Travel to Corsica

 

 

 

This fascinating island in the Mediterranean Sea has a long history of being invaded and occupied by neighboring Etruscans, Phoenicians, Romans and Greeks. These ancient seafaring people left their respective legacies on Corsica as are evident from numerous megalithic ruins, remains of Roman roads, 6th century crumbling Roman churches and several towers that the Republic of Genoa built in the 16th century for fortifying the island when they occupied it.

More enduring contributions of these occupiers go beyond these man-made structures. They left behind a hybrid culture that prepared Corsicans to be determined, ambitious and adventurous. The legendary warrior Napoleon Bonaparte who dominated the late 18th and early 19th century Europe, led his victorious army wherever he went until the terrible Russian winter stopped his forward march. He was also a prolific writer of romantic love letters to his one time wife, Josephine, from various battlefields. He was a typical Corsican, utterly romantic and fiercely ambitious. While in Corsica, travelers should visit the National Museum of the Bonaparte Residence in the capital city of Ajaccio, where Napoleon was born.

 

One of the earliest fortresses in Corsica is in Tappa built in 1900 BC. It is now in ruins but its antiquity makes it a place worth seeing. Many other fortresses dot the coastline. Another historical place is the Bell tower in San Giovani de Cabrini, which has some 15th century frescoes on its walls.

The diversity of Corsica’s pristine natural beauty and picturesque old villages and quaint towns attract travelers to this island. Corsica is generously endowed with golden sandy beaches, languorous lagoons, lofty mountains and hills. Although it is now part of France, its history and culture bear a strong evidence of Italian influence. It is, after all, much closer to mainland Italy than France.

If you are fond of sailing and water sports, Corsica is the right place for you. Corsicans living on the coastline are fond of sailing and fishing for pleasure. There are several clubs who offer necessary facilities. Corsica has challenging hiking trails through its arduous terrain; the most famous is the 200-km long GR20, but meant for experienced trekkers. A much easier way to appreciate the island’s natural beauty is to explore it for a couple of hours by walking, biking or riding a horse. Corsica’s natural splendors are never too far from wherever you are staying on the island.

Corsica is well connected by air with four international airports located at four important towns – Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Figari. These towns are superbly fashionable and trendy with excellent shopping, banking and money changing facilities.

The Corsican cuisine is a fusion of Italian and French varieties. You can get plebeian pizza and pasta and common meats as well as exotic wild rabbits and boars from the forests, and delicious trout from the many rivers that flow through the island before disappearing into the sea. Serviços de finanças

The Italian and French influences are abundantly noticeable in the wide choice of delectable wine available in shops, bars and restaurants. Corsicans also have their unique brand of beer made from chestnuts.

There are no high-rise hotels, office blocks or shopping malls in Corsican towns. Development here may appear to be slow but well planned. Corsica’s main towns abound with bars and restaurants, but they aren’t loud or hideous, but just supremely relaxing. Corsica is not for those who want their holidays to be boisterous.

Come to Corsica to enjoy its breathtaking beaches, heavenly lagoons, magnificent mountains, exotic food and drinks and observe the lifestyle and culture  of its proud and tradition-bound consertive people.

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