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Corsica History & Culture

Corsica has so much to offer visitors, whether you wish to relax or sightsee, whatever the weather, Corsica has it all!

 

Places to Visit

Corsica has a selection of towns and places of interest to visit, that illustrate the diversity and charm of the island. These include towns and villages and examples of the places that are worth a visit purely because of their natural beauty. Also included are examples of vineyards across the island as Corsica boasts 9 AOC regions.

La Balagne

Calvi

A Genoese citadel which is home to the foreign legion museum and the remains of Christopher Columbus’ birthplace and forts Mozello & Charlet which were seized by the English during siege of Calvi in 1794. The Quai Landry has bars, cafés and ‘gin palace’ yachts.

L’Ile Rousse

Founded by Pascal Paoli, the main, plane tree-lined Place Paoli has numerous cafés and bars, with shops and restaurants nearby.

Girolata & Scandola

Within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 700km2 nature reserve of Scandola with its red cliffs and abundance of wildlife, and the charming small fishing village of Girolata are only accessible by boat or a very long walk.

North East & East Coast

Mariana (south of Bastia)

Ruined Roman baths on the supposed initial landing point on the island by the Romans.

St Florent

The Cathédrale du Nebbio (now the Church of Santa Maria Assunta), a small Genoese citadel, an array of quayside restaurants and the nearest marina to the Côte d’Azur attracting some amazing boats.

Bastia

The administrative town of Haute-Corse, the lively town has its own citadel and old port together with an abundance of shops and restaurants.

Nonza

A small village clinging to the cliffside on the west coast of Cap Corse, peering down over a black beach – accessible by 600 steps!

Aléria

Remains of the Roman settlement, once the capital of the island.

L'Extreme Sud

Levie (near Bonifacio)

Departmental museum cataloguing the history of south Corsica back to 8,000 BC, including the original remains of ‘La Dame de Bonifacio’ plus many artefacts from the Neolithic and Bronze ages.

Porto Vecchio

The main pleasure port on the south east coast overlooked by the old town, it is known as the ‘city of salt’ due to its disused but still visible salt-evaporation basins.

Bonfacio

Bonifacio is famous for its chalk cliffs with the old town at the top and the 187 steps of ‘escalier Roi d’Aragon’ leading from the old town down to the sea, marina Quai Comparetti and marina with boat trips to the Maddalena islands.

Valinco & the West Coast

Filitosa & Cauria (near Propriano)

A pre-historic worshipping site with menhirs & dolmen, Torréen monuments and remains of megalithic settlements.

Ajaccio

Home to the Bonaparte Museum & Salon Napoléonien in the Town Hall, Ajaccio has a Genoese citadel & the Aquaduct de Miletto.

Porto

The unusually square Genoese watchtower at the mouth of the river from which boat trips to Scandola depart and the only Aquarium on the island.

Sartène

‘The most Corsican of Corsican towns’ constructed entirely of ashlar granite making it strangely simultaneously beautiful yet austere.

Gorge de Spelunca

Breath taking views of the Porto river as it threads its way through precipitous ravines in the chestnut-forested hills leading up to Evisa.

Piana & the Calanches

The enchanting village of Piana with amazing views across the gulf of Port is just a few minutes drive from the Calanches – towering steeples of red granite gnarled into amazing forms by wind and rain.

Roccapina

The legendary rock outcrop resembling the silhouette of a resting lion looking out over the sea towards Sardinia.

Central

Corte

A Genoese citadel with the official Museum of Corsica tracing the islands anthropological history, Place Gaffory with its bullet-riddled walls and the Restonica & Tavignano valleys for a picnic.

Sermano (near Corte)

Recently rediscovered Pisan Frescos, in the church of San Nicolao.

Morosaglia

Pascale Paoli Museum at his birthplace.

Vizzavona

The hamlet is at the base of a very walkable stretch of the GR20 along which there is a route to the Cascade des Anglais rapids & waterfalls.

Corsica's History

For over 2,000 years, many civilisations including the Justinians, Byzantines, Moors, Lombards and Saracens, amongst others, had all fought for ownership of this little island, giving it a history almost too great for the size of its boundaries. Due to its natural beauty, mountainous interior and strategic position on the western Mediterranean trade routes, Corsica had long been favoured for its commercial value and sheltered harbours.

The Greeks & Romans

The Greeks & Romans


The Vandals & Moors

The Vandals & Moors


The Pisans, Genoese & Aragonese

The Pisans, Genoese & Aragonese


The French

The French


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Wine

Corsica boasts 9 AOC wine regions, below are examples of vineyards across the island.

Patrimonio & Cap Corse Vineyards
Varieties include Domaine Leccia, Orenga de Gaffory, Domaine Gentile, Clos Nicrosi.

Porto Vecchio Vineyards
Varieties include the Domaine Torraccia.

Figari Vineyards
Varieties include Clos Canarelli, Petra Bianca, Clos Legna.

Ajaccio Vineyards
Varieties include Clos Capitoro, Comte Peraldi, Domaine Pratavone.

Sartène Vineyards
Varieties include Domaine Fiumiccicoli, Pero Longo, Sant’ Armettu.

Corse-Calvi Vineyards
Varieties include Clos Landry, Enclos des Anges, Clos Culombu, Domaine Maestrati E Prove, Domaine Renucci.


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