"Corsica." Corsica by pfsmalo
Corsica Travel Guide: 379 reviews and 1,127 photos
It took me a fair while to get round to visiting Corsica, after hearing so much about the "grief" Corsicans have about compatriots from the mainland. Fortunately we finally made it and didn't regret it for one second. From owners of b + b's, restaurants and even in typical Corsican cafés hidden away in tiny villages lost in the mountains, every single person we came across was welcoming, perhaps due partly to the slowing down of the pace after the end of the summer season.
The island of course, is closer to Italy than France and has strong ties throughout the island through names and even the language. Bonifacio itself is only around 10 kms from Sardinia. Corsica was part of Italy, mainly under Pisan and Genoan rule until 1552 when the French decided it was theirs and warfare went on and off for over 200 years including incyrsions from Germany and even Great Britain, until finally Corsica was handed over to France in 1768. But this of course reckoned without the Corsicans that wanted to be independant from France. Skirmishes continued until 1814 when Napoleon, Corsican himself, as the Emperor of France, reconquered the island when the British withdrew.
The island itself is very laid-back in its style of living and Corsicans are the butt of many a French joke. But we found that the Corsicans themselves have a great sense of humour too and we got on very well with this. Tourisme today is the main industry here and is easy to see why. There is really everything here, mountains and plenty of trekking ( The GR 20 across the crests of the 2000-odd metred slopes is apparently one of the most difficult in Europe) the sea with its numerous beaches for sunbathing and swimming, including the lovely main island of the Lavezzis. It also has the naturally picturesque spots of "Les Calanche de Piana" and the Unesco site of the "Reserve Naturelle di Scandola". The whole island is breathtaking, the old cobbled streets of Corte, Sartene and Bonifacio must be walked, hiking also in the Restonica valley up to three mountain lakes. Plenty of other shorter hikes also that I've described elsewhere. We stayed 15 days and really haven't scratched the surface yet.
On the page here "Corsica", I have only put the places to sleep and places to eat. Everything else is to be found in the specific town pages, such as Ajaccio, Corte and Bonifacio.
At first view this large restaurant just under the walls of the citadel, looks like a tourist trap. It is a trap in a... more travel advice
Joyous and friendly welcome from the the two girls that own this restaurant. Typical Corsican bar/resto there are people... more travel advice
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