Book hotels in Corsica to explore one of the most fascinating and under-rated islands in the Mediterranean...
It won't take long to fall for the charms of Corsica. As you fly over the island (following a flight time of around two hours from the UK) you'll spot pristine beaches, mountains that soar skywards, and cities, towns and villages scattered across the attractive landscape: from the capital of Ajaccio and the medieval buildings of Bonifacio, to the sands of Porto Vecchio, there's a spot to suit you.
Just north of Italy's Sardinia, the island of Corsica features a unique selection of things which combine to make your holiday unforgettable. It's not just the food, the wine and the culture, there's a special atmosphere in Corsica and holidaymakers return again and again to savour it.
It's not a huge island (it takes roughly four hours to drive between the northern and southern tips). Car hire is recommended to discover the tourist attractions and hidden beaches away from your resort.
Where will you stay on the island of Corsica? There's a good range of accommodation to choose from...
Five-star hotels, cosy traditional guesthouses, mid-range rooms, budget hotels... whatever kind of accommodation you're after, there's a place in Corsica to suit you. The island is dotted with beach resorts and most holidaymakers check into hotels along the coastline of Corsica. Porto Vecchio is one of the most popular resorts; there's a pretty marina, the quiet streets of the old town, and plenty of beaches. Calvi, in the north, oozes charm, while Porticcio is a little livelier. Bonifacio is a hugely attractive port town. It's framed by tree-clad mountains and buildings cling to cliff tops overlooking the sea. There aren't many beaches close to Bonifacio however, so consider another destination if you want to walk to a beach every day. The capital of Ajaccio combines city and beach beautifully.
Holidaymakers also opt for villas and self-catering apartments in Corsica.
Prices on the island can seem high compared to the French mainland. To find a great deal on Corsica hotels you can compare prices on TravelSupermarket. Book your deal as early as possible, especially if you plan to travel in the peak months of July and August.
Corsica is brimming with pleasant places to see and wonderful beaches on which to relax...
It makes sense to hire a car to see the very best bits of this Mediterranean beauty.
Top five attractions
French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was born in a mansion here. Maison Bonaparte is an interesting place to spend a couple of hours in between shopping and sipping drinks at one of the city's welcoming cafés. There's a lovely tree-lined promenade too.
The 9th-century citadel is worth a look; it's one of the jewels in the crown of this historic town.
This gorgeous town is particularly splendid when lit at dusk. It's the main port of Corsica and you can book a wide variety of boat trips in and out of Bastia.
Close to Porto Vecchio, this is the most famous beach on Corsica. Yes, it can get crowded, but people just want to see the incredible clear waters and the fine white sands. The scent of the pines that line the beach will stay in the memory for a long time.
The Lavezzi Islands, which are easily accessed by boat from Bonifacio, offer a number of beautiful spots in which to swim and unwind. Life under the waves is a riot of colour so be sure to pack a snorkel and mask.
With a holiday season running from April to October, there are plenty of chances to witness an annual event in Corsica...
Find out what's on when during the busy summer months.
Bastille Day; July: The French mark the birth of the modern nation on July 14 with parades, parties and fireworks.
Calvi on the Rocks; July: The cool crowd flock to Calvi in the heat of July to hear a great line-up of DJs and electronic-music acts. It's a beach party by day, and a very stylish gathering by night.
Porto Latino; August: Another festival of music, though this one swings to a Latin beat. St Florent hosts this popular event and its citadel welcomes open-air concerts. Hotels will be very busy in St Florent during Porto Latino.