June – August
LCY → AJA
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 9 £GBP (20 min)
Bus: 4 £GBP (20 min)
Corsica holidays feature all the essential ingredients for the perfect getaway: picturesque beaches, villages as old as time, rugged mountains, bustling cities, delicious cuisine and enough nocturnal activities to excite any party-animal.
French territory, the island is located north of the Italian island of Sardinia, in the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Holidays in Corsica offer all the same pleasures associated with the French mainland – wine, food and culture, however with a unique Corsican take on it. Despite Corsica being part of France, the island Corsica has a life, soul and language of its own.
See French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s birthplace in Ajaccio, the capital; visit the medieval town of Bonifacio on the island’s south coast or the harbour town of Bastia. Or just lay back and bask in the sun on one of Corsica’s stunning beaches.
If you are going on holidays to Corsica, you shoud find out some information about this destination's climate. Corsica’s climate, like the rest of the Mediterranean, is affected by winds with the temperature tempered by the island’s mountains. Average temperatures in summer typically reach 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) climbing to as high as 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) in July and August with the sea temperature peaking in mid-July. Corsica’s hottest month is July with an average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit), while January represents the coldest month at 8 degrees Celsius (46 Fahrenheit).
The number of hotels and other forms of accommodation to be found for Corsica holidays is plentiful.
Among the most popular beach resorts are Porto Vecchio, home to the famous Palombaggia Beach, and those near Ajaccio, Bastia, Bonifacio and Calvi. However, it doesn’t really matter where you stay on the island great beaches encircle the island.
There is much more to Corsica than just the beaches. The range of things to see and do here is enough to ensure you will never be bored of your Corsica holidays.
Visit Bonifacio – a fortress town with a Citadel perched on a clifftop overlooking the narrow cobbled streets below. Wander at your leisure or enjoy the townscape on a boat trip to the Lavezzi islands nearby. If you are staying in the north it is well worth spending a day exploring the beautiful hilltop villages of Balagne. The Calvi Citadel with its narrow cobbled streets and alleyways leading to the Cathedrale Saint Jean-Baptiste is another must on holidays in Corsica.
Corsican cuisine with its French base with strong Italian influences is absolutely divine and local delis are ideal places to stock up on the multitude of delicacies the island offers. In the region of Balagne you can see traditional artisans at work and pick up more local produce including honey and olive oil.
Corsica’s beaches are havens for relaxation, however the quiet, secluded coves are less busy than the main beaches such as Plage de Palombaggia.
The beautiful red cliffs to be found in Scandola Nature Reserve are best viewed from aboard a boat, and if you are lucky your trip out on the water might be accompanied by dolphins.
For active types who enjoy a physical challenge even on holidays to Corsica, the north to south walking route known as the GR20 is believed to be one of Europe’s toughest taking about two weeks to complete.
For a little romance seat yourselves at a waterside cafe in Calvi and relax sipping on a glass or two of the local wine as the sun sets.
Hip nightclubs and chic bars are to be found in most of the island’s larger resorts, but Calvi on the Rocks is the hottest ticket party each year.