10 Days in Corsica: The Ultimate Itinerary (First Time Visit)


The Best Itinerary for 10 days in Corsica

You’re planning to spend 10 days in Corsica and you’re looking for the best itinerary?

You’re at the right place!

In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared for you this 9-10-11 days itinerary in Corsica that will allow you to discover the best places to visit of the island.

During your trip, you will visit amazing places such as Ajaccio, Bonifacio, the Lavezzi islands, Porto-Vecchio, as well as Scandola Nature Reserve and the Calanques de Piana.

A quick note before starting: This itinerary is about a trip Southern and central Corsica. If you prefer to visit Northern Corsica, you should rather read my other article: “how to visit Northern Corsica in 7 days?“.

It can easily be adapted for a 10 days trip (don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section located at the bottom of the article if you need some help to plan your stay!).

And if you prefer to spend 10 days in Corsica staying in just 1 place, you can click there.

In addition to the must-see attractions for each stage of your itinerary, I will also give you all my best tips and accommodation suggestions depending on your budget.

So, how to spend 10 days in Corsica?

Let’s find out!

1) Ajaccio (1 day)

If you want to visit Southern Corsica in 9 or 10 days, the best is to arrive in Ajaccio.

As Ajaccio is the largest city in the South of the island, it’s easily accessible by plane or boat. It’s thus the perfect starting point for your 10-days trip to Corsica!

If you don’t come to Corsica with your own car, you’ll also need to rent a car to visit Corsica in 9-10 days.

Personally, I always use Booking.com Cars website to rent cars abroad, whether I’m in Sardinia, Greece or even Thailand!

This very convenient website allows you to compare prices between all the rental companies in Ajaccio. So simply choose the cheapest, or the one with the best customers reviews.

If you don’t have an insurance included with your credit card, you can also opt for the “Full Protection Insurance”, to be fully refunded in case of accident or theft. (Tested and approved, they have already refunded me more than 1300 euros to date! 😁)

As cancellation and modification are completely free of charge on Booking.com Cars, you should book your car as soon as possible to get the best price!

Click the button below to compare prices between the rental companies:

On the first day of your 10-days stay in Corsica, you should visit Ajaccio’s city centre on foot. Here is the best itinerary to explore the city:

  • Visit the Fesch Museum and its collection of Italian artworks.
  • Discover the imperial chapel, right next to the museum. There, you’ll see the tombs of Napoleon Bonaparte’s parents.
  • Have a taste of Corsica’s typical products at Ajaccio Market taking place every morning on Foch square. From there, you can also take Ajaccio’s small tourist train to visit the city without having to walk!
  • Visit the National Museum of the Bonaparte Residence, Napoleon’s birth house. There is even some of the original furniture left.
  • Pass by Ajaccio Cathedral to admire its bright colored facade.
  • Walk to the General de Gaulle Square.
  • Continue your stroll along the Cours Grandval and the foreigner’s district, to finally reach Place d’Austerlitz and Bonaparte’s Cave.
Ajaccio Cathedral
Ajaccio Cathedral

Now that you’ve visited the old town, it’s time to discover one of Ajaccio’s main points of interest: the Sanguinaires Islands.

You can do a boat trip from the port of Ajaccio (located near Foch Square), including a stop on the largest island. There, you can walk to the lighthouse or enjoy a refreshing swim in turquoise waters!

As this cruise is among Ajaccio’s must-see attractions, you should really book it in advance.

Click the button below to book your boat trip to the Sanguinaires Islands:

And if you’re on a romantic gateway in Corsica, how about doing a cruise at sunset to admire the Sanguinaires islands?

This excursion includes wine tasting and a typical buffet with delicatessen and cheese from Corsica. You’ll also discover the island’s renowned polyphonic songs and guitar. It’s a great way to discover the local atmosphere! 

Spend the night in Ajaccio.

You can find more information about the city in my article: The definitive guide to visit Ajaccio.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you don’t want to do a boat trip, you can drive for 25 minutes to reach the Parata peninsula.

Park your car at the site’s entrance, and walk for a few minutes to reach the viewpoint. There, you’ll admire a magnificent panoramic view over the Sanguinaires islands! 

