Known as the 'Island of Beauty', Corsica is a place of contrasts. On Corsica holidays, one day's sightseeing can reveal spectacular landscapes and beautiful bays, historic coastal cities, hidden villages and thick forests. It's a destination for enjoying the outdoor life, history and gastronomy.
The sun drenched island of Corsica is a fantastic European holiday destination. Nestled between Italy and France this mountainous land is covered in beautiful forests, vineyards and surrounded by sandy beaches. 1000km of beaches to be precise, giving this amazingly popular get away no shortage of ways to delight, inspire and entertain prospective holiday makers.
Corsica walking holidays provide an opportunity to experience the island from its walking trails, including the well-known and challenging Grande Randonnée. Plan to walk this 17-day trail in spring to see the wildflowers at their best.
Climbing, hiking and canyoning are just a few of the activities available in the Bavella Massif. Climb all or part of Monte Incudine looking out for shy mouflons or wild sheep.
Feeling ambitious? Hire a bike and cycle some of the most breath taking mountain landscape you’re likely to find. Choose the path of least resistance and take an easy sightseeing tour to the summit of a gentle hill or contend with the famous Gr20, Corsica’s most foreboding peak.
Daily markets such as the Place César-Campinchi in Ajaccio are ideal for picnic food and gifts. Local crafts that make ideal souvenirs are stoneware, ceramics, glass and baskets.
Nightlife in Corsica is low-key, focusing on dining and cafes. A few discos can be found in Bastia with its student population while some bars in Porto Vecchio stay open through the night in the summer. To get the best of the Corsican nightlife you’ll find the larger towns have an impressive array of bars to choose from and each village has a little place where you can kick back and indulge in a glass of wine or three. For a more hedonistic evening try Chez Tao in the citadel, a reputed celebrity haunt. Regardless of the experience you are looking for, a holiday to Corsica really has got it all.
Explore the house where Napoleon was born in Ajaccio, the capital or stroll through the narrow medieval lanes of the Citadel in Bonifacio. Rainwater aqueducts cross the streets while the Escalier du Roi d'Aragon cuts a precipitous path down the cliff face.
Near Ajaccio is the Turtle and Tortoise Sanctuary, where tortoises and sea turtles are studied and protected. Treetop adventures of monkey bridges, zip wires and rope swings can be found in the island's aerial parks such as the Acqua & Natura - Parc de la Solenzara. Families will love its peaceful yet action packed charm, couples will be seduced by its romantic backdrop and groups of friends will love its temperate climate and fun and frivolous approach to life. Whichever way you look at it, Corsica really does showcase the best of the Med.
Corsica family holidays are ideal for exploring the island's 200 beaches such as the long stretch of Plage de Palombaggia. This paradise of a beach has sparkling turquoise waters and golden sand edged with pine trees.
Flights for Corsica package holidays land at one of four island airports, located at Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari and Calvi. While flights from France arrive all year round, flights for holidays to Corsica from Manchester and other European airports are seasonal. For the best deals visit our flights to Corsica pages.
The island has one train line, the Chemin de Fer de la Corse which takes a picturesque route from Bastia to Ajaccio. Otherwise, public transport is limited to some infrequent bus services between the larger towns.
Owned by France, this island is heavily influenced by Italy and the cuisine and language reflect this. Corsican delicacies are typically cheeses, cured sausages, lamb, rustic breads and in and around the coast line, sea food is common. The island has an abundance of vineyards and as a result the locally produced wines are both delicious and very reasonably priced.
Corsica is at its busiest and most vibrant in the summer months, the resorts buzz with holiday makers and the many restaurants and bars are bustling and friendly. Walking around in the evening deciding which local delicacy to try for dinner, or which wine to sample, is one of the greatest pleasures of a lastminute.com holiday to this largely unspoiled island. Whatever time of year cheap holidays to Corsica are planned there will be fiestas and festivals to enjoy with every village and town celebrating their local saints days. The long-running Calvi Jazz Festival takes place in June while Bastille Day on the 14th July sees street parties and firework displays. Among food-based events is the Festival of the Almond in August.
June to August sees reliably warm and sunny days on the coast with some thunderstorms inland. Spring and Autumn are mild and wet while winter temperatures range from mild on the coast to extremely cold at the island's inland ski resorts.
Visitors from the UK or EU member states do not need a visa to visit Corsica (France)
While Corsica has its own national language only around 10% of the population still speak it. The official language is French while Italian is widely spoken and understood. English is spoken in the main tourist areas and resorts.
From beachside Corsica holidays all inclusive to cosy mountain retreats, the island offers a wide choice of comfortable and high-quality accommodation. Secure the best prices by booking your flights and Corsica hotels at the same time.
Think about combining Corsica and Sardinia holidays for your Corsica holidays. The Italian island of Sardinia is just a short ferry ride from Bonifacio.
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