Romanesque chapels in Castagniccia, baroque churches in Bastia, the fortifications of Bonifacio, or the citadel of Calvi; history has left its imprint everywhere, even in the most remote villages on the island. But its residents have also built museums, developed archaeological sites, and organized highly successful music and theater festivals.
About its festivals and celebrations
From secular festivals to religious commemorations, from fairs to cultural gatherings, the Corsican people never stop showing their celebratory spirit and respect for their cultural heritage, and nothing brings them more delight than sharing these pleasures with their visitors…
For its heritage
Prehistory gave Corsica with the Menhirs of Filitosa; the Romans taught the cultivation of grapes and the raising of oysters. Starting in the Middle Ages, Christianity encouraged the construction of Romanesque and baroque churches. As for the Genovese, in Corsica they built fortresses and citadels, and ramparts for protection against invaders.
… And its curiosity
Throughout the year, and especially in the summer, each region hosts festivals and gatherings to highlight its specialties and show its openness to contemporary arts. From Balagne to Ajaccio and Bastia, every month of the year attests to the vitality that is at the center of the Corsican soul.
Many things all at the same time - Corsica is the ideal place for that. Without abandoning summer seaside activities, the distances to the interior of the island are short enough to quickly go from the sea to the mountains, from a seaside town to the center of the island. After a long swim, you could spend the end of the day discovering one of the architectural jewels deep in the countryside; spend a morning visiting a village artisan fair, or attend a dance, theater, or musical performance in town in the evening.
The Genovese towers that dominate the entire Corsican coast. There are more than 90 that still stand along the coast, most of which are built on majestic sites that are usually freely accessible. Some of the 300 Corsican villages, many of which are home to Romanesque or baroque churches, including some that are classified as historic monuments, without forgetting the innumerable traditional houses. The villages in the Ghjussani valley are especially exciting during the international theater gatherings directed by actor Robin Renucci.
Short adventure vacations
Throughout the year, follow the “Authentic discovery routes” (established by OPAMTC) to seek out artisans. Meet the makers of charcuterie, knives, and ceramics; their ancestral knowledge and warm welcome will delight you. In September in Calvi, come for the Rencontres Polyphoniques. Also in September, but in Casamacciolo (central Corsica), take the time for a gourmet visit to the pastoral and artisan fair in Niolu. And visit Bastia in October for its annual music festivals.
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