Corsica is a great outdoor destination

Corsica is an impressive destination to travel.  “The island of beauty” is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited in the Mediterranean. If you dream as well of a Mediterranean escape with perfect beaches, remote mountain villages, boating experiences and amazing food – Corsica is your destination! It’s one of my favorite outdoor islands in Europe.

14-day tour of Corsica

Breathtaking mountain landscapes, azure bays , picturesque villages and an abundance of culinary surprises. In this blog post I take you on a fascinating 14-day tour of the beautiful island of Corsica .  

This breathtaking French island in the Mediterranean is often overlooked compared to other popular holiday destinations. But make no mistake, behind the modest appearance lies a true paradise, hence the nickname ‘Île de Beauté’. This was exactly what appealed to us. I traveled around the island by car for two weeks, curious about the hidden treasures that Corsica has to offer. 

So get ready for a journey full of discoveries, where every bend in the road reveals a new adventure and every stop offers a chance to experience the authentic charm of Corsica. 

Island beauty

An important question that is probably on everyone’s lips is, why is Corsica called ‘Île de Beauté’ (Island of Beauty)? Well, this nickname reflects the breathtaking diversity of the island ranging from the most enchanting Mediterranean beaches and dramatic coastal landscapes to majestic mountains, green valleys, and picturesque villages. 

The coastline of Corsica is adorned with idyllic beaches with azure blue water, surrounded by granite rock formations and cliffs. The interior of the island offers an impressive contrast to its mountainous terrain, where the Corsican Mountains with their sharp peaks and lush forests catch the eye 

Like its landscape, Corsica reflects a rich history dating back to times long past. Spread throughout the island, there are traces of various rulers and historical events. Consider notable sights such as historic Corte, the Genoese towers along the coast, and the medieval charm of Bonifacio. But remote places also breathe history and authenticity, especially in the small charming villages where age-old traditions and culture have been preserved. 

Whether you prefer to relax on sun-drenched beaches, explore adventurous places, or delve into the rich cultural heritage of picturesque villages and historic sites, Corsica has something for everyone. The versatility of the island makes it a unique destination where nature, adventure and culture come together harmoniously, giving you an unforgettable experience. 

Best time to travel through Corsica

During low season

The best time to take a 14-day tour of Corsica is definitely the shoulder season, namely spring (April, May and June) and autumn (September and October). Temperatures are generally mild, ranging from 15°C to 25°C, perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking and exploring the island’s natural beauty. Because you are not traveling during the high season, you benefit from lower prices for flights renting a car and booking accommodations and even some sightseeing. On top of that, the roads are less busy and there is more available parking at places you would like to visit. These car parks often only charge a fee during the high season. 

During high season

Of course you can also plan this Corsica road trip during the summer months. Then you have a better chance of warm and sunny weather, but with the capricious and unpredictable weather conditions in the mountains this is absolutely no guarantee. Please note that July and August are in the middle of the tourist high season. This means that the prices for flights , renting a car and booking accommodations are a lot higher. In addition, there is more traffic on the island, which makes it harder to travel in busier places. In addition, there is less parking at iconic sights or popular beaches, so you always have to get there very early to get a spot and you will also have to pay for it.   

How to travel to Corsica?

Where there is a will there is a way. Traveling to an island in the Mediterranean may sound a bit difficult, but it certainly isn’t! Corsica is easily accessible in various ways. Accessibility cannot therefore be an excuse not to visit this beautiful island.  

You can fly to these destinations from Brussels South Airport with Air Corsica . You can then pick up your rental car at the airport to start your Corsica tour. 

Tip: Reserve a rental car before you leave on your trip. I always choose Sunny Cars . The big advantage of renting a car from Sunny Cars is that all insurance is already included in the price. This means you will not be confronted with unpleasant surprises in the form of extra costs when picking up your car. 

With the ferry

Would you rather do a Corsica tour with your own car? Then this is certainly possible. You can take the ferry to Corsica from various ports in France (Marseille, Nice, Toulon) and Italy (Livorno, Savona). You can use several ferry companies, including Corsica Ferries, La Méridionale and Moby Lines that sail to the main ferry ports in Corsica (Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and L’Île-Rousse). The duration of the ferry journey depends on the departure port and can vary from a few hours to multi-day trips. 

