Corsica (French: Corse) is an island and region of France in the Mediterranean Sea, southeast of France and west of Italy.
A mountain in the sea, Corsica is also called Island of beauty. The diversity of its scenery and its preservation from the aggressions of development and tourism, makes it one of the pearls of the Mediterranean sea. Tourists can enjoy the sea (beach, scuba diving, sailing) and the mountains (hiking, also the famous GR 20). Most visitors come to Corsica in the summer months, and particularly in August, when the number of tourists double or triple from the already large populations in July.
There are four airports on the island: Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi and Figari (next to Porto-Vecchio). It’s advisable to rent a car when in Corsica, as the public transport is very poor. There are only 3 train lines connecting the major cities, the rest is by bus – which at most leaves twice a day!
Corsica has many walking trails, including the GR 20, perhaps the best known and most difficult of all the Grande Randonnée trails. Corsica has excellent beaches and if you are there in the summer many of your activities will centre around the beach. Beside sunbathing and swimming almost every beach offers opportunities to snorkel. Some more popular beaches will rent windsurf boards and kite-surfing boards. Scuba diving is available, particularly at popular beaches near islands and in major towns. Expect to pay around €45-60 euros for a one hour dive.
Once the sun goes down, many people stay on or near the beach, enjoying gelato or one of the many beachside bars and restaurants