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Should we visit Corsica

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Should we visit Corsica

My husband and I have a spare five days between staying in Cinque Terre Italy and then heading to Barcelona. I was wondering if Corsica would be worth a visti and if so where would be the best area to stay in. We love the beach but would also like to experience culture and scenery. We are happy to hire a car. We would rather not stay in places to big. I am not sure of the size of the towns in Corsica. I would appreciate some advice. thanks Julie

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I hope you get lots of replies to your post. I am thinking of going there myself but I haven't been able to find out much info on the place on the net. Maybe it is dullsville and you would be better off over on Nice or a week in Provence? I liked the south of France when I was there in '09 much better than Barcelona actually - but there are no doubt other opinions. Cheers.

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Corsica can be described as many things but "dullsvlle" - NEVER!

Corsica is not, thank goodness, your typical package holiday destination.It's largely unspoilt and there is little of the commercialisation found in many resorts - no high rise hotels nor amusement arcades etc.

The scenery over much of the island is fantastic and the driving experience on the minor roads (and some of the major roads!) is something you will not forget! There are only two towns (Ajaccio and Bastia) which could be described as "large", but both have populations of about 50,000 so are relatively compact. Other towns such as Porto Vecchio, Corte and Calvi are hardly more than large villages. There are supermarkets in every town and shops where you can obtain delicious local products such as meats, cheeses,beer and wine which are very difficult to obtain outside of the island. Eating out catersd for all tastes. The island can be expensive, but no more so than the South of France.

The area normally recommended for first timers is the area between Calvi and L'ile Rousse, where there are great beaches and good mountain scenery within very easy reach with a car, but the area around Porto Vecchio also has great beaches - it may depend on which port you land on Corsica as to where you go.

I'm surprised that smarty wishbone cannot find much information on Corsica on the net - there's lots on this forum, and a simple google search will provide more than enough.

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If you want lots of nightlife then maybe Corsica isn't for you, although in the bigger towns there are nightclubs and other evening entertainment.

But you say you want beach, culture and scenery. For that the best area is probably between Calvi and L'Ile Rousse, as Aardvark mentioned. Around Porto Vecchio is also beautiful and the beaches are arguably better, although there is less in terms of culture in the immediate environment (but characterful Bonifacio is definitely worth a daytrip).

You can buy a guidebook for relatively modest cost or borrow one from a library, and there is also lots and lots of tourist information on the web. If you are someone who prefers visual to verbal information, there are also quite a number of videos on Corsica on youtube, or have a look at flickr or google

images to help you decide.

You would really need a car to make the most of your 4-5day trip, and a good map is essential for touring (eg. Michelin 1:200,000).

Enjoy your planning and your trip to beautiful Corsica.

Edited: 8:28 am, January 08, 2012
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YES YES and YES!! Forget Provence and crowded Nice... If you want tohave something original to tell your friend back in Oz after your trip, go to Corsica ;-)

If you are not convinced, go and check: www.corsicaexperience.com

My only caveats would be the logistic as Corsica is an island and coming from Barcelona, and only five days until Italy... from Corsica to Italy/Cinque Terre, I would recommend you take a ferry from Bastia. But from barcelona, it is a little trickier. Probably fly to Marseille and then Bastia or ajaccio.

Whatever you decide, have a great holiday,

Jf

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Hey Julie,

This is not a clear one, Corsica is great but quite remote (especially as you will have been travelling a lot to come to Europe already), also this is not am obvious place (unlike Barcelona where you can tick many boxes in only a few hours going across the city) - Corsica is about moutains, villages, beaches, and people which takes time to really appreciate/visit. In conclusion i would say that if you are prepare to spend the time (and money because of the additonal travel to reach the island) then definitely go for it - if you are looking for something more straigtforward and obvious (cheaper and quicker) then South of France would be more appropriate. All of the above also depend on the time of the year you have in mind (low season in Corsica can be VERY low and high season very crowded).

Enjoy your European trip

VillaFanny

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Have had Corsica on my to do list for a while, but funnily enough only started looking because I was reading about Sardinia at the weekend. Can anyone give me a bit of summary about the two differences and similarities (apart from the obvious that they are both Islands in the Med and one is French, one is Italian).

Am interested in comparison of what you can see/do each place, costs (while I don't want cheap I'm after a relatively inexpensive holiday), ease & costs to get to. We'll be going to South of France for a friend's birthday so in at least one case abiility to get there from Southern France is important but given I'm doing on FF points coming back via an Italian airport would also work.

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Hey Burmans, I think your Inquiry would warrant its own thread rather than tacked on to this one. I'd like to know the answers to your questions as well but it may not help Julie determine if she is going there or not.

I'm definately going after reading the above posts - just have to work out when. Probably June 2013 so I have awhile to think about it. Good luck. You must have a good FF club.

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Thanks to everyone for the tips on Corsica its been really helpful. We will just re-adjust some of our travel plans. We are staying in the south of france for a week then can get a ferry from Marseille to L'ile Rousse and stay in that area then head across to Cinque Terre from there. Thanks again Julie

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Glad to know you have decided to go. As for the question concerning Sardinia vs Corsica, I do not want to open Pandora's box but they are completely different places despite the proximity.

Only thing I would add is that you will not find the landscape diversity of Corsica (highest mountain at 2700m and over 5 mountains reaching above 2000m) in Sardinia. On the other hand, you will probably not find the level of "sophistication" of Porto Cervo and the esmeralda coast (Sardinia) anywhere in Corsica!

Have a great holiday!

JF

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