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Diverse Mediterranean Beauty
Corsica is home to some of Europe’s most dramatic and diverse seascapes and landscapes, from its turquoise bays to its rugged mountains and gorges. The birthplace of Napoleon, this Mediterranean island is known for its rich history and magnificent beaches – over 1,000 of them. Well-preserved ancient sites and towns are scattered throughout, and secluded coves and inlets lace the shores. A visit to Corsica packs as much variety as the island’s appearance: set out on land and sea explorations (including hikes in the sprawling national park), see historic monuments and museums, and relax on a different beach each day.
The chic villas in Corsica feature gorgeous tropical surroundings and unbeatable Mediterranean views. Private pools, open-plan kitchens, and easy beach access make them ideal family getaways. And you can soak up the world-famous Corsica sun on your secluded terrace.
When to go: Summer is Corsica’s most popular season, with (almost) guaranteed beautiful weather and sea breezes to keep it from getting too hot. The sea stays warm through the fall, for those who want to visit when it’s not as busy. November through March tend to be the rainy months.
How to get there: Visit Corsica by land or by sea. The island has four international airports and seven sea ports with regular ferry service year-round.
Things to do: One of many historic places in Corsica is the ancient walled city of Bonifacio, with its famous 13th-century church; stroll the medieval streets and take in the clifftop views. Another ancient city definitely worth seeing is Calvi, home to a beautiful, bustling marina and more than five miles of beaches. And, discover the untouched wilderness, including birds and marine life, of Bouches de Bonifacio, the largest nature preserve in France.