It was the French who eventually claimed the prized island,
despite its proximity - a mere seven miles across the Straits of
Bonafacio - to the extremely Italian Sardinia, and all history
buffs will recall that probably the most famous Frenchmen ever, a
certain Napoleon Bonaparte, was born on this beautiful island. The
Little Corporal made a habit of invading pretty much everywhere,
but his homeland has - to date - avoided an invasion of Brits
thanks to a distinct lack of flights from the UK. There are now a
couple of direct flight options (Sundays to Sundays only), but if
that does not appeal, where there's a will (and there certainly
should be) there's always a way - many of those ways distinctly
pleasurable in their own right. Combine a luxury Corsica holiday
with a night or two in Paris?
Enjoy time in Nice or Pisa and then take a civilised ferry across?
Fly to Sardinia
and enjoy two of the Med's finest islands in combo. None a great
hardship, we're sure you'd agree, and whichever way you choose, the
eventual destination is well worth the wait.
So, what to do once you're in situ? Well, it's not for nothing
that Corsica has been described a continent in miniature, with
beautiful beaches, dramatic mountain ranges and cultural sites
galore. Some of the Mediterranean's finest beaches ring the island,
often in close proximity to heavily fortified (and perfectly
preserved) medieval towns, and if all that food gets a little too
tempting, then there's incredible walking to be had across the
island's mountainous interior, a third of which is protected by the
Parc Naturel Régional de Corse. For those looking for a greater
challenge, Corsica is also home to France's toughest and most
spectacular long distance walking route, the fabled GR20, which
follows the spine of sawtooth mountain ranges nearly the length of
the country. All in all, a great spot for a luxury getaway.