More popular than the north, Southern Corsica is famous for its beautiful landscapes, UNESCO heritage beaches, prehistoric sites and wide range of activities. From Porto-Vecchio to Bonifacio, we’ve narrowed down the list to just our favorite spots. Scroll down to discover our top picks!
WHAT TO SEE?
Bonifacio is a must visit because of its location. Perched at the edge of a promontory at the southern tip of Corisca, this cliff-side city offers a spectacular view of the Mediterranean sea. With a charming port and rich history, you can easily spend a day discovering this city.
On your way back from Bonifacio, take a detour to the Calanques of Piana, an impressive blocks of red-orange granite sculpted by time and classified as UNESCO World Heritage since 1983. While driving up on the western cost of Corsica, stop by Sartène and its charming marina at Propriano. Other towns to visit are: Cargèse, a former Greek colony, Ajaccio and the little paradise on earth, the Lavezzi Islands.
Last but not least, stop by Porto-Vecchio, the “city of salt” which overlooks the sea. This charming old town with its narrow streets, offers a picture perfect day relaxing along its sandy beaches and dining along the marina.
WHAT TO TASTE?
We could spend days listing all the savory Corsican specialties, but our favorites will probably delight cheese & delicatessen lovers. Try the famous brocciu, a popular cheese made from goat or sheep’s milk and is used in many Corsican dishes.
For pork lovers, try some figatellu, lonzu, coppa, or prisuttu for your next apero. For those who are wondering what is figatellu, it is a dried sausage made from pork liver, which is typically eaten only in the winter.
Pair your meat and cheese with the local Pietra beer, an amber beer made from malt and chestnut flour from Castagniccia, or the Colomba beer, a white beer flavored with hops and herbs from the maquis.
Another Corsican specialty is veal with olives, which also exists in a vegetarian version with eggplants (auburgene à la bonifacienne), a typical Bonifacio dish. Seafood has its place in Corsican cuisine with many delicious plates made from lobster, cuttlefish with Ajaccienne, sea urchins or oysters.
To discover the sweet specialties of Corsica, check out our guide to Northern Corsica here.
OUR TOP 3 TIPS
- Bring your hiking shoes or beach crocs when you head to the beach to walk through the pebbles or navigate the rocky shorelines
- Always check the signs before jumping into the sea! Jellyfish are quite common in these waters and you surely don’t want to be stung by one!
- We highly recommend renting a boat for the day, it is the best way to discover the coastlines of Corsica!
WHERE TO STAY?
After a long day out, choose from our selection of exceptional villas for a good night’s rest. We recommend our Villa Gulia, located in Porto-Vecchio. This charming 320m² stone villa with 6 air-conditioned bedrooms, an independent studio offers you and your guests a relaxing and comfortable stay… with all the luxury amenities you could desire! Villa Gulia sits on a 3,500m² estate with a beautiful swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a pétanque court, and even a gym! Experience an exceptional stay at Villa Gulia, you just might not want to leave after you arrive.
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