Where to stay in Ajaccio

  • Hotel Spunta Di Mare: Located only 150 meters away from the beach and 2 km from Foch square. This hotel offers colorful double rooms, some with a balcony overlooking the sea. The prices starts at 99€ per night with breakfast included. Strong points: the indoor swimming pool, the view of Ajaccio from the terrace, the proximity to the airport.
  • Best Western Plus Ajaccio Admiralty: Located 350 meters from the beach and 1 km from the port. You will love the modern and comfortable double rooms, starting  from 140€ per night, with an extra 12€ for breakfast. What I loved: the swimming pool, the friendly and helpful staff, the generous breakfast.
  • Sofitel Gulf of Ajaccio Thalassa Sea & Spa: This 5-star hotel is located in front of Ajaccio Bay and Sanguinaires islands. The warm and comfortable double room with a beautiful sea view are starting from 170€ per night. Breakfast will cost you 29€. Strong points: the heated outdoor swimming pool, the breathtaking sea view, the Spa. A great choice in Ajaccio for its exceptional location!
  • Cala di Sole: Located on the seaside between Ajaccio and the Sanguinaires islands. This hotel offers spacious and very well equipped double room with sea view. The prices starts at 200€, with an extra 17€ for breakfast. What I loved: the private beach, the swimming pool, the free parking, and the splendid view over the Sanguinaires islands. A great choice for a romantic stay in Ajaccio!
  • Hotel Le Week end: Also located between Ajaccio and La Parata, only 50 meters from the beach of Terre Sacrée. You will discover spacious suites with a private terrace and sea view starting from 390€. Breakfast will cost you 22€. What I loved: the beautiful location, the excellent breakfast, the setting, the calm. The best choice for a luxury stay in Ajaccio!
Sanguinaires Islands Ajaccio
The Parata Peninsula and the Sanguinaires Islands, near Ajaccio

2) Bonifacio (3 days)

For the second day of your 10-days road trip in Corsica, you will go to Bonifacio, at the extreme South of the island.

The journey from Ajaccio to Bonifacio takes about 2h30 by car through the island’s interior, but you should rather opt for the magnificent coastal road to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Southern Corsica!

From Ajaccio, drive South towards the small seaside city of Porticcio, then continue your route to discover 3 beautiful beaches, perfect for a refreshing dip in the morning:

  • Agosta beach: a long sandy beach with rather deep waters.
  • Ruppione beach: a very pretty and wild sandy beach with rocks at the water’s edge.
  • Mare e sole beach: also nicknamed the “Silver Beach”, this large white sand beach is among the most beautiful near Ajaccio!

After your swim, get back in your car to reach the renowned seaside resort of Propriano. There, you can have lunch in one of the many restaurants.

There are 2 nice places to visit South of Propriano:

  • Portigliolo beach, 9 km from Propriano. This large and wild beach is located at the mouth of a river.
  • Campomoro bay: there, follow the trail all around the Cape to discover beautiful views. Kayak Tours are also organized. A great activity to enjoy with your family!
Portigliolo beach Propriano
Portigliolo beach, near Propriano

In the afternoon, continue your route South to discover the village of Sartene. There, you’ll enjoy an authentic atmosphere, even if the place is very touristy!

Take a stroll along the village’s narrow paved alleys to admire the village’s typical stone houses. You can also rent an audio guide for 5€ at the tourist office if you want to learn more about the village’s history and main buildings.

In the village, there are also many souvenir shops, bars, and restaurants. The Church square is the perfect place to enjoy a drink on a terrace.

From Sartene, it takes about 1 hour to reach Bonifacio.

30 minutes after Sartene, you can make a short stop at the Casa di Roccapina viewpoint, to admire a huge rock, shaped like a lying lion, overlooking the beautiful Roccapina beach. 

Then, right before arriving in Bonifacio, how about ending your day at the beach? You can choose between:

  • San Giovianni beach: this pretty beach is located in the Gulf of Figari. There, you’ll discover 2 coves and the Genoese Tower of Caldarello.
  • Paragan beach, ideal for a swim with its shallow and calm waters!
  • Fazzio beach, located at the end of a small fjord, a 15-minute walk from Paragan beach.
  • Tunara beach, a beautiful but quite crowded sandy beach, easily accessible by car.
  • Stagnolu beach, located a 5-minute walk from Tunara beach, wilder and quieter than its neighbor!

Spend your 1st night in Bonifacio.

