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Holidays in Corsica
Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the southwest coast of France. The island is famous as the birthplace of Napoleon and it is still possible to visit his home in the town of Ajaccio. As well as French, many islanders still speak their own language, which is closer to Italian than French. You should have no problem communicating in French, however, especially in the towns and resorts.


Being an island, Corsica is a great place for a beach holiday. The beach at Calvi is sheltered and perfect for children, also offering a wide range of water sports, bars and restaurants. Along the coast near Cappiciolo there are a number of smaller coves and quieter beaches if you want to avoid the crowds. Saint Florent is one of the main seaside resorts and has number of beaches in the area, which get very busy in the summer. The best beaches in this area are in Loto and Saleccia and are only accessible by sea. A boat leaves the marine in Saint Florent regularly for these coves in the summer months. Palombaggia is perhaps one of the most famous Corsican beaches; the white sand contrasting with the turquoise waters and red cliffs. The beach is backed by a small pine forest that offers some shade in the busy summer months.


The main town on the island, Ajaccio, is a historic port famous as the home of the Buonaparte family and the birthplace of their most notorious son, Napoleon. You can visit the house in which he was born in 1769 in the Genoese part of the city, which now contains a museum about his infamous life. Other attractions in Ajaccio include the Fesch Museum, a collection of Italian paintings from the 14th to the 19th century, including examples by Titian and Botticelli and the Imperial Chapel, where some members of Napoleon’s family are buried.

Outdoor Activities

You can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities on the island, many connected with the sea. There is an equestrian centre just outside the town of Ajaccio offering ride son horseback through the Corsican countryside, while an adventure activity company based in St Florent organises climbing, snow hikes and “canyoning”, jumping into river pools from cliff edges, for those who enjoy a serious adrenaline rush. There are many more sedate walking trails around the island or you can explore the coast from the water in a motorboat from Ajaccio or under your own steam in a sea kayak.
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