Corsica: An ideal winter break


From wandering beaches to hiking in the mountains to strolling in the towns and villages, Corsica boasts an unrivalled variety – all within easy reach.

In the Bastia region head for the Cap Corse and its deserted creeks, or the hanging gardens of the Musée de Bastia with an unbeatable view of the port.

On the Côte Orientale the wellness centre Riva Bella Thalasso & Spa provides a romantic getaway. It is ideally placed for exploring the ruins of the ancient site of Aleria.

Head south to Bonifacio, a stunning fortress perched high above the sea – the city will charm you with its narrow streets and small shops. The forest of Laricciu Pines with its autumnal colours will add a romantic flavour to your stroll around the lake at l’Ospedale.

In the Ajaccio region take a trip along the route to the Sanguinaire Islands and discover numerous beaches like the one at Marinella, where you can shelter from the breeze and gaze out at the setting sun in the Pointe de la Parata.

In the centre of the island enjoy a leisurely stroll through the alleys of the city or set off in the direction of the Restonica Valley or take a walk in the beautiful forest of Vizzavona.

In the Porto region make time to climb up to the village of Evisa and stroll through the forest of Aitone.

The Propriano region boasts Filitosa, a prehistoric site, with sign-posted walking routes.

And, of course, Corsica’s soil offers up numerous delicacies, as the aroma of chestnuts blends with those of citrus fruits, as well as the salty sweetness of the charcuterie, wonderful cheeses, wines and liqueurs.

The chestnut is the iconic fruit of the island – a popular local dish is stufatu di pernice cu castagne (partridge stew with chestnuts). From October to December try the delicious marron glacés (chestnut candied in sugar syrup and glazed).

Other favourites are chestnut flour gingerbread and citron confit, clementine mousse, Zia Assunta’s hazelnut tart and Corsican honey purses made with maquis d’automne (autumn honey, which comes primarily from arbutus blossom).

Certain wild boar dishes are imbued with the extraordinary flavours of the flowers of the maquis. Finish off your meal with Corsican cheeses such as casgiu and brocciu.

Getting there from Brussels: Brussels Airlines has direct flights all year round through Corsica Travel.

Photos: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons
Calanque and Ajaccio Bay