Paragan Beach Bonifacio
Paragan Beach, near Bonifacio

The next day, you’ll continue your 10-days itinerary in Corsica with a visit of Bonifacio and its surroundings.

Bonifacio is clearly one of Corsica’s most famous places.

You can’t do a 10-day road trip in Southern Corsica without visiting Bonifacio: its houses, built on the edge of the white limestone cliffs at more than 70 metres high and overlooking the sea are one of the island’s most iconic landmarks!

Let’s start your visit of Bonifacio’s upper town and Citadel. You can easily visit the whole city on foot.

Walk through the Genoa Gate to enter the Citadel. It has been the city’s only entrance for centuries. On your right, you’ll find the tourist office.

There, you can get a map of the city, but also buy the “Pass Monument”. For only 3.50€ per person, you’ll have access to the Fortress of the Standard and the King of Aragon’s staircase.

As these 2 places are among Bonifacio’s best points of interest, it would be a shame not to visit them!

Right after the gate, you can enter the Fortress of the Standard. During your visit, you’ll discover large underground halls, hosting an exhibition dedicated to the fortified city’s History and many sieges.

At the exit of the Fortress, walk along the city walls to enjoy splendid views of the sea and the port.

Fortress of the Standard Bonifacio
The Fortress of the Standard, in Bonifacio

Then, turn left to discover the market square and its beautiful view of the cliffs. Continue your stroll to reach the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bonifacio’s oldest monument.

You can also visit 3 other churches in Bonifacio’s old town: the Church of Saint John the Baptist, the Holy Cross Church and the Church of Saint-Dominique.

Then, you’ll arrive at the King of Aragon’s Staircase.

As I told you earlier, this staircase is one of Bonifacio’s must-see attractions. According to a local legend, it was dug in a single night by the King of Aragon’s soldiers who attempted to invade the city.

In fact, this natural fault has existed for centuries, and a staircase was carved into the cliffs to reach a source of fresh water located below.

It’s really impressive to go down the staircase’s 187 steep steps, perched at more than 60 metres above the sea, but the hardest part of your day will be the climb back to the Citadel!

King of Aragon's Staircase
King of Aragon’s Staircase

After a short break to catch your breath, you should head to the marine cemetery. The contrast between the white tombs and the blue sea in the background in just incredible! Right next to the cemetery, you can enter the Gouvernail (the Rudder).

This bunker was used during World War 2 to monitor the entrance of Bonifacio’s port. You can visit it for 2.50€, as it’s not included in the “Pass Monument”.

Now that you’ve discovered most of Bonifacio’s upper town, let’s go outside the city to take the best pictures of Bonifacio and its cliffs. Walk back to the Genoa Gate, and take the stairs to reach the Saint-Roch pass, in front of the gate.

From there, you can take the Campu Rumanilu trail to admire the most beautiful view of Bonifacio’s upper city! 


From Bonifacio, you’ll walk along the cliffs for about 1 hour. Then, if you’re motivated, you can take the other trail going to the Cap de Pertusatu. Count another hour to get there.

At the end of the Cape, you’ll discover Saint-Antoine beach, mostly renowned for its large rock shaped as a stranded ship.

If you don’t feel like walking that much, you can also go to the Cap de Pertusatu by car. Park at the semaphore, and walk for 20 minutes to reach the beach!

You can end your day at Saint-Antoine beach, or get back in your car to discover Petit Sperone beach.

This magnificent beach is ranked among Corsica’s 10 best beaches, and is the perfect place to swim during your 9-10 days trip to Corsica!

To get there, you will need to park your car at Piantarella beach (where you can enjoy many nautical activities, including Stand Up paddle – click here) and then walk for 10 minutes to reach Petit Sperone Beach.

You’ll love this magnificent beach with fine sand and turquoise waters. You can also walk for 10 more minutes to reach Grand Sperone beach, bigger and windier, but just as pretty as its neighbor.

Spend a second night in Bonifacio.

You want more details about the best places to visit in Bonifacio? Have a look at my article: The definitive guide to visit Bonifacio.

Petit Sperone Beach Bonifacio
Petit Sperone Beach, near Bonifacio

For your last day in Bonifacio, you should really go to one of the best points of interest in the city’s surroundings: the Lavezzi Islands.

From the port of Bonifacio, take the shuttle boat to get there in less than 30 minutes. There are departures every hour during high season.

