Explore mountain villages
From the soft white sands and limpid turquoise seas of the Porto Vecchio coast to the generous sweep of Calvi bay, Corsica’s beaches are clean, unspoilt and beautiful. The south eastern beaches have excellent water sports facilities, in particular Santa Giulia and Santa Manza, which is a mecca for windsurfers. Sea kayaking and sailing let you discover inaccessible caves and coves, and Corsica also one of Med’s premier scuba diving destinations.
A third of the island has protected natural park status, there are 20 peaks over 2000m and the famous GR20 high mountain walking route runs almost the entire length of the island. There are mountain bike trails for all abilities and plenty for keen road bikers too, especially since the Tour de France ran a stage here in 2013.
For hiking, base yourself at Porto Vecchio, Bonifacio or the Valinco Gulf in the south and you’re within easy reach of the Col de Bavella, Forest of Ospedale and the mountain villages of Ste Lucie, Zonza and Zoza. Here you can experience the thrill of canyoning through rock gulleys on the Vacca, Purcaraccia and Polischellu rivers.
From cosmopolitan Calvi to brooding Corte, the bustling port of Bastia to the cliff-top citadel of Bonifacio, Corsican towns offer a fascinating glimpse into the turbulent history of the island and make for an interesting excursion when you tire of the pool or the beach. If you feel like getting off the island completely, it’s possible to visit neighbouring Sardinia for a day trip, or just take a boat over to intimate Cavallo Island for lunch.
Enjoy water sports off the rocky coastline