CORSICA

Sardinia and Corsica were united by a single destiny. One land, a similar and ancient culture. This is demonstrated by the many points of contact between two proud and courageous peoples, never bent in front of the pirates who looted their coasts, marvelous both but similar in their differences. Visiting Corsica is an overwhelming experience, crossing the sea and in 50 minutes find yourself in a different but similar reality, speaking a language that resembles the Sardinian but that ranges from French to Arab,  walking through the streets of an ancient village, living a nightlife that does not turn into a nighttime frenzy. You are in Corsica.

BENVENUTU!

A rhythmic day to discover the city of Bastia!
First awakening in the land of Bastia. From the best hotels in the heart of the Citadel, you can have a breathtaking view of the islands of Elba and Capraia. The perspective of breakfast will give you the strength to detach yourself from this picture: cake with chestnut flour, pressed citrus fruits, jams and honey from Corsica … It will be on the terrace overlooking the old port and its houses whitewashed, the church of St. John, all punctuated by the broom boats leaving for Italy.

Just out of the hotel,  the Place du Donjon, facing the Museum and the Palais des Gouverneurs and its facade of Genoese influence. Bastia city of art and history spread its most precious treasures.

A narrow street lined with small shops leads to the church of Santa Maria where the Virgin of silver is the pride of the Bastians. Below, the Chapel of the Black Christ reveals its flamboyant baroque. Your visit continues in the rue Napoléon, where Corsican designer boutiques compete with the greatest: jewels, decoration, clothes, the “made in Corsica” offer is becoming more and more talented. How not to evoke also these timeless and old-fashioned stores that have crossed the century giving this artery an additional charm?

It is noon when I take a break in a place in the Saint Nicolas Square lined by many restaurants and cafes. Here all generations are united … In the shade of plane trees, I am tempted by a light lunch that smells of Corsica: roast rack of lamb with herbs and vegetables, ice brocciu and canistrelli, all accompanied of an AOC Patrimoniu.

In the early afternoon, a shopping trip along the course Paoli and the street César Campinchi, shopping streets of the city, is essential to me.

Your bastide getaway ends in Erbalunga, gateway to Cap Corse: Restaurants, cafes and stalls delight passers-by, while the Genoese tower seems to watch over the village and its cobbled streets.
And if you have a little energy,  go stroll on the old port, where the Bastiais meet for a moment of conviviality at dusk!

MAP OF CORSICA

ENJOY THE MUSIC

Discover a music full of emotions and local cultures. Every Thursday from April to October, a concert of polyphonic songs is offered in the church of Saint-François next to the marine cemetery in the Upper Town of Bonifacio.

Enter the church, sit on a bench, let yourself be carried away by voices from another era and be transported through the history and culture oof this magic island … Here is what Bonifacio offers every Thursday night, from April to October. In total, more than 30 emotional concerts will leave you with an unforgettable memory.

THE LAVEZZI ISLAND ARCHIPELAGO, A NATURAL RESERVE BETWEEN CORSICA AND SARDINIA

Isule Lavezzi, Natural Riserva between Corsica e Sardinia.

This natural reserve is a must for your holidays in Corsica but also for locals. Housing a remarkable flora and fauna, you will be totally out of thinking about the sea.
Lavezzi Islands would be pretty exotic for a day. You know this day where you are not too far but yet you have the impression of being on the other side of the world?
The Lavezzi Islands are not too crowded with tourists, so you are going to enjoy it.

YOUR UNIQUE CHOICE

You can decide to let yourself be lulled by the sweet sound of the sea on one of the many beaches, or to face a particular excursion in search of an food and wine journey through vineyards surrounded by rough and sunny rocks and enjoy a tasting at one of the many wine cellars or enjoy one of the many festivals where you will savor the ancient taste of Corsican bread, a true culinary experience.

Or … why not enjoy the absolute richness of a day of total relaxation in one of the little-frequented beaches?

This is Corsica: an absolute choice of unique and particular experiences, in luxury hotels, immersed in pristine and precious nature.

HOW TO GET THERE

A convenient 50-minute ferry ride from Sardinia and port of Santa Teresa di Gallura will take you to Bonifacio, in the South part of the island. From Bonifacio you will be ready to face your inimitable experience in Terra Corsa.