The ultimate 14-day Corsica tour 

Based on my personal experiences, I have put together an itinerary that can help you plan your tour of Corsica. You can completely take over this route, but of course you have the freedom to make adjustments based on your own preferences. 

I recommend that you allow at least 14 days for this extensive road trip. This way you will have plenty of time to explore all the places on this itinerary.  

Discover the Cap Corse peninsula

The first region you will explore on this Corsica tour is Cap Corse . This is a beautiful peninsula that extends like an outstretched finger into the Mediterranean Sea, located in the northern part of Corsica.  

Known for its impressive cliffs, charming villages and unspoilt nature, Cap Corse is a must-visit destination for those wanting to experience the authentic charm of Corsica. 

This region is characterized by a dramatic landscape, with steep cliffs rising from the azure sea and picturesque coves hidden among the rocks. The winding roads along the coast lead you through picturesque villages, where time seems to have stood still. 

So Cap Corse is not only a feast for the eyes because of its natural beauty, but is also home to historical sights, such as old Genoese towers that stand along the coastline as silent witnesses to a rich past. 

Choose an accommodation that is conveniently located so that you can easily explore the nearby area. I can already recommend Hôtel Pineto in Biguglia, Hôtel Casa Mea in Bastia, Hôtel La Dimora & Spa in Saint Florent, and Aethos Corsica , located between Saint Florent and Bastia. 

Day 1: Bastia and wine route in Patrimonio 

Start your first day in Corsica with a visit to the historic port town of Bastia, the island’s second largest city and the main gateway for ferries from France and Italy. 

Explore the historic center with narrow streets, old buildings and churches dating back to the 14th century Genoese rule. The Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral is a Baroque masterpiece with beautiful frescoes and offers panoramic views of the city and the port. 

Stroll along the Vieux Port, the old port, the beating heart of the city. Enjoy picturesque waterfront promenades surrounded by colorful houses and countless restaurants and cafes. The bustling Place Saint-Nicolas, a lively square, is a meeting place for locals and tourists alike. 

Have lunch in one of the many cozy eateries and taste the local cuisine that combines Mediterranean influences with unique Corsican flavors.

Do you like wines? Then the Patrimonio wine route is a great afternoon activity. This route stretches across rolling hills, lush vineyards and historic villages, offering you a unique opportunity to discover Corsica’s rich wine culture.  

During this route you have the chance to visit several wineries and cellars, where you can not only enjoy delicious wines, but also learn more about the production process and the history of wine growing in this area. The hospitable wine producers are happy to share their passion for wine and their knowledge of the unique terroir of Patrimonio. Some renowned domains you can visit are: Domaine Leccia , Domaine Orenga de Gaffroy and Domaine Arena

As you travel along the wine route, you can enjoy breathtaking landscapes with vineyards stretching all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. Col de Teghime offers the most impressive view. Along the way, also discover the charming village of Patrimonio, with idyllic streets and stone houses. Don’t forget to stop at the delicious Libertalia Bistro Tropical , a cozy open-air restaurant. 

Day 2: Road trip around Cape Corse 

The best way to explore the Cape Corse Peninsula is via the Route du Cap. This car route runs all around the peninsula. This way you can experience the unique character of both the east and west sides of Cap Corse.  

The west coast of Cap Corse will impress you with its wild, rugged beauty and authentic fishing culture while the east coast will enchant you with its gentler landscape, picturesque villages and wine-growing traditions. 

Sights not to be missed on this day trip are: 


Erbalunga, once Corsica’s main port, is now an attractive fishing village. The old harbor with the Genoese tower, Torra d’Erbalunga, is an eye-catcher.

The cobbled streets invite you to stroll past cozy cafes and boutiques, making the historic center the ideal place to experience the local culture. Erbalunga is also known for excellent restaurants serving delicious Corsican cuisine, including fresh fish, local cheeses and charcuterie. 

Finocchiarola Islands 

The Finocchiarola Islands are a notable attraction, although together they cover only 3 hectares. The trio, consisting of Terra, Mezzana and the most striking Finocchiarola with an old Genoese tower. These islands act as a bird sanctuary, with the rare Audouin’s Gull breeding there between March and August. The Finocchiarola Islands can be reached on foot from Tamarone Beach via the beautiful customs path. After a 20-30 minute walk with breathtaking coastal views you will arrive at the beach of this nature reserve. 

