Corsica is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean. It lies 105 miles (170 km) from southern France and 56 miles (90 km) from northwestern Italy, and it is separated from Sardinia by the 7-mile (11-km) Strait of Bonifacio. Ajaccio is the capital.
Corscia is known for its sublime landscapes, from red cliffs plunging into turquoise waters, to stone villages clinging to mountains and dramatic gorges planted with chestnut trees. There are hidden coves, sandy beaches and craggy peninsulas, you can roam over 1,000 kilometres of coastline, which includes the iconic Scandola Reserve and history, best discovered on walks through its cities nestled away from their citadels, overlooking the Mediterranean.
The departments in Corsica are Haute-Corse (to the north) and Corse-du-Sud (to the south).
Given its size the island combines an extraordinary amount of highlights. Apart from the coast and beaches for which the island is best known (there are 1,000 kilometres of coastline and more than 200 beaches) there are ancient hill villages and bustling port towns, and some of the most stunning coastal and mountain scenery to be found in Europe.
Corsica has very good weather for most of the year with spring and autumn being especially lovely times to visit.
You will also find numerous historic monuments, some dating from prehistoric times with numerous megalithic sites, dolmens and menhirs eg at Filitosa, still reminding us of the long history of the island. There are more monuments from the ancient Greek and Roman periods, and many fortified towers and citadels built when the Genoese controlled the island.