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.
No visitor of Corsica would ever want for anything to do. It’s the ideal getaway for those who love outdoor sports, hiking, and the beach. Some of the most popular rugged landscapes in Europe are to be found here, with a 1,000-km shoreline featuring translucent waters, perfectly suited to scuba diving or snorkelling. While Corsica has been French territory since 1769, you’d be mistaken for thinking that it doesn’t have a culture all of its own. The cuisine offers up some very unique specialities, including chestnut cookies, chestnut polenta, and spicy, strong cheese; the music is very distinct; and donkeys can still be found in the countryside. Let’s take a look at some of the island’s best places to visit.
Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica’s most well-known figure, was born in this very city, which is located on the Gulf of Ajaccio. Stunning sea views can be had from various town locations. The Place de Gaulle, a square featuring a statue of Napoleon on a horse is in the centre of Ajaccio. The Maison Bonaparte, also seen along the Napoleon trail, is where Napoleon was born and includes family documents, memorabilia, and portraits. The Palais Fesch features a gallery, which includes a number of coins and medallions that depict Napoleon.
Désert des Agriates
The Désert des Agriates is comprised of sandy shores, craggy coastlines, agricultural plains, and wilderness of scrubland. Many visitors come here to work on their tan at the pristine beaches. The two most popular beaches are the Plage de Saleccia and the Plage de Lotu, both known for their transparent, blue waters and soft, white sand. Both are also perfectly suited for swimming and sunbathing. Hiding behind the sand dunes is the Plage de l’Ostriconi. As its ideal for seclusion, it almost feels like your own private part of the beach. Fishing, nature walks, and hiking are all popular activities in Corsica.
Forêt de Valdo Niello
The Valdo-Niello Forest is full of pine trees reaching some 50 metres. The Laricio Pine, a specific tree variety, is something of a Corsican emblem. These trees form a thick woodland that is perfectly suited for a diversity of plant life, as well as such bird species as the Corsican Nuthatch. Monte Cinto is the highest mountain in Corsica, reaching some 2,706 metres, and is even snow-capped during the summer. The forest features a number of hiking trails and walking paths, which provide visitors with the opportunity to feast their eyes on the natural beauty while taking in the fresh air.
In Balagne, the Belgodère medieval village lies by the coast on the slopes of a hill. There’s a castle from the 13th century that offers a view of the landscape. Other places in the village offer panoramic views of the Vallée du Reginu and the sea.