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What to see in Corsica

Corsica Attractions


Most attractions in Corsica revolve around its spectacular natural beauty. It is particularly appealing to outdoor enthusiasts like hikers and scuba divers.

The city of Bastia, in the northeast, is a very attractive city with some incredible Baroque architecture and a well-preserved old port. Just north of Bastia is the Cap Corse peninsula. Here there are peaceful coves and idyllic villages on the east, such as Porto-Vecchio, and rugged, steep cliffs pounded by the ocean on the west. Filitosa, with its mysterious prehistoric menhir statues, can be found near the west coast, just below the capital city of Ajaccio. Napoleon was born in Ajaccio and much of the tourism industry revolves around this famous native son. Porto is a stunning fishing village and a good base from which to explore the breathtaking Calanques - enormous red rock formations - and the Scandola Nature Reserve.

The GR20 is the most famous hike in Corsica, a challenging 15-day hike best attempted in summer. Other well known, but less taxing walks include the Mare e Monti (sea to mountains) and Mare a Mare (sea to sea) trails. There are also a number of coastal walks such as the walk to Girolata on the west coast.

Corsica's Mediterranean coastline offers superb scuba diving opportunities. The sea temperature is warmest in August and calm, clear waters, devoid of pollution, make for excellent visibility. Below the surface Corsica is a playground with dramatic rock formations, bright colours, and interesting creatures, as well as a number of wrecks to explore. Almost all the gulfs have dive centres and there are wonderful dive sites in and around Ajaccio, Porto Vecchio, Propriano, Cargese, Porto, Calvi and St-Florent.


Ajaccio

The popular holiday destination of Ajaccio lies in a calm bay on the west coast of the rugged island of Corsica, set against a backdrop of wooded hills. It is a relaxed rather than lively…

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Balagne

The inland area along the northwest coast of Corsica has been renowned since Roman times as an orchard of olive, fig and orange trees and the breadbasket of the island, crisscrossed by a network of…

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Bastia

Situated in the northeast of Corsica, Bastia is the island's major commercial centre. Despite this the old town has retained its charms as a holiday destination, with opulent Baroque churches and crumbling…

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Bonifacio

The ancient town of Bonifacio, at the very southern tip of Corsica, dates from about 833 AD, but there is nothing old-fashioned about the tourist trappings and commercialisation of this buzzing haven,…

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Cap Corse

North of Bastia is the holiday destination of Cap Corse, a 25-mile (40km) peninsula edged with quaint fishing villages. The peninsula is divided by a narrow spine of mountains, which rise over 3,000…

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Corte

For a change of pace on a beach holiday, pack some hiking boots along with your swimsuit and head for the dramatic Corsican hinterland. Corte lies marooned in the centre of Corsica, surrounded by dramatic…

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Filitosa

The most celebrated prehistoric site in Corsica, Filitosa is worth a visit for its megalithic menhir statues, which have been carved to represent human faces or armed figures. The purpose of these…

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Les Calanques

The mass of intriguing red rock formations along the coastal road between Porto and Piana are known as Les Calanques, and are a highlight on a visit to Corsica. The narrow, twisting road reveals a…

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Porto

The small seaside holiday resort of Porto is watched over by the 16th-century Genoese Tower standing guard over the fishing harbour, and although crowded in summer, retains a certain charm. While on…

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Porto-Vecchio

Known as the 'St Tropez of Corsica', Porto-Vecchio is becoming one of the most fashionable towns in southern Corsica. It is situated in a scenic bay, near popular sandy beaches such as Palombaggia,…

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Scandola Nature Reserve

The Cape Girolata peninsula is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and encompasses the Scandola Nature Reserve, an ecological treasure covering 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of scrub, cliffs…

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