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Corsica lies north of Sardinia, right smack in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by Spain, France and Italy. This idyllic island getaway promises a lush, tranquil setting oblivious to the flow of time, and in perfect contrast with the exciting outdoor activities it also offers.
Be an intrepid adventurer on your Corsica holiday; trek through GR 20, the region’s most famous footpath and one of Europe’s popular hiking trails. This challenging 173-kilometre track climbs up 9,900 metres and takes 15 - 20 days for the average healthy person to complete. For the less adventurous, there are less arduous walks such as Mare a Mare Centre, a seven-day hike from Ghisonacia, and Mare a Mare Sud, a five-day trek through the Alta Rocca region.
Explore Napoleon Bonaparte’s roots at the Casa Buonaparte in Ajaccio, the ancestral home of the legendary leader. Napoleon’s great-great grandfather, Giuseppe Bonaparte, moved into the house in 1682, when he married Maria Bozzi.
Another must-see on your Corsica holiday is the World Heritage Site Scandola Nature Reserve. Situated within Corsica Regional National Park, it features imposing vertical cliffs, red rock formations, beautiful beaches, and numerous crystal-clear creeks. The reserve is home to several species of birds, including osprey, peregrine falcons, gulls, and cormorants. Dolphins are also frequently spotted not too far from shore.
Corsican cuisine blends Italian and French fare, and specialties include Figatellu, a pig liver sausage, and Brin d’Amour, a cheese made from ewe’s milk.