Corsica is an Island full of incredibly beautiful beaches with blue waters and breathtaking views from the mountains, which make up to two-thirds of the Island. It is the 4th largest Island in the Mediterranean Sea, located to the west of Italy and north of the Italian Island of Sardinia. However it belongs to France, being French the main spoken language.
When we traveled to Corsica, it was not easy to find content about it in English. Most of the information on the internet are still in French. So I hope this post will help you to get no know a bit the Island.
Take a look our video with our best moments in Corsica. It’s really nice!
How to get there
Dimi and I traveled with the ferryboat. It was around 4 hours of travel. Going out from the city Livorno (Italy) and arriving in Corsica at Bastia. From there we drove around 1 hour and a half to get to our Hotel.
By the way, the boat offers 30 min of Internet for 5€.
There are also ferries going out from other cities and countries. You will find more information about it in this website, where you can also buy your tickets online. It will basically ask the number of passengers, ages, if you’re traveling with a vehicle, and if so, which model is it.
There are three airports in Corsica and many air-companies operating daily flights from different countries. You can buy your tickets in this website. You enter the country from where you wanna travel and the airport of destination in Corsica to see the times and prices.
What to take
Besides bathing suits, sunglasses, sun protection and all that jazz you need to go to the beach, you should definitely pack comfortable sport shoes and pants. There are incredibly beautiful beaches, like Plage du Fazzio, that you can only drive with the car until a certain point. Then you will have to walk a path full of tall grasses and stones. I got scratched many times because I just had a short dress on.
You can also reach the beach with a boat. We were on a low budget, so we decided to do as much as we could spending as little as possible.
If you enjoy swimming to appreciate the marine diversity, snorkel and mask are also important. However you can easily find this equipment in small local stores.
How to move around the Island
If you don’t have a car, I highly suggest you to rent one at the Island. Corsica is a very big island and the tourist places are far one from another. Sometimes we drove 1 hour or more just to visit some beach and had to drive all the way back to our hotel.
Besides, you will definitely feel good having your independence, driving wherever you want or feel like visiting.
There are plenty of hotels with different prices and locations. The ones near Bonifacio unfortunately are more expensive (I can understand why, it’s one of the most beautiful places at the Island).
We stayed at Marina Corsa. It looks like a neighborhood full of houses. Each house has different apartments that you can rent with basically all you need (besides kitchen, living room and balcony). The hotel is right in front of the beach. We really liked it.
However it was not easy to get there, even with the GPS (which sometimes didn’t seem to work properly).
The internet was not good in all the apartments. If you think this is important for you, make sure to book one near the reception (where the router is located).
What to visit
Like I said before, Corsica has plenty of breathtaking beaches! When we were on the car, I wanted to stop in all of them. One more beautiful than the other!
At the first day we spent basically visiting some beaches on the way. One of them is called Plage de Cannella. This one didn’t have so many tourists. It is definitely a really beautiful one, nice to snorkel, with clean water and some fishes.There is also a restaurant Le Grand Bleu, where you can have a lunch.
On the second day we visited Plage de Rondinara. This one was full of tourists (so if you want something more private, that might not be the best option for you).
There is a very good restaurant where we had a lunch called Restaurant de la Plage Chez Ange. In front of it there was even a dance course, which, btw, I participated! hahaha! I love dancing! Dimi is shy and he just recorded and took pictures of me.
On the third day we traveled to Bonifacio. Built on limestone cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea, this city is one of the most beautiful ones from Corsica, located to the south of the Island.
There we visited the Le Cimetière Marin, which is a small cemetery located to the very southern part of Bonifacio, also called as the Saint-François marine cemetery, and receives around 500.000 tourists per year.
This cemetery looks a bit like a small neighborhood made of white mausoleums and tombs. Some of them are painted every year to keep the light color.
The colors together with the sounds of the Island give you a calm and resting feeling. Apart from the amazing view of the blue sea.
The tombs are reserved to the citizens of Bonifacio. The oldest ones are from the 19th century.
Nearby you will find the Museum Bastion de l’Etendard. It was a fort built in the 13th century by the Genoese with the purpose of defending against invasions to the port of Genoa. Later on it was destroyed during a French-Turkish attack, but rebuilt again based on the same structure.
Tourists can visit inside the fort and see the rooms with weapons and equipment used by that time. There are information all around available in English. From inside you can also get a nice view of the cliffs.
Sometimes I transport myself into the history and imagine the soldiers watching from the window if they could see some enemies coming with their boats.
After there we went to a beach called Plage du Fazzio. Like I said before, to get there will need to walk a path of high grasses after you park your car. We didn’t find a parking, so we just let the car somewhere in between.
I cannot find words to describe this beach, and since “A picture is worth a thousand words” I let you to describe by yourself looking the pictures below.
There is just one problem. It was FULL of small jelly-fishes! I mean it! At others beaches, we also saw some jelly-fishes. But at this one was too much! At least 2 every m²!
At first I thought “I’m not gonna go! I’m not crazy!” Then Dimi decided to go and said it didn’t hurt much. With such a blue water and being a marine biologist, I couldn’t resist. I jumped in. But I came out 5 minutes later! I was stung two times right after I jumped and saw 2 really close to my neck.
Dimi was right, it didn’t hurt much, it burned a little bit, but I couldn’t relax seeing them so close to me!
After there we looked for a place to enjoy our last day. The place didn’t have a specifically name. I put the location on Google Maps below.
But there were also some young people which took the adventure to find it. It was really nice to swim there, very clean water, many fishes and not many jelly-fishes. Besides, it was also a nice spot to watch the sunset.
Other things you can do…
There are many more things you can do in Corsica. Such as making boat trips to visit the small islands around it. We definitely need to turn back with more time ($$$) to explore this amazing place!
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