Spending a Week in Corsica
Corsica is a beautiful and magical place to vacation; however, it can sometimes be overlooked in favour of more high-profile destinations like Santorini, Sardinia and Ibiza. If you’re looking for somewhere new and exciting to spend your time off work relaxing in the sun, exploring local attractions and soaking in a relaxed Mediterranean way of life, then look no further than Corsica. Below we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.
Finding a place to stay is one of the most important parts of planning a holiday. Whether you’re after a 5* luxury hotel or you fancy camping within the glorious nature of the island, there is something available for every taste and every budget. For a relaxing beach holiday near to the ancient citadel of Bonifacio, head down to the south of the island. U Capu Biancu provides the perfect luxury getaway with its private villas for hire complete with two bedrooms, mezzanine levels and glorious views. Alternatively, look to the north for solitude, seclusion and serenity along the small, unspoilt beaches and amongst the trees of the national park, mostly unspoilt by human habitation. Choose a small village like Evisa or Girolata to stay in for the ultimate peace and quiet along with access to basic amenities, beaches and hiking trails.
If you’re something of an introvert, you may want to plan out ‘quiet time’ whilst you’re away. Whether you’re travelling with friends, a partner or just by yourself, it’s good to know that you have a few hours blocked out to relax and unwind. Despite the purpose of a holiday being to ‘get away from it all’, we can sometimes overfill our days with too much sightseeing, eating at fancy restaurants and fun on the beach.
If you’re stuck for ideas to keep you mindfully occupied whilst you’re relaxing (whether that’s in your room, by the pool or on the terrace), then we’ve got you covered. The majority of people will now take some form of portable technology away with them; it could be a smartphone, a tablet, an e-reader, or all three. This will be your portal through which to access relaxing solitary entertainment when you need some quiet time. Before you set off, make sure to download a good selection of books from the Kindle Store so that you have plenty to read whilst on vacation. Then for more immediate excitement, sites like PokerStarsCasino and TheQuiz offer a wide variety of different options to keep your mind engaged whilst you rest. You could learn the local language or simply play a hand or two to pass the time.
However, you’re sure to want to sample the live entertainment on the island sometime during your stay, particularly if you plan to be there for a week or more. If you are staying in one of the more secluded areas of Corsica, then you may find that you’re limited when it comes to live music, dancing, theatre and the like. But if you’re on the north coast then you’re in a great position to access the Centre Culturel Voce, an auditorium that plays host to concerts all year round. There is a definite focus on Corsican music here so this is a great place to visit if you’re eager to soak in the traditional culture of the island. During the summer, there is the four-day Festival Festivoce so plan your visit carefully if you want to catch this special event.
Luckily, even if you can’t make the above mentioned festival, Corsica hosts many small rural festivals throughout the year. These are particularly geared towards food lovers, with A Fiera di U Casgiu promoting local cheese and other produce in Venaco during early May. Then the beginning of August sees Foire de l’Amandier take place in Aregno, showcasing local dishes, artwork and recipes focused on the almond trees of the region. You certainly won’t go hungry during this holiday!
Food & Drink
Speaking of which, we couldn’t finish this guide without mentioning some of the best places to eat in Corsica. Naturally, being a French island on the Med, this place boasts some of the tastiest food on the planet. The southern Porto-Vecchio is home to a family-run restaurant within Le Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa where you can soak up the atmosphere of a private beach whilst feasting on food garnished with herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Right up at the top of the island is L’Auberge de Pêcheur, the perfect choice for any fish lovers. Seafood doesn’t get much fresher than it is here, including oysters, octopus and tuna beautifully cooked and expertly garnished by the talented chefs. Depending on how long you stay for, you may not always want to sample the local cuisine; if you fancy something a little different one evening, then try Le Tantra in the north east which serves Asian food including sushi, tempura and gyoza.