Must-See: the Island of Corsica
With 1,000 km of coastline and over 200 beaches, Corsica is an idyllic Mediterranean getaway. The island is one of the 27 régions of France and offers everything from relaxing beaches to adrenaline-pumping activities to stunning natural landscapes and architecture.
One of the most striking aspects of a visit to Corsica is its turquoise waters. The Only way to get around the mainland in 40 degrees heat... traveling by motorcycle. The beaches, bays and boat docks were filled in every town with bikes parked side to side with both tourists and locals ducking in and out whether for sightseeing or simply sunbathing. Another great way to get around - on one of the smaller sail boats that flies around with dingy boat, bicycles, scuba gear and everything else attached that one could possibly require to set sail exploring both the coasts and the cities. The Pintarella lagoon and the Sperone beaches on the southern coasts are renowned for their idillic easterly winds which make perfect conditions for all levels of wind and kite surfers from early morning through sunset. Although most of the islands in the southern region are private or preserved there are a few secret treasures hidden amoung the caves. This is one of the few beaches where land docking is allowed. Just sail up and jump off. The Réserve naturelle des Bouches de Bonifacio, Calenzana is part of the coastline where scenery, walking, beaches, history, architecture, culture, birdwatching.... ....and specifically diving around the Scandola Nature Reserve, known for its marine life all comes to life. Take a break and enjoy the sun and sea with all the family. The rock pools are for everyone, whether sunbathing is your thing, or hunting for crabs and fishing for shrimp with the children. The 15th Century "hanging houses" of Bonifacio make the limestone cliffs even more appealing to visit. The beautiful fortress of the city is surrounded by this stunning architecture which hangs 230ft above the harbour below. For those seeking more of a thrill, by command of jet ski, set off daily up and down the southern coasts exploring the magestic caves learning of the legends of Bonifacio on a Pirate adventure. Dining here is very serious business whether in a five star restaurant or at a takeaway beach hut. Pizza one of the Italian delicacies not to be missed though the influence of both french and Italian cuisine is highly visible Corsican food has it's own unique twist including a lot of fish, cured meats and a lot of dairy. Leaving the Figari airport at sunset to fly over the spectacular hills of the Sartene region only amplifies the beauty of the magestic Island and leave you wanting to jump online to book your next holiday! This was a guest post by UK Tripper Sarah Davis. Recently returned from spending a year in Argentina (after spending the previous three-and-a-half years living and traveling abroad), Sarah recently took a mini holiday to Corsica before returning to the UK . For tips on visiting Corsica (or Argentina or the UK), you can connect with Sarah via her Tripping profile.