Corsica Travel Guide

Known as both the 'isle of beauty' and the 'mountain in the sea', Corsica is said to resemble a small continent due to its incredible geographic diversity. The island has not been subject to the same level of development as the rest of the Mediterranean and therefore remains largely unspoilt.

The endless coastline offers perfect beaches, calm bays and vibrant cities such as Bonifacio, which is perched dramatically on top of white cliffs. Inland lie the mountain ranges, valleys and dense forests, home to a variety of bird life, including the famous bearded vulture. Some of the highest mountains on the island are in Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site only accessible by boat.

Corsica has been invaded by a multitude of different tribes and civilisations over the years. As a result, the island is a melting pot of different cultures and influences. Thousands of holidaymakers flock each year to the long sandy beaches, pretty fishing villages, high cliffs and rocky inlets.

Tourists can visit Ajaccio, birthplace of Napoleon, to delve into the island's history. Many choose to sample the earthy local cuisine, which includes civet de sanglier (wild boar casserole), veau aux olives (veal with olives), figatellu (pork liver flamed with brandy) and beignets (chestnut flour doughnuts). Snorkelling and sunbathing are the order of the day on the coast; adventure-seeking souls can head to the mountains for hiking, cycling and canyoning.