Corsica - France
| Crystal clear waters, vast beaches of powder sand, small isolated coves and wild cliffs populated with ospreys: Corsica offers a range of marine landscapes that are unique to the Mediterranean. |
With over one thousand kilometres of coastline, the island is a succes-sion of fabulous places to swim, fish, dive or simply walk. Even at the height of summer it is not difficult to find a quiet little cove where you will feel like Robinson Crusoe.
You are sure to be surprised by the temperature of the waters. Even in October swimming in the sea is still common where the water can be up to 20°C!
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|If you like mountains, you will love Corsica. It is the most mountainous island in the Mediterranean with more than 100 peaks over 2000 metres high, explore the region with your rental car. Everywhere you look you will see magnificent landscapes in a protected setting. The mountains make up the heart of Corsica and provide the setting for island traditions and even the very identity of the islanders themselves. With its thermal springs, spectacular waterfalls, natural pools, rivers full of fish, mountain lakes, Corsica is a veritable water tower where you will enjoy taking time to recharge your batteries.|
Corsica’s uniqueness – quite apart from the fact that it is an island that is unique to the Mediterranean – also stems from its heritage. Everywhere you go, you will see a chapel, a bridge, a tower, or something of interest to explore. With a rich heritage of monuments, Corsica is also a wealth of culture, craft and living traditions among which gastronomy plays a significant part. Corsica is also an island where people know how to party. Each village, and there are more than 300, celebrates its patron saint each year.
The tourist wealth of this veritable miniature continent lies undeniably in its natural heritage. In this sense, Corsica differs from the idea one has of the Mediterranean islands. In fact, no other island is as green as Corsica: from its Laricio pine forests and emerald-green mountain lakes, to its fragrant maquis [scrub], cooling high mountain pastures and wine-growing lands. If Corsica is an “emerald isle”, it owes it to its unique topography in the Mediterranean: this “mountain in the sea” is well deserving of its nickname, with 120 peaks above an altitude of 2 000 m, which remain snow-capped until the spring. The 25 watercourses that flow through it make the island the best irrigated in the Mediterranean Basin. To top it all, Corsica offers the luxury of 1 000 km of the richest, most varied coastline. With a "Parc Naturel Régional" [Regional Natural Park] that covers two-thirds of its surface area, Corsica is a well-preserved island divided between nature reserves and listed sites.
The island offers visitors all the very best of nature: rich fauna, the heady scents of its diverse flora, including numbers of endemic species, as well as the captivating colours of its sites. To maintain this balance, the "Parc Naturel Régional de Corse" [Corsican Regional Natural Park], which stretches over 3 500 km² of both land and sea, is a permanent site for preservation activities carried out by its officers. Five Réserves Naturelles [Nature Reserves] and one Parc Marin International [International Marine Park] have been created for the protection of unique and fragile flora and fauna. Another mission entrusted to the officers of the Corsican Regional Natural Park is to maintain the footpaths, which offer visitors an incomparable view of Corsican nature. Paths such as Da Mare a Mare (‘from sea to sea’, i.e. from west to east), Tra Mare e Monti (‘across sea and mountain: from north to south) and the famous GR20 (one of the most difficult and spectacular walks in Europe) are unforgettable ways to discover Corsican nature.
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