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Corsica, often rearing sheer, sometimes rising gently from the Mediterranean, belongs to France. Birthplace of Emperor Napoleon, it also has much in common — including the island’s language — with Italy, its nearest neighbor. Swarming with summer visitors and dozy in winter, when large numbers migrate to the French mainland, the island is at its best during the milder months. The boatloads of visitors (the most pleasant way to arrive is by ferry from the European mainland) are drawn by its natural splendor. Pristine coves, many inaccessible to all but the more adventurous, plunging cliffs and sandy beaches ring the coastline. Inland, the ...

Corsica, often rearing sheer, sometimes rising gently from the Mediterranean, belongs to France. Birthplace of Emperor Napoleon, it also has much in common — including the island’s language — with Italy, its nearest neighbor. Swarming with summer visitors and dozy in winter, when large numbers migrate to the French mainland, the island is at its best during the milder months. The boatloads of visitors (the most pleasant way to arrive is by ferry from the European mainland) are drawn by its natural splendor. Pristine coves, many inaccessible to all but the more adventurous, plunging cliffs and sandy beaches ring the coastline. Inland, the GR20, perhaps Europe’s most spectacular long distance walking trail, bucks and curls its way around the spectacular jagged peaks of the island’s central spine. The cuisine, as befits this wild island, is hearty, with plenty of charcuterie and wedges of primarily pig-based cured meats, especially from the semi-wild specimens that snuffle and loll beside rural roadsides. The wines, primarily red, are just as robust and increasingly highly regarded; indeed, the best are only savored locally and never make it to mainland Europe.

Miles Roddis
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Miles Roddis has written or contributed to more than 50 Lonely Planet titles including country and regional guides to Spain, France, their Mediterranean island offshoots — and little Andorra.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: A French island in the Mediterranean Sea, located west of Italy, southeast of the French mainland, and north of the island of Sardinia.
  • Language: Corsican, French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    May and June, September to mid-October