The Most Beautiful Villages in Corsica

The Most Beautiful Villages in Corsica

The beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica has long captivated travellers with its spectacular coastline, crystal-clear waters, dramatic mountain peaks and white sand beaches. But there’s more to the ‘Island of Beauty’ than its costal charms, with a handful of picturesque villages to explore which will seduce you with their charm, authenticity, cultural experiences, historical significance and beautiful natural surroundings. Picture yourself walking down narrow cobblestone streets, catching a glimpse of the island’s authentic culture, learning about its rich history in the remnants of ancient architecture and so much more. Read on for a roundup of some of the must-visit villages in Corsica that should be a part of your next itinerary…


  1. Beautiful Bonifacio
  2. Stunning Sartène
  3. Pretty Piana
  4. Captivating Corte


Beautiful Bonifacio

Perched on the edge of a cliff on the Southern tip of Corsica, the coastal town of Bonifacio is, as you’d expect, très belle. Author Antoine Claude Pasquin nicknamed it the ‘picturesque capital of Corsica’ in the 18th century and for all the right reasons too. Once you’ve taken in the spectacular cliff-top views over the Mediterranean Sea, pay a visit to the Gothic Saint-Dominique church (the largest church in Corsica), stroll along the narrow historic lanes of the Bonifacio Citadel and climb the 187 steps of the Staircase of the King of Aragon.

Cliff of Bonifacio


Stunning Sartène

This mediaeval town, which is scenically situated atop a rocky hill in south western Corsica, offers magnificent mountain views and charming architecture. Sartene is steeped in rich history and tradition, and if you wish to experience the true Corsican spirit, this is the place to be. While you’re here, visit the 16th-century Church of Saint Marie; enjoy a glass of wine or two at one of the laid-back lunch spots (the village is particularly popular for its wine); and explore the nearby nature reserve, Aiguilles de Bavella, which boasts mind-blowing rock formations, beautiful panoramic views of the island and a series of hiking trails for the outdoor enthusiast in you.


Pretty Piana

While Piana isn’t the liveliest of places, it is certainly one of the most beautiful villages in Corsica. Located on the west coast, this pretty village overlooks the majestic Calanques de Piana, a series of red rocks and cliffs that plunge into the Mediterranean. The village has a charming, cosy vibe with its narrow streets, traditional stone houses and sprinkling of restaurants, shops and bars. While you’re here, make sure to visit the Saint Maria Church, famous for its Baroque architecture which features a large central dome and a bell tower. The church was built in the 18th century and is touted as one of the most important monuments of the village given its historical, architectural and religious significance. If you happen to be visiting Piana during the summer, the Golfe de Porto is a must-visit spot. This large natural bay boasts crystal-clear waters, red granite cliffs and incredible beaches where you can bask under the Mediterranean sun and take a moment to unwind.


Captivating Corte

End your trip with Corte, one of the most touristy villages in Corsica which has been crowned the ‘Cultural Capital of Corsica’. This historic village sits atop a hill in the heart of the and is surrounded by spectacular natural landscapes from deep valleys to dramatic mountains — the perfect backdrop for activities like hiking, canyoning, horse riding and more. The Citadel of Corte, nicknamed ‘Eagle’s Nest’, is the only one located in the heart of Corsica and is one of the main attractions of the village. On a tour with a local guide, learn about the fortress’s rich culture and history as you explore the citadel’s high walls, ancient streets, impressive towers and grand entrance. And when the tummies start rumbling, Corte is the perfect spot to get a taste of traditional Corsican cuisine which includes everything from flavourful charcuterie to aromatic stews.

Corte building