Corsica Travel Guide
San Diego has some of the greatest beaches to be found. But if you are looking to travel further afield there is an island just waiting to be discovered on the other side of the Atlantic that is also renowned for its fine beaches, its medieval villages and its fine mountain scenery. My experience there was bar none one of my favorite in the region.
The island of Corsica is found in the Mediterranean, about 50 miles south of mainland France, and close to the Italian coast. So although Corsica is officially part of France, much of the island also has an Italian feel.
If it is the Corsican beaches that you are looking for, head first for the southern end of the island. Although there are fine beaches to be found all around Corsica, the one at Palombaggia (near Porto Vecchio) is beyond exceptional. Another very popular beach is found running north from Calvi, and has several miles of perfect white sand and turquoise sea.
What else does have Corsica have to offer? Well, the island has been inhabited for several thousand years, and this history has left its mark (in a good way) everywhere you go. At Filitosa, for example, you can see impressive prehistoric carved figures. There are many other prehistoric sites on the island, and ruins left by the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans who were attracted to establish settlements on the island by the warm Mediterranean climate.
More recent history? Corsica was the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, later to become the most renowned (and feared) Emperor the world has ever known
The region around Porto on the west coast is ideally located if you are searching for natural wonders - the dramatic rocky coastline, and the canyons and rock formations just inland from Porto, never cease to amaze visitors.
The Corsican towns typically have an intact medieval centre, where you can wander through narrow lanes and see how life was lived hundreds of years ago, with a more modern marina filled with expensive yachts and cafes, set in the shelter of palm trees - a perfect combination!
If you decide to visit Corsica you need to book your accommodation well in advance - the island is very popular, especially during the summer months. I prefer to go with one of the many villas in Corsica, but there’s plenty of holiday apartments if you are trying to spend a little less. These holiday homes allow you the freedom to travel as you like, while providing all the facilities you need.