Essential Southern Corsica

  • 1 week

Southern Corsica encapsulates the very best the island has to offer: mountains and beaches, culture, history and plenty of fabulous restaurants for epicurean travellers.

Start your trip in Bonifacio: perched atop dramatic chalky cliffs that plunge into the sea, it is undoubtedly Corsica’s most spectacular town. Allow a day to wander the streets of the citadel, descend (and then re-climb!) the precipitous Escalier du Roi d’Aragon, and hike to the Phare de Pertusato for long-range views of the town’s amazing setting.

The next day, pack a picnic and snorkelling gear and join a boat trip to the Îles Lavezzi, an idyllic archipelago southeast of Bonifacio towards Sardinia, where you can walk the island paths and swim in dazzling turquoise waters, amid schools of colourful fish.

On the third day, head north from Bonifacio towards Sartène – taking a small detour to the remote and rural prehistoric sites of Cauria on your way to a late lunch on the panoramic terrace at Le Jardin de l'Echauguette. Continue to Levie, up in the mountainous region of L’Alta Rocca. Your overnight destination is the exquisite boutique inn A Pignata – half-board is compulsory, and what a good idea!

The next morning, visit the Bronze Age forts of Cucuruzzu and Capula, deep in the woods five minutes’ drive from the hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the picturesque villages of Levie and Ste-Lucie de Tallano or simply enjoying the creature comforts and views of A Pignata.

On day five: action! Go canyoning, hiking or mountain biking in the Aiguilles de Bavella, a stunning mountain fastness characterised by steep, serrated peaks, forested slopes and deep canyons. Spend the night in Zonza to recover, before driving down to Porto-Vecchio the next day and flopping on one its paradisiacal beaches: Plage de Palombaggia or Plage de San Ciprianu get our vote.

For your last day, enjoy a spot of shopping in Porto-Vecchio’s pretty boutiques, feast on fresh pasta or seafood at the harbourside U Molu, and check out whichever beaches you missed out on the day before.