With views to kill, luxury Villa Scorpio is a decadent, sprawling property perched on a wild mountainside on the south coast of Corsica. Light and spacious, Villa Scorpio is all about relaxing, with big sofas scattered about both indoors and...
Destination Guide: Corsica
Guide to Corsica
The French island of Corsica has a unique appeal, combining rugged unspoilt scenery and long sandy beaches with a strong Mediterranean character. Famous for being the birthplace of Napoleon, Corsica has a mountainous interior, surrounded by miles and miles of unspoilt coastline and spectacular natural beauty.
Most visitors stay around Corsica’s pretty, low-key resorts, particularly Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio in the south of the island, or in the north western town of Calvi. The sophisticated town of Porto Vecchio, for example, is a delight, with plenty of gastronomic restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and a glitzy marina.
Wild tortoises and wild boar roam around the countryside, and rural life goes on undisturbed in the little villages where locals keep herds of cows and tend olive groves. Geographically, Corsica is closer to Italy than France and although French is the official language, the island has its own Corsican dialect. The island’s mountains are great for white water rafting, 4x4 road trips, horse riding and hiking, but many visitors just come to soak up the Mediterranean sun on the sandy beaches.
If you are feeling adventurous you can hire a motor boat to explore the rocky coves around the coast, or set out overland to discover the remote mountain villages of Zonza and Quenza. The magnificent scenery ranges from vast granite canyons to fragrant pine forests and serene mountain lakes.
Best places to eat and drink in Corsica
Corsica is rightly proud of its gastronomic heritage which has a distinct character of its own. The prized local honey, of which there are six official varieties, and Corsican cheese, wine and sausages, are exported around the world.
Traditional restaurants serve up speciality dishes such as dried pork sirloin, goats cheese and local sausage. The Palm Beach restaurant in Ajaccio has the only Michelin star on the island, but plenty of other restaurants, beach bars and cafes offer a sublime dining experience and fresh local ingredients.
Dishes such as veal, snails and cannelloni can be tasted across the island, from Porto Vecchio to Calvi. Unforgettable Corsican culinary delights can be found at seafood restaurants overlooking the moonlit Mediterranean, and hearty farmhouse-style restaurants in the rural hinterland.
Eating out is an important ritual for Corsicans, so there is an overwhelming choice of great places to dine on delicious, fresh local produce on this island.
Best time to visit Corsica
Corsica’s Mediterranean climate is mild, with average temperatures of around 28 degrees C in August, moderate winters and very little rain. There are several airports, at Ajaccio, Bastia, Figari Sud and Calvi, and is also reached by regular ferries from mainland France.
What we love about Corsica
We love the way that Corsica, unlike many other Mediterranean destinations, has a natural and authentic character. Gorgeous sandy beaches, wild scenery and chic little seaside towns are the main features of this undiscovered island in the sun.
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