A mountainous island lazing in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Riviera, Corsica has all it takes to offer you a memorable vacation with family, friends, or your sweetheart. Indeed, this idyllic travel destination, often overlooked by tourists, is one of the best travel experiences you can have in your lifetime. The reason? It contains some the world's most beautiful scenery and charming attractions!
One of Europe's Must-See Destinations
Explore the culture, taste the food, revel in the fantastic scenery, swim along Europe's most beautiful beaches, fish and sail the turquoise waters of the high seas, visit landmarks; there are some good reasons to visit the two departments – the Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud – of this French island. So, if you have not yet seen Corsica, you must make sure to include it in your travel plans. Here is some helpful information to help you plan your next trip to Corsica.
Why Travel to Corsica?
Fourth largest island in the Mediterranean, Corsica is, among other things, known for the richness of its rugged landscapes. Indeed, its disparate relief means that you can find all imaginable scenery in Corsica: mountains, canyons, plains, limestone cliffs (beautiful!), plateaus, bays, creeks, rivers, forests, thickets, and so on. So, if you want to see the most beautiful scenery in the world, go to this European country and you will never be disappointed. Clearly, it is not known as the Isle of Beauty for nothing!
Barcaggio Beach and Giraglia Island
In addition to its wonderful mountainous scenery, Corsica is famous for its beautiful beaches. Barcaggio is among the most impressive in the country. Stretching along the north of Cap Corse, this authentic and charming resort offers a panoramic view of the small shale island named Giraglia. Its fishing port is also worth visiting.
Everyone agrees that another seaside area worth seeing during a trip to Corsica is Rondinara, which has been declared the most beautiful beach in France and Europe on many occasions, thanks to the magnificence and transparency of its beautiful waters and by its almost perfect cove surrounded by two peninsulas covered with reddish rocks and luxuriant vegetation (scrubland: a vegetation typical of the Mediterranean climate, to be precise!)
Located in the bay of the same name, shaped like a seashell, Rondinara Beach is the incarnation of heaven on earth. This is a must for anyone travelling to Corsica, so if you have the chance to be so lucky, make sure to not miss it!
Palombaggia: The Beach of Your Dreams
With three kilometres of sand lined with umbrella pines and red rocks, the spectacular and idyllic beach of Palombaggia, lying just across from the Cerbicale Islands, could well win the title of most beautiful resort in Corsica. Given that it is also the most famous beach of all, it goes without saying that this is a must-see for anyone coming in Corsica.
You could list many more beautiful beaches in Corsica, since, in reality, the entire Corsican coast is spectacular and will leave you with wonderful memories of your trip. Among the beaches worth visiting are those of Arone, Lodo, and Saleccia – none will disappoint you!
Ajaccio, the Capital
If you go to Corsica, you will probably go through the capital, Ajaccio, which you must see. Colourful, historical, and cultural, Ajaccio has everything it takes to make your stay in Corsica special. People visit Ajaccio to admire its splendour and its monuments of Genoese architecture, to learn more about its heritage and visit its many museums, including Maison Bonaparte, the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's birthplace, now a national museum. A must see!
The Tour de la Parata
When in Ajaccio, be sure to see the spectacular tower erected by the Republic of Genoa in 1550 on the coastline, the tour de la Parata. From this tower, you can also travel by boat to the Sanguinaires Archipelago, another of Corsica's must-see attractions.
Corte, Historical and Cultural Capital
Located in Haute-Corse, the pretty town of Corte is the historical and cultural capital of Corsica. People visit the city to enjoy the wildlife – it is a little corner of paradise, beautifully-preserved – to hike among the high mountain and forests, to admire the blue lakes, spectacular valleys, and other wonders of nature found nowhere else in the country.
Perched on a hill, the town of Corte is unique thanks to its shale houses and narrow, cobbled streets. You can also learn more about its history through its museums. The Restonica Gorge, Melo, and Capitello lakes and the visit to the citadel (now a museum) are among the must-sees if you visit the town of Corte.