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Mark Warner’s Top 10 Things to Do in Corsica

What to see and do on your Corsican holiday

Wild and mountainous yet also quite sophisticated, Corsica is the perfect spot for a relaxing beach holiday or for something more active, with plenty of scope for outdoor adventures in addition to all the sports on offer at our San Lucianu Beach Resort on the east coast.

We’ve hand-picked the best attractions and activities for those thinking of venturing out of the resort, whether by on foot, by bus or taxi, or by hire-car (available in resort from £50 a day).

• Go horse-riding on ancient mule paths. There’s a huge choice of stables catering for all levels, from beginners up – just look out for roadside signs with a picture of a horse or the word ‘ranch’, or try the Ecuries de la Costa-Verde right by San Lucianu Resort, at San Giovanni di Moriani. Donkey rides for kids are also available locally. www.ecuriescostaverde.ffe.com

• Discover gorgeous hilltop Cervione just over 10 minutes from San Lucianu, complete with a 16th-century Franciscan monastery.

• Head for the Reserve Naturelle de l’Etang de Biguglia 30 minutes north of San Lucianu. This coastal nature/bird reserve is great for walking and cycling, with an eco-museum and a small restored fort on an island. Nearby Borgo also has a scenic 18-hole golf course. It’s on the Moriani Plage–Bastia bus route. www.haute-corse.fr/site

• Go canoeing or white-water rafting on the Tavignano river half an hour south of the San Lucianu, or hike with them. www.corse-aventure.com

• Explore Bastia (which you fly into), Corsica’s main port 40 minutes north of San Lucianu (buses go back and forth from Moriani Plage). Don’t miss the fantastic mountain and coastal views from its fortress, complete with keep and 16th-century belltower, or the Museum of Ethnography (everything from geology to folk traditions and contemporary art) in the former palace of the Genoese governors. www.bastia-tourisme.com

• Alternatively, seek out the new clifftop Musée de la Corse in Corte, an hour inland of San Lucianu. Part of the town’s 15th-century citadel, it’s the island’s main arts and archaeological museum. www.musee-corse.com

• Roam the Castagniccia or ‘chestnut country’ an hour west of San Lucianu, with its time-weathered villages lined by old mule tracks great for walking or cycling – Saliceto among them. www.castagniccia.fr

• Wander around Ajaccio, the island’s largest settlement, a 2-hour 10-minute drive from San Lucianu. Highlights are the Fesch art museum and the Maison Bonaparte, in the house where Napoléon was born. www.ajaccio-tourisme.com

• Admire the spectacular Calanques de Piana just over 3 hours from San Lucianu on the west coast – a landscape of red granite cliffs sculpted by the elements into curious shapes, spiraling over the sea. www.otpiana.com

• In our San Lucianu Beach Resort, try sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain-biking, tennis, table tennis, beach volleyball, boules and fitness classes, or just flake out on the beach or by the pool…

Stay at the San Lucianu Beach Resort from £399 per person this summer. Price includes: British Airways flights from Heathrow, resort transfers, accommodation, 5 days full board and 2 days half board, sailing and windsurfing with tuition, tennis, mountain biking, fitness programme and childcare.

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