Unveiling the must-see wonders of Corsica

Corsica is a mesmerizing Mediterranean island that is drawing more and more tourists with its charm. Famous for its stunning beaches, medieval villages, and untamed natural landscapes, it offers a wealth of attractions. The breathtaking beaches of Palombaggia, Rondinara, and Mare e Sole stand out for their unparalleled beauty. Additionally, Corsica is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts, featuring a variety of trails catering to different skill levels.

The Gulf of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site, serves as a gateway to extraordinary sights such as the Calanche of Piana, Porto Harbour, the Gulf of Girolata, and the Scandola Nature Reserve. Exploring Corsica’s rich history, visitors can marvel at Bonifacio, the island’s oldest town, best admired from the sea. In Ajaccio, delve into the life and legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte, while the Musée de Bastia in Bastia offers a glimpse into the island’s storied past.


Discover the enchanting port town of Calvi, where history, culture and natural beauty come together to provide an unforgettable experience. The town is dominated by the 15th-century Citadel, which perches above the town. Climb up the stone steps and cobbled streets lined with shops and galleries for magnificent views of the iconic structure and surrounding ramparts. Calvi offers something for everyone: beach lovers can soak up the sun at the picturesque La Pinède or St. Restitude Beach or enjoy the charme of Île Rousse. For adventure seekers, Scandola Island, a UNESCO listed Marine Heritage Site, is a paradise for diving, snorkelling, boat trips, kayaking and more. For hiking and cycling enthusiasts, the lush hills offer a perfect escape, with wine, cheese and olive oil producers nestled in lovely villages. Calvi is also a town of festivals, with numerous art and music events taking place during the summer months. Statues of Columbus, reputedly born in Calvi, are scattered throughout the town, adding historical charm. At the end of the day head to the lively Quaint Landry for a drink or dinner and enjoy the vibe of the city at night.


Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica and the birthplace of Napoleon, is a captivating city brimming with charm and history. Its narrow streets, diverse architecture, and impressive cathedral are among the many landmarks worth exploring. Ajaccio combines the glamour of the Côte d’Azur with a rich tapestry of historical and cultural treasures. Sailing into Ajaccio’s port on a luxury superyacht provides breathtaking views of the picturesque bay framed by mountains. The trendy waterfront promenade stretches westward, bustling with chic shoppers by day and elite partygoers by night. Ajaccio also features numerous golden sandy beaches, including the secluded Plage de Porticcio, located 15 kilometers around the bay, ideal for swimming and underwater exploration. Ajaccio’s authentic Mediterranean ambiance and abundance of sights make it an unmissable destination.


Propriano is a charming coastal town located on the southwest coast of Corsica, nestled between Ajaccio and Bonifacio. While most of its architecture dates back to the early 19th century when the port was established, the area has a much older history, having been previously settled by Romans and Greeks. However, little of ancient Propriano remains, as it was frequently attacked and largely destroyed by pirates in the 18th century. Today, Propriano is a popular resort destination in Corsica, renowned for its proximity to numerous beaches, including Plage de Lido, just one kilometer away. Propriano’s town center is defined by a single, long main street lined with traditional houses that now host luxury shops, cafes, and bars, while the town’s most impressive landmark is the Church of Notre Dame de la Misericorde.


Bonifacio, perched atop an eroded limestone promontory, offers breathtaking vistas of Corsica’s coastline, the Tyrrhenian Sea, and neighboring Sardinia. The old town, nestled within a medioeval citadel, features a captivating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys. The city’s upper and lower districts are linked by a charming tourist train. Craft shops, boutiques, churches, chapels, and palaces dot the landscape, enriching the area with historical and architectural allure. Explorers shouldn’t miss a visit to the citadel or the panoramic descent down the Escalier du Roi d’Aragon. To the north lies a tranquil port bustling with fishing and pleasure boats, along with seafood restaurants and sandy beaches. For those cruising southern Corsica, a stop in Bonifacio is an absolute must.

Porto Vecchio

Porto Vecchio is a natural harbor featuring a vibrant marina and stunning beaches. Historically marshlands dominated the area, hindering the town’s development. Today, however, Porto Vecchio is one of Corsica’s most popular destinations, renowned for its charming old town, 16th-century fortifications, and fascinating historical sites. Its appeal is further enhanced by the surrounding natural beauty, including idyllic beaches such as Palombaggia, Santa Giulia, Cala Rossa, and Pinarello. The picturesque wooded hills and the Cerbicale archipelago, with its four islets boasting pristine waters and a wooded interior within a nature reserve, add to the town’s allure.


Bastia is a lively town of Corsica with a population of 50,000 inhabitants, making it the second largest town on the island. Place St Nicolas is a great spot to experience Bastia’s Mediterranean atmosphere, with the Boulevard Paoli and Rue César Campinchi being the main shopping streets that run parallel to the square. The old town is located south of Place St Nicolas and surrounds the Old Port of Bastia, which is a must-visit. The Costa Verde has a 17km stretch of golden sand with Moriani Plage as its primary resort. The Old Port of Bastia is overlooked by the honey-colored Citadel and brims with harbor-side bars and restaurants. Explore the old streets behind the old port to discover the Place du Marché, where there is a local farmers’ market each morning. The Castagniccia is a maquis-covered peninsula whose history distinguishes it from the rest of the island. Often called an island within an island, the Cap Corse is a peninsula covered in maquis with a history that sets it apart from the rest of the island. Visit the Etang de Biguglia, the island’s largest lagoon, located south of Bastia, which is a haven for migrating birds.

In conclusion Corsica, with its blend of natural splendor, historical charm, and cultural richness, stands as a Mediterranean jewel waiting to be discovered. From the stunning beaches of Palombaggia and Mare e Sole to the rugged trails of the Scandola Nature Reserve, the island caters to both relaxation seekers and adventure enthusiasts. The historical towns of Bonifacio and Ajaccio offer a deep dive into Corsica’s storied past, while the vibrant towns of Calvi, Propriano, Porto Vecchio, and Bastia each present unique experiences, from bustling markets to serene beaches and lively festivals. Whether exploring medieval citadels, hiking lush hills, or simply soaking in the sun, Corsica promises an unforgettable journey through its diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry.

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