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Corsica is a wonderful island full of life, this place is full of beautiful natural landscapes surrounded by water, mountains, species of fauna and flora. The place is known as the island of beauty thanks to its natural wealth that was even declared a world heritage site by the UNESCOThere is a lot to visit and it can be a great experience especially for those who enjoy sharing with naturea directly.
Here people can enjoy different ecological trails, nature reserves, parks, places with history, places for diving and of course wonderful beaches with an incalculable beauty.
The place is designed for rest and fun, it is about preserving the shape of the landscape so there you will not find large hotel chains surrounding the whole place, it has everything you need to cater to tourists but without losing the beautiful image of everything on the island.
Tourists, in addition to enjoying the landscape and activities, can learn a little about the history and culture of the place, as different routes are made they will visit specific places that have made an important part of the history and that for today are preserved as is . A different experience awaits us in this paradise island that will undoubtedly conquer us with his natural wealth and with the unforgettable activities that they will live.
What are you going to find in this article?
Ajaccio is the Corsica capital and is located on the west coast of the island. There are no direct flights from Spain, so there is nothing left to do in Paris or in some city of the Cote d'Azur and then catch a ferry.
Ajaccio is a picturesque french city located in a small bay on the Mediterranean coast, with a background of snow-capped mountains until late spring. Along the coast extends the main road where you will find very lively areas with various shops, cafes and restaurants.
If you stay in this area and you are looking for a family beach, go to the beach of Barbicajas, if you prefer a wildest beach with crystal clear waters go to the Scudo beach and if you go nautical sports, the beach of Tahiti.
In Ajaccio there is a great variety of accommodations. There is a wide range of hotels located in privileged places in the city, facing the sea or near the main monuments. If you prefer to stay at your own pace there are also many rural houses or B&B.
Calvi it is a small town located northwest of Corsica and one of the main tourist points. Possibly it has one of the most beautiful environments on the island with its Paradise beaches and the highest mountain range in Corsica.
The citadel of Calvi, with its historic walls, is one of the most beautiful places in the city. Formed by three bastions, it allows you to visit many historical monuments. We recommend you to lose yourself in its narrow streets and discover the charm of the place.
If you like the beach we advise you to visit the La Pinède Beach, the most famous of Calvi that also has all kinds of services, restaurants, sailing or diving schools and even tennis courts.
No no problem finding accommodations in Calvi. There are from modest 2-star hotels, through the luxury of 5 stars, some located in the historic center.
Porto Vecchio is a place of contrasts with spectacular beaches and mountainous spaces. It forms a beautiful mosaic and is the main attraction among tourists visiting the island of Cörcega.
La citadel of Porto Vechhio is very beautiful. Walk around it and don't miss the port from where you can sail towards Lavezzi Islands and the beautiful bay of Porto Vecchio, known and admired for its natural surroundings. This is fine, but certainly what best of this area of the island are its beaches.
We recommend you the Polambaggia beach. In the north is the Cala Rossa, very small but with stunning views of the bay and the Ciprianu beach, one of the most beautiful in Corsica located opposite the nature reserve of the Cerbicale Islands.
Porto Vecchio offers you a wide hotel offer since it is one of the most visited tourist points. There are many Luxury hotels near the beach of Santa Guilia and Palombaggia. In the center of the city you will find much cheaper accommodations.
In the South end of the island Bonifacio is situated. It is found in a privileged location, on top of a rocky promontory of white limestone and its landscape is spectacular.
This site is ideal for stroll through its medieval old town where to admire the distribution of the tall houses with their immense staircases at the entrance. We recommend visiting the Bastion de l'Entendard, the Saint-Dominique Church, the Publicu palace and the oldest building in Bonifacio, the Sainte-Marie-Majeure church.
One of the best excursions is the visit to the Stairs of the King of Aragon. Formed by 187 stairs in an excavated cliff, you can see the blue of the turquoise waters and reach the freshwater well of St. Barthelemy.
If you go to stay in Bonifacio You will see that there are all kinds of accommodations. In the old town there are many hotels, apartments, B&B and if you are traveling with a group of friends or a large family there are beautiful rural houses.
Propriano is located in the Valinco Gulf, in the south-west area of Corsica. The natural environment that surrounds it is the main tourist attraction. In this place, nature and above all the sea prevail.
The area has numerous beaches of great beauty. We recommend you visit the coves of d'Arena Bianca, the beaches of Mancino, Sampiero, Marinco, Lido and outside the Gulf of Capu Lauroso. You can enjoy many water activities such as a sailboat ride, snorkel or scuba diving.
