Corsica is known by the French as the ?Beautiful Island?, and it?s easy to see why. Dramatic mountain ranges, glistening sandy beaches, pine-forest covered hills and quaint villages steeped in history all make up the magical patchwork of this stunning island. Spring sees the island burst into colour from the flora waking from its winter slumber, the red-hued autumn months are a sight to behold, whilst summer beckons visitors to come and enjoy all the island has to offer.
As varied as the island is in its contrasting scenery, the cuisine of Corsica is much the same. An eclectic blend of both French and Italian, Corsican cuisine relies very much on seasonal produce and the locals take their food and wine seriously, so restaurants tend to be of highquality. Dishes containing seasonal vegetables and sun-ripened fruit, wild honey, cured meats and savoury cheeses, as well as freshly caught seafood on the coast, grace many menus in Corsican restaurants.
Look out for ?civet de sanglier? (wild boar casserole), considered something of a speciality in Corsica, and ?agneau corse?, a tasty slow-roasted lamb dish. And a welcome accompaniment to any meal is a glass of one of the excellent wines that are produced locally from the abundant vineyards.
This small island provides a variety of shopping opportunities so you are sure to find a lovely memento to remind you of your stay. Most of the towns have their own local markets where you?ll find a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as specialities such as the delicious maquis honey or fig jam.
Corsicans are very proud of their tradition of art-and-craft making and handicrafts by local craftsmen can be found in specialist shops and local workshops. Pottery, stoneware, paintings, basket-weaving and glass-blowing are also popular souvenirs, as are jewellery, essential oils and perfumes.
No visit to Corsica would be complete without returning with a selection of the delicious local wines, a sure reminder of your visit when you return home.
The hundreds of beaches and 1,000km of coastline form the basis of many holidays on the island, with swimming, snorkelling and windsurfing the most popular activities, as well as just relaxing and sunbathing with the family. For the more adventurous mountain climbing and walking are a must with the sheer amount of mountains and walking trails in Corsica.
A walker?s paradise ranging from the easy to serious climbing, easier walks include the many inter-village trails as well as scenic headlands, rivers and waterfalls.
Golf lovers will enjoy a visit to the renowned Robert Trent Jones designed 18-hole golf course at Sperone near Bonifacio.
Over a third of Corsica is a regional nature reserve, making this the greenest Mediterranean island and a must-see for its natural beauty.