Visit Corsica: Top 35 Things to Do and Must See Attractions


The 35 Best Things to Do in Corsica (Bucket List)

You’re planning to visit Corsica, this beautiful island in the South of France during your next holidays? You want to know more about the best places to visit?

You’re at the right place!

In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared this guide of the 35 best things to do in Corsica, with all the must-see attractions of the island.

I will tell you everything about the most famous cities such as Bastia, Calvi, Ajaccio and Bonifacio, the world famous Scandola Nature Reserve, the best beaches and many more amazing secret places to visit during your trip 😉.

And at the end of the article, I will also give you detailed itineraries to plan your visit depending on the duration of your stay.

So, where to go in Corsica? What are the best points of interest?

Let’s find out!

Visit Corsica: The 35 Best Places to Visit and Must-See Attractions

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In order to help you plan your stay in Corsica, I have prepared detailed itineraries depending on your trip duration. You should read them after reading this article.

You can find them here, simply click on the orange links to read the articles:

They will allow you to plan your trip very easily!

And if you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section, at the end of the article. I would be glad to help you plan your stay.

1. Bastia

Let’s start this Corsica travel guide with Bastia, the island’s economic capital.

Located in the north, the city is a good starting point for a trip to Corsica. With its port and international airport, you can easily get there by plane or with the ferries from France (from Nice and Toulon for example) or Italy.

Here are the best places to see in Bastia :

  • St. Nicholas Square and its many restaurants and cafés
  • Napoleon Street, a lovely pedestrian street with many shops
  • The market which takes place every Saturday and Sunday morning
  • The church of St. John the Baptist and its 2 bell towers, in the Terra Vecchia district
  • The Old Port, the best place to have a drink on a sunny terrace !
  • The Romieu gardens and stairs
  • The citadel of Bastia where the Terra Nova neighborhood is located
  • The Governors’ Palace housing the Bastia History Museum
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral, built in 1619, where you can find masterpieces by Italian painters.

And if you want to take a dip, try one of Bastia’s most beautiful beaches:

  • Arinella beach, a large sandy beach where you can enjoy many nautical activities
  • The beaches of the Marana, located next to Arinella
  • The pebble beach of Toga, only a 5 minutes walk from the city centre
  • Ficaghjola cove,  in the old Bastia

You can find detailed information about Bastia in my article: The 17 best things to do in Bastia. 

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A day, or even a half day is enough to discover this quite small town. You can walk around the city or take the small tourist train.


2. Cap Corse

Located North of Bastia, Cap Corse is among the best places to see in Corsica.

What are the best things to do in Cap Corse?

  • Take the customs officers’ Path (“Chemin des douaniers” in French) that connects the Macinaggio and Centuri villages. During this 19 km long walk along the coast, you will enjoy splendid views.

This trail is divided into 2 sections:

    • The most interesting part goes from Macinaggio to Barcaggio. This 3h30 walk along the seaside offers many beautiful beaches where you can stop for a swim.
    • The other part, from Barcaggio to Centuri, is a bit more difficult and takes about 4 hours. As the path is mainly overlooking the sea, it’s harder to find a beach to take a dip!
  • Do a 2-hour commented cruise departing from Macinaggio: you will discover the Cap Corse and its Genoese towers, the Finocchiarola archipelago and Barcaggio. You will also enjoy a short swimming stop. It’s the best way to discover Cap Corse if you don’t feel like walking! (Information available here)
  • Discover the beautiful villages of Cap Corse: Rogliano, Barrettali, Canari, Pietracorbara… From there, you can also enjoy many walking trails.
  • Visit Nonza and its famous black pebble beach.
  • Stop at the Mattei mill’s and enjoy a breathtaking view over most of Cap Corse.
  • Drive along the Patrimonio wine route (I will give you more information about it later in this article).

If you want to organise your visit to Cap Corse, have a look at my detailed article: Cap Corse : the 15 best things to do.

Cap Corse
Cap Corse

3. Saint Florent

Saint Florent is the second largest marina in Corsica, after Ajaccio. Often compared to Saint-Tropez, this charming village welcomes many tourists every summer and even a few french and international stars!

Take a short walk along the port, and climb up to the citadel through the village’s beautiful small alleys. It won’t take long, and you will enjoy a beautiful panorama, overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Florent.