Moulin Mattei  

At the very tip of Cap Corse in Ersa, stands the iconic white windmill Moulin Mattei. Although currently not open to visitors, the 10-15 minute climb to the mill offers breathtaking views of the Tuscan islands and the Italian coast. From here, the enchanting fishing village of Centuri attracts attention, with its lively harbor where fresh fish, lobster and crawfish are delivered daily for delicious regional dishes.  

Along the route you will also encounter the picturesque mountain village of Pino. This charming town, surrounded by lush oak forests, has a rich medieval history. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, most of the inhabitants emigrated to America, which Pino never fully recovered. Yet this desolation adds to the appeal. In the oak forests you will still find abandoned houses and impressive villas, called palazzi, financed by American emigrants and now unfortunately vacant. Pino is also home to the abandoned Couvent Saint François Monastery and the impressive Genoese Scalo Tower on the small harbour. 

Nonza is known for its breathtaking location on top of a rock, with traces dating back to prehistoric times. Thanks to this strategic position, the village was able to spot pirates from afar. At Nonza you will find a remarkable dark gray-black beach. The beach owes its unusual color to waste rock from a 1950s asbestos factory nearby. Although it is not the nicest beach for sunbathing, it is beautiful to see. You can only reach the beach on foot via a steep staircase. 

After this impressive day trip you can relax on one of the lovely terraces in the port of Saint Florent. 

Admire the most beautiful villages in Balagne

After Cap Corse you continue to the northwest of Corsica. There lies the beautiful green region of Balagne , between the Mediterranean Sea and mountains. Stretched between Calvi and L’Île Rousse, it forms a semicircle around the foot of the Monte Cinto massif. Balagne, also called the garden of Corsica, is known for its fertile soil, olive groves and vineyards, and historic towns. Recently the region has attracted artists, craftsmen and ecological farmers who continue Corsican traditions here. In the green hills of Balagne villages you can still see how local specialties are made according to age-old methods. 

Recommended places to stay in this region are Campo Di Fiori in Calvi, Casa Legna near Pigna, Hôtel Restaurant Villa Joséphine in LʼÎle-Rousse and Hotel A Piattatella in Monticello. 

Day 3: From Cap Corse to the Balagne 

This day you travel from Cape Corse to Balagne. It is not very far, because from Bastia you can reach L’île Rousse by car in just an hour and a half. On this route you have the opportunity to make a few stops along the most beautiful beaches on the island. So don’t forget to prepare your swimming gear in the car. 

Saleccia Beach in Lotu Beach

On the route from Cap Corse to Balagne you will pass the Désert des Agriates nature reserve. Contrary to what the name suggests, it is not a traditional desert with sand dunes, but rather a vast, rugged plain covered in maquis, low shrubs and rocky formations. This area is a real paradise for nature lovers and adventurers, with two of Corsica’s most beautiful beaches , Plage de Saleccia and Plage de Lotu. These beaches are known for their fine white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. They can only be reached via hiking trails, by boat or by jeep, which adds to the unspoilt charm of the area. 

Along the main road there are facilities that offer jeep tours to these beaches, but you can also choose to do this excursion later. Drive directly to Calvi and from there book one of the various tours to these tropical beaches via GetYourGuide.

Ostriconi Beach

Not in the mood for a jeep excursion? Then opt for a day of water fun at the beautiful Plage de l’Ostriconi. Surrounded by clear waters and lush vegetation, this golden sandy beach is known for its unspoilt nature. The beach is accessible by car, but from the parking lot it is about a 15-minute walk through the greenery, which is an experience in itself. 

Once you arrive on the extensive beach, it is easy to find a quiet spot. Because the beach is less known, there are fewer tourists, but mainly local visitors. Please note that there are no facilities such as a bar, restaurant or toilets, so bring plenty of drinks, snacks and sun protection. 

After a day of water fun, depending on where you stay, you can head into the center of L’Île Rousse or Calvi to enjoy the local culinary delights. 

Day 4: Discover the most beautiful villages of Balagne via the artisans’ route 

In Balagne there are many craftsmen, including artists and farmers, who open their workshops to the public. Via the artisan route or Strada di l’Artigiani you will pass workshops located in some of the most beautiful Balagne villages. Since you cannot visit all the villages in one day, I will go over some of my personal favorites here. For the full route and more information, check out my blog about the most beautiful villages in Balagne

The first place on my list is a bit of an exception. Calvi is not exactly a small village but more of a lively coastal town. The highlight is the impressive, historic citadel where you can wander around in a maze of small alleys. You also have a breathtaking view of the sea and the harbor. You will also find many cozy eateries here where you can taste the local cuisine and artisan boutiques where you can buy nice souvenirs. This is a great place to start your route through the interior of Balagne.   