If you are going to stay in Propriano there is a great variety of accommodation. Since luxury hotels, rural houses, B&B or aparthotels. In the Olmeto area, 10 kilometers from Propriano, there is a large number of spectacular resorts, surrounded by greenery and with stunning sea views.
To reach Corsica there are only two options, by sea or air. If it is chosen by air, it should be noted that Corsica has three main airports: Bastia, Figari Sud Corse and Ajaccio, all work with different airlines in the world which are in charge of rates and comfort on the trip.
El airport Ajaccio is located east of the city and It is the largest airport in Corsica in terms of number of passengers. The Bastia airport It is the second largest airport in Corsica and is located south of the second largest city of Corsica. The Figari Sud Corse airport It is located in the southern part of Corsica in the municipality of Figari, which explains the name of the airport.
Our recommendation is that use a good flight comparator to locate the flight that best suits your needs, here we leave one to facilitate the work of looking for.
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The 8 bus line (Navette Bus) runs between the airport and the Ajaccio train station (Gare CFC). The bus operates seven days a week and leaves approximately every hour from the bus stop located in front of the terminal. The bus ride to the central station takes 20 minutes and from there it is a short distance to the bus station (Gare Routière) and the port (Gare Maritime) of Ajaccio. Tickets can be purchased directly from the bus driver. A most economical option It is the 12 bus line, it is taken at the P + R Campo Dell'Oro stop, located at 250 meters northwest of the terminal. Children under 5 years travel free. For more information visit the Bus timetable guide line 8 and line 12.
Every hour or so a shuttle bus passes (Navette) to and from the city. The more flights there are, the greater the frequency with which the bus travels (in summer the bus passes more than once an hour). This shuttle bus runs between the airport and Bastia's central station (Gare de Bastia). The journey between both places lasts 35 minutes. If you want to go by train to other places on the island, the best thing to do is take a taxi to a nearest station, for example Lucciana (3 kilometers) or Casamozza (6 kilometers). For more information visit the Navette bus timetable guide.
During three times a day you can go by bus between the airport and Porto-Vecchio. The bus to Porto-Vecchio leaves from the airport bus stop, the last stop in Porto-Vecchio is at the central bus station (Gare Routière). The bus travel lasts 30 minutes. Buses operate all year round, however in summer they pass more frequently than in winter. For more information visit Corsica Bus website.
The island of Corsica has 7 commercial ports connected by 8 shipping companies that make frequent routes departing from mainland France and Italy. They are ferries with room for some 1800 passengers with 300 cabins where you can take your own car. Normally, ferries depart from the following ports:
Toulon: located about 45 minutes away Marseilles, offers Up to 4 departures per day to Ajaccio, Bastia and Ile Rousse. The trip can be made day or night, and it lasts longer.
Nice: It offers up to 4 departures per day to Ajaccio, Bastia and Calvi.
We advise you Book in advance, since this way you can find a greater offer and the prices will be lower, since the offers are limited to a certain number of places and the prices increase as soon as the good weather begins.
A of the best options to know and tour Corsica is renting a car, as it offers a greater freedom and independence to every tourist, without having to think about schedules, and being able to stop wherever you want. On the other hand, the distances on the island are short and with the car you can go from one region to another in a short time.
Write down that there is you can pick up the car somewhere in Provence and the Côte d'Azur, in case you were also thinking of stopping in these regions of France, and then take it on the ferry to the island. Remember that some roads in Corsica are complicated by the orography of the island itself: curves, cliffs ... watch out for this!
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The Trinighellu (Micheline in French) or “little train” in Corsican is, in addition to a Very picturesque means of transport, a tourist attraction which travel along the coast and the Corsican mountains. Therefore, it is recommended as a way to discover Corsica in another way, at a slower pace, and to get to places his inaccessible with other transports, authentic natural treasures.
It covers 232 km with stop at 16 stations, and has two main routes with several round trips: Ajaccio - Bastia and Calvi - Bastia (duration of 3h30) and Ajaccio - Calvi (duration of up to 6 hours), with a correspondence to Ponte-Leccia.
The Balagne tram joins the beaches of Calvi to Ile Rousse in just 50 minutes, but in the mid-high season (from April to the end of October). It is an interesting way to discover the island.
Of course, getting around Corsica is a bike is also a great idea, or better yet, the combination of car rental with bike, since there are large cars where bicycles can be carried. The The best area is the coast, since the roads are less bumpy and winding.
We recommend you the Gulf of Porto and the North Cape (Cap Corse). Although cycling enthusiasts will be happy to climb some mountain pass; There the print landscapes are assured. If you decide on this option, do not forget to make your accommodation reservations in advance.
