Boasting verdant green mountains that tower over azure waters, Corsica has a beautiful landscape and picture-perfect beaches. And it’s celebrated for a rich, local culinary tradition. Napoleon’s homeland is no sleepy island though – summer festivals abound, bringing music and other cultural delights.
An island jewel in the glittering Mediterranean.
Things to do
FOOD & DRINK
Corsica has a cuisine all its own, drawing on both the French and Italian traditions, and the island’s cities have elegant restaurants and cafés. While relaxing on the coast, sample fresh oysters, local red mullet and langoustines. If you head inland, you’ll find hearty meat casseroles of lamb or wild boar. Wash down decadent specialties with a glass of Corsican wine, or even a local island beer.
There are canyons, cliffs and caves aplenty in Corsica. Charter a yacht to see the island from the Mediterranean Sea, or climb high for cliff-top views of coastal villages. Rent kayaks to paddle to caves and grottos. Then relax on one of Corsica’s 200 white sandy beaches and gaze out at sailboats dotting turquoise harbours.
You could plan your luxury hotel visit to coincide with one of Corsica’s fiestas. Sample island vintages at the rural Fiera di u Vinu wine festival, or join the thousands who flock Montegrosso to pay homage to the olive at the Fiera di l’Alivu festival. If you’re a fan of jazz, there are no less than three jazz festivals between July and September, hosted in various locales and featuring international guests.
Indulge a sweet tooth with a chilled slice of Corsican cheesecake, flavoured with chestnut and lemon.
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