1 week in Corsica itinerary: where to go? + My Best Tips

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Itinerary: One week in Corsica – What to do + Where to stay?

You ‘re planning 1 week trip to 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 this recommended Itinerary for a week in Corsica. You will discover some of the best places to visit in Southern Corsica!

During your itinerary, you will visit Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Porto-Vecchio and its beautiful beaches as well as Bavella pass for a nice easy hike.

A quick note: If you prefer to discover Northern Corsica (Bastia, Cap Corse, Calvi, Corte), you should rather read my other itinerary: How to spend 6, 7 or 8 days in Northern Corsica?

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

For this itinerary, in addition to the best things to do and must-see attractions, I will also give you all my best tips as well as a list of the best accommodations depending on your budget.

So, how to spend one week in Corsica?

1) Ajaccio (1 day)

For this one-week trip in southern Corsica, the most convenient is to arrive in Ajaccio.

As it’s Corsica’s largest city, you can easily get there by plane or by boat from France, Italy and Sardinia

You can compare the ferries and planes rates and schedules at the end of this article, in the paragraph: “Flights and ferries prices to Corsica”.

Once you arrive in Ajaccio, you’ll need to rent a car. Without it, you won’t be able to visit most of Southern Corsica, including its best beaches!

In any case, when you rent a car in Corsica, you should use Rentalcars.com website. I’m using it every time I need to book a car, whether I’m in Greece, Scotland or even Thailand.

This very convenient website allows you to compare prices between all the rental companies in Corsica. You’ll easily find the cheapest cars and the companies with the best customer reviews!

You can also choose an optional “Full Protection Insurance”, to be fully refunded in case of accident or theft.

Tested and approved: they already refunded me more than 1300€! The process is quick and simple, and you don’t have to send dozens of e-mails to get your refund.

If you’ve already planned your 1-week itinerary in Corsica, you should book your car right now to get the best price. Modification and cancellation are completely free of charge!

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It’s now time to start your holidays in Corsica with a walk in Ajaccio’s city centre to discover its best points of interest:

  • Visit the Fesch Museum to admire many beautiful Italian paintings.
  • Go to the imperial chapel, located right next, and see the tombs of Napoleon Bonaparte’s parents.
  • Discover Ajaccio Market, every morning on the Foch Square. It’s also the starting point of Ajaccio’s small tourist train, if you want to visit the city without having to walk!
  • Visit the National Museum of the Bonaparte Residence, Napoleon’s birth house.
  • Walk to Ajaccio Cathedral and the General de Gaulle Square.
  • Take a stroll along the Cours Grandval to discover the Place d’Austerlitz and Bonaparte’s cave.

As Ajaccio’s city centre is quite small, half a day is enough to visit it!

Ajaccio Cathedral
The Ajaccio Cathedral

In the afternoon, you should go discover the Sanguinaires Islands archipelago. You’ll have 3 options, depending on your preferences:

1) Drive for 25 minutes to the Parata Peninsula. Walk along the seaside to admire beautiful views over the Sanguinaires Islands.

2) Do a cruise around the islands, including a short stop on the main island. There, you can walk to the lighthouse or take a refreshing swim!

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3) You can also opt for a cruise in the evening, to admire a magnificent sunset over the Sanguinaires Islands!

You won’t stop on the island, but you’ll enjoy a Corsican Wine tasting and a great buffet with typical products. You’ll also discover the island’s traditional music with polyphonic songs and guitar.

It’s the best way to get a taste of the local atmosphere for the first night of your 1-week stay in Corsica!

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

Spend the night in Ajaccio.

You can find more details about Ajaccio’s must-see attractions and best accommodations in my article: The 20 best things to do in Ajaccio.

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The best time to admire the Sanguinaires Islands from Parata point is at sunset!

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, in Ajaccio

2) Bonifacio (3 days)

Let’s continue this one-week road trip in Corsica in Bonifacio, located in the South of the island.

The shortest road connects Ajaccio and Bonifacio in about 2h30. It’s however not very interesting.

In my opinion, even if it takes longer, you should rather take the coastal road. There are many beautiful beaches and typical villages to discover during your journey!

You can even do a full-day road-trip from Ajaccio to Bonifacio.

