The French island of Corsica is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean, although it has a culture entirely of its own, basking in the Italian sun. The island’s beauty lies in its wild, untamed landscape and its unique, proudly maintained culture, although the influx of delicious French wines has not harmed!
Corsica is a stunning mountainous island, which contains the highest concentration of national parks, which cover over a third of the islands surface, with a further 17 protected zones in both the mountains and off shore. The mountains, forests, lakes and bays have a huge appeal to visitors to self catering cottages or villas in Corsica.
Guided walks in the forested mountains let visitors get the most out of hiking on the island, and are a great option for first time visitors despite meaning that you do not get to choose your own pace. Do not worry though; if you have taken holiday accommodation in Corsica once, it is highly likely you will return year after year and be able to investigate the island at your leisure. Guides to Corsica can be found at the Office National des Forets.
The coastline of Corsica is over 1,000km long, consisting of plummeting cliffs, hidden coves and long sweeping beaches, which you will almost certainly get to know if you take a Corsica villa during the summer. The coastal paths offer some spectacular walks, but it is the mountainous interior which draws walkers and hikers to self catering Corsica villa rentals.
The coast, aside from lazing on the beaches, also offers sailing and windsurfing all around the island, so if you are looking to rent a Corsica villa or cottage for water sports, the exact location is not a huge factor. The same applies for snorkelling and scuba diving, although some of the best dives occur off the rugged west coast, around Calvi or Bonifacio.
The heart of the island is also perfectly designed for mountain biking, white water rafting and horse riding holidays, and there is nowhere better to relax after a hard day of outdoor sports than in one of the spa centre in Gaugno-les-Bains, Les Bains de Baracci or Pietrapola, or simply in your own luxury Corsica villa with a pool.
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Sartene offers visitors to Corsica accommodation a taste of ‘real’ Corsica, where traditions dating back the Middle Ages still live on strong. However, it is the vibrant town of Corte, which personifies the feeling of independence and power, set deep in the heart of Corsica which draws discerning holiday makers. It is both lively and un-spoilt, dominated by the towering citadel and National Palace.
Corsica’s glorious Mediterranean climate means that summers are long, so you do not need to wait long to rid yourself of the winter blues, as taking a luxury villa in Corsica can have you basking in the sun by May. From June until September, daily temperatures average around 27°C, and even in winter, temperatures do not plummet past 10°C on a regular basis.
All four corners of Corsica are well connected, so reaching your holiday rental accommodation in Corsica is never too hard. The Airports of Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Figari receive regular flights from across Europe, but the most regular supply of cheap flights to Corsica are provided by British Airways, landing at what is generally known as Corsica Airport (CRS); Bastia.