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A holiday to Corsica rewards visitors with rugged landscapes dominated by snow-capped granite peaks and covered in fragrant and colourful vegetation. Known as the ‘scented isle’, the French island lies just west of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea.
Corsica has a unique blend of old world French and Italian culture and is studded with exceptional vineyards, quaint fishing villages and attractive towns. Corsica’s 1,000 kilometres of scenic coastline and warm climate means it is a popular destination for families and holidaymakers looking to relax on pretty beaches near crystal-clear waters. There are plenty of outdoor activities for the more energetic traveller. Corsica is a hiker and mountain biker's paradise with its many picturesque walking and cycling trails that suit all levels of competence.
San Lucianu Beach Resort has a homely but sociable feel and is a favourite with families and watersports enthusiasts. There’s so much on offer from sailing, windsurfing, tennis, mountain biking, or simply taking to your sun lounger beside the pool or on the beach.
Children are well catered for at San Lucianu, and will love the large, dedicated childcare centre which offers clubs for children from 4 months of age upwards. For teenagers, we run the "Indy Club" - a place for teenagers to come along and meet fellow teenage guests and join a daily programme of team activities and fun.
There are plenty of places to visit in Corsica for families, couples and solo travellers alike. With an impressive array of beaches for sunbathing enthusiasts, historical sites for culture vultures and exciting activities such as kayaking and horse riding for those keen to get active, Corsica has all you need for an incredible holiday.
If you're thinking of exploring then why not take a trip to the historic city of Ajaccio and take in the sights and sounds of the bustling market square. If spending the day at the beach is more your thing then the shallow, cooling waters of Calvi and Lozari make for a great day out.
The historic capital of Corsica is beautiful Ajaccio (pronounced Ajaxio), which sits on the West coast surrounded by wood covered mountains, a 15th century citadel and a port towards the sea on the Gulf of Ajaccio. This laid back town is filled with a large number of cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as monuments and dedications to Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born here. Ajaccio also enjoys warm weather even during the winter months, so is a popular destination all year round.
Musée National de la Maison Bonaparte: Ajaccio is the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte, and this museum, filled with memorabilia, is located in the home he enjoyed for his first nine years.
Citadel: This impressive military fortress was also used as a prison during WWII. It is generally closed to the public, but the council runs guided tours throughout June to September.
Main Market: This exciting and vibrant market is packed to the rafters with fantastic local produce. It’s located opposite the Tourist Information Centre and is a fantastic way to experience some of the local delicacies, such as plum liqueur and spicy Corsican sausage.
Beaches: There are more than 20 beautiful beaches within 20kms of the area, including Plage du Picanto and Plage d’Ariadne, both under 6kms away.
Calanche de Piana and the Réserve Naturelle de Scandola (Scandola Nature Reserve): This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on the central western coast of Corsica and boasts a huge unique rock mass on the coastline, with many grottos and sea pillars tucked away into cliffs and islets. The spectacular surroundings and wildlife include clear waters and varieties of sea birds, and the park can only be reached by boat.
Vizzavona: For a charming village surrounded by forests and wonderful restaurants, Vilzzavona is a fantastic stop for a taste of true Corsica. This pleasant mountain resort is a good base for those hiking the surrounding mountains and forests, including the massive Monte d’Oro which sits nearby and the well-known walking route, GR20 (see below).
Cap Corse: Located at the northern end of the island, this 40km long, 10km wide promontory is filled with beautiful coastline, lovely beaches, charming fishing villages and a ridge of mountains, which split it down the middle.
U Trinighellu Train: Children and adults love a train journey and this ride between Calvi and L’lle Rousse is an exciting adventure for everyone. This ride hugs the coastline and offers stunning views across the sea and the mountains.
A Cupulatta: Animal lovers will enjoy paying a visit to Europe’s largest tortoise sanctuary, just to the north of Ajaccio, home to over 150 different species of tortoise and turtle.
Via Ferrata: This is a fun adventure park which older children particularly will enjoy, with a range of fun activities such as monkey bridges, Tarzan jumps and cables perched high on the mountainside.
Calvi: Holidaymakers of all types will enjoy visiting Calvi, with its wide range of watersports, shallow waters and great amenities.
Îles Lavezzi: The beautiful and unspoiled Lavezzi Isles are part of the nature reserve off the coast of Bonifacio. They can only be reached by sea but are well worth the boat ride.
Lozari: This large white sandy crescent offers a nice café and plenty of watersports throughout the summer. It’s located close to Lama and the surrounding villages.
The Corsican people are generous, free-spirited and like to enjoy themselves. Engrained in the local culture of Corsica are a variety of festivals and events going on all year-round, in addition to most of the island’s villages individually hosting a festival to celebrate their particular patron saint. There are also local craft fairs, open- air concerts and religious and historical ceremonies with dancing, singing and sporting events. Popular events include
Tour de Corse: this is a car rally that was first held on the island of Corsica in 1956. In the early days it was run around the island but nowadays only uses roads around Ajaccio. It is usually held in October.
Festiventu: otherwise known as ‘the festival of wind’, this festival takes place each year in Calvi, at the end of October. It is an ecological festival and aims to make people aware of the environment.
A Fiera di U Casgiu: this event aims to promote Corsica’s pastoral life and rural cheese-making industry. The fair has exhibitions, training courses, tastings, artisan stands and a regional competition with prizes for cheese-makers using traditional methods.
Farming is the main occupation of many of Corsica’s inhabitants; the main crops are grapes, almonds, figs, olives and tomatoes. Inspired by different nations, local food in Corsica symbolises its unique culture - typical local delicacies consist of inland victuals like cured sausages, cheeses made from goat and sheep milk, and lamb seasoned with herbs. Game such as wild boar is also popular.
Mouth-watering traditional dishes descend directly from peasant recipes. Soups and stews like ratatouille are made from legumes, peas, vegetable and chickpeas. Lots of fresh local seafood is also on the menu.
Corsicans produce some very good wines such as the delicious white Vermentino, or the Patrimonio red. They also have some great rosé wines. The local fortified wines are also worth tasting – such as the Muscat or the rich Cap Corse. Both can be drank as aperitifs.
The weather in Corsica is some of the sunniest in France, receiving eight to nine hours of sunshine a day in peak season. It has a cooler climate in comparison to France’s northern regions thanks to the fresh ocean air and the increased rainfall this encourages. The summers are hot and humid, with July and August the hottest months at an average temperature of 29°C. May, June and September have a pleasant daytime temperature in the mid-20s and nights are a mild 17°C.
Those wishing to avoid the height of summer can enjoy the wildflower-filled spring and red hues of autumn. Winters can be cold, with average temperature lows of around 2°C. The days are shorter, with around nine hours of daylight, and it can be overcast although not unpleasant. Annual rainfall is relatively steady, with an average of nine and a half days on which rain falls a month, meaning the landscape is always green and abundant.
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Is a lovely time of year to visit Corsica, with temperatures averaging around 18°C, it is bright and sunny and the sea is warm enough for a dip.
Temperatures get even warmer in June and there is a lot less rainfall. Sun-seekers start to arrive looking to relax on the golden beaches.
July is the height of summer in Corsica. There is very little rain but it can get humid. The sea is warmer and great for cooling off.
Corsica is likely to be quite crowded in August. Days are dazzling with white heat and nights are balmy, with a hint of ocean breeze.
Temperatures drop a little in September and there are not so many tourists. The sea has been warmed by the summer sun and is still pleasant for swimming.