The boat takes you to Lavezzu, the archipelago’s largest island. There, you’ll spend a relaxing day at the beach.

You can also walk all around the island to find the best place to swim. It normally takes about 1 hour, but you should count at least 2 hours, as you’ll stop many time to take pictures or just to admire the panorama!

One of Lavezzu’s best beach is Chiesa Beach, with its big rocks at the water’s edge, creating a natural swimming pool and preventing the boats from anchoring too close (contrary to most of the other island’s beaches).

As there are no bars, restaurants or toilets on the island, remember to bring everything you need for the day, including a picnic and bottles of water. Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat, as there are no shady places on Lavezzu!

During the return trip to Bonifacio, you’ll enjoy a commented cruise.

You’ll sail along Cavallo island, renowned for its amazing celebrities houses. You’ll also get close to Sperone Beach, and you’ll contemplate Bonifacio’s cliffs and the King of Aragon’s staircase from the sea. 

You’ll find more details about the Lavezzi Islands in my article: How to visit the Lavezzi Islands?

Spend a 3rd night in Bonifacio.

Voyage Tips - Advice

Get back to the dock at least 20 minutes before departure when taking the boat back to Bonifacio. If you’re late, you’ll need to wait for the next boat.

During the return trip, try to be on the right side of the boat to get the best views over the coast!

The SPBM, (the boat company operating the shuttle to the Lavezzi Islands) offers 2 free car parks for its clients. It’s the most convenient place to park your car when visiting the islands.

And if you prefer to enjoy a VIP experience, there are 2 other options that will allow you to discover Bonifacio’s surroundings by boat, away from the other tourists:

1) Book a private boat trip from Bonifacio

In my opinion, this is the best way to make the most of your day at the Lavezzi islands!

You will rent a boat with an experienced skipper that will take care of showing you the most beautiful places around Bonifacio, including the Lavezzi’s of course.

Motorboat, sailboat, catamaran or even yacht: choose the boat you want to spend a dream day!

As you can imagine, this type of VIP day at sea is extremely popular, so you should rent your boat with skipper as soon as possible. It would be a shame to miss this day because all boats are already rented!

You can find all boats with skipper in Bonifacio by clicking on the button below:

2) Rent a boat to discover Bonifacio’s surroundings

If you have a boat license, your second option for a great day at sea is simply to rent a boat!

To do so, it’s very simple: you just have to click on the button below:

Where to stay in Bonifacio

If you want to spend a few nights in Bonifacio, you can choose an accommodation in the heart of the city, near the port or the Citadel. From there, you will have an easy access to all the city’s must-see attractions!

You can also opt for a stay a bit further from the city, if you’re looking for quieter holidays.

To help you choose the perfect accommodation, here is my selection of the best hotels in Bonifacio, depending on where you want to stay and your budget.

Best hotels in Bonifacio’s city centre:

  • Best Western Hotel du Roy d’Aragon: Located in the old port of Bonifacio. The comfortable and modern double rooms are starting from 80€ per night, with an extra 14.50€ for breakfast. Strong Points: the location at the foothill of the citadel, the copious breakfast, the free parking. A great choice in Bonifacio for its exceptional value for money!
  • Solemare: Located 100 meters from the port and 800 meters from King of Aragon’s staircase. This hotel offers modern double rooms with an original decoration and a view of the port. The prices starts at 110€ per night. Breakfast will cost you 15€. What I loved: the heated outdoor swimming pool, the beautiful view, the private parking. It is one of the few hotels in Bonifacio’s city center with a swimming pool!
  • Santateresa: Located in the upper town of Bonifacio. You will love the design and comfortable double rooms with sea view, starting from 180€ per night, with an extra 17€ for breakfast. What I loved: the excellent location in the heart of the Citadel, the breathtaking view, the beautiful decoration, the private parking. The best choice for a luxury stay in Bonifacio!

