Col de Bavella is one of the most amazing Mountain ranges i have ever travelled to. Situated right on top of the mountains are a few small villages, from which the views are breathtaking. The drive up (from the East) is also fantastic, with gorge-walking and swimming spots along the way. Most villages have restaurants that serve fantastic food, at very cheap prices.
Probably the Best base for a walking holiday in Corsica would be Corte, there are numerous day walks from here to choose from and it Really is a Beautiful and Ancient City to stay in. The University of Corsica is here so it is quite a young place, there is a good choice of accommodation as well as places to eat and it Really is a Cracking place to stay !!!
Without Doubt one of the most Popular and Scenic day walks from Corte is to walk up the Tavignanu Valley -- There is an Excellent path and it is a Full days walk to do the round trip to Refuge A Sega, If however you want to split the day you can stay overnight at Refuge A Sega and return to Corte via the Alzu Plateaux or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous you could continue from Refuge A Sega over to Calacuccia. The choices are there so it is up to you -- which ever route you decide to do you will be surrounded by Beautiful Mountains and have Great walking !!!!
It was my first weekend in Corsica, the last Saturday in September and there was a great atmosphere. There were many old cars entered into the car rally and it was pretty crazy as all the cars raced on the roads that were still open for normal use! I couldn't believe it as cars stopped at the side to let the racers speed past!
On the weekend of the 8th and 9th of December, I went to the chestnut festival in the very small town of Bocagnano. I went by train which took an hour from Corte and then there were free shuttle buses to the fair. It was really good and I'm glad I got to go. It was all under one big marquee and consisted of many stalls each selling different Corsican produce. Chestnut products were the most common as Corsicans use chestnuts for so many things like cake, jam and even beer. There were other products for sale too such as paintings, craftwork, fruit and veg. Being in December, this was a great opportunity to buy some traditional Corsicans products for friends and family at home for Christmas.
see the central town of Corte in the heart of the mountains.
I don't know where to start... Corte is where I attended university for 4 months and although it's a small town I learned to make the most of it and grew to love it. It's probably one of the most beautiful and traditional towns of Corsica. The buildings are old and need a lot of repair but being surrounded by mountains and with 2 main rivers closeby, it is a beautiful place. There is one main street in Corte (see photo) - Cours Paoli - and this is where you'll find all shops and most cafes/bars. Corte has one main supermarket 'Casino' where I have paid many a visit, one suprisingly modern cinema and an interesting museum. The University of Corsica is situated here and therefore this is very much a student town - lively during the week and completely dead at the weekend. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the busiest if you want a bit of nightlife. There is also a market every Friday morning in the carpark behind Bips.
You must see Bonifacio! Although it's difficult to choose, I have to say that for me Bonifacio was the most beautiful part of Corsica.
Bonifacio is a small town at the bottom of the island and is directly opposite the island of Sardinia. When my mum visited for a week and hired a car, we drove down and stayed in an apartment overnight. It is absolutely beautiful there. The harbour is home to lots of luxury boats. Alongside the sea are little cafes, bars and souvenir shops. It's possible to walk up the steep hill to see the town from above and also get a lovely view of Sardinia. At the top, there's also a really interesting cemetery. In Corsica, people don't tend to be buried into the ground. It seems more common to have family tombs with candles which are always lit.
Bastia was the first place I saw when I arrived in Corsica as I got the ferry direct from Nice to Bastia. It looked amazing!
Bastia was another place I went to on the train for daytrips. It's not quite so far away from Corte as Ajaccio and is therefore cheaper on the train. Again I mainly went for the shops although overall I don't think it's as good as Ajaccio if you want to do some serious shopping. Bastia is beside the sea and there are many little cafes along the sea front. It's a beautiful town with a lot of history. It also is home to the only Irish Pub I've heard of in Corsica. O'Connors Pub was great. It made me feel right at home and the Guinness was great. I didn't go there at night but it seemed like it would have a great atmosphere at night.
Visit Ajaccio. This is one of the main cities in Corsica and also Napoleon's birthplace.
When I saw Ajaccio, I was delighted. It is very different to the inner towns. It's bigger, brighter and much more exciting. I mostly went to Ajaccio for the shops. There are 2 main streets of shops, but also lots of little side streets, all with little french boutiques and shopping centres. My friend Ceri, a true shopaholic, and I spent many hours shopping in Ajaccio and had loads of fun!! It's a great place. There are several cinemas and loads of pubs. Ajaccio also has a lot of history especially concerning Napoleon Bonaparte and among other things, you can visit the house he was born in. Ajaccio also is beside the sea so has several beaches. The beaches are quite small and stony but still beautiful.
Take one of the walks. There are many planned walks through Corsica and near the town of Corte, where I was living, was no exception. Most of the walks went along the the Restonica river or Tavignano river and went into the heart of the mountains, often leading to lakes.
One of the most intriguing walks for me was along the restonica. The road led higher and higher up into the mountains and on several days, my friends and I would walk a few miles. However, not being a great fan of walking too far especially if there's nothing much at the end of it, I took the opportunity of driving up there when my mum was over with the hire car. We went round and round the mountains for about 20 miles and at the top was a car park and cafe. This photo was taken at the top in the valley of the Restonica. It was very picturesque but although some of my friends are still intending to do that 20 miles hike, I have yet to be persuaded!
Go to the beach. The climate in Corsica is very good throughout most of the year which allows for days out at the pretty mediterranean beaches. I went to the beach in November when my mum was over and we had a hire car. It was lovely and, coming from the UK, it was hard to believe we were swimming in the sea in November!
Being a Mediterranean island, Corsica has beautiful beaches. The sea is blue, the sky is blue and the sun is shining. If you look closely at the photo, on the left hand side, you'll see the most perfect beach. We were driving along, saw it and just had to find it. Fortunately we did and we spend a good few hours lying in the sun. It was lovely!
The citadel's ancient walls and buildings sit 70m above the sea and are constructed so as to appear a continuation of the sheer, chalky cliffs on which they're perched.
A boat tour from Bonifacio (South of Corsica). You can see Sardinia if the weather is nice.
The city on top of the rocks is really spectacular to view from the boat.
All around Corsica there are vestiges of Genoese and Pisan occupation.
Here is the 13th century Genoese bridge called "Spin'a Cavallu" over the Rizzanese river, about 15 km northeast of Sartene.
Fantastic views from every direction, lovely staff, pure relaxation in a beautiful settingmore
Route de San Martino, Pietranera, Corsica, 20200, France
Good for: Couples
Lieu dit Cavallo Morto, Chemin de Finocchio, Bonifacio, 20169, France
Good for: Families