Corsica is a quiet green French island in the Mediterranean sea situated southeast of France, west of Italy and north of Sardinia. We chose this destination to be our family summer holiday this year. After traveling to Venice from Slovakia, where we stayed two nights, we traveled by car and ferry from Italian town Savona to Bastia port. After eight-hour night sail (we slept in a cabin), there was another four-hour drive through the mountains to the capital city of the island, Ajaccio (a birth place of Napoleon Bonaparte) where we had found accommodation via Airbnb for six nights.
Corsica used to be an Italian territory and became a part of France in 1768. Even though most people speak French (and nobody English – just my luck!), the islanders have their own language – Corsican. Talking languages, I think we were the only people from Slovakia or Czech far and wide and were kind of a surprise to all the French visitors as they wondered what language we spoke and where on Earth we came from.
How to spend time
There are many things to do in Corsica: enjoy the wild and beautiful sandy beaches as there are 200 of them; snorkel in the turquoise crystal clear water; sunbathe and gradually build your tan; some more popular beaches offer you windsurf boards and kite-surfing boards to rent; scuba diving is also available. Other than that, you can go for a hike to the wild and beautiful mountains.
Local food and drinks
In spite of French and Italian influence, Corsica has also some local dishes to offer you after a long hot day spent on the beach. Did you know that the main local ancient speciality here is chestnut? Even today it is implemented in many main dishes as well as desserts. Typical corsican dishes include lonzu and coppa, (dried pork ham), regular ham, figatellu (dried pork sausage) and saucisson (hick, dry sausage) made from pig or boar meat. Canistrelli are sweet almond biscuits (similar to biscotti in Italy). Another speciality here is high quality olive oil produced localy. Corsicans make a wide selection of local beers, produce even their own coke and wine, reflecting their independent status. When we were eating at a beach restaurant, the waiter had no problem bringing the whole plate with freshly caught fish laid on ice so my husband yould choose a fish to his liking.
This year´s holiday was our first experience with Airbnb and it was a great one. We rented a 1-bedroom modern flat in the residential area of Ajaccio with quiet beaches just across the road. Our host was a very pleasant lady so I can only recommend.
Have you visited Corsica? What was your experience like?