Introducing Corte (Corti)
Secretive. Inward looking. Staunchly Corsican. In many ways, the mountain town of Corte feels different to other Corsican cities. This is the heart and soul of Corsica. It has been at the centre of the island's fortunes since Pascal Paoli made it the capital of his short-lived Corsican republic in 1755, and it remains a nationalist stronghold.
Beautifully positioned at the confluence of several rivers, Corte is blessed with an amazing setting. The fairy-tale sight of the citadel atop a craggy mount that bursts forth from the valley is sensational. Despite its isolation, the town oozes atmosphere and student buzz. In summer, it's mainly skittish tourists who make their base here, eager to canyon, hike, rock climb and mountain bike in the nearby Restonica and Tavignano valleys.