It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about my travels on the blog so I thought I should share beautiful Corsica with you. I’ve been stockpiling pictures from our holidays because life has been crazy, but it’s about time I told you about this beautiful island with its own very distinct personality!
Corsica is a little island in the Mediterranean just south of Italy and technically a part of France, though the locals would much prefer they were a country on their own! I like to think of it as a hidden gem as it is not overun with tourist as some of the Med islands can be. Not only that, the Corsican culture and traditions are still largely ingrained in the locals.
The thing I was not expecting was the incredible blue crystal clear water and the beautiful soft sandy beaches. One would think they’ve landed themselves in the Maldives or somewhere equally exotic. So clear and blue that you didn’t even need a snorkel to see the beautiful sealife at your feet. There’s little better than hiking through the marquis (the native plants that cover the island) and finding yourself a little private beach to lay out on the whole day.
For the days you don’t feel like laying on the beach (I’m not sure how you can resist) there is so much to explore inland. There are so many tiny villages nestled into the mountains, it’s incredibly difficult to decide which ones to see. If only we had enough time to see them all! It was amazing how slow the life was in the villages and how untouched they really felt. We spent time just wandering about and enjoying a coffee or some lunch in the most picturesque locations. When you’re bored (really??) of the little villages you can always take a visit to the larger towns of Calvi and L’ile Rousse. Though far more touristy, they’re beautiful in their own rights. Calvi is built into the hillside and has an amazing Citadel at the very top with the most incredible views. It’s a bit of a hike, but you feel as though you’ve been transported back in time visiting it.
We prefered the more relaxed and less traveled parts of Corsica and made an effort to find the hidden beaches, tiny roadside fruit and veg stands and little restaurants. When we weren’t eating, drinking or lounging – we were exploring the countryside on the most amazing driving roads! What I would give to be back!
Where We Stayed
A super unique home located just below the mountains and two minutes from the sea. The most beautiful views of the mountains, the bay and the village just from sitting out on the deck. Definitely recommended for a super relaxing time made all the better by the friendliest host – Nathalie!
Where We Ate
We ended up eating here multiple times during our stay in Corsica we enjoyed it so much. The food was delicious and the staff was gracious (especially with our minimal french). However, the best part was definitely the views. Sitting right down by the water at sunset in the sand is an experience you don’t get to enjoy every day! Missing it already!
This is another place just on the beach and perfect for lunch. You can lounge on the beach right out in front all day and come here for a bit of food after. Love the beachy vibe and beautiful views!
A tiny bar located in the equally tiny town of Lumio. No frills food but beautiful views!
A cute little restaurant located in Calvi with delicious pizza and great views!
Michelin 1 star restaurant located at the Hotel La Villa. Amazing food and great service – definitely a treat!
Where We Went
A bustling little seaside town just down the road from where we stayed. Hosts a little farmers market some days of the week and lots of open air seating to enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.
A much larger town than L’ile Rousse, incredibly hilly and slightly more touristy. Worth a visit to see the amazing citadel and the views from the top. We stopped for coffee and ice cream as well as back one of the nights for some pizza!
Beautiful Spa and perfect for massages and a relaxing day. Amazing grounds and views of the bay all tied in with very attentive service. Eat at the restaurant and you won’t be disappointed!