A craggy, forested mass rising sharply out of the Mediterranean, diminutive Corsica may come in a small package but it wields a mighty impact. A wonderfully diverse world-of-its-own, it offers everything from deep, dark woods, to vibrant coastal cities, to magical villages perched high on mountains or sprawled across cliffs. Ceded to the French by the Genoese in 1768, Corsica feels apart from mainland France in many ways, from the island’s Genoese fortresses and Baroque churches, to its distinct language and cuisine that feel more Italian than French.
There is a raw, unfettered beauty to Corsica—the glittering bays and breathtaking valleys, the sawtooth peaks and fiery wines
Activities are as varied as the landscape. There are enough museums, churches and castles to keep any history buff entertained, as well as beaches to suit both glitz seekers and lovers of solitude. And then there are the island’s walking trails, including the renowned GR20, one of the longest and toughest walks in Europe.