Welcome to Corsica!

Fourth island in the Mediterranean Sea by extension, Corsica belongs politically to France but geographically to the Italian nation, separated from Sardinia by the short stretch marked by the Strait of Bonifacio.

One third of the territory of Corsica is included within a protected reserve, the Regional Natural Park of Corsica, established in 1972 to protect the region and the animal and plant species that populate it.

Of very ancient origin, we have news of Corsica as early as 4,000 years ago, in Greek its name was Kalliste – the most beautiful -. Corsica was a crossroads of trade routes and a particularly popular destination for conquerors, especially for its strategic position. The island has experienced multiple dominations, Phoenicians, Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Pisans, Aragonese, Genoese and French. Corsica is also famous in the news for having given birth to Napoleon Bonaparte (Ajaccio 15 August 1769).

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THE DIALECT

One of the most interesting peculiarities of this island is its dialect. Influenced by the proximity and the Italian domination, Corsica had Italian as its official language until 1859, from 1 September of that same year, in fact, the state language became French. However, the Corsican dialect survives, which is divided into two branches:

the Corso Cismontano – spoken in the areas of Bastia, Corte, Calvi, Isola Rossa, Aleria and Saint Florent – influenced by the Tuscan dialect, the most widespread on the island.

the course beyond the mountains – spoken in the southern part of the island, Ajaccio, Sartene, Porto Vecchio and Propriano – deeply linked to the Sardinian dialect

– BEACHES –

The beaches of Corsica are among the most beautiful in the world, wild and uncontaminated, framed by dense Mediterranean scrub and imposing rocky reliefs, with clear and crystalline waters, very similar, in proximity and conformation, to the most famous ones of Sardinia.

Among the most beautiful beaches of Corsica, Campomoro, in the south-western part of the island, Ostriconi, a short distance from the famous Île Rousse, Santa Giulia, known for its turquoise waters, Palombaggia, certainly one of the most famous and popular, Capo Corso, in the north of Corsica, Cargese, Piantarella, in Caribbean style, a true paradise for windsurfers, Rondinara, with white sand and turquoise waters, Lozari, wild and still little known, Lodo, north-west of Corsica and finally Tra Licettu, still little known but breathtakingly beautiful.

In addition to its unspoiled nature, beaches and crystal clear sea, Corsica is also famous for its towns, of ancient origin and today a precious testimony of the island’s history. Ajaccio, Bastia, Bonifacio, Corte, Calvì, Sarténe, Île Rousse, Saint Florent and Porto Vecchio.

There are also many events on the island, in every season of the year music festivals, film and theater reviews and many outdoor activities, excursions and trails to discover the wild nature of Corsica.

the most beautiful beaches of Corsica, from wide sandy expanses to rocky coves, clear and crystalline waters and breathtaking views …

The Corsican Island is famous all over the world for its beaches, from large stretches of white sand to small rocky coves, the beaches of the island are wonderful at any time of the year, crystal clear waters that shine in the sun, green Mediterranean scrub all around and imposing rock reliefs that dominate from above breathtaking views.

From north to south of the island, many beaches to discover, each particular of its kind, from the best known to the most hidden, the beaches of Corsica know how to be perfect for all tastes, for kitesurfing and windserf lovers, for lovers of kayaking, for those who love snorkeling or for those who simply want to spend a few lazy days on the beach reading a good book.

– TOP 10 BEACHES –

1. Campomoro

About 15km from Propriano, Campomoro is one of the most beautiful beaches in Corsica. The beach is located in the southern part of the French island, right in front of the Gulf of Valinco, quiet and still unspoiled, and can be accessed via a short walking path. Be sure to visit the Genoese Tower, the Senetosa Lighthouse and the Port of Tizzano.

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2. Ostriconi

Particular of its kind, the beach of Ostriconi is located right on the border with one of the most famous places in Corsica, the Desert des Agriates, a wild area of the island, without buildings and with mostly dirt roads. The beach is a wonderful oasis of blue water and white sand.

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3. Île Rousse:

It is one of the most famous resorts in Corsica, where there are many of the most beautiful and well-known beaches on the island, in particular Bodri Beach, Ghjunchitu Beach, Napoleon Beach, Aregno Plage and Marina di Sant’Ambrogio.

