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highs and lows
High and mighty rock landscapes, long and short hikes, big and
little beaches, boating, pre-historic sites, outdoor activities
in general. The road network, climate and local cuisine are
excellent, people and costs fine.
Style free, concrete friendly new urban development; neglected
old and historic buildings. Ajaccio, yuk! Porto Vecchio and
outskirts of Corte, Ile Rousse, Calvi, demi-yuk. Where have
all town planners gone? Gone to live in Monaco, every one, on
a fat pension no doubt.
Nice - Corsica ferry arriving in Ile Rousse, central north coast.
See also Ile
gallery of Corsica pictures offers a round-the-island-tour,
starting from northern ports on this page, wobbling down the
hairy west coast road to Porto, through the amazing Calanches
rock formations to the hideous capital mess of Ajaccio, on to
the neolithic menhirs of Filitosa and - in the far south east
- stopping off at the delightful and spectacular fortified port
From bonny Boni we then travel north up the fast and relatively
straight east coast roads, taking in several of the Mediterranean's
best beaches, flashing through the sadly unremarkable Porto
Vecchio to get to the heart of Corsica's independence movement,
the more-or-less geographical centre and the hub of the island's
hiking, climbing, canyoning and so on, Corte.
From there it's a really fast trip back to the northern ports,
not much more than half an hour.
popular little town on Corsica's north-west coast, with a large
and excellent beach,
though some unsightly development is seeping in.
by plane is easy enough with 30 minute flights from the Cote
d'Azur or direct flights from varied airports in the UK and
many European countries to Calvi, Bastia or Ajaccio (try to
avoid the big A as it's large, complex and car-jammed), but
the ferry from French and Italian mainlands is a good alternative
if you're in the vicinity anyway, saving on packing, passports,
airport stress and you get to drive your own car, just
don't bring a wide vehicle if you're planning to drive the narrow
and winding mountain roads.
Corsica Ferries is the best known fleet and runs - depending
on the time of year - from Nice, Toulon and Marseilles in France;
Livorno, Genoa, Piombino, Savona and more ports in Italy. Ferries
dock in north Corsica at Bastia, Ile Rousse or Calvi, or in
the southwest in Ajaccio or Propriano.
Vieux Port and Terra Vecchia. Click for photos of the west coast road from Calvi to Porto.
the north-east coast Bastia is much older and less touristy
than the other two northern towns, dating from Roman times and
sporting a charming tangle of ancient streets and a refreshing
interest in commerce, though this raison d'etre results
in some unsightly industrial zones.
town is not very large and is short of budget accommodation but has a lively daily market, a handful of magnificent churches
and is connected to an airport 16kms (10miles) away by shuttle
bus; the town has its own stony beach though there's a much
better sandy one a kilometre south, L'Arinella or head west
by 4WD vehicle and scramble over to the island's best beach Plage
de Saleccia or go north into the wilderness of Cap
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