Did you adore us as much as we did, Corsica? Because one thing is hard to contest : you are damn gorgeous. Never was I imagining to see such a beauty when I was packing my luggage there. Corsica is such kind of an island where you can easily walk along the sea and never meet anybody on your way. Despite a couple of cows. We’ve spent there one week and visited almost all of its Northern part. The amount of spectacular places and spaces are countless. But I made my own essential compilation of what you shouldn’t miss when visiting Corsica. Let’s go!
My 5 things to do in Corsica :
1. Visit Scandola Natural Reserve.
Don’t you love to feel like a wildman exploring new spaces? Christopher Columbus kind of sentiment. You are in my team. The savage beaches there are to die for. The best option is to rent a boat at Scandola Marine. No worries, you don’t need any license. Just a pair of arms and your eyes wide open to admire the view.
2. Rent a car to get you around.
Almost all island of Corsica is laced with the steep mountain roads. The serpentine game is beyond serious here. Anyway, it’s as breathtaking as it’s scary. Most of the terrific spots in Corsica are reachable by car only (AND by foot afterwards). Imagine riding through the carroty rocks and watching the solar circle falling into the water. That’s definitely the view you’ll be picturing in your mind when you are 90.
3. Wander around beautiful Corsican cities.
We stayed in the beautiful city of Calvi on the Northern side of the island. If you are an inexhaustible introvert as I am, you’ll definitely feel home here. Nothing better than putting your favorite music into your ears and loose yourself in the echoing stony streets of citadel. Leave aside the insanely beautiful sunset. Make sure you do not miss out Bonifacio with its Lavezzi islands, Porto-Vecchio and the Napoleon’s homeland, Ajaccio. These places are as well on my must-see list.
4. Take a hike.
You won’t regret your blistered feet. Corsica is certainly not JUST a “beach & sea” destination. This island has drama. We spent probably only 20% of our time chilling near the seashore. And here is why : there are more than hundred peaks to explore. And, personally, for the first time of my life I preferred hiking to beaching. The views of rocky fjords, citadels, hidden olive groils and unleavened sources will amaze even the most experimented traveler. So don’t forget your not-so-fancy sneakers.
5. Eat local.
Corsica is nestled right between France and Italy, which has brought the major diversity to it’s culture and gastronomy. When I first came to the supermarket I was blown away by the quantity (and quality) of the local products. I still remember my food coma the evening back then. You don’t have to get as frantic as I did though. But you owe to yourself trying the local goat cheese, rosé wine, maquis honey and herbal sausages. P.S. Octopussy and Café de la Plage
are my ultimate go-to’s.
Soo, if Corsica have never happened to be on your bucket list of your travel destinations, waste no more time, add it on now! Count at least one week if you want to grasp it to the fullest. I would advise to even separate the trips to the Southern and Northern part. Seven days might be too short for such a catchall experience. If you’re a fan of the weekend getaways as I am, choose one city and go ahead! As for me, I’ve already put the Southern part of Corsica on my future travels scoop. P.S. I will publish a new article with the travel tips in the next days – so stay tuned!
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