Can’t decide between France and Italy, or want a bit of both at the same time, try Corsica which has a successful mix of both cultures and will guarantee you a very special holiday. The island is the fourth largest in the Mediterranean after Sicily, Sardinia and Cyprus and has been part of France for some time now after many heated disputes over the years. They speak their own language and the Island is very much its own mini-continent with a preserved beauty difficult to find these days and has a great selection of self-catering holiday villas.
It really is an unspoilt paradise with miles of pristine beaches, craggy peaks, dense forest and historic towns and villages. Half the island falls within a national park with an amazing choice of walking trials including the very challenging GR20 long distance walk. Corsica is perfect for enjoying glorious long days of sunshine and offers an authentic alternative to the more commercial south of France ad northern Italy.
The French and Italian influences, as you can imagine, deliver exceptional cuisine. You will soon be appreciating the richness and aromas of the chestnuts and citrus fruits, the strong cheeses and freshness of the fish and seafood, and try the Ozia known as Corsica in a bottle. With villas near to towns and villages you won’t have far to go to sample and smell the local delights.
Visit The National Museum of the Bonaparte Residence which isn’t as grand as you would expect considering he became one of the greatest military commanders of all time and emperor of France. You will be able to learn about the family and see the room where Napoleon was actually born.
The Calanques de Piana are amongst Corsica’s most stunning natural features and has rightly been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The scarlet red jagged cliffs plunge vertically hundreds of metres into the sea and have been carved into amazing shapes over millions of years.
If you want to enjoy the sun, sea and sand go to the Plage de Saleccia which is a little taste of paradise and totally undeveloped, Half a mile of white sand with crystal clear water on one side and lush rich green vegetation on the other. You do need to plan a holiday to Corsica in advance as the ferries as self-catering accommodation does get booked up very quickly. If you want to avoid the crowds and high temperatures spring and autumn are the best times to go.