Corsica travel guide, which will ease your planning and traveling to Corsica. This Mediterranean French island is a perfect combo where you can join adventurous exploration with relaxation on the sandy beach, surrounded by the turquoise waters.
Corsica travel guide
How to reach Corsica?
Many people who are based in Europe decide to travel to Corsica overland, taking the ferry ride from either Italy or France. We did the same. Landing in Bastia with our own car and camping gear was probably one of the best decisions we did, at least for us as we were there by 4WD and did some off-roading too. There are good conection with italian island of Sardinia too, if you want to join both islands.
The other good option is also a flight to Corsica – most people land in Ajaccio. Some low budget airlines like Easyjet have direct flights from several cities across Europe.
How to travel around Corsica?
There is no doubt about it, but the best way to travel around Corsica really is by your own transport. It does not really matter if you have your own car, motorhome or motorbike. The public transport is not as its best and you will also feel extremely sorry for not being able to stop and admire the amazing views during the ride.
If you will not be traveling to Corsica by your own transport, you can rent it there too. There are some companies who will rent out camper van or you can decide to just rent the normal personal car. We have always been using Economy car rentals and so far there service was good and also the cheapest we came across.
Navigation around Corsica
We have been having Garmin Overlander for almost a year now, and we managed to do the complete tour of the island with it, including several off-road tracks. But if your Wi-Fi works well, you will also be able to use google maps or some other navigation application.
Best things to do in Corsica
Best things to do in Corsica are so diverse, you will really have a hard time to be bored. Amazing beaches, spectacular views, picturesque towns and villages, panoramic roads, mountains, hiking trails, history, nature, food… We are sure everyone will find plenty of things for their own taste. And the thing that really is the best about the most amazing things to do in Corsica, is the fact they are relatively close as the island is not that big, so having 2 weeks time, you can almost explore them all.
Food in Corsica
Do you like sea food or you prefer meat, maybe cheese? The coastal area will serve you with good sea food options, but the mountains are rich with local beef, pork, lamb and goat meet too. Make sure not to skip their local cheese, wine and even beer- Pietra, Serena and Colomba are the most famous local beer brands – Pietra is available with chestnut too – a very typical product for Corsica.
Accommodations in Corsica
Traveling to Corsica has been popular for years, so there is plenty of options to choose from – hotels, apartments, B&B – check out booking.com for prices and details.
But if you prefer the outdoors, you will most probably decide for camping when traveling around Corsica. The only downside about camping is the fact that you will have a very hard time finding camping grounds directly along the beach. But nevertheless, we still enjoyed them – some of our favorites were actually in the mountains (Asco valley camp and camp Tuani in Restonica valley), along the river and its natural pools, perfect for swimming. An interesting fact about camping grounds is that you need to bring your own toilet paper as there are none in the toilets.
Wilderness camping is not allowed in Corsica, but in practice there are still places people do it. Most of them are not really easy to find, as in recent years Corsica has put many signs »camping forbidden« and ramps. But you can try to find a place in an Ioverlander or Park for night application.
We have also got a feel that camper-homes are not so welcome in Corsica any more or at least as before. Many beaches and its parking spots are limited with height ramps, allowing only personal cars or vehicles up to 2, maybe 2,20 meters of height to park inside. But on the other hand we did notice some camper-home overnight stops like in Tollare and Marina D’Albu.
Safety in Corsica
We have spent 18 complete days in Corsica and we were driving around almost every day and have never felt unsaved – not even during the Covid-19 situation. We think that the most worrying thing are the narrow and curvy roads, especially if you are not a skilled driver or familiar with the car.
Payment methods in Corsica
We always carry a little bit of cash and a credit card on our travels. We use cash for quick buys at the markets or small local shops. We also needed cash to pay the camping grounds in Corsica. On the other side we had no problems using the credit card (we have Mastercard) at the gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants.
Wi-FI in Corsica
Accommodations, including some camping grounds, have the WI-FI, but if you are based in European Union, you can probably use the data service so you will be able to be online almost all the time – except in the remote parts of the mountains, where there’s not even a mobile network present.
Prices in Corsica
Being on an island, the prices are a bit higher than in the inland, but if you will buy the food in grocery stores you will go by without hurting your wallet. Eating in restaurants is not cheap and you can easily spend 25-30 EUR per meal. Soda drinks cost 3,50 EUR and a small beer 5 EUR in restaurants. Buying bread (baguettes) in bakeries will cost from 1 EUR to 1,30 EUR, when you will need to pay 1 EUR for a croissant.
We were paying from 22-29 EUR per camping (2 adults, one child, mini camper/car, with no electricity). Make sure to have your own toilet paper with you when camping.
Communication in Corsica
When I was in Corsica 17 years ago, no one spoke any English. Unfortunately it is hardly any different now – you can find few people speaking few words in English in more touristy areas, but a word or two in French will definitely not hurt.
Best time to visit Corsica
If you ask me, the first two weeks in September are the best time to visit Corsica. The sea is still warm enough for swimming and most tourists will already leave the island. The prices are lower and the temperatures are good for hiking or wandering around towns. But if you will be spending lots of time high in the mountains, it can already get pretty chilly – even we had only 15°C in the evening in the mountains in the middle of August, so dress warm.
A good month to travel to Corsica is also May or June, but the sea and its temperatures will be just for the brave ones. If you are looking for a quick winter get-away, Corsica is not a bad idea either.
Corsica with kids
Sandy beaches, clear waters, lush forests with curious pigs and foxes and with abundance of natural material for kids to play with, will make your little explorer happy for sure. Our 3 year old boy loved it. We were traveling to Corsica in August and even though we have been driving around the island each day, we have managed to find places to swim every time – the sea or the river, sometimes both in one day. As the island is fairly small also the distances are not too bad, especially if you take 12-14 days to explore Corsica. Some camping grounds have playgrounds too.
Traveling to Corsica can easily become one of your favorite trips. The narrow and zig-zagging roads might be more interesting to motorbike drivers, than to the owners of larger cars or motorhomes, but all the diverse tourist attractions in Corsica, which you can visit in a short time too, will easily convince you to be back.