Corsica: Places to Explore


  • Ajaccio

    Considered Corsica's primary commercial and cultural hub, the largest city and regional capital of Ajaccio is situated on the west coast of the island, approximately 644 km (400 miles) southeast of Marseille... Read more

  • Aléria

    Just before the village of Aléria are the ruins of the Roman city of the same name.... Read more

  • Asco and Haut-Asco

    Studded with beehives, the Asco Valley is a honey and cheese haven. The Genoese bridge below Asco is a perfect spot for a swim in the river. Above Asco the granite gorge becomes a cool pine forest for... Read more

  • Bastia

    Notably more Italianate than the "Continental" French capital at Ajaccio, Bastia is, along with Corte, quintessentially Corsican. Despite sprawling suburbs, the Baroque coastal resort town has a historic... Read more

  • Bonifacio

    The ancient fortress town of Bonifacio occupies a spectacular cliff-top aerie above a harbor carved from limestone cliffs. It's 13 km (8 miles) from Sardinia, and the local speech is heavily influenced... Read more

  • Calenzana

    At the base of Montegrossu, this privileged rural village has thrived on its agricultural and viticolic activities, producing some of the island's best traditional products. Classic baroque religious sites... Read more

  • Calvi

    Calvi, Corsica's slice of the Riviera, has been described by author Dorothy Carrington as "an oasis of pleasure on an otherwise austere island." Calvi prospered by supplying products to Genoa; its citizens... Read more

  • Cateri

    The cheese-making center of Cateri, in La Balagne, is known for its unusual bell-tower church facade, a scrolled and pilastered miniature replica of Notre-Dame-des-Anges.... Read more

  • Centuri

    Centuri (pronounced chen-toori), Cap Corse's top fishing port, is a good place for lunch on your way around the cape. The late afternoon arrival and unloading of the fishing boats is also a major event... Read more

  • Col de Bavella

    The granite peaks known as the Aiguilles de Bavella (Needles of Bavella) tower some 6,562 feet overhead as you reach the Col de Bavella (Bavella Pass). Hiking trails are well marked. The narrow but mostly... Read more

  • Corte

    Set amid spectacular cliffs and gorges at the confluence of the Tavignano, Restonica, and Orta rivers, Corte is the spiritual heart and soul of Corsica. Capital of Pasquale Paoli's government from 1755... Read more

  • Erbalunga

    Erbalunga is one of the most charming villages on Cap Corse's east coast, with stone houses sloping gently down to a tiny pier and Genoese tower built into a rock ledge.... Possibly because it was French... Read more

  • Filitosa

  • Lama

    The charmingly restored medieval village of Lama is only 10 minutes up the Ostriconi Valley. Everyone from the mayor to local children accommodates visitors; people say hello in the streets and seem to... Read more

  • La Porta

    As the name of the village suggests, La Porta (the Door) is an entranceway to La Castagniccia. The St-Jean-Baptiste church here is widely accepted as the crowning glory of Corsican baroque art. The bright... Read more

  • La Scala di Santa Regina

    La Scala di Santa Regina (Stairway of the Holy Queen) is one of Corsica's most spectacular roads, and one of the most difficult to navigate, especially in winter. The route follows the twisty path of the... Read more

  • L'Ile Rousse

    L'Ile Rousse, famous for its market and named for the island of reddish rock now connected to the town by a causeway, is a favorite for vacationers who come to bask in its Riviera-like mise-en-scène. A... Read more

  • Morosaglia

    At 800 meters (2,600 feet) above sea level, Morosaglia is a historically significant village that has preserved its authenticity with original schiste et lauzes (shale and slate) houses and religious edifices... Read more

  • Murato

    The village of Murato has two excellent restaurants and a remarkable 12th-century Pisan church, one of Corsica's finest architectural treasures.... Read more

  • Nonza

    On your way around Cap Corse, be sure to stop in Nonza. This vertiginous crag seems impossibly high over its famous black beach, the legacy of a former asbestos mine down the coast at Canari. The beach... Read more

  • Ota

    The tiny village of Ota, overlooking the Gorges de Spelunca, has traditional stone houses that seem to be suspended on the mountainside, an amazing view of the surrounding mountains, and a number of trailheads... Read more

  • Patrimonio

    The island's own Napa Valley begins in this picturesque tiny village best known for its premium AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée) wines and internationally acclaimed guitar nights that showcase musicians... Read more

  • Piedicroce

    Piedicroce's panoramic view of La Castagniccia is superb. Be sure to stop in to visit the vividly painted baroque church of St-Pierre-et-St-Paul, one of the finest of its type in the area. The nearby mineral... Read more

  • Pigna

    The village of Pigna is dedicated to bringing back traditional Corsican music and crafts. Here you can listen to folk songs in cafés, visit workshops, and buy handmade musical instruments. The Casa Musicale... Read more

  • Porticcio

    Between the sea and mountain, this upscale resort town a short scenic drive from the capital benefits from unforgettable views and a palette of nautical activities perfect for the clear, calm waters of... Read more

  • Porto and Calanches di Piana (Calanques de Piana)

    Set between the small resort town of Porto and petite historic 18th century village of Piana, the dramatic red rock formations rising nearly 300 meters high on the western coast are set against the crystalline... Read more

  • San Martino di Lota

    Just 20 minutes from downtown Bastia, the turnoff to the perched village of San Martino di Lota winds through thick vegetation as the flat blue expanse of the Tyrrhenian Sea spreads out below. An architectural... Read more

  • Sartène

    Described as the "most Corsican of all Corsican towns" by French novelist Prosper Mérimée, Sartène, founded in the 16th century, has survived pirate raids and bloody feuding among the town's families... Read more

  • Ste-Lucie-de-Tallano

    The pretty little village of Ste-Lucie-de-Tallano is in the heart of Mérimée country, the setting for Colomba, the tale of a beautiful young Corsican woman caught in an Andromaque-like web of love, honor... Read more

  • St-Florent

    St-Florent is a postcard-perfect ancient fishing village nestled into the crook of the Golfe de St-Florent between the rich Nebbio Valley and the desert of Agriates. The 16th-century Genoese town has a... Read more