This entry is a fortified town that sits on a limestone cliff. With it’s old-world vibe, the area is comprised of old-time medieval lanes. The heart of the town is Eglise Sainte-Marie-Majeure, a Roman-style church with Gothic elements. Visitors should also pay a visit to Eglise Saint-Dominique, a 13th-century landmark, with a basic interior and an austere facade.
With its stunning snow-capped mountains, endless pristine forests, and breath-taking seaside views, it’s of little wonder that Corsica has earned the nickname, “Island of Beauty”. After all, this is where port towns line the coast with postcard-perfect villages around the hillsides.
To become familiar with the traditions and culture of the local people of any city, paying a visit to that city during one-offs or national holidays is always a good idea. Each year in Corsica, there are a number of interesting religious celebrations and non-religious festivals, along with fairs and competitions. No matter the idea behind the holiday, it never fails to be celebrated with tastings of special treats, dancing, and folk music.
Learning and preparing for a trip is not as fun as the travel part of the journey, but before going to Corsica, you must know your do’s and don’ts. Here are a couple of things of what not to do while visiting the magnificent island and how to not irritate the local people. Don’t ask the waiter to split the bill In a couple of seconds, you are going to see angry people if you ask this from the waiter. If you are having dinner with Corsican friends and start arguing who drank what and how many glasses, you will have to forget these friends. It is in Corsican etiquette […]
Corsican cuisine is special. It has a lot of distinct characteristics and because of that it is irreplaceable. Because Corsica is in the Mediterranean region, it offers a lot of raw materials like olives, fruits, vegetables and meats. The cuisine is a mixture of Italian and French, but with strong traditions from Corsica, which is the result of sun and heat. Here is a list of delicacies you need to try and be a little gourmet even it it’s for a couple of days. Sanglier It is a wild boar. Usually its prepared and being eaten during the hunting season in autumn and winter. The dish, which are made of […]
Corsica has the perfect weather conditions, a mix of sun and rain to produce beautiful, juicy grapes which give us a wide range of wonderful white and red wines. Harvesting conditions are excellent and the growing season is longer than in mainland France. Here is a list of winemakers to visit and wines to taste during your stay in the stunning island. Clos d’Alzeto, Sari d’Orcino This is the highest vineyard in Corsica, almost at 600 m. After a long drive from Ajaccio, during which you need to take dozens of hairpin turns, the reward is a spectacular view of the vineyard which looks like it’s climbing up on the […]
You already have learned about traditions, places, you know what to expect and now you have a burning desire to see the island for yourself. There are still a couple of things that you need to know before travelling to the majestic island of Corsica. You will definitely need a car. It does not matter what kind, an automobile is a must. Unless you want to hike or bike everywhere, but going from place to place will get you exhausted on day one and the rest of your holiday calendar will have to be spent in bed with aching muscles. Public transport is not ideal by any means and you […]
Fauna is just as mesmerizing as the flora on the island, as you have read before. Corsica is home for small land mammals like foxes, rabbits, hares, voles, weasels and many more. The bigger wild animals are deer, there is a specific species called the Corsican Deer, which is kept in the regional nature park to be protected from extinction. Because of rocky surfaces, there are a lot of wild sheep of different kinds. Wild boars, which are hunted for the sanglier delicacy, live in forests. Night creatures include bats, there are habitats on the island for them, since there are 22 different species that live in the caves in […]
We all know the commercial habits of Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s day and other holidays. But there are places where ancient traditions are stronger than ever, instead of buying presents or eating a lot. And on this blog, you can learn about ancient Corsica traditions. L’ochju This is called the Evil Eye in French. There are a bunch of amulets that can protect you from it. They can be made from coral, salt crystals or you can even form a horn with your fingers, making a gesture by extending the index and little finger while holding down with the thumb the middle and ring. If you have the “curse” already, you […]
In Corsica, you must indulge in everything that the island has to offer. It is music, people and of course food. One of the treats that you MUST taste is the local artisan cheese. Corsican cheeses are known all around the world because of their unique and traditional tastes. Here is a list of gourmet cheeses that you must to try while visiting, or that you will be able to find in your local gourmet shops. Brocciu The name of this cheese is related to a french word ‘brocciu” which means made from goat or Eve’s, first woman’s milk. It is a made from whey and is lactose free, this […]