From Ajaccio, drive South to reach Porticcio. There are 3 beautiful beaches located right next this renowned seaside resort, if you want to take a dip:

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

After your short swimming break, drive for 1h10 (from Mare e Sole), to discover another famous seaside city, Propriano. With its many bars and restaurants, it’s the perfect place for a lunch break!

South of Propriano, you’ll also discover:

  • Portigliolo beach, a large wild beach located at the mouth of a river, 9 km from Propriano
  • Campomoro bay, where you can do a nice hike around the Cape.
Portigliolo Beach Propriano
Portigliolo Beach, near Propriano

Your next stop is the pretty village of Sartene, with its typical stone houses.

From the Church Square, take a short stroll along the village’s paved alleys to enjoy its authentic atmosphere. And if you want to learn more about the village’s history, you can rent an audio guide for 5€ at the tourist office.

This small village is rather crowed, as it’s a mandatory stop for many tourist buses. In the village, you can find several souvenir shops, bars and restaurants.

It’s now time to get back to your car for the last part of the road to Bonifacio (about 1 hour).

You can make a short stop halfway (a 30-minute drive from Sartene), at the Casa di Roccapina viewpoint. There, you’ll admire a large rock shaped like a lion, overlooking the pretty beach of Roccapina.

And before reaching Bonifacio, how about ending your day at one of the great beaches located nearby?

Here are the best ones:

  • San Giovianni beach: this pretty beach is located in the Gulf of Figari. There, you’ll discover 2 coves and the Caldarello Tower.
  • Paragan beach, the perfect place to take a dip, sheltered from the wind and with shallow waters.
  • Fazzio beach, located at the end of a small fjord, 15 minutes on foot from Paragan beach.
  • Tunara beach: beautiful sandy beach, often crowded during peak season!
  • Stagnolu beach: this wild beach is located a 5-minute walk from Tunara.

After a refreshing swim, it’s time to reach Bonifacio for the night!

Paragan beach Bonifacio
Paragan Beach, near Bonifacio

On the next day, you’ll continue your 7 days itinerary in Corsica and discover the city of Bonifacio.

It’s clearly one of the best places to visit in Southern Corsica!

You’ll be amazed by Bonifacio’s upper town, overlooking the sea at more than 70 meters high, perched on the edge of white limestone cliffs. It’s one of the island’s most iconic picture, and you may have already seen it on postcards and pictures.

Start your day with a visit to the Citadel and the upper town on foot.

When you will pass through the Genoa Gate, stop at the tourist office on your right, and then enter the citadel.

At the tourist office, you can get a city map, but also buy the “Pass Monument”.

For only 3.50€ per person, this ticket gives you an access to the Fortress of the Standard and the King of Aragon’s Staircase, the 2 must-see attractions of Bonifacio!

The Fortress of the Standard is located right next to the tourist office. There, you’ll discover several underground rooms and many explanatory panels, to learn more about this fortified city’s History. 

After your visit, walk along the city walls to admire a breathtaking view of the port and the cliffs.

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

From the Fortress’ exit, turn left and walk for a few minutes to reach the market square (offering another beautiful view of the cliffs), and then head to the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Bonifacio’s oldest monument.

In the upper town, you can discover 3 other churches: the Church of Saint John the Baptist, the Holy Cross Church and the Church of Saint-Dominique. Then, you’ll reach the entrance of the King of Aragon’s staircase.

According to a legend, this staircase was entirely dug in one night by King of Aragon’s soldiers, to invade the city.

In fact, this natural fault has existed for centuries, and was carved and improved throughout the years, as it gives access to a drinking water source.

Even if it’s very impressive to walk down the 187 steps, overlooking the sea at more than 60 meters, going back up will clearly be the hardest part of your journey!

Once you’re back up, catch your breath and go to the marine cemetery, located nearby. You’ll love the contrast between its white tombs and the blue sea and sky. Right next, you’ll find the entrance of the Gouvernail (The Rudder), an old WWII bunker.

The 2.50€ entrance isn’t included in the “Pass Monument”.

Now that you’ve visited most of Bonifacio’s upper town, it’s time to go outside the city to admire beautiful panoramas over the cliffs and the Citadel!

Walk back to the Genoa Gate and take the Campu Rumanilu path, starting from Saint-Roch pass, in front of the gate.

