The birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, the French island of Corsica is a popular holiday destination with much to offer tourists, from excellent beaches to nature reserves, giving it the nickname The Island of Beauty. Two-thirds of the island is made up of mountains, while the 620-mile coastline is home to more than 200 beaches.
No day in Corsica is ever the same, which is why you must take the time to visit sooner than later. This destination is slightly set apart from the rest of France and it has a unique ambiance that you will not experience anywhere else in the country.
One of the first things you should do when you arrive in Corsica is drive along the road from Calvi to Ajaccio. The twists and turns on this road will have you gasping, while the views will have you wanting more. Be sure to take time to stop at the viewpoints along the way and take photos, so you can document your stunning road trip.
After such a thrill, you may want to experience something a little less dramatic and that is where Maison Bonaparte comes in. This museum was where Napoleon Bonaparte was born, and it is filled with many of his familys personal possessions and furniture.
No doubt the outdoors will be tempting you again in this beautiful place, so for the adventurous you can take a boat out to the Scandola Nature Reserve. Most boat tours will have you out for three hours, as you explore the entire coastline, grottoes, coves, sea stacks, and beaches.
Back on land, the canyons along the southern edge of Corsica will be beckoning to you too. It might be best if you hire a canyoning guide for this adventure, because it can be quite dangerous to conquer the rocks and waterways on your own.
Le Jardin des Abeilles, or the Garden of Bees, is quite the unique attraction in Corsica. There are more than four hundred beehives and the Casalta family makes six different varieties of honey, as well as beeswax from it all. Before you leave the garden, you must follow the wooded path to the glass beehive and make a few purchases at the gift shop to take back home.
As much as you might want to spend your entire stay outdoors, sites like Bonifacio Citadel, the Palais Fesch Muse des Beaux-Arts, and Calvi Citadel are waiting for your attention. However, it wont be long before you are strolling along the path to the top of Chapelle de Notre-Dame de la Serra. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with gorgeous views of Corsica, as well as the bay and La Revellata lighthouse. The statue of Our Lady of the Serra is also found here, and she is a welcome sight to those who make this journey.
Corsica is filled with stunning landscapes, beautiful cities and picturesque towns, offering visitors an endless supply of excursions. The interior Parc Naturel Regional de Corse is filled with natural scenery, while its coastline has more than enough beaches to keep any beach bum occupied for weeks. Churches, ports, citadels and harbours can all be visited, while water sports can be enjoyed at some of Corsicas top beaches. With a car, there is no end to what can be seen and enjoyed on this beautiful island.
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