5-Which are the best places to visit on a short break?

As Corsica has numerous entry points, the whole of the island is accessible for a short break. The choice of destination depends on the purpose of the holiday, although given Corsica’s mountainous relief visitors on a short break are advised to concentrate on a particular region, and to head off on excursions from a single base unless they choose to follow a themed route to discover some of the island’s authentic activities or gastronomy.

For a relaxed break, take your pick from a choice of resorts and tourist townsoffering small-scale yet high-quality accommodation options, many of which have spas and even balneotherapy centres  and are open practically all year round. Almost all the  short stay package holidays offered by tour operators  are centred in seaside resorts with hotels which are generally by the sea and are based around packages which often include car hire (if not, renting a car is advisable). These pleasant resorts and towns, many of which have plenty of sights of interest, are also extremely well located and as such are the perfect base for exploring the surrounding area.

It’s then a question of making your choice according to your priorities:  Ajaccio,  the city of Napoleon, with its protected gulf and excursions to the delightful calanques inPiana and Porto; Bastia, a city of art and history, with its stunning corniche road and the charming ports of Cap CorseCalvi, with its lively port and the superb villages of the Balagne region; Bonifacio, with its incomparable setting and the departure point for boat trips to the Lavezzi islandsPorto-Vecchio, close to some of Corsica’s most breathtaking beaches and the beautiful mountainous region of the Alta Rocca; and Corte, the town of Pascal Paoli, an excellent starting point for trips into the mountains. In addition to options which focus purely on relaxing or exploring the island, Corsica also offers a choice of more tailored products, such as a round of golf at the superb Sperone course near Bonifacio; the thalassotherapy packages at the Sofitel in the Bay of Ajaccio; the pleasures of eating out in some of the island’stop restaurants located in high-quality hotels by the sea in Porto-Vecchio; a stay at a luxury hotel in Calvi or Porticcio; or a tour of the Baroque town of Bastia, with a choice of hotels either in Bastia itself or along the coast.

Some tour operators also organise special "short stay" packages such as 4-day/3-night tours staying in hotels or with farmers who are members of the "Route des Sens" tourist routes association (see questions 10 and 23) or the "Route des Vins" in the Balagne region and the area around Patrimonio.

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