Owing to its spectacular seaside landscapes and snow-covered mountain ranges, Corsica becomes an “Island of Beauty.” Along the coast, there are a number of lovely port towns while its hillsides are dotted with picturesque villages. For the beach lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts, Corsica is simply a paradise. The island features more than 2,000 km of nature trails and 1,000 km of shoreline. The rugged landscape appeals hikers, while the sandy beaches attract sunbathers and the crystal clear waters are ideal for snorkelers and scuba divers. Explore popular sites that one can explore on trip to Corsica.
The utter natural beauty of Ajaccio appeals a number of visitors with its regal seaside setting that is enhanced with its snow-covered mountain peaks and sandy beaches nearby. Despite being the capital city of Corsica, the place enjoys a relaxed way of life and famous for its tourist attraction like Maison Bonaparte. There is also a gallery dedicated to Napoleon at the Palais Fesch in Ajaccio. The gallery features mementos of the Bonaparte family, including pictures and a collection of orders and medals. The city of Ajaccio has an interesting cultural heritage that dates back to 1492. There is also a bustling port in its old town and a historic section with charming narrow streets. There is also a 16th-century Cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Miséricorde that displays a painting by Eugène Delacroix Du Sacré Côur. The place is known for offering exceptional views.
Bonifacio is a well-preserved fortified town that is surrounded by its ancient walls. The history of the town dates back to the 9th century when it was founded. The town enjoys a breathtaking Old World ambiance and medieval lanes flanked by old houses. The Eglise Sainte-Marie-Majeure is located at the heart of this remarkable town. One more important tourist attraction in Bonifacio is the Eglise Saint-Dominique that dates back to the 12th-13th centuries. This church has an extraordinary 15th-century tower and features an interesting selection of carved wooden figures. There are a number of beautiful beaches.
This lively town enjoys a fantastic setting on a crag projecting into the Bay of Calvi. With a picturesque marina and 5 of stunning beaches along the bay, Calvi turns into a popular vacation spot. One can enjoy here activities like sunbathing and swimming. The town also has a number of sites of cultural interest. There is a cathedral that features a popular crucifix and other fine examples of woodcarving. Another popular attraction of the town is the 17th-century Church of Santa Maria close to the harbor. Concerts are organized at venues all through the town of Calvi.
Gulf of Porto UNESCO Nature Sites
The gorgeous Gulf of Porto is a popular nature reserve, which has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This seaside resort of Porto is situated on the bay at the foot of a peninsula, which is crowned by an old Genoese watch tower. There are also amazing red granite cliffs that have magnificent pinnacles towering 300 meters above the sea. This rugged landscape enjoys traditional Mediterranean greenery and extraordinary bird life. There is UNESCO nature site in this region that is Scandola Nature Reserve. Many other beautiful experiences are waiting for the travelers in this region.
Bastia is the principal port of Corsica, which is located at the base of the Cap Corse peninsula. The city used to be the capital of Corsica until 1811. It is located around a gorgeous central main square – Place Saint-Nicolas, which is shaded by plane-trees and palms with a marble statue of Napoleon. The town has a pleasing old harbor and a quaint old region that used to be an old fishing village. Two remarkable Baroque churches of the town are Chapel of the Immaculate Conception and the Chapel of Saint-Roch that were built in early 17th century and extravagantly decorated. There are a lot more to explore in this town.
Bouches de Bonifacio Nature Reserve
Spread over an extraordinary span of land, Bouches de Bonifacio is the largest nature reserve in France. This untouched wilderness is located in Southern Corsica. A number of rare and protected species of birds and fish flourish in this setting. Lavezzi Islands Marine Reserve is one of the major highlights of the Bouches de Bonifacio. Its immaculate setting in the Mediterranean Sea lies off the coast of Bonifacio. A number of adventure activities are recommended here.
Sartène is situated in a beautiful location above the Rizzanèse Valley and enjoys a history of the middle ages. The must-see attractions of the city are comprised of Eglise Santa-Maria-Assunta, Town Hall and Musée de la Préhistoire (Museum of Prehistory). The town celebrates the Carnival of Corsica in May month of every year. The town also hosts a religious procession every year on Good Friday that is the most famous religious traditions in Corsica. This event attracts a number of pilgrims from all over Corsica.
Castagniccia is a hilly region located about 20 km south of Bastia. This serene region of dense forests is scattered with quaint hilltop villages, small hamlets and splendid churches. There are many churches in this region, including Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul in Piedicroce and Notre-Dame-du Mont Carmel in Stoppia Nova. All these enjoy complex interiors and are listed as top historic monuments of the region. A wonderful experience is waiting for you here.
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