From there, you will get the best views of Bonifacio’s Citadel, it’s really the perfect place to take beautiful pictures!

Bonifacio
View of Bonifacio from the Campu Rumanilu path

From Bonifacio, this coastal path reaches the Trois Pointes beach in about 1 hour.

Then, you can walk for another hour to the Cap de Pertusatu. At the end of this stroll, you will reachSaint-Antoine Beach, famous for its reef shaped like a stranded ship.

If you don’t feel like walking that much, get back to your car and park close to Pertusatu lighthouse. From there, it takes only 20 minutes to reach the beach!

Spend the rest of the day there, or go to Petit Sperone beach, one of the best beaches located near Bonifacio. It’s only 15 minutes away by car.

This pretty cove with fine sand and turquoise waters is clearly one of the best places to swim during your one-week trip to Corsica. It’s often ranked among the island’s 10 most beautiful beaches!

Park your car on the roadside, before Piantarella beach, and walk for about 10 minutes to reach Petit Sperone beach.

You can also walk for another 10 minutes to discover Grand Sperone beach, a little bigger and windier, but just as pretty as its neighbor!

Spend a second night in Bonifacio.

You will find all information you need to visit Bonifacio in my article The 20 best things to do in Bonifacio.

Petit Sperone beach Bonifacio
Petit Sperone beach, near Bonifacio

For your third and last day in Bonifacio, you’ll visit one of Southern Corsica’s best points of interest: the Lavezzi islands.

There, you’ll spend a whole day walking around the island, swimming and sunbathing. You’ll discover sublime beaches and coves with turquoise waters and huge rocks at the water’s edge!

Take the boat from the port of Bonifacio to reach the Lavezzi Islands. It takes about 30 minutes, and there are departures every hour during high season.

Once you’re on Lavezzu Island, the largest island of the archipelago, you just have to find the perfect spot for your relaxing day.

In my opinion, “Chiesa” is the best beach on the island. It’s inaccessible by boat (there are big rocks blocking the path) and therefore very quiet.

You can also walk all around the island. It takes normally about 1 hour, but you should count at least 2h30 as you’ll stop several times to take beautiful pictures and enjoy the panorama!

Don’t forget to bring everything you need for your day, including food and drinks. There are no bars, restaurants or even toilets on the Lavezzi Islands.

On the way back to Bonifacio, you’ll enjoy a commented cruise.

You’ll sail along the Cavallo Island (with its luxury celebrities’ villas) and close to Piantarella and Sperone Beaches. Then you’ll reach the foothill of Bonifacio’s cliffs to discover the King of Aragon’s staircase and the “Grain of Sand” rock formation from the sea.

Finally, you’ll reach Sdragonato Cave, famous for the hole in its ceiling shaped as Corsica.

You can have more information about the Lavezzi Islands in my article: How to visit the Lavezzi Islands?

Spend one last night in Bonifacio.

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When taking the return boat from Lavezzu Island, you need to be there at least 20 minutes before departure , otherwise you’ll have to wait for the next boat.

On the boat, try to be on the right side, as it’s where you’ll see the coast!

The SPBM (the boat company for the Lavezzi Islands) offers 2 free car parks for its clients . You can park your car there while visiting the Lavezzi Islands.

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)

To continue your 1 week road trip in Southern Corsica, leave Bonifacio and drive for 45 minutes to reach Porto-Vecchio.

The region is mostly renowned for its sublime beaches, often ranked among Corsica’s most beautiful! It’s even hard to say which one is the prettiest.

On the road to Porto-Vecchio, you’ll discover:

  • Rondinara beach: a circular bay with fine sand and translucent waters.
  • Santa Giulia beach, ideal if you’re with children as it offers shallow and calm waters.
  • Palombaggia beach, famous all over the world! It’s the trendiest beach in Porto-Vecchio’s surroundings. You’ll be amazed by this fine sandy beach with turquoise waters, huge umbrella pines and big rocks in the water. The scenery is just breathtaking!
  • Tamaricciu beach: located right next to Palombaggia, this beach offers a family atmosphere completely different from its neighbor.

Choose the one you like most and enjoy a perfect day swimming and sunbathing.

Palombaggia beach Corsica
Palombaggia, often ranked among Corsica’s best beaches!

At the end of the day, go to Porto-Vecchio’s old town. Take a stroll in its beautiful narrow streets to discover many cafés and typical shops.

