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Explore the rugged French island with Simply Corsica holidays

Corsica obeys all the travel brochure cliches about being a land of contrasts, offering challenging mountain hikes, relaxing beaches and stylish restaurants. Whatever your interests, there is a package to suit you.

Simply Corsica holidays (www.simplytravel.co.uk) has a variety of flight and hotel packages to this intriguing island. It pays to study their brochure closely to find exactly the right resort and accommodation for your needs.

As an example of price ranges, some typical 7-night stays including accommodation, based on 2 sharing, cost between £500 and £700 per person. This includes a week's free car-hire, which is a useful consideration as public transport in Corsica is very limited and taxis are scarily expensive.

Simply Corsica offers a choice of 9 resorts, with character and facilities to suit most tastes. Bonifacio is a highlight, with its ancient houses dotted around winding paths, with crumbling churches, medieval battlements and a 9th-century citadel looming above white cliffs.

By contrast Porto Vecchio (www.portovecchiocorsica.com), on the south-east coast, faces Italy, and is heavily influenced by Italian style. It's a very fashionable resort with plenty of posing opportunities on Corsica's finest beaches. Once a 16th-century Genoese colony, it's now one of the hubs of chic Corsican nightlife.

The seriously active might consider donning the walking boots and rucksack for a stretch of the daunting long-distance hiking trail that cuts down the spine of the island. It's tough going, but the views are spectacular.

There's so much to see on Corsica that occasionally you might feel spoilt for choice. A Simply Corsica holidays brochure or their reps can advise you on any specific needs or requests, and make suggestions as to which sights are unmissable.

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