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Things to see and do in Corsica

Corsica is an island of contrasts, from rugged mountain outcrops, to tranquil broad bays and intimate coves of golden sand. Conditions for sailing, windsurfing and a range of mountain sports is ideal, whilst the diving is reputedly some of the best in Europe - full details can be found on the sports and activities section

Marvellous as they are, the superb range of activities form only part of Corsica's attraction. There is always something going on, whether it's one of the local village fairs (a full list of events can be found by clicking the link below), or a magnificent fireworks display to celebrate one of the many saints.

We have put together a list of some of our favourite things, which hopefully will inspire you to seek out the real Corsica.

Our suggestions...

La Balagne (North West)

Algajola Ancient fishing village, old quarter, superb beach
Aregno Visit the church of the Trinity
Calenzana Wine tasting at Domaine d'Alzipratu, Church of Sta Restitude
Calvi Jazz Festival in June, Church of Notre Dame de la Serra, Cirque de Bonifato, Cathedrale Jean-Baptiste
Cargese Visit the village, the tower and the unusual greek style churches
Corbora Franciscan convent, Church of the Annonciation
Costa A Capella singing in the church most Fridays
Girolata Visit the Genoese fortress
Ile Rousse Take a coffee at the Cafe des Platanes on the main square, open market, Place Paoli
Montemaggiore View from the top of the village & Baroque church of St. Augustin
Olmi-Cappella Picnics and walking with donkeys - click HERE for more information
Pigna Artisan workshops, dinner at Casa Musicale, follow the crafts trail
Ponte Leccia Ride the Trinicellu (narrow guage railway) through the mountain section - absolutely breath-taking
Porto/Piana See the awe-inspiring pink granite rocks of Les Calanches
Sant'Antonino Take a donkey ride to the top of the village, superb views, homemade lemonade at the Maison du Citron
Scandola Take a boat trip round the Nature reserve

Saint Florent & Cap Corse (North East)

Saint Florent Visit the Cathedral (key available from the tourist office), sit and watch the yachts at the Marina
Patrimonio Visit the convent, wine tasting
Furiani Visit the brewery
Morosaglia Visit the Musee Paoli and the 10th Century Chapel San Tommaso di Pastorecci
Piedecroce Casabianca Convent, Orezza springs & Piazzole
Aleria Roman ruins and Fort de Matra
Castello Visit the haunted castle of the da Gentiles, and the Chappelle Notre Dame de Nieges
Centuri Take lunch on the port and watch the world go by
Erbalunga Wander the pedestrianised village and visit the tower
Nonza See the Pisan tower where Captain Caselli single handedly kept 1200 French soldiers at bay
Rogliani Moulin Mattei which produces Cap Corse

The Interior

Corte General Gaffori's house, the Restonica bridge and the Citadel
Evisa Visit the Cascades d'Evisa (waterfall)
GR20 Walk the famous GR20 that runs through the island
Vivario Fort de Pasciolo
Carbini Campanile de San Ghjuvannu di Carbini (ancient bell tower)
Levie Visit the Musee de Levie where the famous Dame de Bonifacio is kept
Sta Lucie de Tallano Soak up the village atmosphere, Visit the olive oil mill (turn down the track next to the Bar Ortoli), visit the 15th Century Couvent de Saint-Francis, buy a small chunk of diolite from the - an unusual form of granite exclusive to Corsica and Finland
Zicavu Ancient village and excellent walking

Ajaccio & the Valinco Gulf (South West)

Ajaccio Wander rue Fesch, Maison Bonaparte and visit A Capulatta turtle Sanctuary housing in the region of 120 different species.
Porticcio Amazing beach and fascinating penitentiary ruins as well as a busy tourist stretch lined with bars, restaurants and shops.
Sartene Catenacciu (Good Friday procession through the streets), Santa Anna Quarter and church of Sainte Marie
Olmeto Village
Baracci Thermal springs
Caldane Bains de Caldane - thermal baths at between 37-38 degrees, good for skin conditions and other ailments. Nice terrace and bar.
Campomoro Superb sandy beach, climb the old Geneose tower
Porto Pollo Lovely old fishing village
Filitosa Ancient menhirs and small museum
Levie Beautiful village and new Museum below the town (D59 towards Carbini & Sotta) where the Dame de Bonifacio skeleton is held.
Sta Lucie de Tallano Soak up the village atmosphere, Visit the olive oil mill (turn down the track next to the Bar Ortoli), visit the 15th Century Couvent de Saint-Francis or the Maison Fort behind the church - built to house the population in times of trouble, where you can buy a small chunk of diorite orbiculaire - an unusual form of granite only found in Corsica and Finland (look for the sign 'PIERRE CORSE').
Fozzano Granite village and home to Colomba Bartoli, the heroin from Merimee's novel and chief protagionist in the famous Durrazo/Carbelli vendetta in 1830.
Santa-Maria- Figaniella Beautiful 12th century church and footpath to Propriano.
Cucuruzzu An elaborate UNESCO Archeological site - entrance fee includes a headset with guided tour in several languages including English.
Zoza Piscine Naturelle de Zoza - superb rock pool and waterfall 4km north of the village, deep enough to swim most of the year.
Carbini 12th Century Romanesque church and impressive Campanile (bell tower)..

Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio (South East)

Bonifacio Boat trip to the grotte de Sdragonato, Marine Cemetry, Boutiques in the Citadel, Aquarium de Bonifacio (contains some surprises!), church of Saint-Marie-Majeure, walk the Escaliers du Roi d'Aragon, Sperone golf course.
Bavella Drive through (or climb) the Bavella mountains. Particularly picturesque through the Bavella pass D28 between Zonza and Solenzara, but VERY narrow. Visit the Trou de la Bombe a curious hole in the rock.
l'Ospedale Drive through the forest, Climb up to the Lac de l'Ospedale (lake) or swim under the waterfall Piscia-di-Gallu
Porto Vecchio Genoese Gate, Enormous twisted tree in Place de la Republique, , Church of St. Jean-Baptiste, village and old town, beaches (see below). Follow the marked numbered trail around the town with explanations in several languages including English.
Chera Orii de Chera and Canni - unusual dwellings built into wind-sculpted rock formations - well worth a visit.
Beaches of the Extreme-Sud Palombaggia, Rondinara, Santa Giulia, Golfo di Sogno, Cala Rossa, San Cyprianu and Pinarellu
San Quilico Corsica's smallest Pisan Chapel (24m x 10m), hidden amongst the vineyards 7km south of the D59.
Casteddu d'Araghju The most impressive of Port Vecchio's prehistoric sites with one of the best preserved Casteddi (castles).

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