The next town is the picturesque Lumio, located along the coastal road from Calvi to L’Île Rousse. Lumio offers a perfect mix of hilly tranquility and coastal beauty. The charming village, with narrow cobbled streets and old stone houses, offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Calvi. 

From the central square you can take a walk to the deserted village of Occi with ruins where you can enjoy a beautiful view. For relaxation on the beach, follow the route to Plage de l’Arinella, one of Corsica’s most beautiful beaches , with shallow water and a great view of the green hills of Balagne. 

The next charming mountain village in line is Pigna. Pigna is best known for its artists and craftsmen. The village is home to various craft workshops that you can visit. 

The well-preserved old town of Pigna consists of winding cobbled streets, old stone houses with bright blue painted shutters creating an enchanting atmosphere. In addition to the rustic charm, you have beautiful panoramas over olive groves. 

Pigna’s cultural heritage is reflected in the Centro Culturale di u Poghju, a renowned center for Corsican polyphonic singing, which organizes live concerts and musical events during the summer. 

Then comes Sant’Antonino! This village is located on a hilltop of no less than 500 meters altitude. The history of Sant’Antonino dates back to the 9th century and is one of the oldest villages in Corsica. It is also considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. 

The old center, despite its somewhat dilapidated appearance, exudes a cozy atmosphere. The panoramic viewpoint, known as the Balagne Eagle’s Nest, offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, Monte Grosso, Monte Padru and the Regino Valley. From the village square you can take a walk to the monastery of Saint Dominic in Corbara. 


Another eagle’s nest in Balagne next to Sant’Antonino is Speloncato. This village is located on a rock at an altitude of about 600 meters. The history of Speloncato goes back more than thousands of years. 

The highlight here is definitely the panoramic view from the Cima district, reached via winding alleys. From the highest point where a feudal castle once stood, you enjoy breathtaking views over the Reginu Valley to the sea, with a view of Petra Tafunata to the west. 


Another gem surrounded by the green hills of Balagne is Montemaggiore. This beautiful village is located a little more to the west. Montemaggiore is best known for its olive production. You can visit the old oil mill U Fragnu where olive oil is still produced today. The annual olive fair ’the Fiera di l’Alivu’ takes place here in July, which is a real experience. 

Here too you have several spectacular views over the surrounding landscape dotted with olive groves and surrounded by impressive peaks. 

Marvel at the beautiful landscapes in the Gulf of Porto 

After Balagne you travel to the West of the island where you take a few days to discover the enchanted Gulf of Porto . Located within the Regional National Park of Corsica, this region offers spectacular sights such as the protected Scandola Nature Reserve and the impressive Calanches de Piana with red cliffs up to 900 m high.  

Furthermore, the Gulf of Porto is characterized by beautiful coastlines, rugged cliffs and green hills, ideal for adventurers and nature lovers. But you will also find some of Corsica’s most beautiful beaches , surrounded by authentic coastal and mountain towns. 

Prepare for magical sunsets, where you can enjoy a real spectacle as the sun colors the granite rocks in golden-orange tones!  

Here you can have a great stay at L’Aiglon in Serriera, Hôtel Capo Rosso near Piana, VILLA FLAKA Boutique Hôtel in Cargèse. 

DAY 5: From Balagne to the Gulf of Porto

On this day you travel to the Gulf of Porto. The travel time from Calvi to Piana is approximately 2h15, but in reality it takes much longer. Prepare for several hours of winding along narrow lanes and impressive cliffs! Take your time to enjoy the spectacular views and don’t drive too fast, because you will encounter many animals along the way. 

The last part of the route between Porto and Piana runs straight through Calanches de Piana. These are a spectacular series of red granite rock formations that extend over an area of ​​approximately 2 kilometers. They are formed by erosion of rocks over millions of years. Wind, water and other natural forces have carved the red granite cliffs into unique and bizarre shapes. This is very impressive to see and that is why they are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

For me, this was one of the most beautiful car routes I have ever driven. So prepare yourself for many wow moments. Of course you can park along the road in the designated areas to explore the most beautiful places more closely or to take beautiful photos. 