Best hotels in Bonifacio’s surroundings:

  • Hotel Maora Village: Located 300 meters from the beach of Maora and 6 km from Bonifacio. The double room with private terrace are starting from 75€, with breakfast included. Strong points: the swimming pool and jacuzzi, the quietness, the excellent breakfast. It’s a great choice in Bonifacio’s surroundings for its exceptional value for money!
  • Les Chambres de Casarina: Located 400 meters from the beach of Maora and 6 km from Bonifacio’s city centre. You’ll love the comfortable and well-decorated double room with balcony, starting from 150€ per night including breakfast. What I loved: the heated swimming pool, the beautiful garden, the quiet location.
  • Hotel Cala di Greco: Located 2 km from the upper town of Bonifacio. There, you will discover well-decorated suites, some with private swimming pool. The prices starts at 200€ per night, with an extra 16€ for breakfast. What I loved: the 2 large heated outdoor swimming pools, the exceptional view over Bonifacio, the magnificent location.  It’s my recommendation for a romantic stay in Bonifacio!
  • Hotel Version Maquis Citadel: This 5* hotel is located 1.5 km away from the citadel. It offers sublime and spacious suites with private terrace, starting from 450€ per night including breakfast. What I loved: the infinity pool, the calm location, the very kind staff, the excellent restaurant. It’s my recommendation for a luxury stay in Bonifacio’s surroundings!
The Lavezzi Islands
The Lavezzi Islands

3) Porto-Vecchio (1 day)

Let’s continue your 10-days stay in Corsica and discover Porto-Vecchio, located a 45-minute drive from Bonifacio.

Porto-Vecchio region is mostly renowned for its magnificent beaches, often ranked among Corsica’s most beautiful!

All these beaches are equally splendid, with fine sand and turquoise waters. You should take some time to visit several of them during your journey between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio:

  • Rondinara beach: a circular shaped bay with fine sand.
  • Santa Giulia beach: with its shallow and calm waters, it’s the perfect place if you’re with children.
  • Palombaggia beach, one of Corsica’s most famous beaches. You’ll love this trendy beach with fine sand, turquoise waters, umbrella pines and big rocks in the water.
  • Tamaricciu beach, located right next to Palombaggia. It has a more family atmosphere than its neighbor!
Palombaggia beach Corsica
Palombaggia beach, often ranked among Corsica’s most beautiful beaches.

After a relaxing day at the beach, get back to your car to discover Porto-Vecchio’s old town.

Take a short stroll in the city, and walk up to the Bastion de France (2€). There, you’ll discover a sublime view over Porto-Vecchio’s gulf.

The old town is quite small but very lively. You can also go to the Church square if you want to enjoy a drink on a terrace.

And for dinner, you can choose between the many great restaurants located in the old town and along the port. 

Spend the night in Porto-Vecchio.

You can find more details about Porto-Vecchio and its best beaches in my article: The definitive guide to visit Porto-Vecchio.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you want to take a refreshing dip in a river, you should go to the Cavu valley, a 35-minute drive from Porto-Vecchio.

There, you can swim in the river’s natural swimming pools.

The place is magnificent, with its small waterfalls and large rocks perfect for sunbathing. It’s a great place for a family outing with your children during your 10-days trip to Corsica!

Where to stay in Porto-Vecchio

  • Residence Marina Di Santa Giulia: Located 800 metres from Santa Giulia beach. The modern and bright apartments and villas, fully equipped with dishwasher, barbecue, and a private terrace are starting from 70€ per night. Strong points: the swimming pool, the location, the sea view, the comfortable apartments. A great choice in Porto-Vecchio for its exceptional value for money!
  • Hotel Costa Salina: Located at the end of Porto Vecchio’s marina. This hotel offers modern and spacious double rooms with balcony and a sea view for most of them. The prices starts at 115€ per night. Breakfast for 16€. What I loved: the swimming pool, the free private parking, the comfortable bedding, the kind staff.
  • The Balamina: Located 2 km away from the port. The spacious and bright double rooms with a refined decoration are starting from 140€ per night, breakfast available for an extra 17€. Strong points: the indoor swimming pool, the rooftop terrace, the kind staff.
  • Residence Santa Giulia Palace: Located 800 metres from Santa Giulia beach. You’ll love these modern and comfortable apartments, well-equipped and for up to 6 people. The prices starts at 160€ per night. Strong points: the swimming pool, the great location close to the beach, the beautiful view of the bay, the quiet environment. It’s my recommendation for a family holiday in Porto-Vecchio!
  • Hotel Le Roi Théodore & Spa: Located only a 5-minute drive from the city centre. This luxury hotel offers spacious double rooms starting from €200 per night. Breakfast for 12€. What I loved: the beautiful garden and outdoor swimming pool, the Spa, the heated indoor pool, the excellent breakfast, the delicious restaurant. It’s my recommendation for a luxury stay in Porto-Vecchio!
Cavu valley Corsica
The Cavu Valley, in Corsica

4) Ospedale / Bavella Pass (1 day)

If you’re staying 10 days in Corsica, you’ll have enough time to discover the island’s splendid beaches, but also to hike in Corsica’s beautiful mountains!

