Corsica offers the perfect independent touring holiday as you really do need a car to make the most of this stunning island. With the freedom and flexibility to travel at your own pace and under your own steam is appealing to all. Corsica is within a 3hour flight from the UK and so it is the perfect fit for self-drive family holidays, half-term weeks and short breaks.
The diverse array of attractions across the island means that in an ideal world you would have plenty of time to explore and discover the best of what the islands can offer, however we appreciate that this is not always possible. From soaring mountains to beautiful beaches, ancient cultural cities to fresh food straight from the sea choosing the best parts to visit in a week can be a challenge. Our specialists on Corsica have managed to arrive at the ideal journey guiding you from highlight to highlight as you traverse the island.
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‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary
In just under 3 hours arrive in Calvi, a historical and beautiful city on the northwest coast. Known for its crescent shaped bay and ancient citadel you will find the attractive harbour a wonderful starting point for exploring the city. Meander the cobbled streets, walk up to the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Serra for some outstanding panoramic views of the area then return to the harbour for dinner in one of the selection of excellent restaurants.
Today you will start your drive inland to explore some of the islands most stunning and iconic landscapes. You will reach the historical market town of Corte (1hr 20mins) which is both an interesting place in itself but also a great location for exploring the surrounding mountains, valleys and the wild and rugged regional National Park. An easy walk in the area would be a visit to the Gorges de la Restonica where you can bathe in a freshwater pool at the end of the trail.
On day three of this speedy but fascinating explore of Corsica you will head back towards the coast (1hr 15mins) and to Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital. The city was the birthplace of Napoleon and by visiting his home where he was born and the local museum you can learn about his life and legacy. After taking in some of the city’s culture and history, we would recommend that you drove onto the gorgeous Cupabia Beach (1 hour), a popular place for snorkelling and shell-hunting, for the night.
Travel further south to the most southern tip of Corsica to explore the majestic fortress town of Bonifacio. The old town sits up high on the limestone cliff that has been battered and carved by the winds and seas over centuries. Beneath the town sits a natural harbour with a series of grottos and caves that are worth exploring. If you have more time to hand then consider a trip over to the nearby Lavezzi Islands situated between Corsica and Sardinia.
Today you will start your journey north again for a short distance (27kms, 30mins) to the vibrant city of Porto Vecchio on the east coast. Porto Vecchio boasts an old town of narrow, cobbled streets that has now developed into a stylish resort with fabulous boutique hotels and harbour restaurants where you can spend some leisurely time dining on some delicious Corsican cuisine as your overlook the water. Close by are some stunning beaches such as wonderful San Ciprianu and an alternative stopover for an extra couple of days onto the weeks itinerary.
Today is a day to gradually make your way up to the northern tip of the island, via the interesting and bustling city of Bastia (2hours 30mins). Bastia is the second largest town of the island that is surrounded by huge forests of chestnut trees scattered with small villages and walking trails. Known for its traditional cuisine of Sanglier or wild boar it may be worth stopping for some lunch. However if being off the beaten track is your preferred style then we would recommend Macinaggio, a delightful port north of Bastia in Cap Corse (1 hour from Bastia) will be the primary focus on the sixth day of your perfect week in Corsica, and whether you choose to spend it lazing by a pool or take one of the historical paths to explore a sleepy village. Whether on foot or bicycle, you will love the natural beauty of Cap Corse.
Either spend the day taking a local walk or cross over the peninsular from Bastia to one of the beautiful beaches of the Desert des Agriates. Travel from the small attractive village at Saint-Florent to the deserted beach at Lodu (by boat) or to Saleccia Beach (walk). You can take a longer walk back from the remote Agriates, past the Mortello tower and lighthouse towards Saint-Florent in time for an evening enjoying fresh seafood and drinks as the sun sets on your final day in Corsica.
DAY 8: Your holiday ends today with a short transfer to Calvi airport for your flights home.
Photos courtesy of Corsican Places