For the adventurous souls there is an immediate walking opportunity here. Starting from the main road there are several hiking trails, including one to Château Fort. Start at Tête du Chien, a rock formation where you can also park. Follow the yellow path, which takes just twenty minutes, and will be rewarded with breathtaking views over the Gulf of Porto. An alternative route starts at Chalet des Roches Bleues, near the statue of Mary. A steep path up takes you to the old mule track between Piana and Ota, where impressive views will amaze you. 


You can take a break in the picturesque town of Piana. Get lost among the narrow streets of the village, admire the traditional houses with their red roofs and enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals and their pets. Yes, you heard that right! In Piana, the residents’ pets roam freely, so don’t be surprised if you are suddenly greeted by a friendly dog ​​or cat on your walk.

Here you can find many restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal. One of my favorites was Le Joséphine , an open-air restaurant with a beautiful view over the Gulf of Porto. Seats in this restaurant are in demand, so book well in advance if you want to dine here during sunset.  

Ficaghjola beach 

In Piana you will discover one of Corsica’s hidden gems: plage Ficaghjola, a beautiful beach surrounded by impressive red granite rocks of the Calanches de Piana. The beach is not easy to reach, but you can drive along a winding road to a parking lot and then take a short walk to this enchanting bay with crystal clear turquoise water. An idyllic place to relax after your journey from Balagne. 

Day 6: Visit the Scandola Nature Reserve and the fishing village of Girolata 

The Scandola Nature Reserve is a breathtaking piece of unspoilt nature, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The reserve includes a beautiful coastline of the Gulf of Porto, with imposing red cliffs rising from the clear blue Mediterranean Sea.   

The area is home to diverse flora and fauna, including rare plant species and various bird species such as the osprey and the rare monk seal. If you are lucky, you can spot them there. 

In this nature reserve they try to combine environmental conservation and tourism as best as possible. This means that the park is protected and you can only admire it from the sea. You can opt for one of the various boat trips via Getyourguide, which depart daily from the port of Porto. You have many options, such as combining your trip to the Scandola nature reserve with a visit to Girolata or a detour along the Calanches de Piana.  

During your tour of Corsica, a visit to the authentic fishing village of Girolata should not be missed. Located in the heart of the Scandola Nature Reserve, the only access is by boat or on foot via the Sentier de Facteur trail. This route of about 10 kilometers, starting at Col de Croix, follows the path of the former postmen to Girolata. It offers beautiful views, desolate beaches and a good workout, with some challenging climbs. Choose suitable footwear and take plenty of water with you. 

Once in Girolata, relax on the beach, where local cows keep you company, or enjoy a local lunch at a nearby restaurant before continuing your walk. Although Plage de Girolata may not be the most beautiful beach in Corsica , it exudes an authentic charm. 

Day 7: Walk along the Gorges de Spelunca 

A few kilometers inland from the coastal town of Porto lie the enchanted mountain villages of Ota and Evisa. Between these two mountain villages lies the famous Spelunca Gorge, which offers a beautiful hiking experience. 

If you park your car past Ota at the bridge over the D124, you can immediately experience the most beautiful part of the Gorges de Spelunca. It is a 40-minute walk to Pont de Zaglia. This well-marked route offers stunning views and swimming opportunities along the Porto River. The path runs through forests and along steep rock walls, with some height differences, but which are certainly also doable for children. From Pont de Zaglia you can choose to return or continue your walk through scrubland to Evisa. Would you like to walk the entire old mule path between Ota and Evisa? Then it will take you about 3 hours to cover it in one direction. 

Would you like to relax on the beach after the walk? Then you have two options. 

The nearest beach is Plage de Porto, an extensive pebble beach that provides the perfect setting for an afternoon of water fun. Here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the majestic red granite cliffs in the area. 

Another eye-catcher is the robust Genoese tower that stands proudly on top of the rocks and overlooks the beach. Built in the 16th century, this square tower has recently been renovated and is now open to visitors. Climb the tower for a beautiful panoramic view of the Golf de Porto. 

With ample parking and various facilities for eating and drinking, Plage de Porto is an ideal place to relax. 

An alternative option is the more southerly Plage d’Arone, an enchanting sandy beach accessible by an adventurous motorway along the mountains with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Porto and Capo Rosso. 

