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5 reasons to visit Corsica this summer

Blessed with a beautiful coastline drenched in sunshine, and heaps of history, culture and charm, the French island of Corsica should definitely be on your radar when searching for your dream summer holiday. 

Nicknamed L’ile de Beauté (the Island of Beauty), Corsica is unlike any other island in the Mediterranean.

Officially part of France, but retaining its own unique culture and identity, the island is best known for its beautiful beaches, coastal towns and dramatic, ever-changing landscape. Here are just five reasons to visit this summer, and what to expect from a holiday there.

1. The beaches are some of the best in the Med

Situated just above Sardinia, this tiny mountainous island is fringed by 1,000km of incredible coastline, with close to 200 beaches to choose from.

Dusted with white sand and swashed by tranquil, turquoise shores, many of the beaches here look like they could be in the Caribbean! Some of the most idyllic stretches of sand can be found in the south of the island, including the likes of Pinarello, Palombaggia and Santa Giulia beaches.

2. The scenery is beautiful

Corsica’s rugged, mountainous interior makes it a popular spot for walking holidays. However, you don’t have to be a hiker to appreciate the spectacular scenery that’s visible from the island’s winding roads and charming hilltop villages.

Specialist tour operator Corsican Places are experts on all things Corsica, and offer villas nestled in beautiful, remote settings that make the most of the island’s breathtaking views.

3. The climate is perfect

The island is popular with holidaymakers from early April through to October, thanks to its mild spring and early autumn climate and scorching summer temperatures.

Travel in April and May to enjoy temperatures in the low 20s – perfect for more active holidays – or from June to August for beach breaks spent lazing by the pool, basking in 27°C heat. The island is still warm throughout September and October, with average highs of 23°C – perfect for stretching out your summer just that little bit longer.

4. You’ll love the beautiful seaside towns

Corsica’s dreamy coastline is complemented by an array of charming seaside towns which offer easy access to beautiful beaches and some wonderful al fresco eateries to satisfy your palate.

Calvi is one of the most popular towns in north Corsica, known for its colourful buildings, cobbled streets, Genoese citadel and pine-fringed crescent of silver sand. In the south, Porto Vecchio is one of the island’s most fashionable towns, with a lively marina and fantastic shopping scene.

Learn more about the different regions of Corsica and the top places to visit.

5. There’s plenty of history and culture to discover

Corsica may be known for its gorgeous beaches, but there’s plenty to discover away from the sand.

From attending traditional festivals and exploring the authentic villages of la Balagne, to uncovering the history of Napoleon (who was born on the island), there’s plenty to keep you enthralled during your stay.

Tempted by a holiday to the Island of Beauty? Corsican Places are experts on all things Corsica and offer flights and holiday packages to suit every taste and budget, from self-catered villa holidays with private pools to hotel breaks by the beach.

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