You should also take some time to visit Santa Maria Assunta cathedral, entirely built in white limestone.

Saint Florent is also the starting point for the Agriates desert boat tours. With its magnificent sand beaches and amazing preserved landscapes, it’s clearly one of Corsica’s must-see attractions!

For more information about Saint-Florent, you can read my detailed article: The 12 best things to do in Saint-Florent.


4. Agriates Desert

The fastest way to get to Agriates Desert is to take a boat from Saint-Florent.

Agriates Desert is mostly renowned for its 2 magnificent beaches, often ranked among Corsica’s most beautiful:

  • Saleccia, a splendid sandy beach with turquoise water, surrounded by a pine forest.
  • Lotu beach, another beautiful beach with translucent water.

If you wish to spend a whole day sunbathing and swimming during your holidays in Corsica, you’re in the right place!

You will find every information you need to visit the Agriates in my article: Visit the Agriates Desert: the definitive guide.

Agriates Desert
Agriates Desert

5. L’Île Rousse

L’Île Rousse is a small seaside resort located between Saint-Florent and Calvi. It’s also a great starting point for an itinerary in Corsica, as you can get there with ferries from Nice, Toulon and Marseille.

Take a walk in the old town and discover the Place Paoli and the Port. From the port, you can also take the lighthouse road to reach Pietra peninsula and its lighthouse. There, you will enjoy a splendid view of L’Île Rousse and the perched villages of Balagne.

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Pietra is a great place to watch the sunset, it’s truly magical!

L’Île Rousse

6. Calvi

The city of Calvi is another place you should discover during your trip to Corsica.

Calvi must-see places are:

  • The citadel: from its walls, you can admire a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings. Inside, you will also discover :
    • The church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste
    • The former palace of the Genoese governors
    • Saint Anthony’s Oratory
  • The old town and its paved alleys with many shops and restaurants
  • The port and the Quai Landry, also with many restaurants!
  • Calvi Beach, a long sandy beach surrounded by a pine forest

And after your stroll, how about trying one of the many nautical activities?

In Calvi, you can choose between paddle, catamaran, windsurfing, kayaking or towed buoy. There are also several diving centres offering first dives.

And if you want more details about the best things to do in Calvi, you should read my article : Visit Calvi : the definitive guide.

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If you want to enjoy something different than sunbathing all day at the beach, you should go to the forest of Bonifatu. Located a 30-minute drive from Calvi, this forest offers many beautiful walking trails and natural pools to swim in the river!


7. The perched villages of Balagne

From Calvi, drive to the small village of Moncale, located only 20 minutes away. There, you will reach the beginning of the panoramic road that connects Balagne’s most beautiful villages.

During your tour, you should stop at:

  • Calenzana
  • Zilia, whose spring water is sold throughout the island
  • Montemaggiore and its view of the Calvi bay
  • Sant Antonio
  • Pigna
  • Spelancato
  • Lumio
  • The abandoned village of Occi: even if this village is in ruins, the place offers a splendid view of the mountains, Calvi Bay and the Revellata in the distance. You can access Occi by foot, from Lumio or from the “Panoramic Campsite” on the Lavatoggio Road. It’s a great place to enjoy the sunset, but don’t forget to walk down before dark!
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The perched villages of Balagne, in Corsica

8. The Revellata peninsula and Our Lady of the Serra

Let’s stay in Calvi’s surroundings to visit a less known tourist site: the Revellata.

The Revellata peninsula is a rather wild area. With its many walking trails, small and quiet white sandy beach and many preserved coves, it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing day walking, sunbathing and swiming. 

And if you want to discover the most beautiful point of view over Calvi bay, drive to the chapel of Notre-Dame-de-la-Serra, located only 5 minutes away from The Revellata.

The Revellata Peninsula
The Revellata Peninsula

9. The Fango Valley

Let’s continue this Corsica travel guide and discover the Fango valley, classified as a natural biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

Located 40 minutes south of Calvi, the place is famous for its many natural pools where you can swim. It’s the perfect place for a relaxing family trip, as you can swim with children and picnic on the river’s shores.

From the valley, you can also enjoy many strolls and hikes of various difficulties.

Nearby, you can also go to the village of Galeria, located a 10-minutes drive from the Fango valley. From there, you can rent a canoe to explore the Fango Delta and discover its amazing wildlife!