Plage d’Arone, known for its crystal clear waters and unspoilt environment, surrounded by lush hills and untamed nature. It is therefore an ideal place for those seeking peace and quiet and nature lovers. 

Near the beach you will find various facilities, including restaurants and bars. Moreover, you can enjoy various water activities here such as kayaking, jet skiing, windsurfing and snorkeling. Parking is available at the restaurants and bars for a fee, but please note that in high season it can be busy and it may be difficult to find a parking space. 

From beautiful beaches to impressive mountain peaks in South Corsica

After a stay on the beautiful Gulf of Porto, you move deeper to the south of the island. There you will find some prominent cities such as Ajaccio, Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, but also the impressive Bavella massif and the island’s most breathtaking beaches are part of this region. 

Southern Corsica guarantees a fascinating voyage of discovery with a great diversity of landscapes. Here lush green hills meet rugged mountains, while enchanting bays and pristine beaches adorn the coastline. This varied environment, combined with beautiful cities and charming villages, makes Southern Corsica a special and unforgettable destination. 

Also keep in mind that the East and West coasts of South Corsica are also some distance apart. Due to the mountainous interior, you either have to drive around the coast or brave the impressive rocks. In order to lose as little time as possible, it is therefore advisable to opt for two different stays in both parts. Then choose a 2-night stay on the Southwest Coast. This is possible at A’mare Corsica . In addition, I would book another 4 nights around Porto-Vecchio, where you should definitely stay at Domaine de Casanghjulina for an unforgettable stay .

Would you rather stay 6 nights in one accommodation? Then I would opt for a lodging with a central location around Bonifacio. This is possible at Hôtel Version Maquis Santa Manza or Hôtel & Spa Version Maquis Citadelle. 

DAY 8: Visit the capital Ajaccio 

It is about an hour and a half drive from the Gulf of Porto to Ajaccio. Along the way you will pass Cargèse, a picturesque town with whitewashed houses and breathtaking views. You can stop here if you need a break. 

Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, enchants you with its beautiful location on the Gulf of Ajaccio. Enjoy a spectacular view of the azure blue sea and various sights. 

The city consists of two parts. The historic center includes a citadel, lively harbor and charming alleys, while the more recent part is characterized by chic boulevards with Parisian allure and beautiful 19th-century houses. 

Ajaccio is best known as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, which is noticeable everywhere. From statues in squares to souvenirs in shops, the city exudes imperial references.

Are you an art lover? Then visit the Musée des Beaux Arts in Palais Fesch. There you will find an impressive collection of Italian masters from the 14th-18th centuries, surpassed only by the Louvre. 

Explore the narrow streets of the historic center, visit the Citadel for strategic views and admire the impressive cathedral with a mix of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, where Napoleon was baptized. 

DAY 9: Travel back in time and discover traces of history in Filitosa and Sarène 


Travel back to prehistory in South Corsica, where several archaeological sites reveal traces of times gone by. Filitosa is considered the most beautiful and I can only confirm this. 

The site, located on an extensive hilly domain between granite rocks and wild olive trees, offers a dreamy landscape. The highlight are the prehistoric stone statues and menhirs from the Neolithic and Bronze Age. These statues range from human figures to animals and are spread across the domain. When you follow the walking route, you will see them all.   

According to research, a megalithic people once lived here who made statues of defeated enemies to decorate hero tombs. The Torréens, who drove them out, are said to have used these statues as building material in revenge. Although the story is not completely certain, one thing is: a visit to Filitosa is really worth it! 

Between your visit to Filitosa and Sartène, take a break at one of the most beautiful beaches in Corsica , Plage de Cupabia. 

This secluded but spacious sandy beach, surrounded by mountains and dense vegetation, offers peace and privacy. The crystal clear water invites you to cool off and is ideal for snorkeling or diving. The area is also ideal for beautiful walks. 

The beach is easily accessible by car and parking is available. Parking can become more difficult on weekends and high season when it is busier. Last but not least, there is also a beach bar for refreshing drinks and snacks. 


Do you want to experience the real Corsica? Then a visit to Sartène should not be missed on your Corsica tour. Known as ’the most Corsican of all Corsican towns’, this town has a strong cultural identity reflected in its festivals, music and traditional crafts. 

