As one of the 27 regions of France, Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea that is located west of the Italian Peninsula. Corsica is split into two departments, Haute-Corse (Upper Corsica) and Corse-du-Sud (Southern Corsica), and its regional capital is Ajaccio in the prefecture city of Corse-du-Sud. Bastia in the prefecture city of Haute-Corse is the second largest settlement in Corsica. The climate in Corsica is described as a hot-summer Mediterranean climate.
One of the most notable sites in Corsica is French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s ancestral home in Ajaccio, the Casa Buonaparte, which is now used as a museum. Top destinations within the island also include its many walking trails such as the GR 20, which is well-known and is the most difficult of all the Grande Randonnée trails. When engaging into many walks available in Corsica, it is recommended to have a topographical map. Other trails to explore include Mare e Mare or Sea to Sea trails which cross the island, and the Mare e Monti trails or Sea and Mountain – Mare e Mare Nord, from Cargése to Moriani la Plage; Mare e Mare Sud, from Porto-Vecchio to Propriano; and Mare e Monti, from Calenza to Cargèse. These trails can be complete within five to 11 days depending. The French region of Corsica also has many beautiful beaches that have many sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving opportunities. Some beaches even have rentals for windsurf boards and kitesurfing boards.
How to get around within Corsica
When travelling throughout Corsica, there is a 232-kilometre or 144-mile long metre gauge railway that joins Ajaccio and Bastia with a branch from Ponte-Leccia to Calvi. There are newer railcars which were introduced in 2007 in hopes to speed up the journey. When in Corsica, it is also recommended to rent a car, since the public transportation within the areas is very poor and unreliable. There are three train lines that connect to most major cities, and the rest can be reached by bus, although the buses only have two trips, and leave twice a day.
How to get there
Figari-Sud Corse Airport or Figari South Corsica Airport is the airport that serves Corsica, France. The airport serves flights to and from destinations such as Paris–Orly Airport, Marseille, Nice, Manchester, via Air France, Air France operated by Air Corsica, and flybe. Seasonal flights to and from Lyon, Bordeaux, Caen, Clermont, Sion, Brussels, Rouen, Düsseldorf, Bern, London, Nantes, and Paris—Charles de Gaulle Airport, via Air France operated by Air Corsica, Air France operated by HOP!, Air Glaciers, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings operated by Eurowings, Sky Work Airlines, Thomson Airways, Volotea, and XL Airways France are also available at the Figari-Sud Corse Airport. Summer seasonal flights to and from Toulouse, Geneva, Beauvais, and Charleroi, are offered by airlines such as easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, and Ryanair, among others.