Corsica summer holidays

Retreat to the enthralling French island of Corsica

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Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert

Barbaggio  Holidaymakers already acquainted with the French island of Corsica are aware of its bewitching appeal. Its gorgeous climate coupled with its natural beauty provides the perfect opportunity to explore the island’s stunning undulations. Families can enjoy a range of activities, particularly high adrenaline water sports: there are various activity centres dotted around the island. Corsica’s unique cuisine consists of delicious dishes, such as the lamb dish Agneau Corse and mouth-watering Langoustines, and there is ample opportunity to taste some of Europe’s most superb wines.

Travellers considering a holiday in Corsica, or globetrotters already charmed by the island, can tailor their accommodation search with HomeAway. Find an idyllic Corsican holiday home replete with garden area and outdoor seating, and you can enjoy long French breakfasts in the sunshine, or evenings on the veranda watching the sunset.


Top five destinations in Corsica


Ajaccio Ajaccio summer holidays

As the largest city and capital on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is an ideal destination for those seeking a destination that combines the hustle and bustle of city life with beautiful scenery and green space. The city was the home to Napoleon Bonaparte, and a visit to the Casa Buonaparte, the birthplace of the great leader, is ideal for history and military enthusiasts. For those seeking a more tranquil setting, meanwhile, venturing to the Lac de Tolla - a lake surrounded by stunning scenery - offers astonishing panoramic views of the city at the top of the long winding road.

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Porto Vecchio Porto Vecchio summer holidays

With its beautiful and unspoilt beaches, and its visually stunning mountain top ranges, Porto-Vecchio is a versatile destination which caters for different holiday itineraries. The historically intriguing Old Town is home to a wide range of bars and designer boutiques, and offers an ideal location for a gentle stroll leading up to the beautiful marina. The Palmbaggia Beach, meanwhile, provides a peaceful setting for travellers seeking a relaxing sunbathing spot. Sample some of Corisca’s finest foods in one of the local restaurants, where you can tuck into dishes of wild boar sausage or platters of local cheeses.

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Calvi Calvi summer holidays

Situated in the north west of the island is Calvi, one of the busiest cities of Corsica. This supposed birthplace of Christopher Columbus is characterised by its rich history, which dates back to around 5000 BC. The Chapelle de Notre Dame provides one of the most breathtaking views of the city and its surrounding areas, and provides a perfect excursion for keen hikers attempting to conquer the imposing summit! Stroll along the walls of Calvi Citadel, a fortress that also provides stunning panoramic views of the sea and surrounding mountain tops. For those seeking an idyllic excursion, an ideal location is Scandola, a beautifully untouched island and nature reserve. The marina also provides a number of opportunities for water sports activities, with scuba diving and snorkelling around Calvi’s corals providing a unique way to explore the sea life.

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Ile Rouse Ile Rouse summer holidays

The beautiful commune of L'Île-Rousse has picturesque bays and scores of immaculate beaches. Visitors to the area will experience the rich sense of Corsican culture deeply embedded within this region. The Old Town, Pascal Paoli, is an enchanting area with paved stones and historic street names, and offers an ideal stopping point for a bite to eat. Blending with the old is the New Town, decorated with plane trees and a charming central square, perfect for relaxing in the summer sun. The Ile-Rousse lighthouse is a particularly popular destination for tourists, as it provides an excellent opportunity to take a gentle stroll and take in spectacular views of the coastline.

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Bastia Bastia summer holidays

With its stunning marina and magnificent yachts, Bastia is an elegant destination closely tied to its maritime history. The Vieux Port (Old Port) is a charming part of the city, offering a number of restaurants and eateries that provide fresh seafood from Bastian fishing boats. Holidaymakers can continue to take delight in Bastia’s famous wines, a perfect accompaniment to Corsican cuisine. The Musee de Bastia allows tourists to reflect on the rich history of the town, whilst the fortress and adjacent sixteenth century bell tower provide breathtaking views of the old port. With an average of 240 days of sun per year, the city is perfect for those seeking a relaxing and sun-soaked destination with inspiring sights in abundance.

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Holiday rentals in Corsica

Villa Palombaggia Sleeps 10

This magnificent luxury Corsican villa overlooks Palombaggia beach, close to the trendy town of Porto Vecchio, and sits on a quiet hillside, surrounded by stunning scenery and unrivalled sea views. Villa Palombaggia sleeps up to ten guests in five...

Villa with private pool 3 min from the beaches and the natural pools

Villa with private swimming pool and view of the sea from the Genoese tower. It is located in a quiet area and is not overlooked. It can accommodate up to 6 people. It consists of 3 air-conditioned bedrooms (with terrace and view of the mountains)...

Bocca di Villa Heated Pool Near The Beach oru Palombagia & Santa Giulia, 1. 5km

VILLA WITH POOL Private Heated pool with a terrace and garden loungers  Very quiet on a property of 4000m2. A 1 5 km sea between two beaches PALOMBBAGIA AND the Santa Guilia. PALOMBBAGIA one of the most beautiful white sand beach and turquoise wat...

Cottages with swimming pool in residential area (bed and breakfast)

Bed and Breakfast in a villa in a residential area, conveniently located near shops and sea. Each room has air conditioning, TV, mini-fridge, bathroom, safe, iron and ironing board. breakfast prepared near the pool aperitif in the evening around 6...

Vacation home Résidence Casale di Mare in Porto Vecchio, Corsica - 6 persons, 2 bedroom(s)

Property details Short description Number of persons: 4 - 6. Beach/water: Sandy beach (without crossing the road) approx. 50 - 80 m. Bedroom/s: 2. Floor space: 52 m². No pets allowed. Next village/town: Bastia approx. 143 km. Bonifacio approx. ...

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