Corsica - Places To Visit - Part I
Corsica Island, France
Is a Greek word perfectly describing Corsica as the most beautiful.
Corsica is a French heritage, lies off the coast of Italy, about 112 miles south of France, 12km north of Sardinia, the island is influenced by a mixture of Italian and French heritage
Corsica has a variety to offer. For those who love the mountains, the sea with many beautiful faces and beaches, you could enjoy everyday of your holiday in this wonderful island. This place is a mosaic of nature, a mountain in an island, a miniature conitnent that has everything, a paradise of green nature and crystal clear water of the sea.
The island is about 115 miles long, 55 miles wide, dissected by a mountain range known as the Corsican Penine way, it takes about an hour for 50km of driving. The island covers an area of about 5,500 square miles, and is the third largest island and the greenest in the Mediterranean with about 600 miles of coastline.
The climate is typically Mediterranean with hot dry summers and mild winters by the coastline. In the mountains, the weather changes and hot days during the summer, but cooler nights. In winter there is often snow on higher peaks with several points for skiing.
Corsica has a very interesting heritage, culture, tradition and history. They have their own cheese, marmalades, wein, food specialities which gastronomy plays an important role as they offer authentic variety of cuisines which one can discover across each local area with their traditional speciality which is unique to every other regions wether in land or at seashore.
.I have heard from friends with grandeous feedback about their vacation or holiday excursion experiences they made in Corsica. Some of them even visit Corsica yearly and came home with all contentment and satisfaction with contrasting mountain and sea excursion adventures.
At last my family and i spent our 3 weeks holiday in Corsica.
Ferry Boat to Corsica, Bastia
Ferry Boat From Livorno, Italy to Bastia, Corsica
Switzerland - Livorno - Bastia
We started our road trip to Livorno after midnight when the streets are calm and not too busy. It took us about 7 hours with two stop over for a break and for our dog "Benda" making her business.
Aboard the Moby ferry we took our relax chair on the deck, an ideal place with shade against the sun rays the whole trip. My children enjoyed the journey taking nice pictures, playing cards and reading pockets books. My husband took his nap for almost 4 hours trip. I was reading about Corsica and fall asleep in between. Benda was observing the environment around her and she enjoyed the fresh air from the sea. as she tried taking a deep breath feeling the wind, until she fall asleep about half of the journey, the rest she roomed around the ship with my son and daughter.
The ferry is a big ship, it has cabins, lounge, restaurants and bars. My children bought pizza with soft drinks and we spent our lunch on the deck enjoying the wide panorama of the horizont, the sea waves and passing different islands.
It was about 2 p.m as we ducked in Bastia, half an hour waiting until we started to depart the ship and look on the directions on our way to our hotel for an overnight stay as we arrived at Friday and the house we rented is booked starting Saturday for 2 weeks.
Corsica, in Moriani BeachClick thumbnail to view full-size
We rented a house just ten minutes walk to Moriani Beach. The house was comfortable with 3 bedrooms, with a simple style normal standard. The two bedrooms are in the gallery, one bedroom downstairs so with the toilet, bathroom, kitchen, dining and living room. It has a covered veranda, a small garden, with flowers and green plants and a cement grill stove. The swimmingpool is just in front of our garden, a few steps where we used to swimm after our day in the beach mostly at night before or after dinner. The garden shower was refreshing. The place has a green backyard with tenis table, and enough place to play badminton.
The place is calm although a discotheque is direct on the beach we heard selten noise. There is a big Campingground direct the beach with tourist cottages, place for Camper and tent. A restaurant and hotel along the beach where we took some ice cream and to our surprise a very big portion with exotic decoration.
In the evening we used to open our bedroom windows so fresh cold air from the sea comes in the room, a very refreshing wind in the month of July.
The restaurants along the beach are about ten minutes ride, a little tourist center with animation bars, sing along or live band. A children playground, souvenir shops, ice cream bars, crepe bar...hmmm i love crepes French speciality, a little casino. One can take a walk around the center and it is relaxing with lively atmosphere at night.
Bastia, a big city is about 40 minutes ride, a place to go shopping or to room around at night.
There are 2 big supermarkets not far away. All kinds of fresh meat and fish you can find, different Corsican cheese, wine and some Corsican specialities, oyster and mussels were always on our list. We used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from the vendors along the way with products from the native farmers of Corsica.
We are in Moriani Plage - Costa Verde
Our neighbor, a German family told us that Moriani Plage is not crowded as in South Corsica. They come to Corsica every year and have visited almost all parts from east, west, north and south. They feel very comfortable in Moriani Plage which is true because we felt the same way too.
