Corcisa, an island in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to France, came in limelight post the release of Imtiaz Ali’s blockbuster movie ‘Tamashaa’. The place definetly caught eyes of divers and hikers with its picturesque surroundings and wonderful Mediterranean weather. Blessed with some fantastic sandy beaches, Corsica is a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate as you watch the sun blend into a stunning horizon.
The extensive 8,500 sq km big island is divided into two parts: Upper Corsica (Haute Corse) and Southern Corsica (Corse-du-Sud). Labeled as the “Island of Beauty”, Corsica boasts of lovely port towns, picturesque villages, rugged landscape and translucent waters.
The island is a paradise for foodies, beach lovers, hikers, divers and water sport enthusiasts as the stunning seaside scenery fills your heart with a new joy and zeal. Replete with gorgeous beaches and breathtaking mountains, Corsica could be your best bet for an ultimate sojourn, so read on to more about the “Island of Beauty.”
Best time to visit: April to October
Ideal Stay: 10-15 days
Attractions: Bastia, Ajjacio, Bonifacio, Calvi, Gulf of Porto, Bouches de Bonifacio Nature Reserve, Sartène, Beaches near Porto Vecchio.
Activities: mountain biking, horse trekking and quad biking, white water activities.
Cuisine: The cuisine of Corsica is French and Italian influenced and there is a wide variety of dishes available. While fishes and seafood are the most famous delicasies other local cuisnes that you must try are Agneau Corse (Corsican lamb slow roasted with fresh rosemary, potatoes, and whole garlic cloves), Civet de sanglier (wild boar casserole wild boar casserole), Veau aux olives (veal with olives) and meat dishes.
Nearest Airport: Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport
Places to visit in Corsica
The largest town and the capital of Corsica, Ajaccio is a great place to begin with! Its seaside setting, snow capped mountains and sandy beaches make it the most fantabulous and reveled places in Corsico. Ajaccio is also famous for its native son, Napoleon Bonaparte and Maison Bonaparte on Rue Saint-Charles is one of the most popular places in the capital. Maison Bonaparte is the house where Napoleon was born and it has now been turned into a museum.
Nestlted in the north-east of Corsica island at the base of Cap Corse, Bastia was capital of Corsica until 1811. Bastia is not only the second largest city of Corsica but it is also the most successful commercial town of the island. You can see all its sights easily in a day and can take a stroll around the town to explore its rich culture and attractions.
The main focus of the town is the spacious place St-Nicolas. Paoli and rue César-Campinchi are the two main shopping streets running parallel to St-Nicolas. For history lovers, all the fun lies within Terra Vecchia and Vieux Port reamis the much-photographed places.
This popular seaside resort offers many sites of cultural interest, picturesque beaches, and water sport activities. Also said to be the birth place of Columbus, Calvi is also renowned for its summertime jazz festival and unique music. With sparkling waters of a moon-shaped bay and the 15th-century citadel, Calvi is one of the most popular holiday destinations with a huge range of cafes available at your service.
Situated on the southernmost tip of Corsica, Bonifacio is a picturesque place perched on a limestone cliff. The tranquil sea offers the most amazing view of the fortress town of Bonifacio making it the most delightful place to explore. A one hour boat trip to the marine caves and inlets around Bonifacio is a riveting experience not to be missed at any cost. You can also take a ferry to the island of Sardinia which is only an hour away from Bonifacio.
Fireworks for French National Day at Propriano, South Corsica (source)
So, whether you are seeking adventure, relaxation or a really romantic sojourn, there’s no place better than Corsica. Time to explore the unseen!