The laid-back island of Corsica lies like a mini-continent in the azure Mediterranean Sea, halfway between the shores of Southern France and the west coast of Italy. From the nearly 200 white sandy beaches, to the dramatic sawtooth mountains and lush nature reserves in between, the geographical diversity of Corsica is astounding, hence its nickname 'The Island of Beauty'. Not only is the island the perfect playground for active outdoor pursuits, you’re bound to fall in love with the quieter pace of the harbour cities and picturesque hilltop villages, with charming markets and fantastic architecture.
From the achingly beautiful resort of Porto Vecchio, to the historical fortress town of Bonifacio and the sweeping countryside of Figari, our villas to rent in southern Corsica suit every type of holidaymaker. Whichever area you choose, our Corsica villas act as a home-away-from-home, providing comfortable living with splashes of luxury like private swimming pools.
Boasting a fabulous coastline with Caribbean-style beaches and glamorous resorts, as well as jagged mountain landscapes dotted with rustic villages, this sophisticated French island opens up a world of opportunities for both relaxing and exploring. From the cosmopolitan resort of Porto Vecchio to the lovely medieval town of Bonifacio, we handpick our villas in Corsica for their magnificent locations – and the choice of attractions nearby.
Things to do in Corsica
While your sun-drenched pool might be the main focus during your villa holiday in Corsica, be sure to make time to explore further afield. Holidays in Corsica offer a remarkable variety of things to see and do; from hiking, canyoning and cycling in the great outdoors, to snorkelling and sunbathing by the coast. Plus, with 300 days of sunshine per year, there’s never a bad time for a villa holiday to Corsica.
Beaches in Corsica
When you rent a villa in Corsica, you’re never far away from a sheltered inlet or a pretty cove. And with more than 600 miles of coastline, there are more than enough options for a well-deserved dose of vitamin D. The small town of Porto-Vecchio in the south is reputed for its stunning pine-backed beaches, including the powder-soft sands of Palombaggia and neighbouring Tamaricciu beach, a paradise for families with shallow transparent water and its emblematic lone pine tree. These remarkable curves of sand wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean and are the finest on the entire island.
Nightlife in Corsica
Our villas in Corsica have abundant space and amenities to entertain friends and family, however an evening out is always fun for a brief change of scenery. Nightlife in Corsica is generally low-key and tends to be based around relaxed post-dinner drinks in the many open-air bars. Bask in the Corsican climate on a terrace in one of the towns and villages, sipping on cocktails or a glass of local wine. You may be lucky enough to enjoy a performance by traditional Corsican singers too! If you’d prefer to dance till’ dawn, Porto-Vecchio is the nightlife magnet of Corsican south, where several clubs host world-renowned DJs.
Food and Drink in Corsica
Corsica is famed for having some of the best cuisine in the Mediterranean, with both French and Italian influences. Like anywhere in the Mediterranean, café life is vibrant and families with children are welcomed well into the evening. Some of the best things to do in Corsica involve the local gastronomy, whether you’re touring a vineyard, sampling gourmet cuisine or picking up charcuterie, chestnuts and maquis-flavoured honey from a colourful market. Being an island, seafood is a huge culinary hit, along with freshwater fish, cheese and wild boar, the most celebrated delicacy.
History and Culture in Corsica
In addition to sun and sand, there are plenty of historical sites and cultural activities to tempt you away from your villa for a few hours. Explore the citadel walls and ancient houses of Bonifacio and meander your way through Porto Vecchio Old Town to soak up your surroundings. Other notable sites are Maison Bonaparte, the birthplace of Corsica’s most famous son Napoleon Bonaparte, the Palais Fesch Musée des Beaux-Arts, home to the largest collection of Italian paintings in France outside of the Louvre, the Filitosa prehistoric site and the Sartène ancient Genoese citadel.
Facts about Corsica
Currency: Euro €
Flight Time: 2h 10 min
Time Difference: +1hr
Capital City: Ajaccio
Nearest Airport: Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport (AJA)