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Corsica Holiday Cottages

With incredible beaches and breathtaking mountain scenery our self catering cottages in Corsica never cease to amaze. With both French and Italian flavours, fantastic cuisine and a friendly atmosphere, this island will capture your heart. Corsica is for (beach) lovers, culture buffs, hikers and divers. Jutting out of the Med like an impregnable fortress, Corsica resembles a miniature continent, with astounding geographical diversity. Within half an hour, the landscape morphs from glittering bays, glitzy coastal cities and fabulous beaches to saw tooth peaks, breathtaking valleys, dense forests and enigmatic hilltop villages. The scenery that unfurls along the island’s crooked roads will have you constantly stopping to whip out your camera.

 

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Corsica is an island of culture with an abundance of music, art and cultural festivals which are organized by volunteers passionate about their chosen interest. Many of the island’s villages also hold a fete or festival to celebrate its local crafts and produce as well as religious or historical events.

The rich and chequered history of Corsica manifests itself around every corner with some fascinating architecture. Monuments, citadels, watchtowers and museums scattered all over the island bear witness to the ever-changing and often turbulent past of this multi-cultural island. Of particular note are the Baroque style churches in the Balagne region and the 60 Genoese watchtowers that punctuate the coastline.

Corsica has many attractions: it is un commercialized, un spoilt and breathtakingly beautiful, with gentle shelving beaches, it appeals to families looking for a traditional summer holiday; but Corsica has far greater appeal thanks to its numerous sporting opportunities, cultural activities and festivals and relaxed pace of life.

Calanche Cliffs

The jagged and sheer cliffs contain many grottos and are flanked by numerous stacks and almost inaccessible islets and coves, such as Tuara. The coastline is also noted for its red cliffs, some 900 metres high, sand beaches, and headlands.

A Cupulatta

The a cupulatta (turtles/tortoises in Corsican) park offers a wide diversity of turtles to see in the natural habitat.

National Museum of the Bonaparte Residence

Napoleon's birthplace, a large and simple residence, is now a museum devoted to the Bonaparte family in Corsica. The visit starts on the second floor with a historical evocation of Corsica in the 18th century.

Reserve Naturelle des Bouches de Bonifacio

Fantastic hiking country with superb views. Includes the GR20 is reputed to be the best and most challenging long-distance walk in Europe, and is the most famous hike in Corsica.

Calvi Citadel - the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways lead to the Cathédrale Saint Jean-Baptiste and some of the best views of Calvi bay and the mountains beyond.

Take a boat trip to the Réserve Naturelle de Scandola– a UNESCO World Heritage Site with dramatic 900 metre high red cliffs and the chance to spot seals, dolphins and osprey.

Calvi

A busy port during the Roman era, Calvi takes its name from the Calvus – ‘bald’ rock that would come to form the foundations of the Citadel. Standing proud on its headland, any visitor to Calvi must visit this thirteenth century fortress, which has lost none of its fascination over the centuries, and remains a remarkable example of architectural and cultural heritage. Within the walls you’ll find cobbled passages tightly packed with houses, dominated by the Cathédrale Saint Jean-Baptiste, which stands at the highest point of the Citadel. Every week here there are concerts of “Chansons polyphoniques”, Corsican polyphonic singing. The best way to see the rest of the Citadel is to simply follow the ramparts, which offer some magnificent views across the bay to the mountains of la Balagne.

Ajaccio

Ajaccio is the capital of Corsica and the island's largest city. Its modern history is dominated by the figure of Napoleon, who was born in the city. His presence is everywhere in Ajaccio. This is evidenced in the narrow streets and the lovely, varied architecture, particularly the fabled cathedral. The city also has a beautiful harbor area with numerous boats and yachts, arriving from French ports such as Marseille, Nice and Toulon. You can soak up the atmosphere of the city by strolling around the old port, through the lively markets and through the narrow streets of the noble houses in the old town. Enjoy the pleasures of white sandy beaches where you can swim until the end of autumn. At night, after the ever spectacular sunset that glows red and lights up the Iles Sanguinaires, the night will belong to you.

Bastia

Facing the coast of Tuscany, Bastia has all the charm of an old Mediterranean town with its shady trees and cafes and narrow streets. The Place St Nicolas is a pleasant spot to soak up Bastia's Mediterranean atmosphere, the old town lies south of Place St Nicolas and surrounds the old port which should not be missed. It is overlooked by the honey colored Citadel and bustles with harbor side bars and restaurants. The church of Saint- Jean-Baptiste, Corsica’s largest church, and the churches of Sainte-Marie and the Chapel Sainte Croix will not fail to amaze you with their ornate Baroque interiors.

Saint-Florent

Saint-Florent lies on a sparkling bay, sheltered between the wild mountains of Cap Corse and the magnificent, untamed Désert des Agriates. In the town centre a maze of narrow streets and passages fills the space between harbor and Citadel, and the town squares, encircled by cafes, looks towards the lively waterfront with its row of restaurants. It is a friendly town, and though similar in style, less pretentious and more intimate than St Tropez, and it has a fantastic atmosphere . It's an ideal centre for beach holidays and for exploring Corsica's northwest coast or the mountain villages inland. 

You'll need a car and an area map to reach Porto-Vecchio's beaches, where you'll find pure white sands lapped by brilliant turquoise water. The busy beaches are the top attraction in this port town, which travelers report hasn't yet been totally overrun by the tourist trade. Sample fresh seafood in the local restaurants, and plan a side trip south to the charming town of Bonifacio.

Porto Vecchio is a lively centre for shopping, cafe-sitting and menu browsing and is one of Corsica's most fashionable towns Up in the old town there is a wide range of boutiques and other shops for browsing plus many cafes which easily lure you in for a spot of people watching with a cool drink.

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