Turquoise water, wild beaches, typical hilltop villages and delicious culinary tradition: a Corsica holiday is synonymous with an idyllic summer. For a few weeks now, it has once again been possible to visit the Isle of Beauty as a simple visitor. From Bastia to Bonifacio, via Porto-Vecchio, Corsica is full of unforgettable experiences.
In the morning, swim in the clear water of Saleccia beach, then have lunch in the shade of the umbrella pines. On another day, explore the natural pools of Purcaraccia near the Polischellu waterfalls. For the more adventurous, take the GR20 to go beyond your limits. This summer, a Corsica holiday is the best option to get away from it all and disconnect without going to the end of the world.
The Agriate Desert
In the north of Corsica, the Agriate Desert is a seaside territory, bordered to the south by a mountainous massif. Covering an area of 15,000 hectares, the Agriate Desert is known for its 37 km of unspoilt coastline. From your home, go on an excursion on a sailboat to discover this breathtaking landscape. Together with the deserts of Tabernas and Bardenas Reales in Spain, the Agriate Desert is one of the only deserts in Western Europe.
By boat, stop at the most beautiful beaches in the desert, from Lotus beach to Guhignu beach and Saleccia beach. Enjoy absolute calm and Corsica in all its splendour, wild and unspoilt.
At night, sleep at Villa Rosabelle. After several steep bends, you’ll finally arrive at the house perched on the heights. In the morning, have coffee on the terrace and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea. The house overlooks the coast with, to the south-west, a view of Ile Rousse. After a good night’s rest, head south or stay a few days to enjoy the house and its swimming pool.
Waterfalls and pools at Bavella
After passing through the city of Corte, the historical and university capital of Corsica, continue towards the Bavella peaks. By car, take the direction of the Col de Larone. Just after the pass is a hairpin bend. The path starts just there – be careful, the start is not indicated. After about 30 minutes and a few detours, you will come across one of Corsica’s best-kept secrets: the natural pools of Purcaraccia.
When the days are hot and the crowds rush to the beach, take the mountain road to discover these incredible landscapes in peace and quiet. The little extra? Here, the water is more refreshing. For lunch, stop at a typical Corsican inn. On the menu: wild boar terrine and fresh brocciu (local cheese). The natural pools of Purcaraccia are one of the most unforgettable experiences we have ever had during a holiday in Corsica.
A taste of the GR20
The GR20 is an 11-day trail in 16 stages. It is another image of Corsica, more sporty and wild, almost hostile at times. For adventurous families in search of nature and authenticity, it is possible to do a few stages.
At night, sleep at the Paliri shelter. At sunrise, have your coffee with a breathtaking view of the Bavella peaks. Then set off for a 4-hour hike and 350 metres of ascent towards Conca, the last and easiest stage of the GR20. As the walk progresses, the more you can see the bay of Porto Vecchio. When you arrive in Conca, head south to rest at the beach of Pinarellu.
After the effort, the comfort: spend a few days in Villa Paoli near the beach of Pinarellu and the village of San Ciprianu. With its panoramic sea view and its infinity pool, it is the ideal house to get together and relax. This house with its clean lines is a haven of peace lost in the middle of nature. Inside, the furniture is modern and the sobriety of the materials is a call to serenity.
The King of Aragon’s staircase
The next day, head for Bonifacio and discover the King of Aragon’s Staircase, a place steeped in history. Legend has it that it was dug in a single night by the troops of the King of Aragon during the siege of Bonifacio in 1420, but it is more likely that actually the Franciscan monks built the staircase to access a source of drinking water .
The staircase is under the citadel of Bonifacio, south of the tip of the Timon. At the end of the day, when the sun is not so hot and the crowds less dense, explore this historic staircase and then take advantage of the opportunity to stroll through the town of Bonifacio, the last bastion before Sardinia.
End this trip with an unforgettable experience, a helicopter flight over the water. Fly over the coast, discover the island from a different angle and admire the breathtaking scenery. Leave at sunset, when the last rays of light set the mountains and the sea ablaze. An experience not to be missed during your Corsica holiday.
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