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Corsica

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Country rank: 2 out of 6 Places To Visit In France

Sub-Region: Mediterranean


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Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: May - September (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Figari (Check Flights)

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Corsica Tourism

The island of Corsica, surrounded by the famous Mediterranean Sea, is the perfect example of an artistic blend of nautral beauty and rich history. Corsican culture interweaved with French and Italian influences make this place unique and an ideal holiday destination. The island is blessed with an incredible diversity of beaches and a myraid of other beatific terrains and is a gem worth exploring.

Corsica is one of the 18 regions located southeast of France, west of the Italian peninsula. Most of the island is covered with mountains and the island boasts of more than two hundred beaches and a coastline extending more than a thousand kilometers. A truly surreal Corsica packs the best of nature and offers an experience absolutely unparalleled. The terrain changes its shape and form throught its length and breadth, encapsulating pure and sheer awe. Holidays in Corsica are hence incredibly varied, right from hiking and canyoning to getting a splendid tan, enjoying a leisurely cruise, delving into the island's rich history and savouring local specialities. Corsica takes a radical leap from the typical French city archetype and reinvents itself as a versatile and a rejuvinating frontier. With its own unique culture and set of norms, Corsica revamps your soul into a happier, more relaxed vibe. The aroma of the sea that leaves you with a pleasant salty tang enhances the breezy feel all the more. Plenty of engaging evenings await you at this island, especially if the trio of food, wine and melodious Corsican music are involved. Resplendent in its own true sense, Corsica will be a place you never forget.

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Credit cards are accepted at few places, but surprisingly many hotels and restaurants do not accept plastic. In fact, even traveller's cheques are not accepted. The general mode of payment hence becomes cash.

Given the fact that Corsica is, essentially, an island comprising of a number of villages, not many options are available. However, one can find ATMs in major cities. Owing to its scarcity in rural areas, especially in Cap Corse and L'Alta Rocca, it is wise to stock up on the Euros.

The prices in Corsica are higher than that on the mainland and going with a limited budget means you cannot stay for long. Renting a car is the best way to get around which would cost you around EUR 40 per day, and a decent meal would usually be worth EUR 30. If you choose to dine at a small kiosk on the beach, you can get a freshly made sandwich or pizza for EUR 9 whereas proper restaurants charge up to EUR 40 for a single dish.

The religion of Corsica is predominantly Roman Catholic.

People of Corsica are easygoing and cool; they take pride in their culture. Your friendliness and patience will be appreciated. Do learn a few French salutations, greet people with Monsieur, Mademoiselle or Madame, Bonjour for good morning and Bonsoir for evening. There are no dressing etiquettes as such, as the locals are quite laid back. There are no rules for tipping in France, but one can leave 5% which is considered as a kind gesture.

French is the official language of Corsica since 1859, substituting Italian, and everyone there is fluent in French. Apart from French, their local language is Corsican which is similar to Italian. Not many people can speak or understand English, so learning a few common French words and phrases will be helpful, and the effort will be appreciated by the locals.

The region of Corsica has a vibrant history, filled with conflicts and invasions, often characterised by turbulence. The island was supposedly colonised by the Greeks, and since then the island has suffered under the rule of various Mediterranean kingdoms, out of which Genoa gained undisputed control of the island around 1500.
The Corsican Revolution of independence began in 1729 under Pasquale Paoli against the Republic of Genoa; the Corsican Republic was formed in 1755 under Paoli till it was captured by France in 1769. After the French Revolution's outbreak, Paoli returned to Corsica with help from Britain to free it from the French rule and thus the Anglo Coriscan kingdom was established. With the entry of Spain into the war, the British withdrew from Corsica, and the island was back under French rule.
Corsica is the birthplace of the famous French emperor Napolean Bonaparte, but the island was neglected under his rule. However, over a period of time, the Corsicans got used to the French culture and accepted being a part of it.

The nightlife in Corsica is rustic and charmingly simple, and if you are looking for post-dinner drinks, you can head to larger towns and even villages that have night bars to enjoy the local drinks. There are several bars and restaurants like the Calvi Marina, though they can be expensive. The best-known place is Chez Tao, which is a place for celebrity spotting and offers a breathtaking view of the bay.

If you are looking for traditional Corsican souvenirs, head to artisans or handicraft shops where you can find pottery, stoneware and baskets amongst a variety of ancient artworks. Corsica is known for its fresh produce and gastronomical delights and has a lot to offer in the markets of Propriano, L'ile Rousse, Ajaccio and Bastia.

Corsicans take their food seriously, and the cuisine draws inspiration from French and Italian gastronomic regimes, amalgamating it with the island's unique way of ensnaring the tastebuds. Locals have a three-course meal followed by Corsican wine which never disappoints.
Wild Boar meat is the island's most famous dish, and one should definitely try the Sanglier on the menu. Due to reduced fish stock in Mediterranean, the seafood is expensive, but the oysters and trouts are worth every single penny shelled. The desserts are the epitome of the sheer sublimity that milk and egg are capable of conjuring. The Fiadone and Flan √† la farine de ch√Ętaigne are a definite must-have!


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How to Reach Corsica

There are mainly two ways to reach the island of Corsica, by air or by water. Air travel is more comfortable and expensive whereas the latter gives you more choices for less money. (Read More)

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