Although Corsica is very mountainous - Monte Cinto is the highest
peak at 2,706m and some 20 other summits are above 2,000m - the 'Island of Beauty' has
1,000km of coastline and more than 200 beaches.
While the territorial collective (collectivité territoriale) of
Corsica is divided into two départements - Corse-du-Sud (2A) and Haute-Corse
(2B) - the capital of the territorial collective is Ajaccio; located in Corse-du-Sud.
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Corsica is about 130 miles long and 50 miles wide.
The island is undoubtedly at its busiest in July and August, when
you're well advised to book ahead if you want a place to stay.
We prefer to visit Corsica in June or September, when the tourists are
fewer and the sun not so strong.
While the number one summer attraction in Corsica is its beaches,
there is a basic network of narrow and winding roads, if you prefer to get away from the
sea and penetrate the rugged interior; to discover villages of tall granite houses
overlooking deep gorges and wonderful forests of oak, Corsican pine and sweet chestnut.
William Keyser's look at some of the beaches around Corsica.
The many nature reserves and wildlife areas make Corsica an appealing
destination, not just for a beach holiday.
Parc Naturel Régional de
The website is only available in French but it does outline some of the exciting walks in
Corsica's natural park areas as well as some of the accommodation available along the way.
Hiking The GR 20 (Fra li monti)
Adventurous hikers can lace up their boots for the fifteen-day,
mountain-walking challenge from Calenzana
(Haute-Corse) to Conca (Corse-du-Sud), via Vizzavona; where you can get the train to
Bastia or Ajaccio if you've had enough. The southern part of the trail is easier though.
GR 20 With Tour
If you'd rather walk without your luggage, you can always pay someone to do the transfers
Being an island, the only way to reach Corsica is by plane or
Corsica by Plane
Airlines Serving Corsica
Connecting Corsica with Clermont-Ferrand, Geneva, Lille, Lyon, Marseilles, Nantes, Nice,
Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse and Quimper.
There are also a number of charter flights to Corsica in the summer
Charter Flight Centre:
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Airports in Corsica
There are four airports on the island of Corsica: Ajaccio Campo dell'oro
Poretta (BIA); Calvi Sainte
Catherine (CLY); and Figari
Sud Corse (FSC).
Corsica by Boat
The fastest way to Corsica, by boat, is to take the high-speed NGV
(Navire à Grande Vitesse) from Nice. The boat takes between 2 hours 45 minutes and 3
hours 30 minutes to travel to Calvi, l'Île-Rousse, Ajaccio and Bastia.
There are also regular ferries from Marseilles, Nice and Toulon.
Ferries to Corsica also sail from Genoa, Livorno and Savona - in Italy
- or from Sardinia, to Bonifacio.
Sail from Savona, Livorno, Nice and Toulon.
Sail from Genoa and Livorno to Bastia and also connect Bonifacio with S. Teresa di Gallura
Société Nationale Maritime Corse Méditerranée sail from Marseilles, Toulon and Nice to
Corsica as well as connecting Corsica with Sardinia.
Although people on the island of Corsica speak French there is a
local language of Corsican (also known as Corso, Corsu, Corse or Corsi), with strong
similarities to a Tuscan dialect of Italian.
According to its UNESCO classification though, the Corsican language
is currently in danger of becoming extinct.
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