court is also home to the University of Corsica and that’s why most of the population are students. There are walks for all standards of fitness and enthusiasm useful to personally experience the wild side of Corsica.

– Ile-Rousse in Balagne was founded by Pasquale Paoli in 1758, with the aim of creating a port that was not controlled by the Genoese. With a beautiful beach south of Plage de Rindara, and small rocky islands to the north, the Ile-Rousse is in a beautiful setting. It’s a city very refined with luxury shops and restaurants along the straight roads. The city center is at Piazza Paoli open to the sea to the west with a pleasant covered market. The old part of town, with its cobbled streets and old houses, is the one of most interest to the visitor. Le Parc de Saleccia is a nice botanical garden of 7 acres located north of the city.

– Port is ideally located to visit many of the highlights of this region including Scandola, Spelunca, Calanches of Piana and the Foret d’Aitone.

– Porto-Vecchio, located on the southeastern coast of Corsica, is a very popular place with tourists. This city was built on swamps. There are several beaches very interesting including Palombaggia, a beach internationally renowned for its beauty. It’s also interesting to explore the mountainous place on the side opposite to the sea.

– Propriano dates from the early 19th century and is today one of the most popular resorts in Corsica, thanks to the many beaches including the Plage de Lido, just 1 km from the city. Available boats to Sardinia and France. It’s very popular village of Campomoro with its beautiful beach and the beautiful setting tourist.

– Saint Florent, located north-east of Corsica, was built in the 15th century and is popular as a holiday resort. The climate, the nearby beaches and scenery are the main source of attraction. Saint Florent is a small village visited in half a day.

– Sartene is located in the southwest of Corsica, in the mountains a few miles south-east of Propriano. The center of Sartene is developed around Liberation Square. The old Governor’s Palace is also the guillotine square, the Church of Sainte Marie, with its distinctive steeple course is on the edge of the square, and contains the cross and chain that are worn by a penitent in the long Easter procession that takes place every year through the city streets. Interesting the historical center of Santa Anna, with its narrow streets featuring an incredible mixture of high old houses connected by arches, narrow streets and arcades.