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Corsica Travel Guide

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Plan Your Corsica Vacation

"The best way to know Corsica," according to Napoléon, "is to be born there." Not everyone has had his luck, so chances are you'll be arriving on the overnight ferry from Marseille or flying in from Paris or Rome to discover "the Isle of Beauty." This vertical chalky granite world of its own, rising in the Mediterranean between Provence and Tuscany, remains France's very own Wild West:

a powerful natural setting and, literally, a breath of fresh air.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Island Hiking From a stroll in the countryside to an overnight hike in the mountains, Corsica offers more than 100 peaks and scenic trails, including the famous 201-km (125-mile) "GR20" trek across the island.
  2. Water Adventures The warm and crystal waters here are ideal for snorkeling, diving, boating, and windsurfing.
  3. Rich Cuisine Blending French specialties with Italian cuisine, Corsica tempts the palate with the rich flavors of honey, chestnuts, wine, and Brin d'Amour cheese.
  4. Coastal Drives These curvy mountain roads, skirted by turquoise waters, are not to be missed.
  5. Cultural Exploration Dotting the island are chapels, towers, and more than 350 villages framed by fields of grazing goats and sheep. Corsica's cultural treasures, preserved through centuries of tradition, find expression in the island's art, music, food, and festivals.

When To Go

When to Go

The best time to visit Corsica is fall or spring, when the weather is cool. Most Corsican culinary specialties are at their best between October ...

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