Corsica, its maquis, beaches with turquoise waters and gastronomic delights … Nearby, it has a personality though and offers a multitude of opportunities for holidaymakers.
It is better to plan two weeks to quietly explore the Isle of Beauty, a week-long stay will allow you to discover a portion of the island and enjoy all its charms … Here is our itinerary for an unforgettable week in Corsica.
Day 1: Ajaccio
Ajaccio is the ideal starting point for a stay in Corsica since the city is connected to the mainland thanks to an international airport, Napoléon-Bonaparte airport, also seat of the Air Corsica airline. Shipping lines also connect Ajaccio to several mainland cities (Nice, Marseille, Toulon) with daily trips by SNCM and Corsica Ferries .
It is therefore natural to start our Corsican itinerary in this beautiful city of Ajaccio, whose old town is full of remarkable monuments such as the Citadel, the Imperial Chapel or the Cathedral Notre-Dame de l’Assomption. At noon, do not miss the boutique-restaurant Casetta to discover the best of Corsican products in a warm atmosphere.
In the afternoon, board a boat for a special excursion to the Sanguinaires archipelago , famous for the dark red color of its rocks. Enjoy sunset on the spot then return to Ajaccio for a casual evening on the terraces of the Place de Gaulle.
Day 2: Calanques de Piana
The next day, go to Calanches de Piana, a superb UNESCO World Heritage Site . These torn granitic rocks are indeed one of the most beautiful natural sites of the island and a hiking on foot will allow you to fully enjoy their splendor. In the afternoon, go to the picturesque village of Piana where you can go for a boat trip or simply a swim in the turquoise waters.
Day 3: Calvi
Leave Piana to go to Calvi, at the northwestern end of the island, and discover its beautiful citadel and the other sites that make up its historical heritage .
In the afternoon, take the road towards Ile Rousse and enjoy the beautiful beaches in the area before admiring the beautiful sunset on the island of Pietra.
Day 4: Saint-Florent
On this fourth day, continue your journey towards the small port of Saint-Florent which is home to many historic sites such as the famous Genoese Citadel , the Tower of Mortella, or the Cathedral of Nebbiu. To refresh yourself, head to the beautiful beaches of the bay and if you want a little adventure, go to the hills inland for a hike in an exceptional setting.
Day 5: Cap Corse and Bastia
After discovering the wonders of Saint-Florent, take the road towards Cap Corse, pretty rocky peninsula , on the way to Bastia.
Continue your route to Bastia, prefecture of Haute-Corse and second city of Corsica after Ajaccio. Enjoy the afternoon to visit this pleasant city classified as City of Art and History . If you are lucky to visit Bastia on a beautiful day, you may see the Italian coast.
Day 6: Corte
On the sixth day, take the road back inland, to visit the beautiful town of Corte and its surroundings. If you like hiking, do not hesitate to venture on a path to discover the hills and the Asco Valley .
Day 7: Bocognano
Finish your stay with a stop in Bocognano, at the foot of Monte d’Oro famous for its chestnut groves. The site is ideal for hiking but also to taste local products with chestnuts , but also the famous Corsican cheeses and charcuterie. Then continue to Ajaccio (about forty kilometers away) for the end of this Corsican stay!
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