10 places to visit on the French island, Corsica

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Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean, with the Italian island of Sicily ranking first, Sardinia second and the country of Cyprus third. French Corsica is the fourth largest and its mild climate, culture and breathtaking coastline contribute to the island’s tourist appeal. The paved road network of the island is sufficient and a train connects the major towns. Occupied by the Carthaginians, colonized by the Greeks and swallowed up by the Roman Republic, the government of the island changed hands several times. However, the greatest influence over the centuries has been Italian. The Corsican people attempted independence from Genoa, which sought help from the French. However, the island ended up being annexed by the French in 1789.



ten Ajaccio

Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica is also known as the “imperial city”. Known as the birthplace of French military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte, his birthplace and ancestral home is currently a museum. According to legend, it was Ajax, a Greek hero, who founded and gave his name to Ajaccio. During World War II in September 1943, it was the first town in France to be liberated. The city is relatively small and can be well explored on foot, or take an e-bike tour which will include the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, the Greek Chapel and many other city sights.

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9 Bonifacio

Bonifacio is a medieval town located on a limestone cliff on the south coast of Corsica. This is also known as the “Citadel of the Cliffs”, as the city is built right up to the edge of the cliffs, apparently hewn out of limestone. As the only major port on the south coast, it lies directly across the Strait of Bonifacio from the Italian Sardine. The city is divided into the upper town and the old town. The majority of the inhabitants live in the old town. The upper town is the citadel, or fortified area, and overlooks the sea. Bonifacio usually hosts the French leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, as access to beautiful beaches is easy.


8 Calvi

The 13th century fortress is located on the northwest coast of the island of Corsica. The huge bay is an inviting crescent shape with beaches stretching for 5 km. The snow-capped mountains (until May) provide the perfect backdrop for the city’s citadel which stretches out to the sea. Cobblestone passageways crowded with houses, dominated by the Cathedral of St. from the highest point of the city, are inside the walls of the citadel. There are all types of water sports available, as well as sunbathing and enjoying the beautiful water. Explore the citadel for a panoramic view of the bay.


seven Palombaggia Beach

As France is one of the most visited countries in the world, Palombaggia beach has been voted the best beach in France and considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Surrounded by stony and mountainous slopes, this beach may attract the attention of tourists due to its long stretch of beautiful white sand with beautiful rocks on the shore, gentle waves and beautiful trees just beyond the sand. The beach is also divided into different sections, making it easy to set up close to beach amenities or stay secluded.

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6 Bouches de Bonifacio Nature Reserve

Les Bouches de Bonifacio, the largest nature reserve in France, extends over 80,000 hectares between the islands of Corsica and Sardinia. A series of descriptive maps of the different trails has been drawn up for summer walks in the far south of Corsica, more precisely in the territory of the International Marine Park of the Bouches de Bonifacio. These give a brief overview of the routes to take, all depicted in stunning watercolours. Meeting other nature lovers can allow you to soak up and learn the culture and language.

5 Scandola Nature Reserve

In 1975, the Scandola Nature Reserve, also known as the Scandola Nature Reserve, was created and is located in the Corsica Regional Park, on the west coast of Corsica. In 1983, the United Nations officially approved this reserve as a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its natural beauty, diverse wildlife and shrubs. This reserve has fantastic red cliffs and erosion-like landscapes, basalt columns and tafoni. The volcanic red cliffs of the historic caldera contrast with the deep blue water, creating a breathtaking scene. Covering an area of ​​10 km of sea and 19.19 km of land, there is plenty to explore and enjoy.


4 Bavella pass

Located in the south of the beautiful island of Corse-du-Sud in France, the Col de Bavella attracts tourists with magnificent views and roads offering panoramic views. The paved road is known as the D268, it follows the Solenzara River and is considered one of the most scenic roads on the island. Along the route are famous pit stops for cinematic and dramatic views, where tourists take their Instagrammable photos. There are also a few stops where visitors can relax and take a quick dip in the rock pools.

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3 Valdo Niello Forest

The forest of Valdo Niello is located in the department (county) of Haute-Corse in France. The Valdo-Niello forest is a natural paradise of shady laricio pines. The Pine Laricio is an emblematic tree of Corsica and reaches up to 50 m high. These magnificent trees create a thick forest ideal for a variety of birds such as the Corsican Nuthatch as well as native plants. Mount Cinto, The highest mountain in Corsica at 2,706 meters and snowy even in summer. Hiking and walking trails wind through the forest, allowing hikers to enjoy the natural surroundings and unspoiled beauty.


2 Piana Calanques

In western Corsica, between Calvi and Ajaccio, south of the village of Piana, travelers will find the Calanques de Piana in the Gulf of Porto. Due to its beautiful and diverse marine ecosystem and unique macchia shrubs, it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that includes other sites in the Gulf of Porto. Another important place of interest is the Spelunca Gorges, located east of Porto and featuring breathtaking mountains and valleys. Between Evisa and Ota, there is a small path through the gorges that leads through beautiful landscapes, similar to the Calanques de Piana.


1 Sartene

The medieval city of Sartène is located in the south-west of Corsica between Bonifacio and Ajaccio. It is nicknamed “the most Corsican of the cities of Corsica” because of its location between sea and mountains. The central part of town is Place de la Liberation (or Place Porta for many locals), a triangular square that houses the beautiful 18th-century Church of Saint Mary. The city is rich in culture and historical statues. Visit the Corsican Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology. Connoisseurs appreciate the high quality of Sartène wine. Sartène is a good starting point to visit the important prehistoric sites of Cauria and Palaggiu, the prehistoric stone tombs and the stone sculptures of the standing men of Stantari.

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