Fango Corsica
The Fango Valley

10. Scandola Nature Reserve and Girolata – Porto

The nature reserve of Scandola is one of Corsica’s must-see attractions.

Scandola reserve is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts an exceptional and well-protected marine and terrestrial wildlife. The only way to reach Scandola is by boat, and it’s strictly forbidden to walk, hunt, fish or dive there.

If you wish to visit the reserve, you will need to go to the small port of Porto, in Corsica. (Not to be mistaken with Porto in Portugal!)

From there, you can choose between many different boat excursions.

All these tours also include a stop in Girolata, a former fishing village only accessible by boat or a hiking trail.

During your tour, you will discover magnificent red volcanic cliffs. Try to spot the ospreys living there!

Click on the button below to book your visit of Scandola and Girolata:

You will find every information you need to visit Scandola in my article Visit Scandola: the 12 best things to do.

Scandola Reserve Corsica
Boat trip in Scandola Reserve

11. The Calanques de Piana

The Calanques de Piana are clearly among Corsica’s most beautiful places.

Going on a boat trip (also departing from the port of Porto), is the ideal to discover the sublime landscape. You will by amazed by the incredible shapes and colors of its red granite cliffs overlooking the sea!

For more information and to book your boat tour, simply click the button below:

Contrary to Scandola, hiking is allowed in the Calanques. You can choose one of the many walking trails to explore the place and discover the magnificent viewpoints over the Gulf of Porto.

If you want more information about the Calanques de Piana, you should read my detailed article: How to visit the Calanques de Piana?

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If you wish to visit the Calanques de Piana and Scandola reserve on the same day, you will need to opt for a 4-hour boat tour.

You can book it right here:

Calanques de Piana
The Calanques de Piana

12. Hiking in Corsica

During your trip to Corsica, you should really go on a few hikes! It’s clearly one the best things to do on the island, and the best way to discover the amazing natural landscapes.

There are many hiking trails all over Corsica. Whether you’re in the North, the South, the East or the West of the island, you will always find a trail that suits you!

Here is a short list of Corsica’s most renowned trails:

  • The GR 20, (I’ll tell you more about it in the next paragraph)
  • Mare a Mare trails, crossing the island from East to West or vice versa.
  • Mare e Monti North, from Calenzana to Cargese
  • Mare e Monti South, from Porticcio to Burgu
  • The Cap Corse customs officers’ path (already detailed at #2)
  • Cuscionu Plateau to discover the pozzines
  • The many trails in the Calanques of Piana (already detailed at #11)
  • Lake Nino, starting from Vergio Pass
  • The “Cascades des Anglais” trail, where you can discover beautiful natural pools and waterfalls
  • Purcaraccia waterfalls
  • Spelunca gorge, connecting Ota to Evisa
  • Parata and the customs officers’ path leading to Saint Antoine’s beach
  • Piscia di Gallu waterfall, in the Ospedale forest
  • Bavella pass and the “trou de la Bombe” hike
  • Restonica valley to Melo Lake and Capitello.
Hiking in Corsica
Hiking in Corsica

13. The GR 20

The GR20 is Corsica’s mythical Hiking Trail.

This 200-km long trail crosses Corsica from North to South, between Calenzana and Conca. The road will take you through the mountains, inside Corsica’s Regional Natural Park.

The GR20 is divided in 16 stages (approximately lasting 1 day each). Be aware that this trek is for experienced hikers and requires a good physical condition.

It’s also very important to be well-prepared: study the different stages, book your accommodations and of course use adapted equipment and shoes. Don’t forget that the GR20 is considered as the most difficult hiking trail in Europe.

Pozzines Lake Nino GR20
The “Pozzines” of Lake Nino, on the GR20

14. Corsica’s best beaches

Where can you find Corsica’s most beautiful beaches?


Corsica is the perfect place if you want to go sunbathing or swimming, as you will find magnificent sandy beaches and coves all around the island.

And even in the mountains, you can find many rivers featuring natural swimming pools to take a dip!

The most famous beaches in Corsica are:

  • Palombaggia, located close to Porto-Vecchio, regularly ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the world!
  • Rondinara Bay, 20 km away from Porto-Vecchio
  • The beaches of Saleccia and Lotu in the Agriates Desert
  • Ostriconi Beach, between Saint-Florent and Calvi
  • Little Sperone Beach, close to Bonifacio
  • The Lavezzi Islands‘ Beaches, accessible by boat from Bonifacio
  • Paragan Beach, also located near Bonifacio
  • Roccapina Beach in Sartene
  • Arone Beach, located close to the Calanques of Piana
  • Mare e Sole and the “Plage d’argent” (“Silver beach”), towards Ajaccio.

