For an island of relatively small size, Corsica offers a remarkable amount: sunkissed beaches, spectacular mountains, historic monuments, quiet hillside villages and busy port towns. It is on this island that Napoléon Bonaparte was born and spent a significant part of his early career; the town of Ajaccio has a museum and several statues dedicated to him. Alongside these are typically Mediterranean buildings, trendy cafés and bars, and a generous sprinkling of palm trees.
Scenery as dramatic as that of the Calanches of Piana is rarely found in Europe. Said to have been carved by the devil, these giant, red cliffs and rock formations are Homeric in nature, plummeting down into the sparkling sea. Corsica is no stranger to rocky precipices – the citadel of Corte, perched on a ragged promontory, is the western gateway to its mountainous heart, which is home to various species of protected wildlife. To the south can be found prehistoric monuments and exquisite beaches, while the east has forested hills sheltering hidden villages.
Corsica’s walking and cycling routes range from short, gentle meanders to challenging treks and mountain biking trails. All are pleasantly satisfying, especially when followed by a dip in the sea or a cool glass of wine.