Corsica - Travel & Tourism Information

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Corsica

Corsica is one of France’s 26 regions, located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of France, west of Italy and north of Sardinia. The island populates 302,000 people over an area of 8,680km2; Housing a wide range of both natural and built attractions; as well as an array of facilities.

Natural attractions

The beaches surrounding Corsica are one of the most important of the natural attractions on the island, with fine and coarse sand beaches as well as pebbled beaches being situated around the coastline, consequent to Corsica’s landscape there are many coves that can only be reached by foot or by boat. Les Calanques de Piana are red granite cliffs, worn by wind and water on the shore, creating pieces of art in their own right, attracting worldwide visitors to photograph the 300 meter wonders. Parc Naturel is situated in the heart of the island is a 3,300 square kilometre park, holding hundreds of walking and hiking trails and is also home to the main mountain peaks in Corsica overlooking glacial lakes. One trail, and the most famous that is walked by worldwide hikers is the GR20 trail which spans over 210km and takes up to 2 weeks to walk in full, however there are many different trails catering for all different requirements of distance and terrain. The Gorges de Spelunca, stretch between the eastern and western villages of Evisa and Ota in the west of the island. The canyon is deeply cut into the granite if central corse and is around 2km in length. The Tra Mare e Monti trail allows the canyon to be accessible by hikers, with most walking to the summit and then returning by taxi, however this is optional and can be walked both ways. Another summit that travellers may wish to visit is Cinto Massif which is the highest mountain on the island; the mountain elevates 2,706m above sea level making it one of the most prominent peaks throughout Europe. There are also many more natural attractions accessible by visitors of Corsica during their stays on the island.

Built Attractions

Filitosa is a key landmark in Corsica and is evidence of man in early Europe civilisation, the statues standing at Filitosa date back to 6600 BC and the prehistoric site also holds granite statures or armed men from the era. Circular structures from the seafarers’ invasion in 110 BC can also be seen. There are many museums located in Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital. The recommended museums to visit by travel agents and prior visitors include the Fesch museum and the National Museum of Bonaparte House, which holds works from the Neapolitan and Roman Baroque eras in particular over 1,000 artworks from the Cardinal Fesch’s home that were donated after his death in Rome in 1839. The Bonaparte museum requires a fee between 4.50€ to 7€ likewise with the Fesch museum which charges a fee of 5€ to 8€ dependant on the season. The Trinighellu is the local name for the railway system running through Corsica and spans over the whole area of the island giving passengers a unique view of the mountains, forests and coastal areas and also passes through the Vecchio viaduct engineered by the creator of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel. Roman Aleria holds relics dating back from the roman period, which are currently stored and presented to the public in the Jerome Carcopino Museum which is located in the Martro Fort monument.

Facilities

Corsica holds many facilities for the convenience of its native residents as well as holiday makers travelling to the island, all of which can be sub-categorised into accommodation, sports facilities, public transport, shopping and tourist information.

• Accommodation

Accommodation offered in Corsica is of all different styles and boards suiting the needs of a wide variety of holiday makers. Types of accommodations available are hotels, holiday homes, guest houses, gîtes, mountain refuges and more ranging from a two star rating to a five star rating on different board basis’...
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