Corsica (summer only)
Back for summer 2016!
Bienvenue to Corsica, Isle of Beauty, Mediterranean island gem and the latest destination you can breeze through from Southampton Airport. Situated on the southwest coast of Italy and north of Sardinia, this is a rare island gem with astonishing diversity. Discover mountains and forests, glittering harbours and white sand beaches, and a slice of island life with something for everyone.
As the fourth largest island in the Med it stretches over 3,400 square miles, with 600 miles of glorious sun-kissed coastline. White-knuckle roads whisk explorers and hikers into glacial-lake interiors, whilst tan toppers flock to chic seaside towns of Calvi, the fortress town of Bonifacio with its towering citadel and yacht-filled harbours of Porto Vecchio that dot the island. Whilst the proud heartland town of Corte defines the interior of this friendly outcrop that’s closer to Italy than France.
It’s not all sun worship, pavement cafes and beach life. A magnet in the summer for cyclists and hikers travelling to crack the gruelling 180km G20, Corsica thrives on its spectacularly changing nature.
Fly direct to Corsica with Flybe in just two hours. The airport is situated in the town of Bastia, which is well connected to trains and buses that can transport you across the islands main regions, or pick up a hire car.
Bastia airport is about 20km from the town. Check out the timetables for the Navette bus to Bastia town, find the tourist train that links the island, discover local taxis – as well as useful tariffs.
Top things to see and do
Dating back from 3000BC - and home to many battles - Corsica is home to plenty of historical sites for the modern explorer, including this extraordinary collection of Menhirs at Filitosa, discovered in 1946.
Nature lovers will appreciate the wonderful Reserve Naturelle de Scandola and stunning Calanches, on the UNESCO heritage list.
With 200 beaches to choose from, discover hidden nooks and fun-packed stretches; Corsica is known for its white sand and sapphire waters.
Off the beaten track
The famous GR20 is a trekker’s paradise. Split into the north part of the island and the south, do you dare brave its heady heights?
Take the ferry from Corsica to Sardinia and see the dramatic white cliffs that house the Phare de Pertusato, or if you prefer to be on dry land, it’s a 2 hour round trip on two feet.
Calvi was where Lord Nelson lost his eye and Corsica was the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Visit his family home in Ajaccio.