If you want to discover Corsica’s best places to swim, you should read my article: The 23 Best beaches in Corsica

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The best way to discover Corsica’s most beautiful beaches ( Ostriconi, the Agriates Desert or the best beaches of southern Corsica) is to opt for a VIP boat trip, away from the other tourists!

You have 2 options:

1) Book a private boat trip in Corsica

In my opinion, this is the best way to make the most of your day at sea in Corsica!

You will rent a boat with an experienced skipper that will take care of showing you the most beautiful places of Corsica’s coast.

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 Corsica by clicking on the button below:

2) Rent a boat to discover the coast of Corsica

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:

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Palombaggia Beach, ranked among Corsica’s most beautiful

15. Spelunca Gorge

The Spelunca Gorge trail is among the Corsica’s most beautiful and popular walks.

This mule track connects the 2 small villages of Evisa and Ota, located near Porto and the Calanques of Piana.

It takes around 5 hours to do the whole hike: 2 hours down the Gorge from Evisa, and 3 hours to climb back up.

If you don’t feel like walking that much, you can always do the shorter and easier trail, starting from Ota. You’ll walk along the river, then climb up a bit and go down to reach the small stone bridge of Zaglia, classified as a historical monument.

This part of the trail is the most frequented. It takes about 1 hour to do it, if you don’t stop to take photos or for a dip in the river!

Spelunca Gorge
Spelunca Gorge

16. The forest of Aïtone

If you want to take a dip in a crystal clear river and enjoy a beautiful preserved nature, then you should definitely visit the forest of Aïtone.

Located only a 40-minute drive from Porto and close to Spelunca Gorge, this magnificent 4000-hectare forest is renowned for its huge hundred-year-old Laricio pines.

There, you can enjoy many walking trails. The easiest reaches the river in only 10 minutes and allows you to swim in beautiful natural pools!

If you want to enjoy a bit of fresh air and beautiful nature, it’s clearly a great place to visit during your holidays in Corsica.

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As the place is often crowded, you should go there at the end of the day (around 4 or 5 p.m) to avoid the rush! 

The road between Ora and Aïtone is often full of wild pigs, walking freely on the road. Be careful while driving! 

Aïtone forest corsica
The forest of Aïtone

17. Cargese

Cargese is a small Corsican village located between Porto and Ajaccio. The most interesting thing about this village is its particular history.

It was built in 1774 as a refuge for a Greek community, whose ancestors had left Greece and Peloponnese to escape the Ottoman domination. About a hundred houses were built for the Greeks, as well as the only Byzantine church in Corsica!

50 years later, as there were more and more Corsican people living in Cargese, a Latin Church was also built. Today, these 2 churches facing each other are the village’s landmark.

From Cargese, you can reach 5 beautiful beaches:

  • Chiuni beach
  • Peru beach
  • Menasina beach
  • Capizollu beach
  • Stagnoli beach

18. Ajaccio and the Sanguinaires Islands

Ajaccio is the island’s biggest city and a must-see tourist attraction during your trip to Corsica.

Here are the best things to do in Ajaccio and its surroundings:

  • The traditional market, held every morning on Foch square
  • The Bonaparte house where Napoleon spent a part of his childhood
  • The Fesch Museum and its collection of Italian paintings
  • The cathedral, where Napoleon was baptized
  • Bonaparte cave and Austerlitz square
  • Parata Point, the best point of view on the Sanguinaires islands

And if you want to go swimming near Ajaccio, you can choose between:

  • Marinella beach: the closest beach to the city, always very crowded!
  • The beach of Terre Sacrée, a pretty beach with big rocks at the water’s edge
  • Capo di Feno beach, a large wild beach

You want to learn more about the best things to do in Ajaccio? Have a look at my article Ajaccio: the definitive guide.

Ajaccio Sanguinaires Islands
The Sanguinaires islands, close to Ajaccio

19. Propriano

Propriano is located between Ajaccio and Bonifacio.

