Walking and active holidays in Corsica

North Corsica

The main entry point to Northern Corsica is the fortified port of Bastia, once the showpiece of the Genoese empire.

With good maritime links and flights to most of Europe in the summer months it is many travelers first glimpse of the island.

Bastia & the Cap Corse

To the north of Bastia is the wild and beautiful Cap Corse, the “Island within the island” and probably one of the most untouched areas of coastal France. The landscape is rugged and as with the rest of the coastline is dotted with watchtowers and delightful harbour towns including St Florent, the Corsican St Tropez.A really authentic part of the island, the town of Bastia with its tall buildings and its’ Mediterranean atmosphere sits just to the south of the Cap Corse, the abrupt peninsula with dramatically different low lying east and vertiginous west coasts. It is a land of villages clinging to plummeting cliffs, pretty harbours, untouched beaches and old Genoese watchtowers guarding over the rugged coastline. Called ‘the island within the island’, it is the most maritime focused part of Corsica and relatively undiscovered. A real gem!

St Florent & the Nebbio

At the heart of a magnificent bay and surrounded by the hills of the Cap Corse to the North and the Nebbio to the East, this pretty port is known as the Corsican “St Tropez” with a bustling waterfront and a charming old town. Inland to Saint Florent lies the Nebbio, an area of villages clinging to an amphitheatre of mountains with some great views. To the west the Mediterranean laps the Desert des Agriates, the maquis covered area between the Ostriconi river and the Cap Corse. This protected coastline, the largest in the Mediterranean, and today watched over by the Conservatoire du Littoral, hides the silver sand beaches of Saleccia, Lotu or the even more remote Malfalcu-Ghignu that are only accessible by boat or a very long and challenging walk through the maquis.

Calvi, Ile Rousse & the Balagne

To the north west of the island you find La Balagne with its small fortified villages that dot the winding roads east of Calvi. With its landscape of pastures backed by high mountains including the Monte Cinto and the seaside towns with a plethora of chic restaurants and hotels, great history, and some outstanding beaches, it’s easy to see why the area is the choice for culture hounds and sun seekers alike.Once called the ‘Garden of Corsica’, La Balagne is an area backed by high mountains and close to the sea. Alongside superb perched villages there lies a fertile landscape that provides vineyards and olive groves and a sumptuous coastline dotted with lovely sandy beaches and secluded coves. The chic town of Calvi, with its pine fringed sweep of beach, a lively café culture on the harbourside and crowned by the historic Genoese citadel, provides everything you would want from a seaside town. L’Ile Rousse has perhaps a more relaxed and lived in feel, founded as a harbour town by Pascale Paoli as a response to the Genoese at Calvi, it also boasts three beaches in the heart of town.

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