executive summary by darmansjah
Corsica is a picturesque island sitting in the Mediterranean Sea. With miles of beautiful coastline and scenic mountain views the island has a lot to offer. Corsica has literally hundreds of beaches and boasts some of the best in Europe. Palombaggia and Calvi beaches are stunning white sandy beaches that offer great places to swim in crystal waters. Loto and Saleccia beaches are accessed by boat which means they remain uncrowded. Saleccia is in the Desert des Agriates and is said to be one of the best in France. But with the many to choose from you are unlikely to go far wrong on any part of the island. Corsica also has some lovely chic sea-side towns; some home to Roman and Greek sites from years gone by. Ajaccio, on the west coast, has a great all year climate and is popular with visitors. Its biggest claim to fame is as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Aleria on the east coast has Roman ruins to explore and even a few remains of a Greek settlement leading historians to believe it has been inhabited for at least 8,000 years. The medieval town of Bonifacio is the oldest town in Corsica, based above a natural harbour on the site of a 9th century citadel. The town is at the southern point of Corsica, which is just 12km from Sardinia. This gives Bonifacio and its harbour a sophisticated Italian feel. It’s a very elegant town with palm trees and expensive restaurants lining the quay. There are also several glorious Mediterranean beaches close by. This town is a major centre for sea based leisure activities such as yachting and diving.
Understand that the success of the yachting is mainly due to the fact that Bonifacio is one of the windiest places in France. The Lavezzi Islands, a designated marine preserve, are just off Bonifacio and can be visited by boat. There are many more beautiful towns dotted around the island all home to beautiful beaches and glorious mountain landscapes. It’s good to know before travelling that Corsica is expensive and a holiday in Corsica may cost you more than some other islands in the Mediterranean. However with higher prices comes less tourists and development meaning it has retained it’s charm and unspoilt nature where other parts of Europe have not. The wildflower-filled spring and red-hued autumn months let you experience this island of beauty at its best.
There are some beautiful campsites in Corsica which means that you can enjoy the beautiful island but on a budget. Corsica is perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors and prefer a taste of the simple life. One campsite is ‘U Monte Cintu’ in Lozzi which is in the central area of the island. Here you will be in the heart of the stunning countryside with incredible sea and mountain views to enjoy. Staying at the site will cost around 5 Euros a night for adults and you will need to pay extra for things like electricity and car parking.
Another camp site is ‘Camp La Pinede’ which offer chalet and mobile home accommodation. This site is in the centre of a one of Corsica’s many pinewood forests. They have great facilities including an onsite disco, riding area, children’s area and volley ball court. Here expect to pay around 10 Euros a night in peak season. Peak season is recognized as July through to the end of August. Most campsites have supermarkets and good shower facilities as well. Campsites tend to be in more rural areas so it’s great if you can hire a car or bike in order to get about.
Season: Mar - Oct
Budget Holiday?: YES
Flight Time (UK): 2h