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– AND THE OTHER BEACHES –

4. Capo Corso: it is one of the most fascinating places in Corsica, in this part of the island there are in fact some of the oldest villages and the most popular beaches for tourists. Here you will find the beach of Tamarone, Cala Genovese, the Anse d’Aliso and the Canari beach.

5. Cargese: it is located just 1 hour away from Ajaccio, the bay of Cargèse is one of the most popular destinations in Corsica, with a thin white beach, crystal clear blue waters and in the background the ruins of the Marbeuf Castle and many nature trails. Here are the beaches of Capizzolu, Chiuni, Menasina, Stagnoli and Péro.

6. Piantarella: the beach is located 5km from Bonifacio, it is a small bay with crystal clear and Caribbean waters, a true paradise for lovers of water sports.

7. Rondinara: it is considered the most beautiful beach in Corsica, with shallow turquoise water, a beach of fine sand and in the background a luxuriant Mediterranean scrub of a thousand shades of green.

8. Lozari: near the city of Île Rousse, Lozari beach is wild and unspoiled, 1.5km of white sand and crystal clear shallow waters, near the Desert des Agriates.

9. Lodo: blue sea and white beach of fine sand, the beach of Lodo is an unmissable stop in Corsica. The beach is located in the Agriates Desert.

10. Tra Licettu: it is one of the most particular beaches on the island, small and intimate with crystal clear, almost transparent waters.

What to see

Corsica is a land to discover, its ancient villages, unspoiled nature, culture, events and beaches, from the great expanses of white sand to the most hidden coves, the limpid and crystalline sea, the innermost hills … every corner of the island is a precious secret to discover!

I Calanchi: since 1983 the Calanchi di Piana, in Corsica, have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a geological formation of red granite rocks that rise imposingly up to 400 meters high.

Gole di Spelunca: a canyon carved by three rivers, Onca, Tavulella and Aitone. The Spelunca Gorges are located between the towns of Ota and Evisa. The landscape is majestic, the depth of the gorges, the intensity of the colors ranging from green to brown to pink .. very impressive!

Gole della Restonica: it is one of the most fascinating destinations in Corsica, beyond the village of Corte, you meet the bed of the Restonica river, here the power of the waters has carved out the valley, creating suggestive gorges, among imposing trees, in the heart of the protected natural park .

Riserva Naturale di Scandola: this reserve is an integral part of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica. Established in 1975, this nature reserve is included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and, since 1985, it boasts the European Diploma of Protected Areas.

– Corsica Ferries –

Strategically located in the heart of the western Mediterranean, Corsica can be reached by ferry from Tuscany, Liguria and Sardinia.

It is possible to choose day or night departures for Corsica, during the day the journey is shorter with routes ranging from 4 to 6 hours, depending on the port of departure and the ferry chosen, at night instead, it goes from 9 to 10 hours of travel. Whichever ferry you choose, it will be possible to bring your vehicle on board (motorcycles, cars, campers etc …) by paying an extra on the cost of the ticket. For night journeys it is advisable to book a cabin, but there are cheaper solutions, such as an armchair.

The main transport companies make connections from Livorno and Genoa with arrival in the main ports of Corsica, Bastia, Bonifacio, Ajaccio, Calvi, Ile Rousse and Porto Vecchio. The most important ferry companies to Corsica are Corsica Ferries, Moby, Blu Navy, Corsica Linea and La Méridionale.

– Where to sleep in Corsica –

Once the itinerary has been chosen, all that remains is to decide where to sleep during a holiday in Corsica, the island offers many possibilities, from large hotels to campsites, passing through private apartments and characteristic B & Bs.

If you are a nature lover, surely the best choice will be a campsite which, here in Corsica, is a real philosophy of life for many visitors, the campsite is in fact ideal for those who want a holiday characterized by simplicity, relaxation, conviviality and, why not, even savings! There are many campsites in all the most important places on the island, you will be spoiled for choice … on the sea or in the innermost areas.

And then many villages for those who want a carefree and well-being stay, hotels in the cities and historic villages of the island, villas and private apartments for those who, even on vacation, do not want to give up privacy, characteristic B & Bs among the delightful streets of the historic towns of the island …

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Corsica is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean, a unique region of its kind, among rugged hills, lush Mediterranean scrub, sandy and rocky beaches, crystal clear waters and cities of art.

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