Renowned for its distinctly unspoilt landscapes, glitzy coastal cities and fabulous beaches, the island of Corsica sits like a glittering gem between France and Italy. Although officially a part of France for over 200 years, the island benefits from influences from both countries, embodying a Mediterranean fusion of chic café society, traditional, rustic cuisine and spectacular scenery.
Not to be missed
Located in the Upper Corsica, the Corsican town of Calvi, with its lofty citadel, superb cuisine and five-mile beach on, is well worth a visit.
On the Corsica West coastline, you will be enchanted by the Reserve of Scandola: this landscape of volcanic origin, only accessible by the sea, is simply breathtaking with its steep cliffs, amazing red rocks and its totally secluded coves. You are never far from a sandy cove in Corsica and the southwest corner of the island is home to some of the most beautiful including the Portigliolo – a huge arc of pure white sand. Other beaches such as Santa Giulia and Rondinara offer quiet retreats backed by charming fishing villages. Bonifacio with its caves and magnificent marina is the pearl of the south of Corsica. The town is anchored on its famous white rocks.