For the 6th day of your 10-days itinerary in Corsica, take the D368 road towards Zonza and admire beautiful views of Porto-Vecchio bay. Drive for about 35 minutes to reach the Ospedale forest and lake.

From the Ospedale (about 2 km above the lake), you can follow the marked trail to reach the Piscia di Gallu, Corsica’ highest waterfall. Count about 1h30 or 2 hours for the round trip.

This hike is quite easy, but there’s a steep part at the end, just before the waterfall.

Then, get back to your car and drive to Bavella Pass, where you can do another beautiful hike, the Trou de la Bombe (“Bomb hole”).

After an easy walk under the shade of the pines, you’ll reach a 8-meter diameter hole carved into the cliffs and overlooking the valley.

The round trip takes about 2h30.

Spend the night towards Solenzara, a 45-minute drive from Bavella pass. It’s the best option to reduce your travel time to Corte the next morning! You’ll find a list of Solenzara’s best accommodations below.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you don’t want to do both hikes on the same day, choose the one that suits you best!

You should stop at Bavella Pass even if you don’t do the “Trou de la Bombe” hike. The view from the car park is truly beautiful.

You can also enjoy mountain biking on one of Bavella’s 30 marked trails. You’ll find more information on this website.

And if it’s too hot to hike, you can opt for a more refreshing activity: Canyoning! The Bavella massif is the perfect place to enjoy this activity. There are canyoning courses for all levels!

To book, simply click on the links below:

Best hotels in Solenzara

  • Hotel Restaurant La Caravelle: Located 350 meters from the beach, this hotel offers modern and cosy double rooms. The prices starts at 70€ per night, breakfast available for 8€. Strong points: the terrace with a beautiful sea view, the well-decorated and recently renovated rooms.
  • The Thyreneen: Located on Solenzara’s waterfront. These villas with fully equipped kitchen for up to 4 people are starting from 75€ per night. Breakfast for 8€. What I loved: the swimming pool, the sea view, the welcoming staff, the quiet location. A great choice in Solenzara for its exceptional value for money!
  • Hotel Des Nacres: Located in the hamlet of Travi, north of Solenzara. You’ll love the spacious and bright double rooms starting from 80€ per night. Breakfast for 8€. What I loved: the swimming pool, the comfortable bedding, the friendly staff.
  • Hotel Maquis et Mer: Located 400 metres from Solenzara beach. The pleasant double rooms, some with a sea view, are starting from 115€ per night, breakfast available for 12€. Strong points: the warm welcoming staff, the free parking, the beautiful view.
aiguilles de Bavella
The Aiguilles de Bavella

5) Corte (1 day)

For the next day of your 10-days trip to Corsica, you’ll stay in the island’s mountains to discover Corte and its surroundings. 

In the morning, you can choose between 2 hikes:

  • The Cascade des Anglais (English waterfalls) in the forest of Vizzavona. Follow the trail along the river to discover beautiful natural swimming pools and small waterfalls. You’ll find more information in my article.
  • The Restonica Gorge: from the “Bergeries de Grotelle”, you’ll walk up to the Melo and Capitello Lakes. It’s the most famous hike in Corte’s surroundings. If you’re looking for more details about this trail, have a look at my Corte travel guide.

After your hike, get back to your car and drive to Corte, where you will spend the night.

During your visit of Corte, you’ll discover: 

  • The citadel: there, visit the Musée de la Corse, dedicated to the island’s History.
  • The Belvedere to discover a panoramic view of Corte’s citadel and its surroundings.
  • Ghionga grocery store, one of Europe’s oldest stores!
  • Gaffory Square and the Church of the Annunciation.
  • The Chapelle Sainte-Croix, listed as a historical monument.
  • Cours Paoli, Corte’s main street, and its many shops and restaurants.

You want to learn more about Corte’s must-see attractions? Have a look at my detailed article: The definitive guide to visit Corte.

Voyage Tips - Advice

You should definitely try the restaurant “La rivière des Vins” for dinner. It is located at 5 Rampe Sainte-Croix.

