Part of France, the island sits just to the north of the Italian island of Sardinia, surrounded by the rich blue Mediterranean Sea...
Corsica offers the same pleasures that travellers have come to know and love in France - food, wine, and culture, but with a uniquely Corsican twist. While it may be part of France, Corsica has a life, spirit, and soul (and language) all of its own.
See the birthplace of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in capital Ajaccio; visit medieval Bonifacio on the south coast; hear the chatter of the rigging at harbour town Bastia; or simply flop onto the sands of the island's dazzling beaches: however you spend your Corsica holidays, they are sure to leave you with lasting memories.
The closest Mediterranean island to the UK, flights to Corsica take only two hours. Choice may be a bit limited, as this island jewel has managed to hide its luminous shine from the UK mass market - for the moment. Hotels and self-catering accommodation are plentiful, though.
The most popular resorts for beach lovers are Porto Vecchio, home to renowned Palombaggia Beach, and those around Bastia, Calvi, Ajaccio, and Bonifacio. However, fantastic beaches circle the island, meaning you will be close to beaches, of both the crowded and isolated varieties wherever you spend your holidays in Corsica. As much of the island's beauty is hidden away, car hire in Corsica is also an excellent idea.
Corsica very much operates as a summer destination for holidaymakers, with winters quieter and great for soft adventure...
Corsica holidays are popular between May and October when the sun shines and rainfall is minimal. July is the hottest month, with average daytime temperatures of around 25C. May and October can be pleasantly warm, with temperatures nudging 20C, but you may struggle to find a direct flight during the wet, but mild winter.
The island has a range of events throughout the year, many centred on the arts and culture...
Fireworks festival in Calvi; May: The beaches and ancient churches of this pretty harbour town form a spectacular backdrop to this exciting international fireworks competition.
Calvi on the Rocks; July: The young and musically minded love this beach music festival, which draws an international line up of artists and fans from around the globe.
Fete de l'Assomption; August: Be in Ajaccio, Calvi or Bastia to see some of the finest processions and fireworks for this religious festival on August 15.
Corsica is not just about the beaches. Here is a round-up of some great things to do on the island...
Relaxing: The beaches of Corsica are havens of relaxation, although the quiet coves are more peaceful than some of the main beaches such as Plage de Palombaggia.
Grown-up families: See traditional artisans at work in the region of Balagne and pick up delicious, local produce including olive oil and honey.
Nightlife: Nightclubs can be found in many of the island's bigger resorts, but Calvi on the Rocks is the hottest annual party.
Shopping: The cuisine of Corsica, with its French and Italian flavours, is sublime, and local delis are a great place to stock up on the island's delicacies.
Kids & teens: The stunning red cliffs in Scandola Nature Reserve are best viewed from a boat, and you might also see dolphins frolicking in the waves.
Romance: Plonk yourselves down at a waterside café in Calvi and enjoy a glass or two of tasty, local wine while the sun goes down.
Active types: The north to south GR20 walking route is considered one of the toughest in Europe and it takes around two weeks to complete.