In this famous seaside resort, you can enjoy many restaurants and shops. Propriano is also the starting point of many full-day boat trips to the Sanguinaires Islands, and even to Scandola nature reserve.

Close to Propriano, you can enjoy Portigliolo beach, a huge wild beach located at the mouth of a small river. You can also reach the unspoilt natural site of Campomoro.

There, you will find several marked trails along the seaside, as well as small wild coves for your swimming breaks!

And, if you’re looking for a thrilling experience, the skydiving school is waiting for you! Would you dare to jump from a plane flying at more than 4000 meters of altitude?

Portigliolo beach propriano
Portigliolo Beach, in Propriano

20. Sartene

Let’s continue this Corsica travel guide with Sartene, a typical village with beautiful stone houses.

Start your tour at the central Liberation Square, where Sainte-Marie church is located, and walk down the paved alleys to discover the old town.

The village is rather small and often crowded (as many tourist buses stops here), but also very pretty!

And if you want to learn more about the village’s history, you can rent an audio guide for 5€ at the tourist office.


21. Bonifacio

Bonifacio is clearly one of the must-see cities in Southern Corsica.

While preparing your trip to Corsica, you have probably seen the photo of Bonifacio houses, perched on top of a white cliff, overlooking the sea. It’s clearly one of the island’s most iconic picture.

Located in the extreme south of Corsica, Bonifacio and its surroundings offers splendid panoramas, and beaches ranked among Corsica’s most beautiful. That’s why you should definitely spend a few days in Bonifacio during your stay!

What are the best things to do in Bonifacio, Corsica?

  • Take a stroll in the Citadel
  • Visit the Fortress of the Standard
  • Go down King of Aragon’s staircase
  • Do a boat tour to see the city from the sea and discover the nearby marine caves
  • Follow the path from “Col Saint Roch”, the perfect spot if you want to take pictures of Bonifacio’s cliffs!
  • Enjoy a drink on a sunny café terrace on the port, and admire the yachts
  • Take a walk to Pertusato lighthouse and Saint-Antoine beach
  • Go to Lavezzi Islands
  • Enjoy the magnificent beaches of Petit and Grand Sperone, ranked among the island’s most beautiful.

You can find detailed information about Bonifacio in my article: The 20 best things to do in Bonifacio.


22. The Lavezzi Islands

The Lavezzi Islands are clearly among the best places to see around Bonifacio.

It takes only 30 minutes by boat to reach the islands from the port of Bonifacio. There, you will enjoy splendid coves and beaches. The program of that day will be very simple: swimming, sunbathing and relaxing!

You can also walk all around the island.

Even if it’s supposed to last only 1 hour, you should count at least 2h30, as you will stop many times to take pictures and enjoy the panorama!

In my opinion, “Chiesa” is the island’s most beautiful beach. It offers a splendid scenery, with huge rocks and turquoise water. It’s also one of the quietest places on the Islands, as you can’t access it by boat.

You will find every information you need to visit the islands in my article: How to visit the Lavezzi Islands?

The Lavezzi Islands
The Lavezzi Islands

23. Porto-Vecchio

What are the best places to visit in Porto-Vecchio, in Southern Corsica?

I must warn you: the city itself isn’t that interesting. It has a pleasant but very tiny old town, and there isn’t much to do!

In fact, most people come to Porto-Vecchio to enjoy the sumptuous beaches of the surroundings.

Here are the 5 most beautiful beaches around the city:

  • Rondinara Beach
  • Santa Giulia Beach
  • Palombaggia Beach
  • Tamaricciu Beach
  • Pinarelllu Beach

It can be difficult to choose one, as they all offers white sand and crystal clear water. You will have to try all of them to make up your mind!

And if you want to enjoy something different, you should go to Cavu Valley.

The river offers beautiful natural swimming pools. It’s really a great spot if you’re visiting Corsica with children!

You will find every information you need to visit Porto-Vecchio area in my article: The 17 best things to do in Porto-Vecchio.

Rondinara Beach Porto-Vecchio
Rondinara Beach, in Porto-Vecchio

24. The Ospedale

Located North of Porto-Vecchio, the Ospedale forest is another place you should visit during your trip to Corsica.

The road to get there offers beautiful views over the Porto-Vecchio Bay.

On the way, you will also discover the Ospedale Lake, located in the middle of the mountains. It reminded me a bit of Canada!