This restaurant serves meats cooked in a wood fire oven, accompanied by homemade french fries. All the dishes are delicious and hearty, and the burger is just amazing!

The homemade desserts are also very good and copious. Don’t miss their incredible tiramisu!

Where to stay in Corte

  • San Giovanni House: Located 3 km from the centre of Corte. The nice and clean double rooms are starting from 60€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the great staff, the good breakfast made with fresh products, the quietness. A great choice in Corte for its exceptional value for money!
  • U Passa Tempu: Located in the centre of Corte, right next to the Chapelle Sainte-Croix. The well-equipped studios and apartments with a small kitchen are starting from 90€ per night. What I loved: the central location, the quietness, the private parking, the warm welcome.
  • Hotel Si Mea: Located a 15 minutes walk from the centre. This hotel offers spacious and cosy double rooms starting from 120€ per night. Strong points: the swimming pool, the generous breakfast made with local products, the beautiful location.
  • Casa di a Restonica: Located 1 km from the centre. The comfortable and modern double rooms  are starting from 140€, breakfast available for an extra 14€. Strong points: the swimming pool, the comfortable room, the quietness.
  • Hotel Dominique Colonna: This 4* hotel is located 1 km from Corte, on the river’s edge. You’ll love their beautiful double rooms starting from 400€, breakfast included. What I loved: the beautiful swimming pool, the terrace by the water, the idyllic setting, the kind staff.  It’s my recommendation for a luxury stay in Corte!

6) Corte/Porto – Hiking (1 day)

For the 8th day of your itinerary in Southern Corsica, you’ll drive from Corte to Porto.

It normally takes about 2 hours, but there are many beautiful places to visit during your journey!

From Corte, take the D18 road towards Ponte Castirla, then turn left on the D84. You’ll drive through the Scala di Santa Regina Parade. This narrow gorge, shaped by the Golo river, offers splendid and impressive landscapes.

Right after the gorge, you’ll discover Calacuccia Lake.

Then, you can make a short stop in Albertacce to swim in the Golo River, at the foothill of the stone bridge. It’s the perfect place for a refreshing dip during your road trip from Corte to Porto.

And if you’re up for a bit more action, then you should take a rafting tour on the river. Click here to book it!

You can also do a short 1-hour walk to reach Radule Waterfalls.

And if you’re looking for a longer hike in the Niolo region, you can go to Nino lake.

You’ll discover Corsica’s second largest lake, surrounded by typical pozzines. The round-trip from the Popaghja forest house takes about 5 hours.

40 minutes before Porto, you’ll arrive near the villages of Ota and Evisa. There, you can also:

  • Enjoy a short walk in the forest of Aïtone. The river offers beautiful natural swimming pools, accessible in only 10 minutes on foot.
  • Hike the Spelunca Gorge trail from Ota to Evisa. If you don’t want to do the whole hike, stop at the old stone bridge of Zaglia to enjoy a refreshing swim!
  • Canyoning – For more information and to book, click there.

Spend the night in Porto.

Where to stay in Porto, Corsica

  • Hotel and Residence Cala di sole: Located 1.2 km away from the port of Porto. The double rooms with balcony are starting from 80€ per night. What I loved: the swimming pool, the beautiful view of the sea and mountains, the warm welcoming staff.  It’s one of the cheapest places in Porto, and it offers a great value for money!
  • Hotel Le Romantique: Located only 100 metres away from the beach of Porto. This hotel offers spacious double rooms with a small balcony and a view over the port. The prices start at 90€, breakfast available for an extra 9.50€. Strong points: the kind staff, the perfect location close to the port and the beach, the generous breakfast.
  • Logis Hotel Le Lonca: Located 2 km from the port and 1 km from the beach. You’ll love the clean and spacious double rooms starting from 100€ per night. Breakfast for 11€. Strong points: the swimming pool, the private parking, the breakfast on the terrace, the helpful staff.
  • Les Flots Bleus: Located on the seafront. This hotel offers recently renovated double rooms with a balcony overlooking the sea, starting from 105€ per night, breakfast available for an extra 10€. What I loved: the magnificent view, the exceptional location, the warm welcoming staff. A great choice in Porto for its exceptional value for money!
  • Residence Hotel Capu Seninu: Located on the riverside, right next to the port. These modern and well-equipped studios and apartments with a dishwasher, a washing machine and a balcony are starting from 160€ per night. Strong Points: the spacious and well decorated accommodation, the private parking. It’s my recommendation for a family holiday in Porto, as you can rent an apartment for up to 6 people!
Forest Aïtone Corsica
The Forest of Aïtone, in Corsica

7) Scandola / Calanques de Piana (1 day)

It’s now time to do a boat trip in Porto‘s surroundings to admire splendid landscapes. It’s clearly one of the best things to do during your 9-10 days holidays in Corsica!

