Travel to France: Corsica Island

Map of Corsica island.  Click on the map to enlarge.
Map of Corsica island. Click on the map to enlarge.
View from the villa near Porto-Vecchio where I stayed. The town is surrounded by the most beautiful scenery.
View from the villa near Porto-Vecchio where I stayed. The town is surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. | Source

Beautiful French island in the Mediterranean Sea

Whenever traveling to France, a good way of getting to know the country a bit more than the usual excursions, is to also visit its other more unfamiliar provinces, such as Reunion and Corsica islands.

Corsica is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea and about 183 kilometers long and 83 kilometers wide. It was the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, a French Emperor from 1804 to 1815 and therefore of much historic significance. Many tourists visit Corsica by ferry from France and Italy.

Corsica island is actually much closer to Italy than to France. Because the island is so mountainous, it is a very popular hiking destination. It has plenty of beaches and about 1000 kilometers of coastline - something for every tourist. I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio. Click on the map of Corsica to see where these two towns are situated.

Street in Porto Vecchio.
Street in Porto Vecchio. | Source

Porto-Vecchio is known as the “St Tropez” of Corsica and is a very popular tourist destination. The town is surrounded by the most beautiful scenery and the beaches are also stunning, for example the well-known Palombaggia and Santa Guilia beaches. The neighbouring area with its forests, gorges, rivers and waterfalls provides some nice day trip possibilities.

It is interesting and easy to walk around the town and relaxing to eat in one of its street cafes.

The high cliffs of Bonifacio.
The high cliffs of Bonifacio. | Source

Bonifacio is a historic town with many narrow streets and historic buildings. The old town is surrounded by high cliffs making it seem inaccessible but which is very much part of its identity. Take a boat trip around the town to see the remarkable cliffs from below. Located below the fortress of the Old Town, the marina is full of impressive yachts. The town is also close to idyllic beaches and mountains and it is easy to reach Sardinia by boat.

Corsica is still very much unspoiled and a real island experience. I definitely would want to go back one day and explore some more of this island.


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Gusser 4 years ago

Very informative--I will add it to my must see list.

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