The island of Corsica has a coastline of 1000 kilometers, full of beaches and isolated coves. All of them are paradisiacal beaches of fine white sand and turquoise blue waters, within a preserved natural environment. Besides, the Water temperature is excellent A large part of the year, ideal for bathing or doing activities such as snorkeling or diving, we go with some of the best.
Special mention deserves the Rondinara beach since it has been named many times best beach in Europe.
During the summer you will see many elegant yachts and tourists. Actually, we are not surprised that people of high society want to come to this beach, since it is surrounded by a protected environment and care and the climate of the area is completely Mediterranean.
To withdraw from your get to the beach, at about 20 km from Bonifacio on the N198 you have to take the exit for the D158. The road is narrow and full of potholes.
El parking near the beach (for a fee) is the only option if you don't want to take two steps walking. The presence of harmless cows is normal on this beach.
Some of the company's most picturesque beaches of Corsica the beach of “deserves a special mentionThe Double".
The beach is located on the island of Cavallo, in the Lavezzi archipelago, south of Bonifacio and north of Sardinia.
Here existed in Roman times a granite quarry and it is still possible to see large slabs thrown into the sea without any order under the cliffs.
"The Double" has white sand, turquoise sea and granite seabed. It owes its name to the fact that it looks towards two different fronts of the sea, a factor that allows it to be able to choose the protected front of the wind.
Near Calvi, there is the peninsula of the Revellata (Alga Beach), characterized by being a rocky coast along 40 km to Galéria, with beautiful beaches and small coves.
La Calvi beach starts at the marina and measures 4 km, its waters are not very deep, so they are ideal for children. There are numerous restaurants and beach bars.
The possibilities of access and parking are numerous; you can rent umbrellas and sunbeds, as well as kayaks, windsurf boards, catamarans and jetskis. In high season, it is full of people.
In addition, Between Calvi and Ile Rousse there are numerous white sand beaches. The beach of Ile Rousse is near the town, so it is very familiar.
La Palombaggia beach It is a dream beach, with white sand and red rocks, transparent and shallow waters that are crowded in high season.
The beach has numerous restaurants and you can rent umbrellas and sun loungers, in addition to vehicles for water sports.
Palombaggia It is a beach that will cost you to believe that you follow France, its landscape reminds more of the Caribbean. The bad thing about this amazing beach / cove is that It is usually full of tourists in summer although you may have it for yourself at another time of the year.
La Roccapina beach It is a wonderful white sand beach that lies below the Lions of Roccapina and the Genoese tower.
It is characterized by its head shaped rock of Lion, it is a gigantic tafonu originated by the erosion of the wind on a granitic rock (in the port there is a museum that explains the history of the taffoni).
It is a beach where the sand is very fine and the waters shallow and transparent, ideal for children. In high season it is a very busy beach and is ideal for snorkeling.
A few kilometers from one of the most beautiful bays of Corsica, the bay of Porto, Is the Arone beach, En a wild natural environment.
Is one of the most beautiful beaches of Corsica, a long stretch of fine sand, surrounded by almost intact vegetation. It is an ideal beach also to practice different nautical sports.
It can be accessed from the city of Piana, on the west coast, by a road from which there are beautiful panoramic views; the cliffs of the Calancas de Piana They sink in the sea.
In the southern part of the island there is a beautiful cove, Cala di Conca, of very fine sand and transparent waters, turquoise blue, which can be accessed both on foot (3 hours from Tizzano) and by boat. In the south of the bay is the Capu di Senetosa, with a well-preserved Genoese tower. There is also the Cala di Tivella, in the south of the Capu di Senetosa, which is also accessible on foot (2 hours from Tizzano) or by boat; and Cala Longa, neighbor of the previous one, almost two hours walk from Tizzano.
Throughout the year in Corsica it is possible to find a wide variety of gastronomic dishes that manage to conquer the palate of tourists, among the special products stand out the brocciu or fresh cheese, figatellu, chestnut flour, olive oil, honey and wine.
Sausages are another great specialty, here you can find one great variety of meats and sausages These include prisuttu (raw ham), figatellu (liver sausage), lonzu (dried pork fillet), coppa (dried pork tenderloin) or salami (sausage) and other pork products. The typical dishes of Corsica with meat they include wild boar stews, roast goat, veal, and during the winter hunting season, tianu.
Being an island of course you will find different saucers with fish and seafood, which are always very fresh and available in a variety of preparations with which tourists can enjoy the taste of the most delicious taste of the sea. Prices may vary according to the restaurant, in addition it is possible to find that some are dedicated to selling jams, sweets and different products on the street.