Corsica: Sunsets and Kitesurfing

Rising out of the sea in a magnificent peak, Corsica is a natural adventure playground and as alluring for families as it is for sports enthusiasts. Windswept and relatively untamed, this peaceful French-owned island lies west of Italy and north of Sardinia: a rocky outcrop south east of the French Mediterranean shoreline. Islanders are Corsican, not French, and are fiercely proud and independent. Their land is renowned for its geographical diversity. The mountainous interior is dotted with villages crammed between rising peaks and flanked by some 200 beaches. Home to more than a thousand kilometres of picturesque coastline, there is no end of places to drop anchor, swim and enjoy the constant breezes.

Explore dense green forests dissected by hiking paths. Serious walkers head to the challenging Grand Randonnée 20 (G20) while those looking to relax can spend an afternoon scuba diving, windsurfing or kite surfing. Wander the glitzy streets of Porto Vecchio, a chic coastal town and explore the medieval old town of Bonifacio. Corsican lifestyle – and its cuisine – is influenced by both Italy and France in equal measure. After an active day of water sports, gelato and cocktails are on tap at the countless beach bars and restaurants across the island.


When to go:

April – end of October

High season:

July – August

Highlights

1

Anchor off award-winning Polombaggia beach and let the kids swim in the shallow waters

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U Libecciu restaurant is named after Corsica’s westerly wind: hip and funky you will be guaranteed creative cuisine - order the house cocktail du siècle, a tasty mix of rum, strawberries and basil leaves

3

Corsica offers great hiking trails, and tasteful smelly cheeses.

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