EXPLORE L’ÎLE DE BEAUTÉ

Corsica is an island in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 18 regions in France.

Here you can discover pristine beaches, take a dip in the turquoise water, stroll through mountain villages or take one of the many adventurous hiking trails.

Although passed up by a lot of tourists and other travel bloggers the diversity of this island is what drew me in in the first place. And I am so happy I made the decision to visit cause this is island isn’t called L’île de Beauté for no reason!

Corsica is also the fourth biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea and offers such a massive variety in activities and landscapes that it’s the perfect place to go for a summer holiday.

There’s the coastal old town of Bonifacio, perched on top of the cliffs, and the perfect place to enjoy some of Corsica’s finest views and typical meals. But if you drive a little further up North and inland you’ll be greeted by the always impressive jagged peaks of the Aiguilles de Bavella.

Or why not explore the red rocks of the Calanques de Piana or discover the neighboring nature reserve of Scandola, which is only accessible by boat?

One thing I am sure of? You won’t get bored for a second on the beautiful island of Corsica!

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT CORSICA

The best months to visit Corsica are May, June and September. During these months the weather is already nice and warm but France and Italy’s summer-holiday crowds are absent. You’ll be able to enjoy all of the activities the island has to offer and hotel prices won’t skyrocket through the roof yet. Especially if you love to go hiking these are the ideal months.

If it’s not possible for you to travel off season then July and August are beautiful months to visit Corsica as well. Just know that temperatures will a lot hotter and you’ll have to deal with the big crowds. If this is the case it’s best to book your accommodation well in advance to avoid steep price increases and the best hotels getting sold out.

I visited in April and while I still had an amazing time it’s really not ideal. The season hasn’t started yet so a lot of hotels and restaurants are still closed. The weather can also be very unpredictable and you’ll have to deal with a lot of rain on certain days. I even drove through a snowstorm so I wouldn’t advice you to go in April for the best experience.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN TRAVELING TO CORSICA

Language – There are three main languages spoken in Corsica which is French, Italian and Corsican, a mixture of Italian, elements of French and a bit of Sardinian dialect. English is also spoken but I found it was a lot easier to converse with the locals in French than in English.

Currency – The official currency of Corsica is Euro.

Credit Cards & ATM’s – Credit Cards are widely accepted but make sure to always have some cash on hand. Some shops only accept payment by card from a certain amount. In most bigger cities you’ll be able to find a bank or ATM but the really small villages usually don’t come with this infrastructure. So if you’re planning on visiting a couple of these during the day it’s best to bring some cash with you from before.

Safety – Corsica is a safe country to travel through and an excellent choice for a solo female trip!

Plugs – Corsica (France) operates on 220 volt electricity and is generated at 50Hz (Cycles) Alternating Current.

TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT TO CORSICA

Hire a car – This is the biggest tip that I can give you if you want to explore more than one place in Corsica. Public transportation is pretty much non existent and this is the only way to truly enjoy this beautiful island! I went with a Renault Clio from SunnyCars and it was the perfect car to explore Corsica!

Don’t stay in one place – Corsica is a pretty big island and while there’s a proper highway on the East Coast this is not the case for most parts of the country. Driving from one place to another can take up a lot of time and you don’t want to spend most of your holiday stuck in your car. I would advise you to stay a couple of days in the South and West and 1 week in the North!

The tap water is safe – You can always use the tap water to refill your portable water bottle.

Meat lovers paradise – In contrary to what many people believe about islands being a fish paradise, this is not the case with Corsica. Due to years of frequent piracy the locals were forced to move more inland and never truly learned the proper skills to fish. Instead a lot of meals are meat based and especially stews are a local delicacy.

🚘 ROAD TRIPPING THROUGH CORSICA

When it comes to choosing a rental car company things can get a little confusing cause there’s a lot of companies out there ready to rip you off.

Horror Story: In South Africa the rental car company that I booked with actually copied my credit card details and 1 day later my card was blocked. So there I was, in the middle of South Africa and without a credit card. Luckily we would switch to a different company the next day for the further duration of our trip but you really don’t want this to happen on your holiday.

You also don’t want any hidden costs added to your bill.

A good rental car company should include the following in your rental price: unlimited mileage and a fair fuel arrangement, third-party insurance of at least €7.5 million, damage insurance, theft insurance, towing cost if your car breaks down and cancel or change your reservation without any hassle.

For my road trips I always prefer booking with SunnyCars. Here you can already rent a car for as little as €27 per day and every single cost is included upon check out. Oh, and all of the things that I mentioned above that should be included are also included with them!

💡 TIP – Sometimes the local rental company will try to make you pay for additional insurance. This is in no way necessary cause SunnyCars offers you full coverage.

CHECK OUT THE RATES AT SUNNY CARS


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