Corsica, France

Corsica is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in all of France. It’s a French island in the Mediterranean Sea, located west of Italy and southeast of the French mainland. About two-thirds of the island are made up of mountains. The island is technically separated from mainland France, but it is considered part of Metropolitan France legally. Interestingly, here you’ll also find almost equal parts of French and Italian, both in language and culture. The city is also known to be the home of Napoleon Bonaparte, and his old home was turned into a museum.

Most visitors to Corsica visit during the summer, as the city has excellent beaches. Snorkeling, wind surfing, sunbathing, swimming, and scuba diving are just some of the activities available on the beach, all while being surrounded by some absolutely astounding beauty. Quite a few gelato stands, restaurants, and bars rest all along the beach as well, and they are heavily frequented during the evening hours. For those who looking for alternatives to beach activities, there’s also plenty to see in the mountains. There’s a lot of walking trails featured in Corsica, including one that takes 17 days. However, there are also slightly shorter ones such as the Mare e Mare Nord (11 days), the Mare e Mare Sud (5 days), and the Mare e Monti (10 days).

Corsican food is a delightful mix of French and Italian cuisine, which give way to some excellent and very unique dishes. Chestnuts, you’ll find, are a staple in many Corsican foods, and a delicious and unique flavor is often added to dishes by using the local olive oil that is flavored with ripe fruits collected beneath trees. Corsican’s also tend to feature a wide selection of beers, have their own Coke flavor, and some very delicious local wines. If you are able, the Pietra beer is always highly recommended.