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Holidays in Corse du Sud, Corsica
Corse du Sud is the name of the department that makes up the southern part of the island of Corsica. The main towns in this region are Ajaccio, ancestral home of Napoleon Buonaparte, and Bonifacio, a seaside town built into the cliffs. Most people speak French on the island if Corsica, but many still speak the island’s own language which is more like an Italian dialect. There is plenty of natural beauty and beaches to explore as well as learning more about the history of Corsica in Ajaccio’s museums.


Bonifacio is a town of two parts; the harbour and bustling port area below the cliffs and the old town and citadel at the top on a promontory sticking out into the Mediterranean Sea. The citadel dates from the 9th century and nowadays houses a museum about the town’s history. The area is known for its examples of Genoese towers, smooth round buildings, of which there are two in Bonifacio, the Torra di Sant' Amanza and the Torra di Sponsaglia. The best way to see the true beauty of the town is by sea and during the summer months boat trips run from the harbour up the coast.


The town of Ajaccio is the capital of the Corse du Sud region and is full of history. The infamous Napoleon Buonaparte was born in the town in the 18th century and you can visit his birthplace still today, though it now houses a museum about his life and family. His parents are buried in the Imperial Chapel in town too. The Fesch Museum in Ajaccio contains the private collection of Cardinal Fesch, a local man who admired Italian art and features examples of work by Titian and Botticelli.

Beaches and Mountains

Near the town of Bonifacio is Piantarella beach, a well-known windsurfing spot. You can hire equipment and even pick up lessons here in the summer and there are a couple of bars and restaurants here to relax in after a hard day on the water. If you prefer to relax when you go to the beach, Sperone might be the place for you with its white sands and turquoise waters. The only way to access the beach here is via a 15 minute walk from the Piantarella beach, meaning it is quieter than other places, even in the height of summer. The mountains that make up the heart of the island offer exciting activities for those looking for some adventure, including canoeing, rock climbing and caving. Or you can tackle the G20, a high-level mountain path between Conca in the south and Calinzana in the north. There are many other easier paths available if you are just looking to enjoy a stroll in the Corsican countryside.
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The Author writes for Holiday Home Rentals who have a selection of Villas in Corse du Sud and Villas in France which can be rented direct from their owners.
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