Top 10 Things to do in Corsica, France

December 31, 2017 Major Galusha

Corsica is a laid-back French island, with a breezy vibe that’s part European weekend and part tropical honeymoon. The port city of Bastia flings its arms wide open to weary travelers disembarking from a long ferry trip. For a truly charming Corsican experience, catch a train through the mountains to the beach, passing by rustic villages and grazing cows along the way. Take a few hours or even a few weeks to explore the island’s famous walking trails, including the varsity-level GR 20.
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1. Les Calanche Cliffs

Corsica, France +33 6 09 49 06 10
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5 based on 534 reviews

Les Calanche Cliffs

These gorgeous red cliffs tower over the Mediterranean.

Reviewed By Craig T - San Rafael, California

Amazing 250 million year old lava rocks in a beautiful red color. The teensy tiny road meanders through it, but beware of big busses and trucks! There are also nice hiking paths that start right outside of Piana. There is a nice little cafe at the north end where you can look at the nice view.

2. D81

D81, 20115 Piana, Corsica, France
Excellent
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5 based on 194 reviews

D81

Reviewed By elena076 - Moscow, Russia

Drove along this road, while relocating from Calvi to Ajacco. The views are breathtaking, but the road is really very narrow. There are some wider spots for taking pictures, but not enough of them taking into account the number of cars passing here in high season. The major problem is that the traffic here is open for full-size touristic buses. If such a bus encounters a trailer, coming from the opposite direction, you can be stuck... So my advice is to allow more time on this route. The car navigators are always too optimistic.

3. Plateau de Coscione

20122 Quenza, Corsica, France
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5 based on 128 reviews

Plateau de Coscione

Reviewed By DeniZinho - Paris, France

This was a recommendation from our local contact. Pozzines are a unique landscape, very low green grass, just as if it was freshly mown, with small torrents running trough it and grazing animals on it. Pozzines on Plateau de Coscione can be found at the altitude of 1500m. Not easy to get there as there is no raod sign to Coscione. From Quenza, take a small climbing road going to the ski station. The ride is more than 30mn. You can find, half-way on the road, "Chez Pierrot" (this will confirm that you are not actually lost :-). Road is not in a good state (quite narrow, drive carefully) but causes no problem in summer. You can park at the ski station and start the walk from there. Place is almost desert and the numerous wild pigs are the kings of the place. Expect a drop of emperature at this altitude so adequate clothing must be planned. Et voilà, enjoy !

4. Nature Reserve of Scandola

Corsica, France +33 4 95 51 79 10
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5 based on 425 reviews

Nature Reserve of Scandola

Reviewed By CarolienBAC - Leuven, Belgium

Nature at its best. A must see when visiting Corse. Absolutely stunning. Lots of boat tours to visit this nature reserve. Or just hire your own boat to enjoy this enchanting place.

5. Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles)

Zonza, Corsica, France +33 9 88 77 35 23
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles)

Reviewed By tbergio - Ireland

Spectacular though hair raising drive. Some excellent scenery. Zonza is a beautiful little village and worth a stop for lunch and a walk around

6. Grottes de Bonifacio

20169 Bonifacio, Corsica, France +33 6 86 34 00 49
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4.5 based on 816 reviews

Grottes de Bonifacio

Reviewed By HumberMart - Brigg, United Kingdom

I'd read that Bonifacio was at the top of the list of tourist hot spots, so maybe I was expecting something more magical.
It's obviously an attractive area and formations, but it's popularity does make it suffer from both high expectations and easy access.
Despite it being a Monday night in September, Bonifacio was so bury, we had to take the ferry to Santa Teresa to get a room for the night. However this turned out to be a bonus, as the views from the ferry were excellent.

7. Village d'Occi

20260 Lumio, Calvi, Corsica, France +33 6 03 38 78 20
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4.5 based on 274 reviews

Village d'Occi

Reviewed By KerrikAustralia - Stawell, Australia

Great walk to a ruined hilltop village, currently being restored. Wear good walking shoes and be aware that it starts at the town of Lumio just out of Calvi, we kept walking up the hill through a gate and then down through beautiful stone walled path, this part took about an hour, it is stunning and worth it, it brings you back to Lumio, but just down from where the walk starts at hotel Chez Charles

8. Gorges of the Solenzara River

268 D, 20145, Sari-Solenzara, Corsica, France
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Gorges of the Solenzara River

Reviewed By Stuart N - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

After a hot day on the beach we decided to give this place a try. It was recommended by some Austrian friends who know this area well. It didn't disappoint. We followed the main road until we came to a small campsite an bar with places for parking. From there it was a 2 minute walk to the river and a nice big pool of cool water to get immersed in. There are lots of rocks so bring decent shoes.
There are various places to see the river but this seemed a good one. The area is beautiful and you could spend a few hours here. The local bar did burgers and fairly simple food but it looked pretty good.

Bonifacio, Corsica, France +33 4 95 73 50 49
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Bonifacio Citadel

Reviewed By rexbarker - Fleet, Hampshire

Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the port, the Citadel has all the charm you might expect from this very old town. there are some amazing views to be had, but be aware that the town does get very busy.
It's a tough climb from sea-level, so you might like to consider the mini-train that runs from the harbour area and will take you right into the heart of the Citadel

10. Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra

Calvi, Corsica, France
Excellent
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4.5 based on 759 reviews

Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra

Reviewed By Mtbhb

We walked up from Calvi, it's a pretty easy walk which starts near the Citadel you just follow the yellow marks or there may be a sign which says ND de la Serra and it takes about 45 minutes but allow an hour so you don't miss the sunset. If in doubt about the route just ask at the tourist information.
Once you reach the chapelle have a wander around inside the walls and enjoy the view but in order to see the sunset, as you walk away from the chapelle down the steps you will see directly in front of you a rocky outcrop quite high up about 100 metres away. Follow the track up to the top of the rocks, crack a beer open and sit on the rocks and watch the sun disappear into the ocean. Awesome!!

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