You can also walk up to the Bastion de France to admire a breathtaking panorama of the Porto-Vecchio Gulf. The entrance costs 2€.

End your day with a nice meal in the old town or the Marina, there are many great restaurants in the city.

Spend the night in Porto-Vecchio.

If you want to learn more about the best places to visit in Porto-Vecchio and its surroundings, including the beaches, have a look at my dedicated article: The 17 best things do in Porto-Vecchio.

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If you’re looking for a completely different atmosphere, go to the Cavu Valley, a 35-minute drive from Porto-Vecchio.

There, you can swim in the river’s natural pools, discover beautiful waterfalls and spend your afternoon sunbathing on the large rocks. It’s a great idea for a family outing during your one-week itinerary in Southern 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!
Rondinara Beach Porto-Vecchio
Rondinara Beach, in Porto-Vecchio

4) The Ospedale and the Bavella pass (1 day)

During your 1-week holidays in Corsica, you should spend at least 1 day in the island’s interior. There, you can discover sublime preserved landscapes and do beautiful hikes.

From Porto-Vecchio, take the D368 road towards Zonza. This road offers magnificent views of the bay! You’ll reach the Ospedale forest and lake, looking a bit like Canada.

The Ospedale is also the starting point of the hike to Corsica’s largest waterfall, the Piscia Di Gallu. The round trip takes about 2 hours, and there’s a very steep part at the end, just before the waterfall.

Get back in your car, drive to Bavella Pass and park your car in the paid parking lot. From there, you can hike to the Trou de la Bombe (“Bomb Hole”). It’s one of Corsica’s most famous hikes.

This easy trail starts ad the end of the car park. Walk in the shady forest to reach the Trou de la bombe, a 8-meter diameter hole carved into the cliffs, overlooking the ravine.

The round trip takes about 2h30.

Spend the night in the village of Zonza, about 10 kilometers from the Bavella Pass. You can leave your luggage at the hotel in the morning, as you’ll drive through Zonza again when coming back from the Bavella Pass hike.

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If you’re looking for a thrilling experience, you can also enjoy downhill mountain biking on one of Bavella’s 30 marked trails. You’ll find more information on this website.

And if you don’t want to do these 2 hikes in one day, you can choose one and enjoy a quiet picnic and afternoon in the mountains.

You should drive to the Bavella Pass even if you don’t hike to the Trou de la Bombe. The view from the car park is clearly worth a visit!

Where to stay around Zonza

  • Hôtel Restaurant L’Aiglon: located in the village. Typical mountain hotel, double rooms with a slightly outdated decoration but very clean, from 70€ per night, breakfast at 8€. Strong points: very friendly hosts, very good restaurant, meals cooked with local products.
  • Hotel Clair de Lune: located 6 km from the Aiguilles de Bavella. Bright double room starting at 80€ per night, breakfast at 10€. Strong points: the swimming pool, the reception and the pleasant staff.
  • Hotel La Terrasse: also located in the village. Nice double rooms starting at 86€ per night, breakfast for an extra 9€. Strong points: very quiet, the nice view and the good meals.
  • Hotel Le Tourisme: located in Zonza. Modern and confortable double rooms starting from 100€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the swimming pool, the jacuzzi, the great location and beautiful view + the excellent breakfast. It’s the best hotel in Zonza!
aiguilles de Bavella
The Aiguilles de Bavella

5) Back to Ajaccio (1 day)

Your 1-week itinerary in Corsica is already over! From Zonza, drive back to Ajaccio to take your plane or ferry boat.

The journey between Zonza and Ajaccio takes about 2 hours. If you need to be at the airport or the port early in the morning, you should spend your last night in Ajaccio, instead of in Zonza.

One week in Corsica staying in the same city

You prefer to stay in the same city during your 1-week 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:

Don’t hesitate to give us your feedback and suggestions on my one-week itinerary in Corsica!

If you need help to plan your one-week holidays in Corsica, don’t hesitate to ask me your questions in the comments section below.

Corsica Tours: 1 week

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.

The airport is only 7 km away from the city centre.

As always, you should book your plane tickets as early as possible, as the flight prices can vary a lot throughout the year! 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 Marseille, Toulon, Sardinia and Italy.

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