From glistening beaches to herb-scented mountains, Corsica’s sun-drenched landscape has long been a favourite with invaders. This plucky island may belong to France, but its culture tells a different story. Genoese strongholds and Roman ruins are scattered here; the local cuisine, inspired by produce from the maquis shrubland and warm crystalline waters, sizzles with Mediterranean fervour. Hike unspoilt trails, bathe in strikingly blue waters and feast on a bounty of olives, wine and wild boar.

When to go

Corsica’s sizzling summer months are perfect for beach-goers and sun-seekers; visit in spring or autumn to hit the hiking trails in comfort.

Food & Drink

Seafood is, unsurprisingly, a Corsican staple. Head to beach shack Octopussy for sand between your toes and fresh-off-the-boat seafood. Italian-influenced creamy pastas, succulent meats and wood-fired pizzas are also favourites across the island: sample traditional delights against a dramatic mountain backdrop at Auberge de la Restonica.

Not to miss

Corsica’s pristine waters make for unbeatable watersport opportunities: take a break from sunbathing to try your hand at windsurfing or scuba diving.

Nightlife

Corsica comes alive at night in lively bars and glamorous late-night haunts. Calvi’s first nightclub, Chez Tao, is all about the glitz; for something more low-key, Aux Vents d’Anges is the perfect spot to linger over a post-prandial tipple: it has more than 1000 wines in its cellars and in-house experts to take you on a viticultural tour of the island without ever leaving the premises.

Where to stay in Corsica

Within easy reach of sweeping white sands, seaside Calvi is a must for beach-lovers. Head off-piste into the lush Cap Corse countryside for jaw-dropping mountain scenery and cosy digs in perfectly formed boutique hotels.

How to get there

Corsica has four airports for easy access to the main resorts. Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Figari serve the mainland year-round, as well as seasonal flights to international destinations.

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Corsican cuisine – uniquely blending the best of French and Italian

One of the ways to best get to know Corsica is through its delicious and diverse cuisine. Like the island itself, it is partially a product of French and Italian influences, though it has its own unique elements which you can only find in Corsica.
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