There is no way around it Corsica is absolutely magnificent. Engulfed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea the French island lives up to its name, “the Island of Beauty.” Snow-capped mountains, lovely old port towns with superb beaches, rolling hills dotted with rustic villas and charming pastoral villages are just some of the alluring attributes that Corsica offers. Despite being a part of France, Corsica has strong Italian influences that have transformed Corsican culture into something entirely its own.
After arriving at Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport just outside the capital, you find yourself grinning from ear to ear for the remainder of your holiday. Yes, Corsica is truly that breath taking.
As the name of the airport might gives away, Ajaccio was the birthplace of Napoleon, who moved the capital here during his reign. Ajaccio is the largest town in Corsica but you won’t find anyone rushing around here. The city is serene and locals enjoy a relaxed way of life that rubs off on you. The major attractions here tend to revolve around Napoleon such as the Maison Bonaparte, where Napoleon was born. The house has been converted into a small museum that displays household items and weapons from his period as well as family portraits. There is also an art gallery devoted to Napoleon called the Palais Fesch. A visit to the 16th-century Cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Miséricorde and the Place de Gaulle are absolute musts during your time in Ajaccio.
Every corner of Corsica has gorgeous sites to behold. Bonifacio is the well-preserved fortified town that dates back to the 9th century. The medieval town has beautifully ornate churches, an elegant ambience and several nice beaches close by. The area known as Cap Corse is perched at the northernmost tip of the country. Fertile valleys where olives and fruit are grown cover the scenic peninsula. Cap Corse also offers guests some of the most striking beaches on the island such as the Plage de Fariole that is popular with wind surfers.
If you cannot get enough of Corsica’s “almost too beautiful to be real” coastline, then you will want to spend a few days relaxing on the beaches of Porto Vecchio. The most famous of it beaches are the Plage de Palombaggia and the Plage de Santa Giulia. Both beaches have soft white sand and clear turquoise waters. Be sure to take advantage of the variety of water sports available here, and other beaches such as: scuba diving, kayaking, snorkelling and fishing.
Other handsome destinations in Corsica include: Bastia, Corsica’s principal port; Sartène an old world city located above the Rizzanèse Valley and Sant'Antonino, the historic and picturesque village.
One feature that truly sets Corsica a part is the famous (or infamous) GR20 hiking trail. The trail extends the length of the island and over some very rugged landscape. It is considered to be the most challenging long-distance hike in all of Europe. If the sound of that doesn’t deter you, then you will reap the rewards of this difficult hike with outstanding panoramic views.
Enjoy every moment of your Corsican holiday, you would be hard-pressed not to! Pre-book your Corsica airport transfers with hoppa and you will be carefree from the moment you land on this incredible island.