Corsica is a rugged, mountainous island surrounded by long sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
Wherever you are on the coast, you see the hazy blue green hills give way to craggy mountains in the interior. Corsica is a beautiful island with outstanding holiday possibilities allowing you to combine a beach holiday with interesting sightseeing. There are numerous watersports around the coast, a golf course in the extreme south, boats for hire and fishing trips and inland abundant wild flowers along the road sides and up the tortuous tracks in the mountains, lush pastures, rocky crags, stone cottages and goats. The architecture as with much else on the island of Corsica is an enchanting mixture of southern French and Italian and there are fortress towns, ports, citadels and prehistoric sites to explore. Corsica really is full of dramatic scenery, both inland and along the coast.
Our favourite hotels on the island include La Villa, a five star hotel in a beautiful location which offers a high standard of comfort and service; and the Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa, a stylish and attractive hotel near Porto-Vecchio.
Average air temperatures in Centigrade: Jan 12.9, Feb 12.2, Mar 14.1, Apr 16.5, May 21.0, Jun 25.5, Jul 28.1, Aug 27.9, Sep 25.7, Oct 21.5, Nov 18.1, Dec 14.5. Source: Direction de la Meteorologique de France
Cultural highlights include local ceramics, pottery, wood carvings, woollen goods, Ewe's cheese, Wine and Corsican Religious festivals.
How you get there Self-drive: There are ferry services from Marseille, Toulon and Nice to Corsica with crossing times taking between 5 and 10 hours, depending on the service. We can reserve these for you. By Air: There are daily direct scheduled flights with GB Airways from London Gatwick to Ajaccio and Bastia or you can travel by scheduled air, you take a flight with BA to Paris, Nice or Marseille and then change to fly with Corse-Mediterranee or other local airlines. The connections with BA and Air Littoral to Figari via Nice work quite well as do those with Corse-Mediterranee to Ajaccio via Paris. The flights from Nice and Marseille to Corsica take about 50 minutes.
The four star Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa near Porto-Vecchio is a stylish and attractive hotel in Corsica.
Le Roc e Fiori Hotel is a colourful, intimate hotel that enjoys a beautiful location above Porto-
La Villa in Calvi is a well-equipped five star hotel in Corsica.
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