Interesting Things About Corsica

The little known French island, Corsica is a traveller’s paradise. If you are someone who loves nature, Corsica should be the next place that you visit. With 1/3 beaches, Corsica is home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Traveling to Corsica gives you sights and scenes that no place in the world can offer you. Perched in the Mediterranean Sea, this small island falls in the middle of Italy and France (geographically it is closer to Italy than it is to France).

Reaching Corsica- You can reach Corsica either by air or by the sea. By the sea, it is connected with the French cities of Nice, Marseille, and Toulon, and the Italian cities of Savona, Genoa, and Livorno.

By air, Corsica is connected to few of the major European cities, but most of the flights are only seasonal. You get daily flights only for Paris. What’s there in Corsica- One of the most interesting things about Corsica is that it is not yet commercially exploited. Almost all the towns and villages retain their medieval appearance and feel. 

Of course, it does offer you a comfortable stay with all the modern amenities, but still the old-world charm is hard not to notice. Talking about natural beauty, Corsica has the best of both worlds- impressive mountainous sceneries and gorgeous beaches. 
One of the most interesting things about Corsica is that the Corsican beaches mostly have crystal clear water. You have sandy beaches, pebbly beaches, rocky beaches, yellow sand beaches, white sand beaches, and dark grey sand beaches. There is no end to the natural marvels in Corsica. The only mountain range of the island runs across the length of the island and forms Europe’s longest and toughest hiking trail- the GR 20.

Ajaccio and Bastia are the two largest cities of the island. Rest are small towns and villages. Most of the towns and villages have been successful in preserving the real Corsican feel. With stone buildings, narrow roads, and quintessential eateries, you would definitely feel that you are in some different century. 

The stone houses are other interesting things about Corsica. The archaic, antiquated towns have beautiful stone houses and huts not unlike the primitive Scottish cottages. The other notable towns are- Bonifacio, Calvi, Cervione, Corte, L’ille Rousse, Erbalunga, Macinaggio, Porto, Porto-Vecchio, Saint Florent, and Sartene. 

Another reason to visit Corsica is purely for the gastronomic experience. Because of the typical flora and fauna, the fruits, vegetables, herbs, grass, and consequently the meat of various animals have a distinct taste. The Corsican chacuterie is delectable and Figatellu is one of the most palatable Corsican dishes. The typical French cheese is made from goat’s milk, Brocciu being the most famous variety. Fiaddone is the famous Corsican cheesecake.

The Corsican honey is also different from that found in the mainland. Chestnuts and chestnut flour are widely used in cooking. The Corsican wine too has a significantly different taste from the wines found elsewhere. Cap Corse is locally made liquor, which is a must to taste when in Corse. Pietra is a locally made beer. You won’t find any McDonalds or Pizza Huts or Burger Kings here in Corsica.

The best months to visit Corsica are from May to October. The temperature may go up to midthirties in July and August but the cool winds keep it easy. These months are packed with tourists and you can have fun with water sports like jet-skiing, water-skiing, windsurfing, kite surfing, and sea kayaking etc.

Author Bio: Melissa Turner is a traveler from Edinburgh who loves to explore places off-the-beaten-path others have been known to fear. Melissa believes travel is the best education anyone can get and she has acquired an incredible amount of travel experience over the years.

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