This French island in the sun offers wonderful camping and mobile home holidays. Corsica has such geographical diversity as, within minutes, the landscape changes from glittering bays,coastal cities and fabulous beaches to peaks, breathtaking valleys, dense forests and hilltop villages.
Corsica, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea is one of the 13 regions of France. It is located west of the Italian Peninsula, southeast of the French mainland, and north of the Italian island of Sardinia. A single chain of mountains make up two-thirds of the island. The island is now popular with camping and mobile home holidaymakers.
Arguably, given its position, climate and laid back way of life this is the Jewell in the Crown of the whole Mediterranean, including France, as well as being the birthplace of Napoleon who was born 1769 in the Corsican capital of Ajaccio.
His family ancestral home, Maison Bonaparte, is today used as a museum.
To fully understand this next part one must remember that there are Regions in France, and they are split into Departments. So it was then that Corsica was a region until 1975 when it was decided to split it into two departments; Haute-Corse or Upper Corsica and Corse-du-Sud, or Southern Corsica which includes the original capital Ajaccio.
Upper Corsica has the second largest city in Bastia.
Due to Corsica’s earlier historical ties with the Italian peninsula, the island retains many elements of the culture of Italy to this day. A variation of the native Corsican language is closely related to the Italian language and is recognised as a regional language by the French government.
Corsica has a mix of stylish coastal towns, dense forests and craggy peaks, of which Monte Cinto is the highest.
Nearly half of the island falls within a park whose hiking trails include the challenging GR 20. Beaches there range from the busy Pietracorbara to remote Saleccia and Rondinara.
Without any doubt Corsica has a far, far slower pace of life than we do in the UK. Probably this is due to a much warmer climate than ours, or quite probably because there is simply no reason to rush about, but there is most certainly the manana atmosphere here that one normally associates with southern Spain.
This laid back atmosphere is addictive, especially to Brits who are more used to having rain one day, cloud the next and possibly a few rays of sunshine the next.
Even the seasons are less important here as, even though Autumn and Winter are much cooler than the main holiday periods the island doesn’t have the bitingly cold winds of our little island in the North Sea.
Activities on Corsica
Corsica has over 1,000 km of coastline – or just over 600 miles – and most of it is home to crystal clear waters, vast fine sandy beaches, small deserted creeks and granite cliffs inhabited by sea birds. In short, the island offers a unique variety of marine landscapes and even in high season there are deserted creeks and inlets in which to dive, fish or simply swim. Corsica is unarguably a paradise for enthusiasts of sea and water sports.
There are boats for hire here ñ small boats, large boats and sizes in between though the large ones require you to have a licence of competence before you are allowed to hire.
There are yachts for hire here as well, catamarans, sailing vessels and motor boats with or without crew. Or you can go on day cruises (probably the safest option) and there are also luxury yachts for hire, complete with crew though we believe that this is a tad expensive.
For those who have never sailed before but who would like to try then there are training classes made just for you, and English is spoken by the tutors. Basically this entails the tutor being in a motorboat which tows a line of five or six small dinghies. He or she then shouts instructions to you and within an hour or two you are proficient enough to go out on your own – not too far, but at least you can be your own captain for a few hours.
Anyone can have great fun sitting in a rubber ring and being towed at speed by a motorboat. One boat usually tows three or four rings at the same time and it really is an exhilarating ride.
Body boarding here is also fun and if you havenít tried that before then you would never have believed the speed that the waves bring you into shore. Proper surfing isnít too popular here in the Med because the tides are so low and unable to generate the large rollers needed for a good ride. If you want surfing then you are better off on the south west coast of France where 5 metre rollers are commonplace.
Diving centres and shops are littered all over the island so if you have a certificate you can dive alone (safer with a buddy though) or if you are a beginner you can go to classes and get your certificate that way. Being well out in the Mediterranean Sea is far better than diving from the shores of southern France as you are immediately cast into a world of crystal clear sea with all sorts of coloured fish and marine creatures literally within reach.