A couple of years ago I had never heard of Corsica before. Until my parents booked our flights and I stepped foot on the island myself. I don’t know why I never had heard of it before. Rephrase: I don’t GET why I had never heard of it before. I don’t GET why I didn’t visit it before, seeing that it hardly took time for me to fall in love with the island.
My friends had never been to the French island before, nor did my family and the media didn’t mention it that much (I want to say never, but that’s probably not true). And to be honest, after telling people about visiting Corsica I guess that I wasn’t the only one who hadn’t heard anything about the island, seeing the looks they pulled.
I think it is fair to say that Corsica is underrated. Visiting in the middle of high season, almost not spotting any tourists, I KNOW that it is underrated.
I fell in love with Corsica as soon as I laid eyes on it. Not only the nature is beautiful. I mean, yeah, the nature is insanely beautiful, but don’t forget about the history, the mountains, the villages and the atmosphere. They are all equally magnificent.
Today, I wanted to write about the beauty of Corsica. My mission for today is to let people know why they should visit Corsica for themselves. Why YOU should visit Corsica, and why YOU should fall in love with the island.. right now! So here they are: the five reasons why Corsica should be your next destination.
For the peace
The first hotel in Corsica we stayed at turned out to be one of my favorite hotels I have ever slept in. Surrounded by nothing more than mountains and a little creek this boutique hotel (Hotel les jardins de la glacieres) gave me all the peace I wanted and needed. But of course, it’s not only this hotel that will give you peace in Corsica.
High in the mountains and deep in the woods you’ll find quietness. Some beaches are not as busy as others and the inland villages are extremely quiet – nearly not as touristic as the coastal cities. You won’t see more tourists than you’ll see locals, and you’ll love those cities for it. I visited Corsica in the middle of European high season, and never have I ever had such a quiet travel experience. Corsica will definitely give you peace and it will make you calm.
For the beaches
Just like, for example, Greece, Corsica is a great location to go for a beach get-away. While I really want to discourage you to visit Corsica only for her beaches, since the mountains and inlands are magnificent as well, you can’t possibly forget to visit them on your trip.
Especially in the south Corsica has the clearest and bluest waters and the whitest beaches. You’ll therefor also find most of the tourists in the south of the island. However, the north has some great beaches as well: quiet and clear blue (proof: most of the photos of the beaches in this article are taken in the north of the island). Corsica also is known for being a great diving and snorkeling location, and seeing the beaches for myself I can’t really disagree. If you are looking for a great beach, definitely visit Corsica.
For the villages
I am a sucker for romantic, small and old cities and villages. And Corsica is a great spot for people like me. At the ocean front you’ll walk into the oldest cities with the riches history. You’ll walk through the old parts of town, seeing their old castles and houses, while at the harbor you get in touch with the more ‘newer’ and touristic side of town.
The villages you’ll find higher up in the mountains and in the middle of the island will give you a completely different experience. They are more conservative, they are quiet, smaller and above all: impressive.
The thing I love the most about the cities and villages in Corsica is that you’ll be able to see a lovely mix between Italian and French culture and styles – seeing not so long ago Corsica still belonged to Italy. Older buildings remind you of Italy, while newer influences will definitely remind you of France. Lovely and interesting to see these cultures collaborate!
For the nature
Moutains are calling. Waves are pushing. The nature of Corsica is unbelievable and one hard to NOT fall in love with. Looking over the rich number of mountains that define the surface of Corsica you’ll find yourself having a number of ‘awh’ moments at the top of viewpoints. The woods, the highs and lows of the island and of course the water hitting the cliffs and the waves hitting the beaches are definitely something you must see for yourself. One big love for the nature of Corsica.
For the activities
While being one of the best locations for getting some peace of mind, Corsica for some reason also is one of the best locations to get active.
As the home of one of Europe’s most difficult hiking routes (GR20) it is no surprise that Corsica is a good destination for the active traveler. Even if you are not able to hike the full trail(which takes about two weeks), or simply do not want to, you can do a day tour – as I did. These day hikes lead you to a beautiful viewpoint or an amazing lake – definitely worth the effort! Next to hiking, Corsica is a great island for water sports, rafting, canyoning and skiing in winter! Also – for those who are interested – Corsica is one of the best places in Europe for a motortour trip.