Corsica

Corsica is a beautiful island situated in the Mediterranean Sea. In geographical terms, it is divided from France by the Liguria Sea, yet it is part of the so-called Metropolitan of France. However, Corsica is nothing like any other French regions, it has more power and is far more independent.

Corsica has had a glorious past, having been occupied and colonised by the Carthaginians, the ancient Greeks and the Etruscans before becoming a Roman Province. In the 5th century, it was invaded by the Visigoths, Vandals, Saracens, Lombards and the Franks. Also in the 5th century the Genoese took possession of the island and ruled it until the 8th century, when the island’s equilibrium was shaken by a Franco-Ottoman alliance.

Being the outcome of several volcanic explosions, it is no wonder that Corsica is the most mountainous island in the entire Mediterranean Sea. It is located north of Sardinia and south of the beautiful French Riviera. Nature reserves are all over its territory. Corsica welcomes tourists with dozens of beautiful parks and forests populated by many protected species of animals.

The coast, which has a typically Mediterranean climate, was once covered by miles of forests, many of which have been cleared in favour of agriculture, which is very important to the island’s economy.

Talking about the coast, most Corsican beaches are “non-surveille”, which means that they are not controlled by any lifeguards, so make sure the sea is calm before going for a swim.

Depending on the area you are interested in, underneath you will find a short list of the most beautiful beaches of Corsica.

In the northwest, you will find Calvi, a beach which is perfect for children. Clean sand, crystal clear and calm waters make it the ideal spot for families and for those looking for relaxation.

Then, there is Matahari beach, a large cove covered with sand and rocks, followed by Algajola and Bodri, where the water is quite shallow. Algajola runs across the entire length of a beautiful village, where the sand, which is mainly white and soft, turns a bit rocky.

If you are planning on visiting the southwest of Corsica, you should not miss Campomoro, one of the busiest beaches on the whole island where water sport lovers meet to practice snorkelling, wind-surfing, surfing and many other sports.

Among the other beaches Bonifacio and Roccapina are noteworthy.Roccapina is known for its white sand and the Lion of Roccapina, a natural rock sculpture, Santa Giulia and Rondinara.

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