During your cruise, you’ll discover 2 beautiful natural places: 

  • Scandola Nature Reserve, and its incredible terrestrial and marine wildlife. It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only accessible by boat!
  • The Calanques de Piana: you’ll be amazed by the magnificent porphyry rocks shaped by erosion, contrasting with the turquoise waters to create a beautiful scenery.

This boat trip also includes a 30-minute stop in the ancient fishing village of Girolata (less than 20 year-round inhabitants). You can only get there by boat or on foot.

This excursion to visit both Scandola Nature Reserve, the Calanques de Piana and Girolata takes about 4 hours.

There are boats departing every day in the morning (around 9am) and in the afternoon (around 2pm). These cruises are Porto’s most famous tourist attraction and must be booked in advance!

You can choose between 2 types of boats:

  • A hybrid boat with an electric propulsion, for a lower impact on the environment.

  • A semi-rigid boat, for up to 12 people only!

You can book your cruise on a semi-rigid boat right here:

If you want to learn more about Scandola, have a look at my article: How to visit Scandola Nature Reserve?

Scandola Nature Reserve Corsica
Boat trip in Scandola Nature Reserve

If you do the boat trip in the morning, you’ll be back in Porto by early afternoon.

Afterwards, ou just need to drive back to Ajaccio to end your 10-days road trip in Southern Corsica.

There are many beautiful beaches along the road, if you want to take a last dip:

  • Arone beach: a beautiful wild sandy beach with several bars and restaurants.
  • Chiumi beach: there, you can enjoy a wide range of nautical activities, such as jet-ski and towed buoys.
  • Peru beach: another large and quite wild sandy beach.
  • The beaches of Menazina and Capizollu, quieter and wilder than Peru beach.
  • Liamone beach: a wild and quiet 3-km long sandy beach.

Spend the night in Ajaccio.

8) Ajaccio (1 day)

Your 10-days road trip in Southern Corsica is already over! It’s now time to go back to the port or the airport.

Voyage Tips - Advice

If you’re staying in Corsica for only 9 days, you can skip the 6th stage of this itinerary, and directly drive to Porto. There, you’ll do the cruise to Scandola and the Calanques de Piana.

If you’re doing a 11-day trip to Corsica, you just have to spend one more day in Porto-Vecchio to relax at the beach!

10 Days in Corsica staying in the same city

You prefer to stay in the same city during your 10 days itinerary in Corsica?

Don’t worry, you’ll find everything you need to plan your trip to Corsica in my detailed articles about each city:

If you need help to plan your 9 or 10 days trip to Corsica, don’t hesitate to ask me your questions in the comments section below.

Corsica Tours: 10 days

On Voyagetips.com, I give you all my best tips and itineraries to plan your trip to Corsica by yourself. (Click here to read all my articles about Corsica)

However, if you prefer to book a tour to Corsica with a travel agency, I recommend you to check the 10 best Corsica tours by clicking the button below:

Flights and ferries prices to Corsica

The plane is the fastest option to get to Ajaccio, as the airport is only 7 km away from the city centre!

The flight prices to Ajaccio can vary a lot throughout the year. That’s why you should book your plane tickets as early as possible! You can use our flight comparator, in partnership with Skyscanner, to check the rates and schedules. It’s a great way to get the best flight prices!

You can also get there by ferry boat from the ports of Marseille and Toulon, but also from Sardinia and Italy.

Renting a boat in Corsica

If you want to rent a boat for a nice day at sea during your itinerary in Corsica, you should book it with Samboat.

Motorboats, sailboats, yachts, small boats without a license, with or without a skipper: they simply have the most complete offer for boat rental!

So, what are you waiting for to book your boat trip in Corsica? 😊

Book your trip now and save money!

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10 days in Corsica
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