We were almost at the center north place of Corsica, Mpriani with a coastline of 14 kilometers long, white wide sand, very comfortable sea water temperature, clean, clear water. A very ideal place to take one day adventure trip or tour in other regions of Corsica.
We visited some beaches in Moriani Plage and made day trips to famous beaches in the west, south, east regions of Corsica.
We spent two weeks in Moriani Plage and one week at the opposite side of Corsica.
Other Beaches in Corsica
Corsica has over one thousand kilometers of coastline, with crystal clear waters, comfortable wide beaches of powder sand.
The North West - Calvi to the Desert des Agriates via lle Rousse
Calvi - The main beach in Calvi has something for everyone. It shelves very gently so it's perfect for children, and there is a wide range of watersports on offer. There are also several restaurants where sun beds can be hired.
Lumio - The Matahari beach is a large cove with sand and rocks and the Matahari Restaurant.
Alternative is also a quiter sandy beach not far from Matahari beach.
Algajola - is a huge stretch of sand that runs the length of the village and beyond. The beach at the village end is rockier but the waters are shallower. There are lots of access points to the beach off this track and a range of water sports is available in season, the beach is backed by pines, so you can find little shady corners. At this end of the beach the water is deep and there can sometimes be quite strong currents. This part of the beach is also favoured by nudists.
Bodri - A little further along towards between Algajola and Ile Rousse is Bodri Plage, a long stretch of fairly coarse white sand (so it's easy to brush off when you leave!), and turquoise clear waters. Next door to Bodri is Giunchetu Bay where the beach shelves gently, so it's ideal for children. There is a simple little café for refreshments.
Ile Rousse- The main beach at Ile Rousse is in the centre of the town and like Calvi, it is accessible by train. The sand is fine and golden, the sea clear and blue and there are watersports and fishing trips from the beach. Some of the restaurants heading away from the town hire sun loungers, and during the summer it is better to get to the beach by avoiding the town; look for the sign which says 'Plage' at Avenue Comte Valery. Alternatively, head out of the town for approximately 3km and there is a dirt track that heads down to the Plage de Rindara, but there aren't any signs, so it can be a bit difficult to find.
Lozari - large white crescent of sand and probably the nearest beach if you're staying in Lama or one of the surrounding villages. The beach is very relaxed and in the summer there are watersports and a little café.
The North West; The Desert des Agriates to Moriani via Saint Florent
Saint Florent - The resort itself has a number of beaches suitable for families;
- Plage Lambada
- Plage Ortsu
- Plage de Galets
There are some beautiful beaches in the area, but the best - Loto and Saleccia - are really only accessible by sea. There are several boats that leave the marina for Loto and Saleccia beaches, and even in the height of summer they are relatively peaceful.
Cap Corse - The beaches of the Cap tend to be shingle rather than sand. You will find beaches and little marina dotted here and there. At Sisco, there is a small sandy beach backed with grass, but perhaps the best beaches in the Cap is Barcuggiu, right on the very tip.
Bastia - The town beach is quite pebbly and can get very busy in the summer. A better alternative is to head out to the Plage l'Arinella - follow the main road out of town for about 1km.
Moriani Plage - One of the main resorts on the Costa Verde, the Plage l'Alistro runs for 14km from Moriani to the lighthouse north of Campoloro. There are several access points to the beach, but the easiest is via the parking area in the centre of Moriani just off the N198. Look for the signs.
The South West - Campomoro to Porto via Propriano
Campoomoro - There is a little parking area in the village and a sandy beach that stretches for about 1km, but it can get very busy in the summer. If you head towards the tower, there are several little coves where the snorkeling is particularly good, but the walk will take you about 20-25 minutes (uphill).
Portigliolo - 4km of south facing sand, popular with the locals and sun worshippers alike. The beach here does shelve quite steeply, so extra care should be taken as it only takes a slight breeze to produce big waves.
Propriano - The busiest beach is the Plage du Phare (also known as the Lido Plage as the Hotel le Lido sits on the beach here).
Cappiciolo - There are lots of little coves and bigger beaches along this stretch. A nice little beach close to the marina and restaurants where you can take lunch.
Cupabia - A beautiful beach with fine golden sand and clear blue waters, but you do sometimes have to share it with the cows! The parking can be a problem in high season as the car park is quite small, so you need to get there early. There is a small beach café for refreshments.
Porto Polo - A nice little beach close to the marina and restaurants where you can take lunch.
