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When an island has terrain this unique, and the majority of land has remained untouched for farming, you know you’re going to grow incredible produce and create dishes that are hard to beat.
Corsica is one of those islands where you can truly get a sense of what the Mediterranean diet is like. Taking influence from every neighbouring country, tradition plays a major role in the food people eat every day and what local delicacies you can expect when dining out.
From quaint eateries in Ajaccio, Bastia and Bonifacio to the unparalleled service you can expect at San Lucianu Beach Resort, let Mark Warner be your guide to finding the best food in Corsica. It all starts with the options you have at the hotel.
The sun rises in the east, and luckily enough, that’s where the resort is located. Temperatures in the teens early in the morning make it ideal for dining al fresco at breakfast. The restaurant by the pool is a great way to start the day, and there is a big focus on food being as fresh as possible.
Breakfasts are set up in a buffet style for guests to try a little bit of whatever takes your fancy. In the summer melons, peaches, apricots, plums and apples are in season, so anytime you see them on the table you know they’ll be perfectly ripe.
Lunch also has a buffet set up for guests, with handmade pizzas made to order; ideal for helping picky eaters at that time of day.
Dinner is made a la carte most of the week, but when chefs can get the freshest produce possible, expect to be treated to a barbecue style buffet sampling the best local flavours.
Don’t forget that San Lucianu Beach Resort offers resort board dining on a five-day full board and two days half board basis. On those free evenings, it’s your opportunity to get out and dine around the island.
Just 2km up the road is where you can find true Corsican dining experiences. The local town of Moriani-Plage is what Corsican life is all about; quaint streets, the water never too far away and small restaurants using local ingredients to create incredible meals.
Some of our favourite spots in Moriani-Plage include:
Of course, if you’re looking to spread out across the island, head north to Bastia for the likes of La Table du Marché, Chez Vincent or A Tana.
For anyone taking a day trip down to Bonifacio, Aria Nova is one of the more high-end dining options in Corsica, while Cantina Doria provides that quintessential laid-back street dining experience many people live for on holiday.
No need to worry about whether you need to order a portion of chips with every meal. Corsicans take their food very seriously. When you’re here on a Mark Warner holiday, some of the local favourites to try out include:
Want to know more about what a night out in Corsica is like? You can read more in our guide to bars in Corsica.