From the Ospedale, a 2-hour hike takes you to Corsica’s largest waterfall: the Piscia di Gallu. Be careful, as the last part of the trail is very steep.

Ospedale Lake and Forest Corsica
Ospedale Lake and Forest, in Corsica

25. The Aiguilles de Bavella

The “Aiguilles de Bavella” are another famous tourist site in Corsica, and one of the best places to hike on the island.

From the Bavella Pass, located in the Regional Natural Park of Corsica, you can choose between several marked trails. During your walk, you will enjoy beautiful panoramas over the rocky peaks.

The most famous hike is the “Trou de la bombe” (literally “Bomb Hole”).

This 2h30 easy hike in the shade of a pine forest takes you to a natural geological formation, a 8-meter diameter hole (named tafonu in Corsican) carved into the cliffs, overlooking a huge ravine.

Needles of Bavella
The Needles of Bavella

26. Corte

Let’s continue this list of Corsica’s best points of interest with the city of Corte.

Located at the heart of the island, Corte is home to Corsica’s only university. It has therefore more students than inhabitants!

When visiting Corte, the main place to discover is its old town. Divided into an upper and a lower town, it’s definitely the most interesting part of the city!

During your visit, you should go to:

  • The belvedere dominating the city
  • The citadel, where you will find the Regional Museum of Anthropology. There, you will discover a collection of ancient objects, picturing the Corsican way of life through the ages.

You can find every information you need to visit Corte and its surroundings in my article: The 20 best things to do in Corte.


27. The Asco Valley and Monte Cinto

If you want to discover the Asco Valley, you first have to drive to Ponte-Leccia. There, take the D147 road and drive along the gorges for about 10 kilometers. As you drive along the river, you can stop for a swim whenever you want!

The Genoese Bridge, classified as a historic monument, is one of the Asco Valley’s most famous places.

This beautiful ancient bridge is located below the village of Asco. The place is also famous for its large natural swimming pool, perfect if you want to take a dip!

From the ski resort of Haut-Asco, you can also climb the 2,706 meter-high Monte Cinto, Corsica’s highest peak. This hike is for experienced hikers.

Asco and Monte Cinto
The Asco Valley and Monte Cinto

28. Restonica Gorge

The Restonica Gorge trail is among Corsica’s most famous hikes.

This trail starts at the “Bergeries de Grotelle” (“Grotelle Sheepfold”), located 16km away from Corte. There, follow the path to reach Melo Lake, at 1,711 meters of altitude. And if you’re still motivated, you can continue up to Capitello Lake, at 1,930 meters.

The round-trip to Melo Lake takes around 3 hours, and you can add 1.5 hour if you decide to go to Capitello.

After your hike, you can relax and swim in the many natural pools in the gorge!

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Melo Lake, in the Restonica Valley

29. Visit East Corsica

Eastern Corsica is really less touristy than the rest of the island, as the main cities and tourist attractions are located on the West Coast and near the Cap Corse.

Howerver, there are still a few points of interest you can visit if you’re in the East:

  • The archeological museum and the ancient site of Aleria, Corsica’s first city, founded in the 6th century
  • The Pond of Diane, producing the island’s best oysters
  • Padulone beach (the side close to the Pond of Diane is wilder)
  • Pinia beach, located near Ghisonaccia
  • The Côte des Nacres, from Solenzara to Fautea, where you can enjoy many sandy beaches
  • The many hiking trails starting from Piedicroce

30. Diving in Corsica

During your stay in Corsica, you should definitely go diving.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, there are diving sites for everyone in Corsica!

Corsica’s most beautiful diving sites includes:

  • Revellata peninsula, next to Calvi
  • The wreckage of the B-17 bomber, an American plane shot down by the Germans, near the citadel of Calvi
  • The Gulf of Porto
  • The Cathedrals, towards Ajaccio
  • Punta Locca, near Liamone beach
  • Circus Marifaja
  • Capo Rosso
  • Pecorella Shipwreck, a small cargo that sank next to Porto-Vecchio
  • Merouville, in the Lavezzi Islands’ nature reserve
Diving Corsica
Diving in Corsica

31. The other outdoor activities in Corsica

With its many beaches, mountains, canyons and rivers, Corsica is the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities!

You should really try some of them during your stay.

