Did you know that Corsica is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily, Sardinia and Cyprus? In such a list, it’s refreshing to have a break from the alliteration! More than three million people visit Corsica each year. The mild climate and diverse landscapes make it a popular choice. Here are just a few examples of what to expect whilst you’re there:
Food and Drink
Let’s face it; this is often at the forefront of most holidaymakers’ minds when they go travelling. We’re mad about new food experiences!
Traditional favourites in the area are soups and stews – from zuppa corsa, a minestrone made with vegetables and a ham-bone stock, to civet de sanglier, a thick red wine stew packed with pieces of wild boar, vegetables and chestnuts. The latter ingredient is also the basis of other tasty snacks you’ll find, such as chestnut porridge (polenta) and chestnut fritters (fritelli a gaju fresco). You should also make sure to sample some brocciu, a soft mozzerlla-like cheese, made with ewe’s milk. It goes great in an omelette or cannelloni!
If you are a connoisseur of wine, then you will want to give some of the lesser-known Corsican varieties a sample. Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, contributes a selection of reds and rosés. Look out for the following vineyards: Domaine Torraccia (Porto-Vecchio), Domaine Saparale (Sartène), Domaine Gentille (Patrimonio), and Venturi-Pieretti (Cap Corse).
There are events all year-round in Corsica, from food festivals, to historical parades. Just imagine having a holiday home on the island, and being able to pop over for the weekend to experience a slice of Corsican culture.
Bastille Day, in July, consists of parades and firework displays, nationwide. Les Fêtes Napoléoniennes takes place in Ajaccio during August, to celebrate Napoleon Bonaparte’s birthday, and also involves professions and fireworks. There is even more to explore, if you are interested in the history, as, within Ajaccio, you can also find the house in which Bonaparte was born, Maison Boaparte.
In the commune of Venaco, you will find local produce fairs taking place during early May. In July the village of Luri celebrates wines from across the island. During early August you can experience a celebration of all types of arts, from painting to cooking, in the village of Aregno.
The shops around Corsica come highly rated. In fact, there are over 60 shopping experiences in the area rated 4 Star or higher on Trip Advisor. Number one on this list is a delicatessen called U Cintu, with one reviewer describing their experience to have been like “tasting the heart of Corsica”. There are plenty of specialists shops like this to explore.
If you like to take home souvenirs for your friends and family, you’ll find plenty of choice. There are all sorts of craft shops, in which local craftspeople can be found at work, making pottery, blown glass, woven baskets and more.