1. It’s easy to get to
Situated 80km from Italy and 12km away from Sardinia, with 174km of coastline, Corsica is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and is accessible all year round by ferry and plane both from France and from numerous other countries.
2. You’ll avoid the summer crowds
With a population of almost 350,000 people, Corsica welcomes three million tourists every year, mainly over the months of May to September. Visiting the island outside these months is therefore a great way of avoiding the crowds and experiencing the natural beauty of the island at its very best. There is still a multitude of attractions open and activities on offer at this time of year, plus more chance that local tourism professionals will be available to show you everything there is to see and do.
3. It’s sunny (almost) all year round
With its typical Mediterranean climate and 2,750 hours of sunshine every year, Corsica is one of the sunniest regions in France, and enjoys average autumn temperatures of around 20°C. Sea temperatures are also pleasant between June and October, averaging between 19°C and 23°C with highs of 27°C in the months of July and August.
4. The region is renowned for its cuisine
Corsica places the utmost importance on good food. Here, visitors can enjoy regional terroir of the highest quality, combining chestnuts and citrus fruit, salty sweet charcuterie, a wide range of fish and seafood, creamy cheeses, and fine wines and liqueurs.
Focus on labeled Corsican gastronomy
Many Corsican products have even been awarded the Protected Designation of Origin label (AOC, AOP or IGP in French) to denote their quality. These include: Corsica Wines, Muscat du Cap Corse, Corsica Honey, Brocciu (cheese), Corsica Olive Oil, Corsica Chestnut Flour, Prisuttu (prosciutto), Coppa di Corsica and Lonzu (types of cured meat), Corsica Clementines and Corsica Kiwis.
5. You can enjoy sports activities in the great outdoors all year round
The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Corsica is the most mountainous, with 120 peaks more than 2,000m above sea level. A third of the island is a regional natural park, where visitors can enjoy walking, hiking, running, horse-riding, climbing, hang-gliding, winter sports, outdoor yoga, treetop adventure courses, via ferrata, road cycling and mountain biking.
Corsica also offers a wide range of water sports, whether on its rivers or along its 1,000km of coastline. Visitors can choose from windsurfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and sea kayaking, weather permitting.
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6. You get nine destinations in one in Corsica
Visit our website ahead of your holiday for a virtual tour of the nine diverse micro-regions of Corsica and start looking forward to all the beautiful landscapes that await you!
7. There’s history here for all the family
Visit Corsica’s many ancient sites and discover prehistoric standing stones, forts, castles and much more. There are so many ways to enjoy this beautiful and historic island as a family.
Learn about Corsica’s rich history and heritage and plan your visits to any of the 85 Genoise towers surrounding the island, the citadels of Bastia, Bonifacio, Calvi, Corte, Porto-Vecchio and Saint-Florent, and the ancient settlements of Aleria, Filitosa, Cucuruzzu, Capula, Araghju and Cauria, which all date back to prehistoric times.
8. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to protected natural spaces
Autumn is the perfect time of year for the whole family to enjoy Corsica’s diverse natural environment, home to many endemic plants and migratory birds. Head to any of the island’s six nature reserves and admire the pink flamingos who stop here every year, all while keeping an eye out for the ospreys, red kites and peregrine falcons who call these reserves home.
In addition to its 6 nature reserves, Corsica is also home to 4,100km² of forest, 40 mountain lakes, 30 rivers, one regional natural park which accounts for a third of the region, two marine parks, and one nature reserve which is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site
9. It’s great for slow tourism
Slow tourism really comes into its own in Corsica. Rediscover what really matters in these uncertain times on a holiday to a destination rich in nature, free of mass tourism and full of people keen to share their local culture, traditions, history and cuisine. Corsica is the perfect place to switch off, take stock and recharge your batteries!
10. You’ll have your pick of charming accommodation
Corsica boasts 5,045 places to stay, including 452 hotels, 210 campsites, 333 holiday villages, 4,050 tourist rentals and 1,350 Gîtes de France – that’s 163,000 beds in total! The island’s eclectic mix of accommodation caters to all tastes, both in and out of season.