Here is a list of the activities you can practice all over the island:

  • Canyoning: the most famous canyons are Richiusa canyon, Verghellu canyon and Zoïcu.
  • Quad biking in Calvi (click here to book), in the Agriates desert or towards Bonifacio
  • Boat trips to Cap Corse, Saint-Florent, Porto, Bonifacio or the Lavezzi Islands
  • Tree climbing: the biggest adventure park is located in Vero, a small village on the heights of Ajaccio
  • Kayaking, for example at Pianterella beach, close to Bonifacio
  • Jet skiing
  • Climbing: the most famous spots are in Balagne region + The Restonica Valley and the Aiguilles de Bavella
  • Paragliding, in Ajaccio, Calvi and Saint-Florent
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
Quad Biking Corsica
Quad biking in Corsica

32. Take the Trinicellu, the Corsican train

If you want to enjoy something different than visiting Corsica by car or motorcycle, you should definitely try a train ride.

The Corsican train, affectionately nicknamed the Trinichellu (“the little jiggling train”, literally) by the locals, is a unique experience. During your journey, you will discover beautiful landscapes you can’t access by car.

You can choose between 2 lines: from Bastia to Ajaccio and from Calvi to Ajaccio.

Both are crossing the regional natural park of Corsica. Don’t hesitate to stop whenever you want! The Trinichellu’s particularity is that you can get off at a stop, visit or take a stroll, then get back on the next train.

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The “Trinicellu”, the Corsican Train

33. Discover Corsica’s gastronomy

While visiting Corsica, you will have plenty of time to discover some of the best local specialties:

  • Brocciu, a local sheep or goat cheese. You should really try the cannelloni with brocciu, or the brocciu donuts, it’s delicious!
  • Figatellu, a fresh sausage made from pork liver
  • Lonzu, a pork-based delicatessen
  • Fiadone, the traditional Corsican dessert: a lemon-flavored brocciu flan
  • Pietra, the famous Corsican beer
  • Pulenta, the Corsican chestnut flour used in many traditional cakes and pancakes recipes
  • Canistrelli, small biscuits with a lemon, anise or hazelnut flavor (and you can find many more!)
  • Stir-fry veal with olives and pasta
  • Herb pie, a puff pastry filled with chard
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Taste the delicious Corsican delicatessen

34. The wine route

If you are a wine enthusiast, you certainly know that Corsica produces excellent wines. There are 9 PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) on the island:

  • Ajaccio
  • Patrimonio
  • Coteaux-du-Cap-Corse
  • Muscat-du-Cap-Corse
  • Calvi
  • Sartene
  • Figari
  • Porto-Vecchio
  • Corsica (East Coast)

The island’s largest vineyards are often offering wine-tasting tours, and most of these wines are also available in the island’s restaurants. You will find every information you need about the different wineries in the tourist offices.

If you want to enjoy some excellent wine, don’t hesitate to visit vineyards during your itinerary in Corsica!

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A Vineyard in Corsica

35. The “Route des Sens Authentiques”

It’s now time to finish this list of the 35 best things to do in Corsica with the “Route des Sens Authentiques”.

While doing your road trip in Corsica, you will sometimes find blue “Route des Sens” road signs. You clearly can’t miss them!

They always indicates traditional workshops and farms you can visit to discover the Corsican craftsmen skills and the best local products.

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The “Route des Sens authentiques” in Corsica

And you, what do you plan to visit during your trip to Corsica?

Corsica Tours

On, I give you all my best tips and itineraries to plan your trip to Corsica by yourself. (All my Corsica articles are here)

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

Tourist map of Corsica

I have made a tourist map of Corsica for you, to help you picture what the island looks like and where the best places to visit are located. You can display the map legend by clicking on the top left button (the one with a little arrow).

How to get to Corsica?

By plane

Corsica has 4 international airports:

  • Ajaccio
  • Calvi
  • Bastia
  • Figari (near Porto-Vecchio) 

As always, you should book your plane tickets as early as possible to get the best prices. You have to know that the flight prices to Corsica can vary a lot throughout the year!

So to check the rates and schedules, you can use our flight comparator, in partnership with Skyscanner:

By ferry boat

You can also take the Boat to Corsica from the French cities of Toulon, Nice and Marseille, or from Italy.

Renting a boat in Corsica

If you want to rent a boat for a nice day at sea during your stay 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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Visit Corsica: the 35 best points of interest

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