Sartène’s historic city center, with narrow alleys, old churches and houses with sculpted granite facades, takes you back in time. The central square, Place de la Liberation, is the beating heart of the city and also the location of the annual Catenacciu ritual, a deeply held religious procession symbolizing the crucifixion of Jesus. 

Nearby are prehistoric sites at Cauria and Palaggiu, with dolmens, menhirs and stone carvings. Sartène is also home to a Prehistoric Museum with artefacts excavated in the area, giving you an insight into the lives of past residents. 

In addition, Sartène is also known for its local wine production, especially the characteristic red wine of the region. Are you a wine lover? Then be sure to visit some nearby vineyards to get acquainted with the unique flavors from the region. 

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the impressive mountains of the Alta Rocca and nearby beaches, Sartène offers a perfect combination of culture and nature. 

Day 10: Discover Corsica’s most iconic city, Bonifacio  

Discover the city of Bonifacio

Today you say goodbye to the beautiful West Coast of Corsica and drive towards the East Coast. On this route you cannot miss the most iconic sight of Corsica, namely Bonifacio, the city built on cliffs of white limestone. Bonifacio is also called the Gibraltar of Corsica because it is the southernmost point of the island. 

It goes without saying that Bonifacio attracts a lot of visitors, so my main tip is to arrive here as early (before 10 am) as possible to easily find a parking space.   

In Bonifacio, the city unfolds in two parts: the lively lower town near the harbor and the old upper town in the castle, accessible via a steep climb. The view from the upper town, with narrow medieval streets, boutiques and restaurants, is the reward for the effort.  

A must-see attraction is the impressive “Escalier du Roi d’Aragon,” a beautifully carved staircase to the sea that dates back to the 13th century and is surrounded by legends and stories about its origins. 

Other highlights include the phenomenal view over the city and the Strait of Bonifacio from Mount Saint Roch, where in good weather you can see the island of Sardinia. 

What to do near Bonifacio?

Can’t get enough of these phenomenal views? Then you can combine a visit to Bonifacio with the 8 km long cliff walk to Capu Pertusato where you can enjoy panoramic views.   

Need some relaxation after your visit to Bonifacio? Head to the beach! Some of Corsica’s most beautiful beaches in the area include Plage de la Tonnara and Petit Sperone. 

Day 11: Stroll through Porto-Vecchio and refresh yourself in the natural springs of Vallée du Cavu 

Take a morning walk through Porto-Vecchio

In the meantime you have arrived at the east coast of Corsica. You immediately notice from the constructed roads, the buildings and the various supermarkets along the road that this part of Corsica is more adapted to tourists than the other regions in Corsica. But this does not mean that it is less pleasant to stay here. 

Start your day with a morning walk through Porto-Vecchio, which literally means ‘old port’. With a history dating back to Roman times, the historic center offers breathtaking panoramas of the sea and the port. Wander through narrow cobbled streets past local boutiques, bars and restaurants. Meanwhile, enjoy the lively atmosphere in cozy squares and admire charming pastel-colored houses. Discover historic sites such as the Genoese citadel from the 16th century. Want to know more about this charming town? Then opt for a guided walk .

The marina, dotted with colorful boats, adds to the city’s Mediterranean allure. Along the coastline, restaurants, boutiques and cafes invite you to taste local cuisine and artisanal products.

Find refreshment at the natural springs in Vallée du Cavu

Looking for an adventurous, yet refreshing trip for young and old? Then the natural springs in Vallée du Cavu are the place to be. Here, several hiking trails, varying in difficulty, lead to natural springs where you can enjoy a cooling dip and even do canyoning. 

The departure point at A Tyroliana Park offers paid parking options. From here, the most popular spot at restaurant Les 3 Piscines can be reached via an unpaved path. During high season there is a free shuttle service for those who need it. 

If you are up for some climbing and scrambling, you can opt for a slightly more adventurous walking route over the rocks along the river. This way you can find the most beautiful and secluded places to stop and go into the water. Approximately in the middle of the walking route you come to Pont de Marion, which bridges the valley and the river with its three arches. Here you cross and return via the other side of the bank through the woods. This loop-shaped walking route along the springs is about 2.9 km.   

Day 12: Hike through the impressive peaks at Col de Bavella 

Today explore the mountainous interior of southern Corsica at Col de Bavella, a breathtaking mountain pass at approximately 1,218 meters altitude. Enjoy spectacular views of jagged granite peaks, the famous Aiguilles de Bavella, rising dramatically against the sky. This destination is popular with adventurous travelers and nature lovers because of its many hiking trails, including the famous GR20. 

