Well known as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica is an island with a fluctuating history in its unique position between Italy and France in the Mediterranean. It is currently governed as a region of France, but many there have been many efforts throughout history towards Corsican independence. The local language is similar to that of Northern Italy.
Corsica has striking natural landscapes. The island is incredibly mountainous, with its highest peak at Monte Cinto reaching 8,878 ft., and over 100 other summits.
While winters are mild with some rainfall, the high ground is colder and wetter with seasonal snow and ice. The summers are hot and dry, as is typical in the Mediterranean. Summertime weather entices travellers to explore the remote coves and coastline.
The Gulf of Porto is one of the prized UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the island. It is an immense bay, with steep cliffs.
It is a part of the island’s Scandola Natural Reserve, a highly protected park that is home to many rare plants and animals. Seascapes in Corsica contend with the mountainous landscapes in striking beauty.
The sea erosion and red rock cliffs create an intense contrast from the turquoise waters. The Calanques de Piana is one of the best spots for hiking. It has an incredible beach and is a part of the World Heritage List.
There are 9 touristic regions, each varied and diverse with something unique to offer. The parks, mountains and nature reserves throughout the island are wonderful for adventure. The island also has a lot to offer in its cultural tourism, from ancient megalithic sites like Filitosa, to art museums like the Musée Fesch in Ajaccio.
The distinct identity of Corsica enables travellers to experience the unique creativity and intricacies of its traditions. The food and cuisine are central to Corsican daily life.
Art is deeply enriched in the culture and many talented artists creating stringed instruments, ceramics, and jewelry inspired by their society. The song of the island is a pride of the island’s identity, with polyphonic singing distinctive to Corsica.
Corsica is a remarkable island with natural mountainous landscapes and seascapes, delicious Mediterranean gastronomy and a unique cultural identity of creativity, resilience, and tradition.