Best things to do in Corsica
You see the ￼Ile de offers a wide range of activities which will meet the needs of every visitor. Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Corsica.
- Hiking: Hiking and Corsica go hand in hand. This is the home of the GR20, a long and particularly challenging hiking trail which requires serious preparation. Allow at least 2 weeks to walk from Calenzana to Conca. There are plenty of more accessible hiking trails though; try the Piana coast, the Cascade des Anglais in the Agnone valley, the Aiguilles de Bavella or even the Sentier des Douaniers in the Agriates.
- Beach and chill: Corsica has a wealth of exceptional beaches and coves. Unwind in a setting fresh off a postcard. Our shortlist of the best beaches in Corsica includes Rondinara beach, a natural jewel with its rounded shape and turquoise waters and Palombaggia beach and its clear waters. A must see: the Lavezzi islands off the coast of Bonifacio.
Switch off and soak in the stunning scenery, far from the hustle and bustle.
- A boat trip: it’s impossible to go to Corsica without going on a boat trip, particularly in the Piana coves and the Scandola nature reserve. The Piana coves have been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1983, the Scandola nature reserve since 1975. Here, nature is king and is preserved, you will forget all your worries during the boat trip.
- Go diving: Being an island in the sun, it’s no surprise that Corsica has outdoor activities aplenty. Its magnificent beaches and clear waters are ideal for scuba-diving or snorkelling. Dive near the Scandola nature reserve or the Revellata site to admire the large canyon and a variety of fish. Another unmissable diving spot in Corsica is the Marifaja cirques. Discover large rock walls and small cirques of sand and swim among stingrays and other Mediterranean species. Alternatively, head to the spot Les Cathédrales north of Ajaccio bay for red coral and yellow anemones that create an explosion of colours.
- Stroll through Corsica’s picturesque villages. Musts include Sant’Antonio, south of Calvi; Piana, one of the most beautiful villages on France that opens onto exceptional coves; Pigna with its narrow streets and impressive view of the bay of Calvi; Saint-Florent, a charming seaside resort, and Centuri with its lovely fishing port famous for its lobster.