Parking is available for a fee at the Col de Bavella car park, the starting point of most walking routes. Be prepared for erratic weather and bring a raincoat, sweater, plenty of water and snacks. Good walking shoes are essential. As a beginner, you can choose the shorter hiking route to the Trou de la Bombe (6.3 kilometers), an impressive 8-meter hole in a rock ridge. 

For adventure seekers, there is a challenging 11 kilometer long hiking trail through the high mountains. The first part involves a steep climb, followed by a descent using chains. Along the way you will enjoy breathtaking views. The return route is via the GR20, a slightly easier path past waterfalls and lush greenery. Despite unfavorable weather with heavy rain storms, which made the walk more challenging than expected, it was definitely one of the most beautiful walks I have ever done. 

DAG 13: beach day 

After a day of hiking in the mountains, you deserve some relaxation. And what better way to do this than with a day of relaxing at the beach. If you are still in the vicinity of Porte-Vecchio, then you are in the right place! Here you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Corsica , so there is plenty of choice. To avoid stressing your choice, I will limit myself here to my 3 favorite beaches. 

Plage Sant Giulia

Plage Santa Giulia, recognized by UNESCO, is one of the best beaches in Corsica. With its clear turquoise water, fine white sand and rocks off the coast, it is reminiscent of the Seychelles. 

Along the beach you will find numerous trendy beach bars and clubs with photogenic cabanas, comfortable sunbeds and cocktail service. Make sure you get there quickly, because these places are popular. 

Are you a fan of water sports? Then I have good news. Here you can enjoy one of the best sailing and surfing schools, with lessons available in English and German, as well as skiing and diving lessons. You can also rent a boat here to explore the other bays in the area.   

The beach is accessible by car, with ample parking. On busy days, additional parking spaces are available for 5 euros per whole day. 

Palombaggia beach  

Plage de Palombaggia known as the most beautiful beach in Corsica, enchants with golden sand, azure water, red rocks and majestic pine trees. Enjoy cooling off on hot days in a beautiful setting with a view of the beautiful îles Cerbicale. 

Plage de Palombaggia is easiest to reach by car and there is ample free parking on the north side of the beach. But during the high season it is impossible to find parking here in the middle of the day. So come as early as possible. To solve this problem a bit, you can also use the bus to reach this beach during the summer.   

In addition, Plage de Palombaggia offers numerous facilities such as cafes, restaurants, sports clubs and hotels. 

Pinarello beach 

Surrounded by high mountains, picturesque villages and dense forests, you can find the beautiful sandy beach of Plage Pinarellu in a vast bay. 

The beach has both lively and quiet areas, where you can enjoy privacy and silence. This way you can relax in an unspoilt environment further south, while further north you can enjoy numerous facilities. So here you experience the best of both worlds.   

The beach is accessible by car. You can park for free along the road and reach the most unspoilt part of Plage Pinarellu via a short walk through the forest. 

From the South you return towards the North, but not without a visit to Corte. Despite Corsica’s fame for its breathtaking coastline, a rugged but spectacular mountain landscape dominates most of the island. For those who want to explore these impressive mountains, centrally located Corte is the ideal base. 

You can have a wonderful stay in Corte at Hôtel de la Restonica , Dominique Colonna , Maison San Giovanni and kyrn flor.

Day 14: Visit the citadel of Corte 

End your trip with a visit to the Corte, the former capital of Corsica. The city is known for its imposing citadel, which towers high above the city and overlooks the surrounding mountains. 

When you are here, a visit to the Citadel should not be missed. The citadel has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages and played an important role in the military strategies of the region. Furthermore, the citadel offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and countryside, making it not only an important military stronghold but also an impressive architectural masterpiece. Today you can still wander through the centuries-old corridors and discover the history of Corsica. It is also home to museums and exhibitions that will give you a deeper insight into the rich culture and history of this beautiful island. 

The atmospheric old town center is home to charming squares, restaurants and craft shops, making Corte an indispensable destination if you want to experience the authentic charm of Corsica. 

The surrounding mountains and valleys also make Corte a popular base for walkers and nature lovers, with the impressive Gorges de la Restonica nearby. So you can stay here for much longer than one day.