The Extreme South; Bonifacio to Porto Vecchio via Palombaggia
Bonifacio - Petit Sperone beach - Just outside of Bonifacio, conveniently enough, this is a gorgeous little inlet reached by walking 10 minutes along Pianterella beach and 2 minutes more around the tip of the headland - a feast for the eyes when you arrive.
Santamanza - An attractive sandy beach a little off the beaten track. Not one of the best beaches, but very popular for wind surfing.
Lavezzi Isles - part of the nature reserve off the coast of Bonifacio, the Lavezzi isles boast a collection of small unspoilt beaches. Accessible only by sea, most boat companies offer day trips.
Roccapina Beach - Perfect white sand and clear water but there's not much room so again it can be too busy in July and August. About 20 or so kilometres south of Sartene, and midway between Bonifacio and Sartene, turn off the main road by the Auberge de Coralli and follow the dirt track down. The track to the beach may be very rough so drive carefully. Above the beach is the so-called Lion of Roccapina, a natural rock sculpture, crowned by an old Genoese watchtower erected at the start of the 16th century, in the first construction phase involving 25 towers.
Most Beautiful Beaches in Corsica, France
My favorite Beaches
Palombaggia - Perhaps the most famous beach on the island, the fine white sand offers a stark contrast to the red hue of the rocks and the turquoise blue waters. Backed by beautiful pines that offer some shade during the heat of the summer, but it can be incredibly busy during July and August. All the beaches in this area are off the main east coast road,
Santa Giulia - Another popular, east coast beach with pale golden sand and calm shallow waters. Popular with watersports enthusiasts, here one can find almost any kind of water based activity and there are a selection of cafes and beach bars.
Rondinara - A crescent shaped beach with shallow water, fine white sand. Less well known than Palombaggia and Santa Giulia, so often quieter.
Fresh Oysters & Mussels Direct From The Farm
Dining in The Etang de Diana
The Diani Lake by Alèria and Urbino Lake in North von Ghisonaccia are known for its oyster farming.
The oyster breeding dates back to ancient times, when the oysters were shipped to Rome. The oyster meat was removed from the shells and conserviert in jars with salt or olive oil and vinegar. There are only fisch cultures in Diana Lake.Diani Sea: Rearing of fingerlings in ponds, rearing fish in cages and nets, fishing in the lake: There are only 4 or 5 independentfishermen.
The lakes are of a nature preserve with wetlands and marshes surrounded. The place is important to living bird species to stay all the year round
The Etang de Diana is the deepest of all lakes Corsicas(11 meters by 170 ha).
The Etang d ' Urbinu is the second largest lake Corsicas.This area is an exceptional bird paradise: herons, egrets, kingfishers ... You will be overwhelmed by the beauty of this place and may wantto enjoy the oysters and mussels from the Pond of the Costa Serena. The lake lies in the middle of the forest of Pinia, its beach lined with pine trees and the shore.
Ice Cream Delight in Corsica, France
Ice Cream Refreshments in The Beach of Moriani
It was early in the evening as we took a walk following the long seashore towards South of Moriana Beach. We passed by some campinggrounds, hotels, private vacation houses and apartments. We enjoyed collecting colorful stones in the seashore, play with Benda as she wanted to play a hit and run with the waves. It was warm, the sun was still shining, the sea breeze was blowing against us and just perfect to keep us fresh from the hot sunrays.
Other tourist were still swimming in the warm sea water, the children playing with the sand building sand castles. A man was playing with his dog, an old woman lying down enjoying sun bathing. There were a few strolling along the seashore.
We reached a hotel complex with a restaurant by the beach. The restaurant had a wooden terrase and the interior design is elegant with new furnitures. Some tourist were eating dinner. The waitress passed by with a big bowl of mussels. We were waiting until she came back and took our ice cream and drinks orders with a smile and a warm gentle greetings.
The ice creams were in big portions, well decorated, very colorful, exotic...lots of cream...
Places to Visit in Corsica, France
My Other Hubs About Corsica, France
Know more about Corsica and read about Bonifacio, a very unique city. https://hubpages.com/travel/Corsica-Bonifacio-The-Wonder-of-Nature-Part-II
Another awesome place is the mountain region of Corsica. https://hubpages.com/travel/Corsica-Hiking-and-Mountain-Climbing-on-the-Green-Island
The Westside of Corsica https://hubpages.com/travel/Corsica-Places-to-Visit-in-the-Westside-Region
Land and Mountain of Corsica https://hubpages.com/travel/Discover-More-Beautiful-Places-in-Corsica-Land-and-Mountain-Regions
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