Two unique Mediterranean islands: Corsica, which preserves the heritage of Napoleon Bonaparte, and Sardinia, which is rich in historical heritage and untouched corners of wildlife. These islands are only eleven kilometers apart. Both attracts a lot of tourists. But if the destination can only be one, which island to choose? When considering where to go, it is important to consider your hobbies, expectations, and the purpose of the trip. However, trips to Sardinia are chosen by those who appreciate comfort and luxury, while those who want to admire the wild natural beauty travel to Corsica.
Between Comfort and Beauty
Sardinia is more modern and well adapted to tourist flows than Corsica. However, you can visit more natural, untouched beaches in Corsica, and you will not see many houses on the coast here. This autonomous region of France is less populated, as a result, it is an ideal place for those who want an undisturbed holiday.
Corsica will surprise those who are interested in the beauty of nature. The island is rich in mountains, valleys, canyons, and bays, surrounded by dense forests. These elements of nature form a panorama of Corsica with simply stunning beauty. The landscape is also extraordinary due to the famous Agriates desert. There are a lot of rocks in Corsica because it is a volcanic island. The Scandal reserve is included in the UNESCO list, where erosion has formed a unique sculpture park.
Sardinia, the competitor of Corsica, also boasts stunning beauty. However, this island is more prepared to receive tourists. The travelers enjoy the comfort of hotels and good quality roads in Sardinia. This island also has extraordinary coast, gorges, and waterfalls. However, Sardinia does not have as many rocks as Corsica. Therefore, it is suitable for a family vacation. Sardinia is one of the safest islands in the Mediterranean. Usually, hotels here are located right on the coast, so it is a great choice for those who like a quiet and lazy vacation.
Cuisine and Culture
However, the cultural attractiveness of both islands is valued almost equally. The historical experience of Sardinia and Corsica is reflected in their distinctive architecture and unique food. Corsica is known for its dried pork sausages called saucisson. Local cheese attracts the attention of food lovers. Of course, seafood is also important part of the local cuisine.
However, seafood is more common in Sardinia. Here you will find not only the usual dishes from lobster, crab, various species of fish, but also authentic culinary discoveries such as the dried caviar. Sardinia also has soft, hard, sweet, and spicy cheeses from milk of sheep and goats. The Italian influence in Sardinian cuisine is realized through the abundance of pasta dishes. Olive oils and wines are also important culinary highlights.
But culture is not just about food and entertainment. Corsica is known around the world for its connections with Napoleon Bonaparte. In Filitosa, you can see sculptures of soldiers reminiscent of prehistoric times and they are called menhirs. Corsica also attracts tourists because of the particularly beautiful city of Bonifacio. Its impressive old town is located on a cliff above the sea. The beautiful old town can be found in the Sardinian city of Alghero. In Sardinia, history enthusiasts can enjoy Roman buildings, medieval churches, and Baroque buildings.